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Ruder Ware Earns Recertification in Meritas, a Global Alliance of Business Law Firms
Posted on Oct 04, 2016

Ruder Ware recently was awarded recertification in Meritas, a global alliance of business law firms. Ruder Ware is required to successfully complete recertification every three years.

Meritas is the only law firm alliance with an established and comprehensive means of monitoring and enhancing the quality of its member firms—a process that saves clients time in validating law firm credentials and experience. Meritas membership is selective and by invitation only. Firms are regularly assessed and recertified for the breadth of their practice expertise and client satisfaction. The organization’s extensive due diligence process ensures that only firms meeting the tenets of Meritas’ Quality Assurance Program are allowed to maintain membership. Firm performance and quality feedback are reflected in a Satisfaction Index score, which is made available online.

The recertification process includes exacting self-assessment, peer review by other law firms and client feedback. It examines such factors as timeliness and quality of a firm’s client service, professional conduct and adherence to Meritas policies including acknowledgement of Meritas firm or client correspondence within 24 hours.

“Businesses trust the Meritas alliance of law firms for top-tier quality, convenience, consistency and value,” said Tanna Moore, CEO of Meritas. “Ruder Ware has demonstrated its commitment to world-class client service, and as such, has successfully earned its recertification in Meritas.”

About Meritas
Founded in 1990, Meritas is an international alliance of commercial law firms working across jurisdictions to provide clients the best of both worlds: a local legal partner with full service capabilities and the cost efficiency and personal attention unmatched by mega law firms. Each member law firm is required to adhere to rigorous and specific service standards on a regular basis. Headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Meritas has member firms


G. Lane Ware Leadership Academy Inaugural Class Soon to Begin
Posted on Jul 25, 2016

The G. Lane Ware Leadership Academy, a new State Bar of Wisconsin program, aims to give lawyers resources, strategies, and skills to become effective leaders in the profession and community.

The 2016-17 Leadership Academy takes place in three sessions, held at the State Bar Center in Madison, in November, February, and April. Topics to be covered include public speaking, interpreting financial documentation, community leadership, and networking.

According to the State Bar’s site, “The program honors G. Lane Ware, one of the greatest leaders of the State Bar, and someone who was passionate about the future of this organization. Throughout his career, Lane was a leader and mentor in his community, the state, and the legal profession.”

Speakers include:

  • Dr. George Mavroulis, adjunct professor of educational leadership at Viterbo University, discussing the key traits of leaders;
  • Natalie Fleury of Marquette Law School, discussing conflict resolution tips and techniques;
  • Christina Plum, speaking on effective communicating in a professional setting;
  • Hon. James Peterson, discussing the seven objectives of effective public speaking;
  • Garry Bakke, providing insight into interpreting financial documentation;
  • Sarah Rohne of the University of Minnesota Law School, giving tips about having a solid networking plan;
  • Michael F. Moore, covering time management skills for successful leaders; and
  • Dr. Julia Persike, a licensed clinical substance abuse counselor and doctor of psychology, discussing active listening and managing difficult conversations.

As a former State Bar president (1989-90), Wisconsin Law Foundation president (1998-2000), and Leadership Development Committee chair (2003-07), the State Bar notes, “Lane’s commitment to leadership development is the foundation for the creation of the G. Lane Ware Leadership Fund within the  Wisconsin Law Foundation. Through a contribution bequeathed in his will, and through the generosity of so many of his friends, a designated fund continues Lane’s focus on leadership development programs.”

A full description of the program can be found at this link:  http://marketplace.wisbar.org/Documents/Events/LeadershipAcademySchedule_2016.pdf


Ruder Ware Pledges Support to Confluence
Posted on Dec 14, 2015

Ruder Ware Law Firm and its attorneys have come together to pledge a collective gift of $150,000 to the Confluence Arts Center. 

The gift incorporates individual commitments from several attorneys in the firm, as well as a discount in the legal services Ruder Ware has provided the Confluence Project since its inception in 2011. In recognition of the long-time service and leadership of Attorney David Anderson, an area in the Confluence Arts Center will be named in his honor.  Anderson, an Eau Claire native and 1966 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, is the attorney who initially worked with Haymarket, LLC, on the early phases of the project. He served as Ruder Ware's Eau Claire office senior partner for years.

The Confluence Arts Center fundraising is closing in on the $11 million mark as the challenge campaign deadline to raise $500,000 to secure a $1 million gift moves closer. The $500,000 for $1 million campaign will end on December 31, 2015, and it has received more than $400,000 toward that goal. The overall fundraising goal for the Confluence Arts Center is to raise at least $13.5 million as part of a match for state, city and county commitments. A groundbreaking for the building is tentatively planned for late spring/early summer 2016.

Those wishing to make commitments in support of the “It’s Time” community campaign for the Confluence Arts Center should go to www.communityfortheconfluence.org.

 


Five Ruder Ware Attorneys Selected for Wisconsin Super Lawyers
Posted on Nov 18, 2015

Attorneys Mark Bradley, Melissa Kampmann, Mark Munson, Randi Osberg, and Bryan Symes have been selected as Wisconsin Super Lawyers.  Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor.

Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are made using a patented multiphase process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates and peer reviews by practice area. The result is a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of exceptional attorneys.

For more information about Super Lawyers, visit SuperLawyers.com.

Attorneys selected for inclusion in 2015 Wisconsin Super Lawyers are:

Attorney Mark Bradley, Wausau:  Estate Planning & Probate

Attorney Mark D. Munson, Wausau:  Elder Law

Attorney Randi Osberg, Eau Claire:  Business/Corporate

Attorneys named for inclusion in 2015 Wisconsin Rising Star are:

Attorney Bryan Symes, Eau Claire:  Employment & Labor

Attorney Melissa Kampmann, Wausau:  Estate & Probate


Dean Dietrich Selected as ATHENA Leadership Award Recipient
Posted on Nov 04, 2015

Firm News Dean-Photo-with-Athena-Award.jpgWe are pleased to announce Dean Dietrich was selected as the Wausau Chamber’s 2015 ATHENA Leadership Award recipient.  The ATHENA Leadership Award® is presented to a woman ---or man--- who is honored for professional excellence, community service, and for actively assisting women in their attainment of professional excellence and leadership skills.  The Chamber explains on their Web site, “the ATHENA Leadership Awards® recognize members of the community who have played an important role in business, our community and the advancement of women. The ATHENA award is presented to a person who has demonstrated professional excellence, taken part in community service, and actively assisted women in attaining leadership skills that have helped them advance professionally.” 

Dean is active throughout the state serving in leadership positions such as with the State Bar of Wisconsin, Wisconsin Public Radio Association, and the Early Years Coalition.  He is a recognized leader in educating lawyers about professional ethics and compliance with the Rules of Professional Conduct.  Dean’s goals include recognition for Marathon County as the best place to raise kids in Wisconsin and to help lawyers provide ethical service to clients.


Ruder Ware Innovator Award
Posted on Aug 14, 2015

Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce creates award honoring G. Lane Ware. 

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"A distinguished attorney, G. Lane Ware was the consummate professional with a sincere drive to make the Wausau community a better place for life and for business. He was tireless in his drive and support of entrepreneurship and innovation. You’d often hear him quip, “If you’re not growing, you’re dying on the vine.” He realized that to succeed in business, you needed to innovate and differentiate, to remain relevant in a changing economy. While Lane worked with businesses of all sizes, it was the entrepreneurs and small businesses that inspired and excited him the most. The Ruder Ware Innovator Award was created to honor Lane, and to recognize outstanding individuals who personify the spirit of entrepreneurship and demonstrate excellence in the way they conduct business."

Nominations for the 2015 Ruder Ware Innovator Award will be accepted until August 21, 2015. 

Contact Information:
Jenny Ritchay
Events Manager
P: 715.848.5942
jritchay@wausauchamber.com


Angela Gonzalez Selected for Prestigious Paralegal of the Year Award
Posted on May 19, 2015

Ruder Ware is pleased to congratulate Angela Gonzalez on receiving the “Paralegal of the Year” Award from the Paralegal Association of Wisconsin (PAW).

At present, there are approximately 3000 paralegals in the state of Wisconsin with over 200 of these paralegals members of PAW.  The “Paralegal of the Year” award is the most prestigious award given by PAW.  The award celebrates the dedication and efforts of an individual exemplifying a successful paralegal.  Honorees are not only active within their firms but also their communities, giving back civically.

Angela became a founding member of the Wausau Chapter of the Association in 2011 and assisted in its formation. She was nominated for the position of Secretary on the Board of Directors in 2013 and continues to serve in that capacity. In addition to her service on the Board of Directors, Angela is actively involved in the pro bono Wausau clinics of the State Bar of Wisconsin Wills for Veterans program, assisting veterans and their families with basic estate planning concepts, obtaining the veterans' information and inputting that information into a software system that generates the documents, meeting with the veterans and an attorney to review the documents and finally signing and notarizing the documents for the veterans.  In April 2014, Angela was recognized by The Women's Community, Inc. for her volunteer contributions to individuals impacted by sexual assault.

As a paralegal, Angela specializes in trust and estate administration. She assists trustees and personal representatives with valuing and inventorying assets, obtaining court authorizations when necessary, responding to beneficiary inquiries and processing asset transfers. In addition, Angela assists in the preparation of real estate transfer documents and estate tax returns. Prior to joining Ruder Ware, Angela was a civil litigation legal assistant and paralegal at a Wausau law firm. She also worked as a corporate paralegal at the Budapest (Hungary) office of a New York-based law firm, where she spent much of her time preparing work product in due diligence matters and multi-national business transactions. Angela obtained her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point, with majors in mass communications / journalism and political science / pre-law. She received her Master’s of Arts in Central and Eastern European Studies from the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland. She also obtained her Bachelor’s of Laws degree from the University of London.


Attorney Shaughnessy Murphy Joins Ruder Ware
Posted on May 18, 2015

Shaughnessy advises clients on a wide variety of business transactional matters, including the organization of business entities; financing, sale and acquisition transactions; and related matters.  He also assists clients who are involved in general business litigation matters.

Prior to joining Ruder Ware, Shaughnessy served as a key senior leadership aide in the U.S. House of Representatives counseling Members of Congress on a wide variety of public policy issues including agriculture, energy, transportation, trade, and taxes.  In 2014, Shaughnessy was recognized on Roll Call’s “Fabulous 50” list of most influential congressional staffers.  Shaughnessy’s background also includes working with stakeholders and clients to navigate the federal regulatory and rule making process.


Jamie Schaefer Elected President of Community Foundation
Posted on May 13, 2015

The Community Foundation of North Central Wisconsin (CFONCW) is governed by a 15-member board elected to strategically invest the gifts of their donors, direct disbursements of the Foundation’s assets, and plan for the community’s long-term good.  Ruder Ware’s COO, Jamie Schaefer, was recently elected to serve as president of the board.  CFONCW is a nonprofit community corporation, created by and for the people of north central Wisconsin, and exists to enhance the quality of the greater Wausau area.


Attorney Aric Burch Joins Ruder Ware
Posted on Apr 22, 2015

Ruder Ware is pleased to announce the addition of Aric Burch to our Wausau attorney team. 

Aric advises individuals and business owners in all aspects of personal estate and business planning. As part of his practice, Aric facilitates the formation, operation, and growth of closely held businesses. As an estate planner, Aric is a skillful listener and has particular talent drafting wills and estate plans that accurately capture a client's life plan while maximizing tax saving opportunities. Aric is also actively engaged in the post death administration of trusts and the probate of assets being transferred by wills.


Attorney G. Lane Ware Honored as a Champion of Business by Junior Achievement
Posted on Mar 06, 2015

Ruder Ware is pleased to announce the selection of G. Lane Ware as a Champions of Business honoree by Junior Achievement of Northcentral Wisconsin.  Honorees represent successful business leaders who helped make the Wausau area and North Central Wisconsin economy grow.  Ware joins fellow honorees Daniel Plumer and Robert C. Greenheck.

From Junior Achievement's press release announcing the honorees:

G. Lane Ware was a prominent attorney and civic leader in central Wisconsin for 49 years and represented numerous Wausau area businesses and major corporations in corporate and governance issues. His experience in business and securities law played a key role in the growth and expansion of many area businesses. Lane Ware began his legal career at the Ruder & Staples law firm after graduating from the University of Wisconsin Madison Law School in 1965. Ware led his firm through a tremendous growth period as president from 1972-1999. Today, the firm that bears his name, Ruder Ware, employs over 40 attorneys in Wausau and Eau Claire. A proven leader in both his profession and his community, Ware served as president of the State Bar of Wisconsin, the Marathon County Bar Association, the Wisconsin Law Foundation, the Wisconsin Law Alumni Association, Central Wausau Progress, the Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce, the Marathon County Economic Development Corporation and the Wausau Area Performing Arts Foundation. Sadly, Lane Ware passed away June 5, 2014.

The evening event will be held on May 14, 2015 at the Jefferson Street Inn.  Additional detail can be found at http://www.championsofbusiness.org/.


Attorney John Leary Earns Minnesota Bar License
Posted on Feb 17, 2015

Ruder Ware is pleased to announce that Attorney John Leary recently earned his Minnesota Bar license.  Being licensed in both Wisconsin and Minnesota will enable Leary to assist banks and financial institutions based in Wisconsin with their Minnesota matters.

Leary works with clients in the areas of finance and creditors' rights, business counseling, transactions, and commercial law. His practice includes representing lenders, borrowers, and participants in negotiating and documenting financing of secured, unsecured, senior and subordinated debt including term loans, lines of credit, and floor plan financing.  In addition, John represents lenders in complex loan reviews, workouts, collections and bankruptcies for farms, developers, manufacturers, retailers, C-stores, builders, hotels,  suppliers, resorts, dealerships, and  golf courses.


Dean Dietrich Receives Speaker of the Year Award from United Way of Marathon County
Posted on Jan 21, 2015

Attorney Dean Dietrich was recently awarded the Speaker of the Year Award from the United Way of Marathon County.  Visit our Community Blog to see what the organization had to say about Dean and the award. 


Attorney Kevin J. Terry Elected to Wisconsin School Attorneys Association
Posted on Oct 13, 2014

October 13, 2014 - Ruder Ware is pleased to announce the appointment of Attorney Kevin J.T. Terry to the Board of Directors for the Wisconsin School Attorneys Association (WSAA) effective October 3, 2014. He will serve a four-year term.

Kevin has concentrated his practice on working with employers in both the public and private sectors. As legal counsel for many school districts in northern and central Wisconsin, he works directly with school boards on issues such as open meetings and public records law. Additionally, Kevin advises school boards and administrators on labor and employment concerns, student expulsions, and other matters affecting Wisconsin schools in the post-Act 10 world.

The Wisconsin School Attorneys Association (WSAA) is a 104-member organization of attorneys representing school boards on an attorney-client basis. WSAA was created to assist and facilitate the exchange of information among attorneys practicing school law in the State of Wisconsin. The members of the WSAA are attorneys serving as legal counsel for members of the Wisconsin Association of School Boards (WASB); since 1971 the organizations have worked closely together. The WSAA does not get involved with legislative advocacy and is not registered to lobby.


Attorney Matthew D. Rowe Elected to Meritas Board of Directors
Posted on May 13, 2014

Ruder Ware is pleased to announce the appointment of Attorney Matthew D. Rowe to the Board of Directors for Meritas, a global alliance of independent business law firms. Mr. Rowe was elected to the position at the alliances recent annual meeting.

In his role as board member, Mr. Rowe will be responsible for reviewing and establishing policy and setting strategy for the alliance. Mr. Rowe will also act as an organizational leader, serving as a liaison to member firms on administrative issues. He will maintain contact with members, encourage and promote cross communications, and gather feedback on Meritas initiatives. Mr. Rowe will serve a three-year term, during which time he will also serve on the finance committee. Meritas Board of Directors is comprised of 21 lawyers from its member firms around the world.

Were thrilled that Matt will be joining the Meritas board of directors, said Tanna Moore, president and CEO of Meritas. Matt has always been a strong advocate for the organization, and Meritas will continue to rely on his insights during strategic planning, business development, and member recruitment, retention and development efforts.

Mr. Rowe has been involved with Meritas for a number of years, during which time he has served as Ruder Wares primary Meritas contact in addition to serving on the finance committee.

Mr. Rowe practices primarily in the areas of corporate finance and securities, mergers and acquisitions and related acquisition financings, and the representation of financial institutions in connection with regulatory and other matters. He holds a bachelors degree from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, where he graduated magna cum laude. He is also a cum laude graduate of the University of Minnesota Law School


Ruder Ware Welcomes Attorney Emilu Starck
Posted on Nov 08, 2013

Ruder Ware is pleased to announce the addition of Emilu Starck to our Wausau attorney team.

A magna cum laude graduate of the University of St. Thomas Law School, Emilu advises clients on a wide variety of business transactional matters, including the organization of business entities; financing, sale and acquisition transactions; and related matters. Her expertise also allows her to assist clients in the field of health care.


Ruder Ware Earns Recertification in Meritas, a Global Alliance of Business Law Firms
Posted on Oct 21, 2013

Ruder Ware, a law firm with headquarters in Wausau and Eau Claire, recently was awarded recertification in Meritas, a global alliance of business law firms. Ruder Ware is required to successfully complete recertification every three years.

Meritas is the only law firm alliance with an established and comprehensive means of monitoring and enhancing the quality of its member firms - a process that saves clients time in validating law firm credentials and experience. Meritas membership is selective and by invitation only. Firms are regularly assessed and recertified for the breadth of their practice expertise and client satisfaction. The organization's extensive due diligence process ensures that only firms meeting the tenets of Meritas' Quality Assurance Program are allowed to maintain membership. Firm performance and quality feedback are reflected in a Satisfaction Index score, which is made available online.

The recertification process includes exacting self-assessment, peer review by other law firms and client feedback. It examines such factors as timeliness and quality of a firms client service, professional conduct and adherence to Meritas policies including acknowledgement of Meritas firm or client correspondence within 24 hours.

"Businesses trust the Meritas alliance of law firms for top-tier quality, convenience, consistency and value," said Tanna Moore, CEO of Meritas. "Firm name has demonstrated its commitment to world-class client service, and as such, has successfully earned its recertification in Meritas."

Founded in 1990, Meritas is a non-profit global alliance of independent, full-service business law firms located in more than 70 countries. Headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Meritas has 180 member firms that employ more than 7,000 lawyers worldwide. Meritas' goal is to connect business owners and in-house counsel with expert worldwide legal counsel that offer local insight, local rates and world-class client service. Meritas membership is by invitation only, and members must adhere to rigorous service standards to maintain membership. To find a Meritas law firm, or for more information, visit www.meritas.org or call +1 (612) 339-8680.


Attorney Regina Butler Joins Ruder Ware
Posted on Oct 18, 2013

Ruder Ware is pleased to announce the addition of Regina Butler to our Eau Claire attorney team.

An Eau Claire native and graduate of the University of Wisconsin Law School, Regina has represented the country's largest financial institutions and investors. This experience allows Regina to help individuals and business owners develop comprehensive plans to accomplish their personal and financial goals. At Ruder Ware, she works closely with individuals and families to design plans for the disposition of their assets, both during lifetime and at death, that reflect their unique circumstances, values and objectives. This may include drafting wills, trusts and other planning documents as well as formation of entities for estate planning and business purposes, asset protection, gifting and transfers of assets. Regina also assists her clients in planning for the transition of ownership and management of family or closely held businesses, including family farms, to the next generation.


Attorney Paul Mirr Joins Ruder Ware
Posted on Jul 01, 2013

Ruder Ware is pleased to announce the addition of Paul Mirr to their Eau Claire attorney team.

An Eau Claire native, Paul previously worked for a company once listed on the Inc. 500's list of the country's fastest growing companies. This experience allows Paul to truly understand the needs, desires, and challenges facing small business owners. At Ruder Ware, Paul advises clients on a wide variety of business transactional matters, including the organization of business entities; financing, sale and acquisition transactions; and related matters. Paul also assists clients who are involved in general business litigation matters. He earned his B.B.A. magna cum laude from the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire and his J.D. cum laude from the University of Wisconsin Law School.


Attorney Stewart L. Etten Elected President of Ruder Ware
Posted on Jun 25, 2013

Ruder Ware is pleased to announce the election of Stewart Etten as its president. Etten becomes the fifth president in the firm's 93-year history succeeding Mark Bradley who will continue to serve on the firm's Board of Directors and practice law.

Etten is a member of the firm's Business Transactions Practice Group and serves on its Board of Directors. For the past six months, he has worked alongside Bradley and Jamie Schaefer, Chief Operating Officer, to ensure a smooth transition of leadership. In making the announcement, Bradley cited Etten's executive experience and commitment to client service. "Stew has been a valued member of our firm's leadership and is ready to assume the role of president. He has the respect of his colleagues and clients. He is known for his unwavering commitment to the highest levels of client service and will continue to emphasize that as a distinguishing characteristic of our firm."

Etten has been associated with Ruder Ware for almost 33 years. During his career he also served as in-house counsel for a $1 billion bank. He practices in the areas of banking, commercial law, creditors' rights, and mergers and acquisitions. An active community member, Etten recently served on the board of the Community Foundation of North Central Wisconsin.