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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.


Anita Seering Selected for Prestigious Paralegal of the Year Award
Posted on May 28, 2013

Ruder Ware is pleased to congratulate Anita Seering 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 heavily involved within their firms but also their communities, giving back civically.

Vusala Bentley, previous award recipient, board member for PAW, and founding member and Director of PAW Wausau Chapter, comments, "Anita was instrumental in providing procedural and emotional support while the Wausau Chapter of PAW was in the process of being founded. She possesses the talents and drive of the ultimate paralegal and somehow, still finds time to serve on the board of the Women's Community."

A senior paralegal with Ruder Ware, Anita has been a business law paralegal for over 30 years. She focuses on transactional corporate law matters involving mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, and private equity financing. Her responsibilities include coordinating due diligence and assisting at managing documentation for live and electronic closings, as well as handling post-closing matters. In addition, Anita works with business clients, ranging from single entrepreneur start-ups to large, well-established businesses, assisting with the initial organization of all types of business entities, as well as ongoing legal compliance.


Attorney John Fisher, II Presents at National Health Care Compliance Institute in Washington, D.C.
Posted on Apr 29, 2013

Ruder Ware health care and compliance attorney John Fisher, II was a featured speaker at the Health Care Compliance Association's 2013 Compliance Institute. The Institute was attended by nearly 3,000 compliance officers, attorneys, and vendors from across the country. Mr. Fisher spoke on the topic "Compliance Issues in Mergers and Acquisitions."

John holds Certification in Healthcare Compliance (CHC) with the Health Care Compliance Association and is a Certified Compliance Ethics Professional (CCEP) with the Society for Corporate Compliance and Ethics joining only a handful of other practicing attorneys in the country who hold dual compliance certifications.

Mr. Fisher's presentation covered many of the following issues:

  • The role of the compliance officer in mergers and acquisitions.

  • Compliance related due diligence requests.

  • The scope of compliance due diligence.

  • Successor liability and assumption of liabilities by purchasers.

  • Compliance impact of deal structure and agreement terms.

  • Compliance effectiveness reviews in mergers and acquisitions.

  • Common due diligence compliance risk areas.

For more information on compliance and health law issues, visit our health care law blog at www.healthlaw-blog.com.


Attorney Jane Lokken Receives "Woman of Achievement" Award From The Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce
Posted on Apr 25, 2013


Ruder Ware is pleased to congratulate Jane Lokken on receiving the Woman of Achievement Award from the Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce.

This award celebrates the potential of all women as valued members and leaders of their community, honoring an individual who strives toward the highest level of professional accomplishment and excels in her chosen field.

On announcing the award, the Chamber cited Jane's active involvement in the Eau Claire community for over 25 years. Currently, she is the chair-elect of the Eau Claire Community Foundation and on the Board of Directors of Clear Vision Eau Claire, U.S. Bank Eau Claire's Advisory Board, and the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire Foundation. She is also a member of the Ethics Committee for Mayo Clinic Health Systems NW WI Region.

Jane has twice been Chair of the State Bar of Wisconsin Elder Law Section and has been listed as a Best Lawyer in elder law since 2007. She is also a member of the National Academy of Elder Law attorneys and on the Board of Directors of its Wisconsin Chapter


Twelve Ruder Ware Attorneys Receive U.S. News & World Report's Best Lawyers Designation
Posted on Mar 25, 2013

March 2013 - Ruder Ware is pleased to announce the following attorneys were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America(R) 2013 (Copyright 2012 by Woodward/White, Inc. of Aiken SC):

David G. Anderson: Real Estate Law

Mark J. Bradley: Trusts & Estates

Linda M. Danielson: Trusts & Estates

Dean R. Dietrich: Employment Law and Labor Law

Sebastian J. Geraci: Tax Law and Trusts & Estates

Jane E. Lokken: Elder Law

Joseph M. Mella: Real Estate Law

Mark D. Munson: Elder Law

Randi L. Osberg: Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law

Lon Roberts: Corporate Law and Mergers & Acquisitions Law

Matthew D. Rowe: Corporate Law
G. Lane Ware: Commercial Litigation and Corporate Law

Russell W. Wilson: Commercial Litigation and Workers Compensation Law - Employers


Ruder Ware Launches Blog, "The Blue Ink"
Posted on Jan 22, 2013

In the words of one of our bloggers, "Our attorneys are dedicated to being more than just trusted legal advisors to our clients - we pride ourselves on being considered true business allies." Ruder Ware's aim of launching this blog is to be accessible to clients, prospective clients, and friends of the firm by providing valuable, timely information. Our goal is to sift through the plethora of information available to you and give our distinctive perspective without the legalese. "The Blue Ink" is a perfect marriage of Ruder Ware's rich history and our firm's innovative thought leadership.

Content on the blog will be changing, new sections will be added, videos of our attorneys commenting on various industries or areas of law will be posted. It will not stay the same for long. We hope you find it timely, useful ... and entertaining. We are interested in your feedback, so please drop us a line and let us know what you think.

Follow this link to "The Blue Ink."


Four Ruder Ware Attorneys Selected for Wisconsin Super Lawyers
Posted on Nov 14, 2012

Attorneys Mark Bradley, Randi Osberg, Christopher Seelen, and Mark Munson have been selected as Wisconsin Super Lawyers. Only five percent of the lawyers in the state are named by Super Lawyers.


Selections for this esteemed list are made by the research team at Super Lawyers, which is a service of the Thomson Reuters, Legal division based in Eagan, Minn. Each year, the research team at Super Lawyers undertakes a rigorous multi-phase selection process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, independent evaluation of candidates by the attorney-led research staff, a peer review of candidates by practice area, and a good-standing and disciplinary check.


Attorneys selected for inclusion in 2012 Wisconsin Super Lawyers are:
Mark Bradley, Wausau: Estate Planning & Probate; Closely Held Business.
Randi Osberg, Eau Claire: Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights; Business/Corporate; and Banking.


Attorneys named for inclusion in 2012 Wisconsin Rising Star are:

Christopher Seelen, Eau Claire: Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights; Business/Corporate.

Mark Munson, Wausau: Elder Law


Attorney John Fisher, II Earns his Certified Compliance Ethics Professional Designation
Posted on Sep 16, 2012

John Fisher, II, a health care attorney with Ruder Ware in Wausau, Wisconsin, has obtained the designation of CCEP, Certified Compliance Ethics Professional. The certification is provided by The Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics (SCCE), a national organization based in Minneapolis.

SCCE defines the CHC designation as follows:

CCEP Professional: The CCEP is a professional with knowledge of relevant regulations and expertise in compliance processes sufficient to assist the corporate industry to understand and address legal obligations, and promote organizational integrity through the operation of effective compliance programs.

SCCE also states that:

The purpose of the certification is to promote compliance through the certification of qualified compliance professionals by:

  1. Recognizing formally those individuals who meet the eligibility requirements of the CCB and pass the Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional (CCEP) Examination.
  2. Encouraging continued personal and professional growth in the practice of compliance.
  3. Providing a national standard of requisite knowledge required for certification; thereby assisting employers, the public and members of the professions in the assessment of a compliance professional.

Attorney Fisher has also obtained his Certification in Healthcare Compliance (CHC) from the Health Care Compliance Association.


Attorney Lon Roberts Appointed Chairman of the State of Wisconsin Investment Board (SWIB)
Posted on Sep 14, 2012

On September 14, 2012, Lon Roberts was appointed by Governor Walker to serve as Chairman of SWIB. SWIB manages approximately $89 billion in retirement assets for the Wisconsin Retirement System and its 550,000 participants. The appointment will continue until September 14, 2014.

As Chairman, Roberts will be the person responsible for the strategic direction and operational and management performance of SWIB. Roberts will preside at all trustee board meetings and be the agency's representative to the Executive and Legislative branches of state government. Roberts will be responsible for the appointment of other board members to board committees and approving all meeting agendas.

Along with the Executive Director, Lon will be responsible for the agency's response to all media inquiries and the public communications of SWIB.


Attorney Shanna Yonke Joins Ruder Ware
Posted on Sep 01, 2012

Ruder Ware is pleased to announce the addition of Shanna Yonke to their attorney team; she will be based in the Wausau office as a member of the Trusts & Estates Practice Group.

A Wausau native, Shanna advises individuals and business owners in all aspects of personal estate and business planning. Working with individuals, Shanna drafts wills and estate plans bringing a particular talent to capturing the family's desires while maximizing tax saving opportunities. In addition, Shanna represents exempt organizations providing counsel in matters such as obtaining and retaining tax exempt status and compliance with federal code to avoid tax penalties. A magna cum laude graduate of the University of Minnesota Law School, Shanna received her B.A. summa cum laude from the University of Minnesota - Minneapolis.


Five Ruder Ware Attorneys Selected for Wisconsin Super Lawyers
Posted on Nov 30, 2011

Attorneys Mark Bradley, Dean Dietrich, Randi Osberg, Chris Seelen, and Mark Munson have been selected as Wisconsin Super Lawyers. Only five percent of the lawyers in the state are named by Super Lawyers.


Selections for this esteemed list are made by the research team at Super Lawyers, which is a service of the Thomson Reuters, Legal division based in Eagan, Minn. Each year, the research team at Super Lawyers undertakes a rigorous multi-phase selection process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, independent evaluation of candidates by the attorney-led research staff, a peer review of candidates by practice area, and a good-standing and disciplinary check.


Attorneys selected for inclusion in 2011 Wisconsin Super Lawyers are:
Mark Bradley, Wausau: Estate Planning & Probate; Closely Held Business.
Dean Dietrich, Wausau: Government/Cities/Municipalities; Schools & Education; and Employment & Labor.
Randi Osberg, Eau Claire: Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights; Business/Corporate; and Banking.


Attorneys named for inclusion in 2011 Wisconsin Rising Star are:

Christopher Seelen, Eau Claire: Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights; Business/Corporate.

Mark Munson, Wausau: Elder Law


Attorney John Fisher Receives Certification in Health Care Compliance
Posted on Nov 27, 2011

Attorney John Fisher, a health care attorney with Ruder Ware in Wausau, Wisconsin, has obtained certification in health care compliance. Mr. Fisher will now carry the designation of CHC (Certified Healthcare Compliance). The certification is provided by the Health Care Compliance Association ("HCCA"), a national organization based in Minneapolis. Mr. Fisher is the fourth attorney resident in the State of Wisconsin to obtain this certification.

The HCCA defined the CHC designation as follows:

The CHC(C) is a professional with knowledge of relevant regulations and expertise in compliance processes sufficient to assist the health care industry to understand and address legal obligations, and promote organizational integrity through the operation of effective compliance programs.

The HCCA also states that:

The purpose of certification is to promote health care compliance through the certification of qualified health care compliance professionals by:

  1. Recognizing formally those individuals who meet the eligibility requirements of the CCB and pass the Certified in Healthcare Compliance(C) (CHC(C)) Examination.

  2. Encouraging continued personal and professional growth in the practice of health care compliance.

  3. Providing a national standard of requisite knowledge required for certification; thereby assisting employers, the public and members of the health professions in the assessment of a health care compliance professional.


Attorney Kevin J.T. Terry Joins Ruder Ware
Posted on Aug 08, 2011

Ruder Ware is pleased to announce the addition of Kevin Terry to their attorney team; he will be based in the Wausau office as a member of the Employment, Benefits & Labor Relations Practice Group and the Local Government & Municipalities and School Districts & Educational Institutions Focus Teams.

At Ruder Ware, Kevin Terry will provide counsel on all aspects of the employer-employee relationship in matters relating to labor and employment law, municipal law, and school law. Kevin is a graduate of Marquette University Law School, his undergraduate degree is in Economics from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities.

Ruder Ware's Employment, Benefits & Labor Relations Practice Group works in tandem with private and public employers providing counsel on all aspects of human resource management. The breadth of services offered, unique for a law firm headquartered in Wausau, Wisconsin, includes counsel on highly sensitive issues such as workplace harassment, employee privacy, drug and alcohol testing, and disciplinary issues. In addition, attorneys design and assist with the development, implementation, and enforcement of policies and procedures relating to benefits, hiring practices, employee handbooks, state and federal discrimination laws, FMLA, FLSA, ADA, OSHA, and workers' compensation.


Attorney John H. Fisher, II Joins Ruder Ware as Health Care Law Counsel
Posted on Jun 20, 2011

Ruder Ware is pleased to announce the addition of John H. Fisher, II to their attorney team. He will be based in the Wausau office as a member of the Health Care Focus Team.

John Fisher is an experienced health care attorney who has practiced extensively in the health care industry providing counsel to a wide variety of health care providers. John has counseled health care clients, including hospitals, physicians, and health systems on health care regulatory compliance, contracts, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, recruitment and compensation issues, integrated network development, and Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement. John is knowledgeable on the laws and regulations that affect financial relationships between health care providers including the Stark Law, Anti-Kickback Statute and safe harbor regulations, fraud and abuse, antitrust and exempt organization tax issues. John is also an active blogger on these issues and operates the health law blog at wisconsinhealthlawyer.com. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin Law School, he holds a bachelor's in business administration from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


Ruder Ware Promotes Attorneys Sara Ackermann and Melissa Kampmann to Shareholder Status
Posted on Jun 06, 2011

Ruder Ware recently promoted Attorneys Sara Ackermann and Melissa Kampmann to shareholder. To attain shareholder status, individuals must have proven their dedication to client service, dedication to the profession and the clients we serve, and active involvement in the communities we practice in.

About Sara Ackermann

Ms. Ackermann is a magna cum laude graduate of the William Mitchell College of Law. Sara's practice as an employment law attorney includes serving as an advisor to HR professionals and small business owners. She provides counsel on federal and state employment law issues, including drug and alcohol testing, wrongful discharge, anti-discrimination, anti-harassment, plant closing and mass lay-off, wage and hour, family medical leave, and reasonable accommodation. Sara drafts employee handbooks, separation and non-compete agreements, disciplinary memoranda, affirmative action plans, employment contracts, and independent contractor agreements. A frequent writer, presenter and trainer on employment topics, Sara is on the Board of Directors for the Central Wisconsin Society of Human Resource Management.

 

About Melissa Kampmann
Ms. Kampmann is a cum laude graduate of the University of Wisconsin Law School. As a seasoned estate planner, Melissa counsels individuals and families to create a plan for the transfer and preservation of their assets during their lifetime and at death. Melissa works with a client's trusted advisors to create a flexible life plan that meets both their emotional and financial goals. Melissa also assists family members and friends of her clients working through probate and trust administration. She recently received her Certified Financial Planner certification which she uses to better advise clients on their estate plans, retirement options, and transfer of wealth. Actively involved, Melissa serves on the board of directors for the Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce and the St. Joseph's Hospital Foundation and as secretary for the Paul and Ruth Schultze Foundation.


Attorney Bryan T. Symes Joins Ruder Ware
Posted on May 17, 2011

Ruder Ware is pleased to announce the addition of Bryan Symes to their attorney team; he will be based in the Eau Claire office as a member of the Employment, Labor & Benefits and Litigation & Dispute Resolution Practice Groups.

Bryan represents management-side clients in the areas of employment and labor law and provides counseling and litigation services associated with such substantive topics as employment compliance matters, employment practices policies, discrimination, harassment, fair employment claims, unemployment benefits, wage and hour law, FMLA, ADA, employment contracts, affirmative action plans, and non-compete and non-solicitation agreements. He previously worked at a prominent employment law firm in Minneapolis. An honors graduate from Chicago-Kent College of Law, Bryan's undergraduate degree in political science is from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


Attorney Christopher Seelen Receives Certification in Creditors' Rights Law
Posted on May 05, 2011

Ruder Ware is pleased to announce that Eau Claire-based attorney Christopher Seelen has earned his national certification in creditors' rights law from the American Board of Certification. Mr. Seelen is only the 6th attorney in Wisconsin to achieve certification in creditors' rights and the only attorney outside the greater Milwaukee area. Mr. Seelen is a member of Ruder Ware's Banking & Financial Institutions Focus Team and represents banks, credit unions, and other creditors in bankruptcy court and state court. He is a chapter 7 bankruptcy trustee and a 2010 Rising Star as selected by Wisconsin Super Lawyers magazine.

To become certified, Mr. Seelen satisfied the following requirements:

  • Passed an extensive, day-long written examination covering creditors' rights issues;

  • Full-time practice of law for at least five years;

  • Good standing in the bars of all states in which a license to practice law is held;

  • Devoted at least 30% of practice time and at least 400 hours to creditors' rights related matters in the last three years;

  • Demonstrated commitment to continuing legal education by earning at least 60 hours of bankruptcy education in the past three years;

  • Documented involvement in creditors' rights by providing information on cases practiced.

Congress has added this certification by adding it to the list of Section 330 compensation factors in the new bankruptcy law. Legislators and courts recognize that the successful operation of the bankruptcy system depends upon the involvement of professionals with special expertise. This new law recognizes that Board certification provides a simple, meaningful, and objective measure of skill and expertise in the bankruptcy field.

Attorneys within Ruder Ware's Banking & Financial Institutions Focus Team have substantial experience representing creditors' committees, financial institutions, and other creditors in bankruptcy and insolvency proceedings, as well as in matters involving complex commercial workouts and foreclosures, replevins, and homestead foreclosures. We also have a wide range of experience advising clients on transactions involving distressed businesses, and we have regularly represented financial institutions and other lenders, creditors' committees, individual secured and unsecured creditors, business debtors, trustees, receivers, investors, buyers, sellers, and others in connection with various insolvency matters.

The American Board of Certification (ABC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving the public and improving the quality of the bankruptcy bar. The rigorous ABC certification standards are designed to encourage bankruptcy practitioners to strive toward excellence and to recognize those attorneys who are experts in the bankruptcy

field. The ABC offers separate certification programs in business and consumer bankruptcy and creditors' rights. All three ABC certification programs are accredited by the American Bar Association.


Ruder Ware is Designated as a Green Business by the Eau Claire Chamber
Posted on Jan 27, 2011

The Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce recently designated Ruder Ware as a "Green Business." Currently, the Chamber recognizes 62 businesses in the area with this distinction.

Ruder Ware submitted an application to the Chamber's Green Business Initiative Committee which detailed our current "green practices" in seven categories (Energy Conservation, Purchasing, Recycling, Social Capital, Transportation, Waste Prevention, and Water Conservation) along with our future "green" goals.

The mission of the Green Business Initiative is to promote the interest of Chamber member businesses that are committed and engaged in environmentally responsible operations and practices, a.k.a. "green" business practices, in the Eau Claire area. Members of the Green Business Initiative pledge to strive toward environmentally safe and sustainable business practices and operations to ensure that the Eau Claire area is environmentally healthy and viable. Members also pledge to meet all existing federal, state and local environmental regulations.

As a designated Green Business, Ruder Ware will display a framed certificate and decal in the reception area indicating our distinction.


United Way of Marathon County Selects Attorney Dean Dietrich as Advocate of the Year
Posted on Jan 12, 2011

The United Way of Marathon County presented Dean Dietrich with their first ever "Advocate of the Year" award at a recent recognition luncheon. The award honors an individual who speaks out, builds awareness of issues, and steps up to do something productive for our community.

Dean was recognized for his years of service, leadership, and passion for advancing services to families with young children. He has led the Start Right Advocacy Board for six years and this year led the formation of an early childhood advocacy council.

As an advocate, Dean recently spoke to the Marathon County Board advocating for funding for Start Right, a collaborative program between the Health Department of Children's Service Society that focuses on families with young children. In addition, he has attended meetings in Madison to help our state representatives understand the importance of investing in services for young children.