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John Laehn Elected President of the Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce
Posted on Sep 04, 2008

The Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce recently elected John Laehn president of the 1200-member organization effective September 4, 2008. Laehn, chief operating officer for Ruder Ware, assumes the chamber presidency from Hugh Jones, former president of M&I Bank.

In reflecting on the task ahead, Laehn said, "The chamber's volunteer leadership team rotates on an annual basis while the chamber's mission to foster business growth and success remains constant. I feel privileged to join the ranks of past chamber presidents; I'm inspired by their leadership and achievements and I hope to continue their progress."

Ruder Ware has a long-standing commitment to our community, beginning with the philosophy of George Ruder, the firm's founder. "Mr. Ruder felt that if we make our living here, it's our responsibility to give back to our communities. John Laehn is the fourth chamber president since 1981 to serve from Ruder Ware. We're honored that our own leaders are elected by their peers to serve in this important role," stated G. Lane Ware, chairman of the board at Ruder Ware.


Attorney Mark Munson Joins Ruder Ware
Posted on Aug 04, 2008

Ruder Ware, L.L.S.C. is pleased to announce the addition of Mark Munson to the firm's Trusts & Estates practice group.

"With the addition of Mark, our department is fully diversified in all areas of planning for an individual's and a family's legacy. Mark's nine-year legal career has focused solely on all aspects of estate planning; our team welcomes his experience and perspective," states Attorney Mark Bradley, Shareholder and Co-Chair of the Trusts & Estates practice group.

A graduate of the University of South Dakota School of Law, Mark holds a bachelor of science from the Carlson School of Management (University of Minnesota - Twin Cities) in general management. Licensed to practice in both Wisconsin and Illinois, Mark will continue to concentrate in the areas of asset preservation and protection, taxation, estate planning, and estate and trust administration at Ruder Ware.

Attorneys within the Trusts & Estates department of Ruder Ware advise and counsel business owners and individuals in all aspects of business and personal planning, including the formation, operation, and growth of closely held businesses, and the adoption and implementation of sophisticated succession and estate planning techniques. In addition, our attorneys often represent corporate and individual trustees and personal representatives. In certain situations attorneys in our group serve as trustees through Ruder Ware's Fiduciary Services Department. With our experience in all aspects of business planning, income and estate tax planning, and trust and estate administration, our attorneys are able to advise and implement creative and flexible strategies that fulfill a client's business needs while at the same time achieving the client's personal goals and objectives.


Attorney Steve Lipowski Promoted to Shareholder
Posted on Jul 01, 2008

Ruder Ware recently promoted Steve Lipowski to shareholder. Steve advises businesses large and small in a number of complex business transactions involving real estate, intellectual property and trademark issues, mergers and acquisitions, and commercial and corporate law.

Business Transactions practice group chair, Matt Rowe, states, "Through Steve's eight-year tenure as an associate with our firm, I have been able to witness his development into an attorney with a sophisticated law practice. I look forward to the leadership that Steve will bring to the firm as a shareholder."

A graduate of the University of Wisconsin Law School, Steve divides his professional and civic involvement amongst a number of state and community-based organizations.


Attorney G. Lane Ware Selected as Leader in Law"
Posted on May 16, 2008

Firm News/051608/GLW_Leader_in_the_Law_Award.jpgG. Lane Ware was recently honored amongst fellow legal professionals on May 16, 2008 at the Italian Community Center by the Wisconsin Law Journal for the "Leaders in the Law" award. This recognition is awarded to those legal professionals with outstanding contributions to both their community and their profession.

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Ruder Ware law firm, headquartered in Wausau, WI with
an additional location in Eau Claire, Wis. "Lane's passion for the legal profession continues to be an inspiration for everyone here in our firm. Savvy in marketing, customer service, and strategic direction, we continue to be shaped by Lane's vision for what he wanted the firm to aspire to become," comments Lon Roberts, managing partner.

True to George Ruder's enduring philosophy, "We make our living here, we have a responsibility to give back to our communities," Ware's deep commitment to the community is best illustrated through the breadth of organizations advanced by his leadership. To highlight a few organizations, Ware presently serves on the board for the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum and the Aspirus Health Foundation. He previously served as a council member for the Wisconsin Humanities Council and as President of the Community Foundation of North Central Wisconsin. An accomplishment to credit Ware's leadership skills includes the formation of The Performing Arts Foundation (PAF). Created to encourage entrepreneurial efforts at the local level, the PAF undertook the purchase and renovation of the existing Grand Theatre in 1972.

On May 16, 2008 at the Italian Community Center in Milwaukee, Wis., Ware will be honored among twenty other legal professionals, from practicing attorneys, to judges and educators.


Two Ruder Ware Attorneys Selected as Best Lawyers in America for Labor & Employment Law
Posted on Apr 15, 2008

Attorneys Ron Rutlin and Dean Dietrich were recently selected as The Best Lawyers in America(R) in the area of Labor and Employment Law. Dietrich and Rutlin are the only attorneys selected from Central and North Central Wisconsin in this area of law.

Rutlin, chair of the firm's Employment, Labor & Benefits practice group, has been practicing law in the state of Wisconsin for over thirty years. Rutlin is chief spokesman in collective bargaining negotiations with many medium to large clients and handles grievance arbitrations, employment discrimination cases filed with state and federal fair employment practice agencies, and counsels clients on a broad range of employment law issues. Rutlin also provides regular advice and counsel with respect to a wide range of employee relation problems, including employee disciplinary issues, formulating and drafting policies and work rules, handbooks, severance agreements, union elections and decertifications, and unfair labor practice charges.

Dietrich, a shareholder with Ruder Ware, and member of the firm's Employment, Labor & Benefits practice group, has been practicing law in the state of Wisconsin for just over 30 years. Dietrich practices in the areas of labor and employment law, representing public and private sector employers in the many aspects of employment law and labor relations. Dietrich has extensive experience in representing employers in collective bargaining and proceedings before state and federal administrative agencies. Dietrich is also Chair of the Wisconsin State Bar's Professional Ethics Committee.

The selection process is complex with over 24,000 lawyers in the United States submitting more than two million evaluations confidentially rating their professional peers. The Best Lawyers in America® 2008 guide contains 29,769 lawyers in 77 specialty legal areas, in all 50 states including the District of Columbia.

"We're pleased at the caliber at which our attorneys regularly hold themselves, Ron and Dean are no exception. These two attorneys are active within the community and daily provide insightful legal advice to their clients. We appreciate being recognized in this legal specialty area," comments Ruder Ware's COO, John Laehn.

The Employment, Labor & Benefits department of Ruder Ware consists of seven attorneys assisting private and public sector employers of all sizes with the employment, labor and benefits aspects of their business. Service areas include: federal and state discrimination laws; state and federal family medical leave laws; state and federal wage and hour laws; contract negotiations; employee discipline and discharge; employee handbooks and personnel policies; drug and alcohol testing policies; sexual harassment policies and training; corporate downsizing; employment, labor and benefits aspects of corporate mergers and acquisitions; union elections and decertifications; unfair labor practice charges; maintaining nonunion status; plant closing laws; employment/severance agreements; affirmative action plans; supervisory training; workers' compensation and unemployment compensation; and arbitration.