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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 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.