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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.

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

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. 


"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. 

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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 nearly 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

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.