Honors & Awards

We are proud of the honors and awards we have achieved, a few of them are noted below:

2015 "Wisconsin Firm of the Year" by Benchmark Litigation

Godfrey & Kahn is proud to be recognized by Benchmark Litigation as the "2015 Wisconsin Firm of the Year" for the Firm's Litigation Practice work.

Benchmark Litigation is the definitive guide to America's leading litigation firms and attorneys - is the only publication to focus exclusively on US litigation.

"50 Best Law Firms for Women" For Excellence in Flexibility and Leadership

Godfrey & Kahn, S.C. is proud to announce that Working Mother and Flex-Time Lawyers named the firm one of the 2014 Working Mother and Flex-Time Lawyers “50 Best Law Firms for Women.”

Godfrey & Kahn was honored for its excellence in its family friendly policies and business and career development initiatives that are helping to retain women attorneys and advance them into the leadership pipeline. The top 50 firms were evaluated on: overall workforce profile, female representation, hires, losses and attrition rates; flexibility policies and arrangements offered; leadership, compensation and advancement of women; and the development and retention of women.

Working Mother and Flex-Time Lawyers founded the 50 Best Law Firms initiative for Women in 2007 to celebrate law firms that are most successful in retaining and promoting women lawyers. The goal is also to give law firms benchmarking tools to enable them to improve the status of women in their firms in the future. Godfrey & Kahn was also named to the list in 2011 and 2013.

“An amazing abundance of female talent has poured into the field of law,” said Carol Evans, president of Working Mother Media. “It is critical that this talent is allowed to succeed, and that the culture of the law industry adjusts to the work life needs of women. The Best Law Firms for Women are leading the way for all law firms to follow.”

“Being a women-friendly workplace today means much more than having the policies and infrastructure in place to enable all lawyers to thrive,” stated Deborah Epstein Henry, president of Flex-Time Lawyers LLC. “It also means having significant work/life usage rates and high representation of women among the equity partner and leadership ranks to demonstrate that such policies are indeed viable.”

About Flex-Time Lawyers
Flex-Time Lawyers LLC is an international consulting firm founded by Deborah Epstein Henry in the late 1990s, providing advisory, training and speaking services to employers and professionals on work life balance, retaining and promoting women and new models of legal practice. It provides consulting and speaking services at law firms, corporations, professional service firms, non-profits, bar associations, law schools, conferences, and retreats.  Flex-Time Lawyers hosts a membership organization, offering quarterly in-person and webcast events on timely issues with prominent speakers.  Membership also provides resources, networking opportunities and education about legal industry norms.  For more information, please visit http://www.flextimelawyers.com.

About Working Mother Media
Working Mother Media (WMM), a division of Bonnier Corporation (bonnier.com), publishes Working Mother magazine and its companion website, workingmother.com. The Working Mother Research Institute (workingmother.com/wmri), the National Association for Female Executives (nafe.com) and Diversity Best Practices (diversitybestpractices.com) are also units within WMM. WMM’s mission is to serve as a champion of culture change. Working Mother magazine reaches more than 2 million readers and is the only national magazine for career-committed mothers. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Pinterest.

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2015 Wisconsin Super Lawyers® & Rising Stars®

Godfrey & Kahn is proud to announce that 33 of its attorneys have been named 2015 Wisconsin Super Lawyers®. They are among the top 5 percent of lawyers in the state based on research conducted by Super Lawyers®, a service of Thomson Reuters Legal Division.

Additionally, 18 Godfrey & Kahn attorneys have been recognized as 2015 Wisconsin Rising Stars® by Super Lawyers®. Rising Stars® are lawyers age 40 and under or lawyers who have been practicing for 10 or less years. They are among the top 2.5 percent of the best, up-and-coming attorneys in the state based on the results of a survey completed by the most recent group of Super Lawyers®.

2015 Wisconsin Super Lawyers®: Jon E. Anderson, Michael B. Apfeld, Anthony S. Baish, Sean O. BosackStephen L. Chernof, Donald A. Daugherty, Jr.John A. Dickens, Patricia L. Falb, Daniel T. Flaherty, James A. Friedman, Carol A. Gehl, J. Gardner Govan, Arthur J. Harrington, Kendall W. HarrisonPaul F. Heaton, Michael D. Huitink, Jonathan R. Ingrisano, Josh JohanningmeierJohn L. KirtleyJoan D. Klimpel, Richard A. LattaKristi E. Leswing, Timothy F. Nixon, Christopher B. Noyes, Winston A. Ostrow, James N. Phillips, Brian L. PiersonHoward A. Pollack, Peter M. Sommerhauser, Katherine StadlerNicholas P. Wahl, Brady C. Williamson, and Mark C. Witt.

2015 Wisconsin Rising Stars®: Daniel J. Blinka, Dustin Brown, Bryan J. Cahill, Erin (Maggie) M. Cook, Shane DelsmanKrisstina L. Ebner, Jennifer L. Gregor, Jennifer A. Hannon, Brett D. Koeller, Maria L. KreiterJason E. Kuwayama, Danielle M. Machata, John R. McDonald, Daniel C.W. NarveyAndrew S. Oettinger, Brian Spahn, Erin A. West and Peter Wilder.

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2013 Executive Consumer Choice Law Firm by InBusiness Madison

InBusiness Madison has named Godfrey & Kahn a 2013 Executive Consumer Choice Law Firm and preferred local business as part of its Executive Choice Awards.

Finalists are determined by surveying the 900-plus members of InBusiness Madison’s Executive Register. Survey respondents were asked to identify their preferred business vendors in 34 categories. The fill-in-the-blank survey format assures that only top-of-mind selections are made.

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 U.S. News/Best Lawyers 2016 Best Law Firm

Godfrey & Kahn was recognized as a 2016 Best Law Firm in rankings released by U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers. Godfrey & Kahn received rankings in the following areas:

National Rankings -

Tier 2
- Corporate Law

Tier 3
- Appellate Practice 
- Commercial Litigation 
- Environmental Law 
- Health Care Law 
- Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law
- Litigation - Environmental 
- Litigation - Mergers & Acquisitions 
- Litigation - Securities 
- Mergers & Acquisitions Law 
- Tax Law

Metropolitan Rankings -

Green Bay

Tier 1
- Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
- Commercial Litigation

Tier 2
- Trusts & Estates Law

Madison

Tier 1
- Administrative / Regulatory Law
- Appellate Practice 
- Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law 
- Commercial Litigation 
- Corporate Compliance Law
- Corporate Law 
- Education Law 
- Employment Law - Management 
- First Amendment Law
- Health Care Law  
- Labor Law - Management 
- Litigation - Antitrust
- Litigation - Bankruptcy 
- Litigation - First Amendment 
- Litigation - Trusts & Estates 
- Mergers & Acquisitions Law 
- Product Liability Litigation - Defendants 

Tier 2
- Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)
- Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
- Energy Regulatory Law
- Financial Services Regulation Law
- Insurance Law
- Litigation - Labor & Employment
- Trusts & Estates Law

Tier 3
- Energy Law
- Litigation - Environmental

Milwaukee

Tier 1
- Appellate Practice 
- Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)
- Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law
- Commercial Litigation 
- Corporate Law 
- Environmental Law 
- Financial Services Regulation Law
- Health Care Law
- Insurance Law 
- Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law
- Litigation - Banking & Finance 
- Litigation - Environmental 
- Litigation - Mergers & Acquisitions 
- Litigation - Securities 
- Mergers & Acquisitions Law 
- Native American Law
- Real Estate Law 
- Securities / Capital Markets Law
- Tax Law 
- Trusts & Estates Law

Tier 2
- Banking and Finance Law
- Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
- Energy Law
- Non-Profit/Charities Law

Tier 3
- Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
- Employment Law - Management
- Labor Law - Management
- Litigation - Intellectual Property
- Litigation - Patent
- Patent Law
- Trademark Law

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2016 The Best Lawyers in America

Sixty-eight attorneys from Godfrey & Kahn have been selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2016, the oldest and most respected peer review publication in the legal industry.

Since its inception in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Because Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which more than 36,000 leading attorneys cast almost 4.4 million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas, and because lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed, inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers "the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice."

Lawyers: Jon E. Anderson, Michael Apfeld, Anthony S. BaishJeffrey S. Billings, Richard J. Bliss, Sean O'D. BosackStephen L. Chernof, John L. Clancy, Todd M. ClearyDennis F. Connolly, Donald A. DaughertyJohn A. Dickens, John E. DonahueMichael J. Dwyer, Patricia L. FalbDaniel T. Flaherty, James A. Friedman, Carol A. Gehl, David J. Gilles, J. Gardner Govan, Paul W. Griepentrog, John A. HaaseJennifer A. Hannon, Arthur J. Harrington, Kendall W. Harrison, Paul F. HeatonThomas R. Homberg, Michael D. Huitink, Josh Johanningmeier , Nicholas A. Kees, John L. Kirtley, Joan D. KlimpelMaria L. KreiterDebra S. Koenig, Richard A. LattaAndrew R. Lauritzen, Kristi E. Leswing, Diane M. Marchik, Christine Liu McLaughlin, Timothy Muldowney, Patrick S. Murphy, David R. Navarre, Timothy F. Nixon, Christopher B. Noyes, Kevin J. O'Connor, Andrew S. OettingerMark E. O'NeillDouglas J. Patch, David H. PatzerJames N. Phillips, Brian L. Pierson, William J. Plummer, Douglas M. Poland, Howard A. Pollack, Jeffrey D. Riester, Kristin A. Roeper, Thomas N. Shorter, Michael E. Skindrud, Peter M. Sommerhauser, Charles G. Vogel, Nicholas P. Wahl, Brady C. Williamson, Eric J. WilsonMark C. Witt, Edward (Ned) B. Witte  and Mike B. Wittenwyler.

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Chambers & Partners - America's Leading Business Lawyers 2015

Godfrey & Kahn's Corporate/M&A, General Commercial Litigation, Intellectual Property, Labor & Employment, Natural Resources & Environment and Real Estate Practice Groups were ranked among the top statewide, according to a listing compiled by Chambers & Partners. The firm received rankings in all possible categories that Chambers & Partners recognizes for Wisconsin. Additionally, a number of the firm's attorneys were ranked individually as noted below.

Corporate/M&A

Intellectual Property

General Commercial Litigation

Labor & Employment

Natural Resources & Environment

Real Estate

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2015 Top Workplace

Godfrey & Kahn, S.C. is pleased to announce that the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has named the firm a Top Workplace in the mid-sized company category (150 – 499 employees) for the sixth year in a row. The survey recognizes organizations located in Southeastern Wisconsin with exemplary work places.

This is the sixth year the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel worked with WorkplaceDynamics, a suburban Philadelphia company that surveys companies and analyzes the data, to determine the area's top workplaces. Godfrey & Kahn is one of only 24 employers to have been honored in each of the six years the survey has been conducted.

Godfrey & Kahn is committed to a professional and cultural environment of inclusion in which men and women having different backgrounds, perspectives, beliefs and cultural and ethnic heritages can thrive. The firm's leadership works closely with its employees to identify opportunities for education, networking and client development to provide multiple roads to success. The entrepreneurial, team-oriented work environment and approachable office culture makes Godfrey & Kahn a top place to work. Attorneys are making a difference in the business and legal community, and the firm recognizes that all employees are an essential part of the success story.

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2011 Commuter Champion

Wisconsin Partners for Clean Air (WPCA) honored Godfrey & Kahn with the 2011 Commuter Champion award.

The firm was recognized for offering on-site purchasing of pre-tax transit passes and vouchers, which provide approximately three weeks of transit per month to employees, along with displaying transit schedules and information. These efforts have led to a 15 percent workforce utilization of transit at the firm's Milwaukee office, avoiding parking fees and reducing vehicle emissions. Individuals in the transit programs are also eligible for emergency or guaranteed rides home, which are offered through the transit agency.

The firm's Milwaukee and Madison offices participate in "Bike to Work" events, as well as provide volunteers and sponsorships for the events.

Other commute initiatives include compressed or flex-work schedules and the availability of an Employee Transportation Coordinator to assist with commuting needs.

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