Honors & Awards

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

"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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2014 Wisconsin Super Lawyers® & Rising Stars®
Godfrey & Kahn is proud to announce that 34 of its attorneys have been named 2014 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 2014 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®.

2014 Wisconsin Super Lawyers®: Jon E. Anderson, Michael B. Apfeld, Anthony S. Baish, Stephen L. Chernof, 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. Kirtley, Rochelle H. Klaskin, Joan D. Klimpel, Richard A. LattaKristi E. Leswing, Timothy F. Nixon, Christopher B. Noyes, Winston A. Ostrow, James N. Phillips, Brian L. Pierson, Douglas M. Poland, Howard A. Pollack, James A. Sheriff, Peter M. Sommerhauser, Katherine StadlerNicholas P. Wahl, Brady C. Williamson, and Mark C. Witt.

2014 Wisconsin Rising Stars®: Daniel J. Blinka, Dustin Brown, Bryan J. CahillSherry D. Coley, Krisstina L. Ebner, Jennifer L. Gregor, Jennifer A. Hannon, Lecia D. Johnson, Brett D. Koeller, Maria L. KreiterJason E. Kuwayama, Danielle M. Machata, John R. McDonald, Daniel C.W. NarveyAndrew S. Oettinger, John T. ReichertPatricia L. Wheeler, 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 2015 Best Law Firm

Godfrey & Kahn was recognized as a 2015 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 - Banking & Finance
  • 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

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 - Labor & Employment
  • Litigation - Trusts & Estates
  • Mergers & Acquisitions Law
  • Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
  • Real Estate Law
  • Trusts & Estates Law

Tier 2

  • Banking and Finance Law
  • Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
  • Energy Law
  • Energy Regulatory Law
  • Financial Services Regulation Law
  • Insurance Law

Tier 3

  • Litigation - Environmental

Milwaukee
Tier 1

  • Appellate Practice
  • Banking and Finance Law
  • 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
  • Real Estate Law
  • Securities / Capital Markets Law
  • Tax Law
  • Trusts & Estates Law

Tier 2

  • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
  • Construction Law
  • Employment Law - Management
  • Energy Law
  • Litigation - Intellectual Property
  • Native American Law
  • Non-Profit/Charities Law

Tier 3

  • Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
  • Labor Law - Management
  • Litigation - Patent Law
  • Patent Law
  • Trademark Law

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2015 The Best Lawyers in America
Sixty-eight lawyers from Godfrey & Kahn have been selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2015 (Copyright 2014 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, S.C.), 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, Eric D. BolanderSean O'D. Bosack, Kristine S. Cherek, Stephen L. Chernof, Todd M. Cleary, John L. Clancy, Dennis F. Connolly, John A. Dickens, Paul J. Dombrowski, John E. DonahueMichael J. Dwyer, Patricia L. FalbDaniel T. Flaherty, James A. Friedman, Carol A. Gehl, J. Gardner Govan, Paul W. Griepentrog, David J. GillesJennifer 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. Klimpel, Debra S. Koenig, Richard A. LattaAndrew R. Lauritzen, Helge K. Lee, 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, Winston A. Ostrow, Mark E. O'NeillDouglas J. Patch, David H. PatzerJames N. Phillips, Brian L. Pierson, William J. Plummer, Douglas M. Poland, Howard A. Pollack, John T. Reichert, Jeffrey D. Riester, Kristin A. Roeper, James A. SheriffThomas N. Shorter, Michael E. Skindrud, Peter M. Sommerhauser, Todd G. Smith, Charles G. Vogel, Nicholas P. Wahl, Brady C. Williamson, Mark C. Witt and Mike B. Wittenwyler.

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Chambers & Partners - America's Leading Business Lawyers 2014
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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2014 Top Workplace

Godfrey & Kahn has been named a 2014 Top Workplace in the mid-sized company category for the fifth year in a row by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The survey recognizes organizations located in Southeastern Wisconsin with exemplary work places.

This is the fifth 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 30 employers to have been honored in each of the five 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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Godfrey & Kahn Welcomed into Green Tier Program
The Milwaukee office of Godfrey & Kahn has joined the Green Tier ranks of Wisconsin companies committed to exceed the standards for environmental regulations.

"As the first law firm to join Green Tier, Godfrey & Kahn is demonstrating how smart and efficient office operations can benefit the bottom line and the environment," Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Secretary Matt Frank said. "It also demonstrates how offices in all types of businesses can be environmental stewards."

"I want to congratulate Godfrey & Kahn on this prestigious recognition," said Mayor Tom Barrett. "Its dedication and commitment to superior environmental performance and sustainability in the workplace is commendable."

Green Tier is a program aimed toward rewarding environmentally responsible businesses in Wisconsin, and the first program of its type in the nation. Qualified businesses and associations make legal commitments to superior environmental performance through agreements with the DNR.

In exchange, these businesses are given incentives to achieve superior environmental performance. Green Tier makes it easier for good environmental actors to perform even better, allowing the DNR to focus its resources on facilities that are not meeting environmental requirements.

Godfrey & Kahn is the first law firm to receive Green Tier status. The firm qualified for the program in part based on a list of accomplishments ranging from adopting a "Green Office Policy" in November 2007, which involved purchasing only Energy Star technology, setting all displays to go to sleep when inactive, eliminating paper in all internal communication, converting to a paperless filing system, using bike messengers for downtown package deliveries and offering transportation subsidies to employees who use the bus or carpool. Finally, Godfrey & Kahn recently worked with the Natural Resources Foundation to promote reforestation and conservation of Costa Rica's Osa Peninsula.

Some of the firm's future activities include replacing existing lights with high-efficiency lights, greening its marketing and outreach efforts, injecting energy efficiency and environmental excellence into the planning for its new office building and adding additional incentives to encourage using the bus or carpooling and ways to cut travel. These efforts carry over into client work as well. The firm continuously strives to help clients incorporate sustainable, green efforts into their daily business practices.

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