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Godfrey & Kahn Announces 2010 Best Lawyers Listing

August 18, 2009

Milwaukee, Wisconsin (August 18, 2009). Forty-five lawyers from Godfrey & Kahn, S.C. have been selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2010 (Copyright 2008 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, S.C.).

Since its inception in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence in the United States. The current, 16th edition of Best Lawyers (2010), is based on more than 1.8 million detailed evaluations of lawyers by other lawyers. Because lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed, inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor.

Milwaukee Office
Included in the listing from the Milwaukee office are:
Richard J. Bliss (Corporate);
Stephen L. Chernof (Real Estate);
John L. Clancy (Environmental);
John A. Dickens (Corporate, Leveraged Buyouts & Private Equity, Mergers &
John E. Donahue (Employee Benefits);
William E. Duffin (Commercial Litigation);
Michael J. Dwyer (Real Estate);
Patricia L. Falb (Corporate);
Daniel J. Finerty (Appellate);
Carol A. Gehl (Corporate, Mutual Funds);
J. Gardner Govan (Trusts and Estates);
Arthur J. Harrington (Environmental);
John L. Kirtley (Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation);
Joan D. Klimpel (Trusts and Estates);
Debra S. Koenig (Tax);
Andrew R. Lauritzen (Non-Profit/Charities);
Helge K. Lee (Mutual Funds);
Kristi E. Leswing (Trusts & Estates);
William H. Levit, Jr. (Alternative Dispute Resolution, Commercial Litigation, International Arbitration);
Diane M. Marchik (Environmental)
Christopher B. Noyes ( Corporate, Mergers & Acquisitions, Securities);
Douglas J. Patch (Tax);
James N. Phillips (Tax);
Howard A. Pollack (Bet-the Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation);
James A. Sheriff (Banking);
Mark A. Shiller (Trusts and Estates);
Peter M. Sommerhauser (Corporate, Leveraged Buyouts &Private Equity Law, Mergers & Acquisitions);
Charles G. Vogel (Corporate);
Nicholas P. Wahl (Corporate); and
Mark C. Witt (Corporate, Leveraged Buyouts & Private Equity)

Harrington has appeared in The Best Lawyers in America® for the last 20 consecutive years or more. Bliss, Donahue, Koenig, Levit, Phillips and Sommerhauser have been listed for the last 10 consecutive years or more.

Madison Office
Included in the listing from the Madison office are:
Jon E. Anderson (Education, Labor and Employment);
Robert E. Chritton (Corporate, Real Estate);
Paul J. Dombrowski (Real Estate);
James A. Friedman (Appellate, Commercial Litigation);
Thomas A. Hoffner (Trusts and Estates);
Kevin J. O'Connor (Antitrust);
Douglas M. Poland (Commercial Litigation);
Thomas N. Shorter (Education, Health Care);
Michael E. Skindrud (Corporate, Health Care, Mergers & Acquisitions); and
Brady C. Williamson (Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights, First Amendment)

Dombrowski, Hoffner and Williamson have been listed for the past 10 consecutive years or more.

Appleton Office
Included in the listing from the Appleton office are:
Daniel T. Flaherty (Commercial Litigation)
Jeffrey D. Riester (Trusts and Estates)

Green Bay Office
Included from the Green Bay office are:
Timothy F. Nixon (Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights)
Winston A. Ostrow (Commercial Litigation)
William J. Plummer (Mergers & Acquisitions)

Founded in 1957, Godfrey & Kahn maintains offices in Milwaukee, Madison, Appleton, Green Bay and Waukesha, WI; Washington, DC; and Shanghai, PRC. With more than 190 attorneys, Godfrey & Kahn provides legal and business advice to clients ranging from small businesses and governmental entities to large privately and publicly held national and international companies. For more information, please visit our web site at

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