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Godfrey & Kahn Announces 2011 Best Lawyers Listing

August 09, 2010

Milwaukee, WI (August 9, 2010) Forty-nine lawyers from Godfrey & Kahn, S.C. have been selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2011 (Copyright 2010 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 in the United States. The current, 17th edition of Best Lawyers (2011), is based on more than 3.1 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. It is also important to note that listed lawyers have no say in the practice areas in which they are included, meaning that some distinctions may differ from Godfrey & Kahn practice areas.

Milwaukee Office
Included in the listing from the Milwaukee office are:
Michael Apfeld (Appellate);
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);
Nicholas A. Kees (Intellectual Property);
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, Pollack 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);
Paul J. Dombrowski (Real Estate);
James A. Friedman (Appellate, Commercial Litigation);
Kendall W. Harrison (Commercial Litigation);
Thomas A. Hoffner (Trusts and Estates);
Timothy Muldowney (Insurance);
Kevin J. O'Connor (Antitrust);
James D. Peterson (Intellectual Property);
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)

With more than 180 lawyers, Godfrey & Kahn, S.C. is one of Wisconsin's leading business law firms. Founded in 1957, Godfrey & Kahn maintains offices in Milwaukee, Madison, Appleton, Green Bay and Waukesha, Wis.; and Washington, DC. For more information, please visit the firm's web site at

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