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Godfrey & Kahn Announces Nicholas P. Wahl as Next Managing Partner

November 08, 2010

MILWAUKEE (Nov. 8, 2010)--Godfrey & Kahn, S.C. announced today that its board of directors and management committee have appointed Nicholas P. Wahl as the firm's next Managing Partner to take effect at the firm's annual shareholder meeting on Jan. 19, 2011.

Wahl succeeds Rick Bliss, who will lead the firm's client relations efforts after serving 15 years as Managing Partner. Bliss will also continue to be a member of the firm's management committee. This transition is the culmination of a multi-year succession plan that the firm undertakes for key leadership positions.

"Godfrey & Kahn, its clients and employees will be well-served with Nic leading as Managing Partner," said Bliss. "His experience and reputation as an excellent business lawyer, his appreciation for the importance of superior client service and his commitment to teamwork make him exceptionally well qualified to lead the firm."

"Our lawyers and staff are phenomenally talented, clearly understand what our clients value and are committed to working together as a team," said Wahl. "I am honored and humbled to take on this role and look forward to building on our strong foundation."

Wahl began his career with Godfrey & Kahn in 1990 with the firm's Real Estate and Corporate practice groups. Currently a shareholder at the firm, he is a member of the management committee and board of directors and is chairman of the Business Services Division, which is comprised of the corporate, securities, real estate, financial institutions, tax & employee benefits and estate planning practice groups. Bliss also noted that Wahl is leading the firm's efforts to relocate its Milwaukee office to a new office building in downtown Milwaukee.

"I am specifically grateful to have had the opportunity to learn from Rick's outstanding leadership," Wahl continued. "I am confident the values established by Dudley Godfrey and Jerry Kahn will continue to remain part of our core principles and serve our clients well for many years to come."

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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