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Godfrey & Kahn, S.C. attorneys named 2023 “Ones to Watch” by Best Lawyers®

August 18, 2022

MILWAUKEE (Aug. 18, 2022) − Godfrey & Kahn, S.C. is proud to announce that Best Lawyers, a respected peer-review publication in the legal profession, has recognized 21 of the firm's attorneys as Ones to Watch in 2023. Given by their peers, this recognition demonstrates outstanding professional excellence in private practice among those early in their legal careers.

All Godfrey & Kahn attorneys who were selected to be included in Ones to Watch 2023 are:

Appleton, Wis.

  • Nicholas L. Hahn
    • Commercial Litigation
    • Litigation – Bankruptcy

Green Bay, Wis.

  • Crystal N. Abbey
    • Corporate Law
  • Aaron P. McCann
    • Litigation – Labor and Employment
  • Nicholas J. Vlies
    • Corporate Law

Madison, Wis.

  • Erin A. West
    • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law

Milwaukee, Wis.

  • Nina G. Beck
    • Commercial Litigation
  • Jay K. Creagh
    • Corporate Law
  • Evann D.S. Derus
    • Corporate Law
  • Emily Fons
    • Antitrust Law
    • Mergers and Acquisitions Law
  • Graham C. Garland
    • Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)
    • Corporate Law
  • Kristen A. Irgens
    • Corporate Governance and Compliance Law
  • Elizabeth R. Johnson
    • Real Estate Law
  • David R. Konkel
    • Commercial Litigation
  • Rebeca M. López
    • Labor and Employment Law – Management
    • Litigation – Labor and Employment
  • Mathew R. Peterson
    • Mergers and Acquisition Law
  • Andrew F. Spillane
    • Banking and Finance Law
  • Ashley Smith
    • Corporate Law
  • Danny S. Tang
    • Real Estate Law
  • Zachary R. Willenbrink
    • Appellate Practice
  • Matthew M. Wuest
    • Commercial Litigation
  • Katheryn M. Ybarra
    • Labor and Employment Law - Management

An additional 73 Godfrey & Kahn lawyers were also named 2023 Best Lawyers by Best Lawyers.


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, and Green Bay, Wis.; and Washington, DC. For more information, please visit the firm's website at

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