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Godfrey & Kahn Attorneys, Practice Areas Earn Top Rankings in State

Chambers & Partners recognizes firm's corporate/M&A, real estate, litigation, and intellectual property practices
July 17, 2007

The law firm of Godfrey & Kahn, S.C. is pleased to announce that the firm's corporate/M&A, real estate, general commercial litigation and intellectual property practices are ranked among the top statewide, according to a listing of "America's Leading Business Lawyers 2007," compiled by Chambers & Partners. Additionally, a number of the firm's attorneys have been recognized individually, as noted below.


  • Peter M. Sommerhauser, a shareholder in the firm's Milwaukee office, focuses his practice in the manufacturing, service and retail sectors and advises on acquisitions and sales of private and public companies such as, the recent Allen Edmunds transaction in January of this year. According to Chambers, he "continues to produce high-quality results and is considered to be one of the best M&A lawyers in the state for his solutions-oriented approach that is praised by clients."
  • Michael E. Skindrud, a shareholder in the firm's Madison office, is counsel to a wide range of clients, from small emerging technology companies formed to commercialize university research, to large integrated health care systems of hospitals, physicians, and health insurance companies. According to Chambers, he has a "solid corporate mind" with a "unique practice" representing hi-tech companies in the early stages of growth.
  • John A. Dickens, a shareholder in the firm's Milwaukee office, represents closely held businesses, venture funds, and institutional investors, and both borrowers and lenders in credit matters. According to Chambers, he is "a superb transactional lawyer who can deal with a whole range of issues and never loses track of the client's objective."
  • Christopher B. Noyes, a shareholder in the firm's Milwaukee office. His practice encompasses general corporate, securities and corporate finance issues while he represents public and private companies in mergers and acquisitions, mezzanine and venture capital financing, commercial lending matters and public and private equity and debt transactions. According to Chambers, he is both "knowledgeable and adept."
  • Patricia L. Falb, a shareholder in the firm's Milwaukee office, represents a variety of privately held companies and their owners and executives, as well as institutional lenders and investors on a wide range of corporate and commercial matters including mergers and acquisitions, private equity/venture capital transactions and corporate finance. According to Chambers, she has a "good style and provides the total package" with respect to client service.
  • Mark C. Witt, a shareholder in the firm's Milwaukee office. His practice is focused on mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, private equity, venture capital and general business law. He advises and represents public and private companies in a wide variety of industries in both their transactional and general business needs. According to Chambers, he is one of the "most thorough young M&A lawyers in the state."

Real Estate

  • Stephen L. Chernof, a shareholder in the firm's Milwaukee office, regularly represents developers, institutional lenders and others in the real estate field on a variety of matters, including tax credit transactions, tax incremental financing and other government related issues. According to Chambers, he is "even-handed and totally reliable" and "well respected by the counterparties in other firms."

  • Paul J. Dombrowski, a shareholder in the firm's Madison office, counsels clients on all facets of real estate law, including development, acquisitions and sales, tax incremental financing, mortgage lending, leasing, construction, annexation, zoning and land use. According to Chambers, he is known for his "expertise and experience on projects in Madison that involve PPPs (public/private partnerships)."

General Commercial Litigation

  • William H. Levit, a shareholder in the firm's Milwaukee office. His practice is quite diverse with substantial experience in all kinds of complex litigation including antitrust, securities, distributor relations, licensing, unfair competition, insurance regulation, insolvency, and coverage disputes, professional liability, shareholder disputes, corporate governance counseling and ADR. According to Chambers, his 40 years of experience resulted in an "eclectic practice" with a "truly wonderful reputation."
  • Brady C. Williamson, a shareholder in the firm's Madison office, is a constitutional and corporate litigator who has taught periodically at the University of Wisconsin Law School for more than 20 years. His practice focuses on appellate advocacy and corporate law and reorganization. According to Chambers, he is a "distinguished all-around litigator" whose "forte is appellate work at the Wisconsin Supreme Court level," and is noted for his "incredible intelligence."

"We're proud of the reputation Godfrey & Kahn has established for helping our clients build their businesses," said Rick Bliss, managing partner of Godfrey & Kahn. "We commend our attorneys whose experience and capabilities were recognized by Chambers." Chambers & Partners publishes the Chambers Directory and other widely recognized guides to the legal profession. For more information, visit Founded in 1957, Godfrey & Kahn maintains offices in Milwaukee, Madison, Appleton, Green Bay, Waukesha, Washington D.C. and Shanghai, China. 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.



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