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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
August 01, 2008

Milwaukee, Wisconsin (August 1, 2008) The law firm of Godfrey & Kahn is pleased to announce that the firm's corporate/ M & A, real estate, general commercial litigation and intellectual property practices were ranked among the top statewide in Chambers & Partners' listing of "America's Leading Business Lawyers 2008." Chambers & Partners publishes the Chambers Directory and other internationally recognized guides to the legal profession. Additionally, a number of the firm's attorneys have been recognized individually, as noted below.

Corporate/ M&A

· Peter M. Sommerhauser, a shareholder in the firm's Milwaukee office, focuses his practice in manufacturing, service and retail sectors and advises on acquisitions and sales of private and public companies. According to Chambers, he is "one of the top deal-makers in Milwaukee and is thoroughly deserving of his top-tier status in this area."

· 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. Chambers praised him for his "level-headed M&A counsel."

· Christopher B. Noyes, a shareholder in the firm's Milwaukee office, has a practice which encompasses general corporate, securities and corporate finance issues. He represents public and private companies in mergers and acquisitions. According to Chambers, he is "a reliable and skilled attorney who does effective work."

· Patricia L. Falb, a shareholder in the firm's Milwaukee office, represents a variety of privately held companies and their owners and executives, private equity firms and institutional lenders. She counsels clients 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 is a "fine, reliable attorney and one of the hardest workers around."

· Mark C. Witt, a shareholder in the firm's Milwaukee office, focuses his practice 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 "a business-savvy professional and responsive communicator."

Real Estate

· Stephen L. Chernof, a shareholder in the firm's Milwaukee office, 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 "strong, senior and esteemed" with a "detail-oriented approach."

· Michael J. Dwyer, a shareholder in the firm's Milwaukee office, is experienced in a wide variety of real estate matters, ranging from buying, selling, leasing and financing real estate to private placement syndications. He represents landlords and tenants in the retail industry and a number of developers and investors active in the build to suit, off-balance sheet leasing markets. Chambers deemed him a "proficient technician" for lending, development and landlord and tenant work.

General Commercial Litigation

· William H. Levit, Jr., a shareholder in the firm's Milwaukee office, has a diverse practice with substantial experience in all kinds of complex litigation as well as international disputes which earned him a top-tier Chambers' rating. Chambers describes him as an "eminent and exceedingly knowledgeable attorney with a broad background in complicated matters" who is "fair-minded with great tactical skills." Chambers notes that his national arbitration practice "benefits from his inherent ability to move things toward resolution."

· Brady C. Williamson, a shareholder in the firm's Madison and Washington, D.C. offices, is a constitutional and corporate litigator who has taught periodically at the University of Wisconsin Law School for over 20 years. His practice focuses on appellate advocacy and corporate law and reorganization. According to Chambers, he is a "wonderful trial lawyer whose bankruptcy expertise is recognized on a countrywide basis."

· Daniel T. Flaherty, a shareholder in the firm's Appleton, Green Bay and Milwaukee offices, focuses on complex business litigation. His civil and criminal litigation experience includes antitrust, complex corporate disputes, financial institutions, health care, intellectual property, internal corporate investigations, securities and tax litigation. According to Chambers, he is an "intelligent, creative and personable attorney with a thorough approach."

"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." 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 180 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, visit our web site at


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