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Godfrey & Kahn Shareholders Charles G. Vogel and Edward (Ned) B. Witte named 2015 Leader in the Law

March 18, 2015

MILWAUKEE (March 18, 2015) ? Godfrey & Kahn, S.C. is pleased to announce that Shareholders Charles G. Vogel and Edward (Ned) B. Witte have been named 2015 Leaders in the Law by the Wisconsin Law Journal.

The annual awards program, now in its 13th year, recognizes the top judges, attorneys and legal professionals making a difference in Wisconsin’s legal community. Honorees were chosen from nominations submitted by their peers and were recognized at a reception March 18 at the Pfister Hotel.

Vogel is a shareholder in the Corporate and Healthcare Practice Groups in the Milwaukee office. He has been an attorney with the firm since 1973. Vogel focuses his practice on representing business clients involved in diverse industries and provides counsel regarding a wide range of business issues and transactional matters, including day-to-day business law concerns and transactions as well as business acquisitions, dispositions and combinations. As part of his health care practice, he has handled the full range of health care joint ventures, acquisitions and affiliations, including the development of specialty hospitals, the acquisition and disposition of ambulatory surgery centers and medical practices, the structuring of hospital-physician co-management arrangements, and the merger and consolidation of medical practice groups and other providers. Vogel has also provided counsel to hospital boards regarding affiliations, mergers and participation in joint operating agreements. He earned his Bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, from Marquette University and received his J.D., cum laude, from the University of Wisconsin Law School where he was also a member of the Wisconsin Law Review.

Witte is a shareholder in the Environment & Energy Strategies Practice Group in the Milwaukee office. He has represented private and public clients in a full range of environmental matters in more than 40 states and several countries, including Europe, Latin America, Asia and Canada. Witte has guided clients on cost-effectively complying with environmental laws, remediating contaminated properties, meeting the requirements of water, wetland and stormwater regulations, and working through complex land use challenges. He has deep and varied experience in environmental due diligence and liability allocation in real estate and corporate transactions, standards, defense of government and private party lead enforcement actions and, conversely, enforcement of environmental contractual rights against third parties, the development and redevelopment of environmentally sensitive and contaminated properties, including Brownfields, and siting and permitting of manufacturing facilities and renewable and traditional energy projects. Witte earned his J.D., cum laude, and a Masters of Studies of Environmental Law, magna cum laude, from Vermont Law School.

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 website at

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