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LINDNER & MARSACK, S.C., ANNOUNCES DANIEL PEDRIANA’S NOMINATION AS A FELLOW OF THE COLLEGE OF WORKERS’ COMPENSATION LAWYERS

Lindner & Marsack, S.C., today announced that Daniel Pedriana has been nominated as a Fellow of the College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers.

According to the College’s Board of Governors, who approved Pedriana’s nomination, election as a Fellow represents the recognition by your colleagues that you have distinguished yourself as an outstanding professional. It recognizes that an attorney has made a sustained contribution to the field and meets the College’s standards of integrity, professionalism and character.

“I’m honored to be recognized by the highly-regarded College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers,” says Pedriana. “In addition, I’m humbled by the company I’ll join as a Fellow of the College – attorneys who demonstrate the highest level of professional expertise as well as a strong commitment to ethical standards, integrity and leadership.”

Pedriana is a shareholder and member of the Board of Directors of Lindner & Marsack. His practice primarily focuses on defending workers’ compensation claims for the insurance industry and self-insured employers. He also frequently handles related employment and subrogation issues. Pedriana lectures and speaks on workers’ compensation law, along with related labor and employment law and subrogation topics, in Wisconsin and throughout the United States.

A special induction ceremony and dinner for new Fellows will be held at the Westin New Orleans Canal Place Hotel on Saturday, March 28, 2020.

LINDNER & MARSACK, S.C., ANNOUNCES SIGNIFICANT EXPANSION OF WORKER’S COMPENSATION DEFENSE PRACTICE WITH TWO NEW FIRM OFFICES OPENING IN MADISON AND MANITOWOC

Lindner & Marsack, S.C., today announced the opening of two new firm offices in Madison and Manitowoc. The offices, which will each be staffed by a lead attorney as well as additional support staff, represent a significant expansion of the firm’s lauded worker’s compensation defense practice.

Andrew J. Quartaro will head Lindner & Marsack’s new Madison office located on the Capitol Square. In Manitowoc, the firm welcomes James W. Goonan to lead that office. Both Quartaro and Goonan formerly practiced with vonBriesen & Roper as well as Peterson, Johnson & Murray.

Quartaro has been repeatedly recognized by The Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers and was awarded an AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating possible.

He is a frequent author and presenter on worker’s compensation issues and is a member of the State Bar of Wisconsin and the Civil Trial Counsel of Wisconsin.

Goonan serves on the Board of Directors of the Wisconsin Association of Worker’s Compensation Attorneys and is a frequent presenter on Wisconsin worker’s compensation issues. He has been recognized as a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers and is a member of the State Bar of Wisconsin.

“We are committed to doing whatever we can to deliver our very best results to every client, every day,” says Oyvind Wistrom, Firm President. “Having two top-notch attorneys join our well-regarded worker’s compensation defense team gives us additional depth and expertise, while two new office locations offer a higher level of service and convenience for our clients.”

Both offices officially opened January 2, 2020. For more information, please call (414) 273-3910 or visit www.lindner-marsack.com.

 

LINDNER & MARSACK, S.C., ANNOUNCES SUPER LAWYER DESIGNATIONS FOR 2019

Lindner & Marsack, S.C., today announced five attorneys have been acknowledged as Super Lawyers for 2019. Honorees include Douglas M. Feldman, Thomas W. Mackenzie, Gary A. Marsack, Jonathan T. Swain and Oyvind Wistrom.

“We’re very gratified that the dedication of these individual attorneys is being recognized and honored by their peers through Super Lawyers,” said Wistrom, President of Lindner & Marsack.

Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Attorneys are selected using a rigorous, multi-phase rating process in which peer nominations and evaluations are combined with third party research. The objective of the program is to create a credible, comprehensive, and diverse listing of outstanding attorneys that can be used as a resource for attorneys and consumers searching for legal counsel.

In addition, Lindner & Marsack has once again been selected as a Best Law Firm (for 2020) in U.S. News & World Report’s annual Best Lawyers rankings. These selections are based on a rigorous process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations, peer review from leading attorneys in their field, and review of additional information provided by law firms as part of the formal submission process.

“Every single day, we dedicate ourselves to helping employers in Wisconsin and across the country minimize risks and navigate their toughest legal challenges,” said Wistrom. “First and foremost, we do what we do to advance the interests and success of our clients. To be recognized for that work by leading industry publications and rankings adds another element of pride and satisfaction for our entire team.”

 

LAURIE PETERSEN NAMED PRESIDENT OF WORKLAW® NETWORK

Lindner & Marsack, S.C., announced today Laurie Petersen has been named as the new president of Worklaw® Network.

Petersen is a shareholder and member of Lindner & Marsack’s Board of Directors. Her labor and employment law experience covers a broad spectrum of matters for diverse business organizations in a range of industries.

“It’s my hope that my extensive experience in all aspects of employment law will position me well to lead the activities of my esteemed colleagues and peers in Worklaw® Network,” said Petersen. “Employers today face complex legal considerations, and I’m honored to lead an organization that helps employers minimize their risks and navigate their challenges.”

Worklaw® Network is a network of independent law firms that have formed a not-for-profit association for the professional exchange of information.  Worklaw® Network’s rigorous membership recruiting standards offer employers a virtual “seal of approval.”  Worklaw® Network member firms and their clients can utilize the resources of more than 350 lawyers, all of whom practice exclusively in labor and employment matters for employers. Collectively, Worklaw® Network members have over 34 offices in 27 U.S. states plus Canada and Mexico, and the network includes affiliate members in Australia, Europe, Asia and India. The network formed in 1989.

Petersen will serve a one year term as President until October 2020.

LINDNER & MARSACK, S.C. NAMES THREE LONG-TIME ATTORNEYS AS SHAREHOLDERS

Lindner & Marsack, S.C., announced today that three attorneys – Kristofor Hanson, Chelsie Springstead and Melissa Stone – will become equity shareholders in the growing Milwaukee-based firm effective January 1, 2020.

Hanson represents employers in a wide variety of labor and employment law matters with a heavy emphasis on traditional labor law, collective bargaining, contract administration and labor relations. He also has significant experience handling employment discrimination claims, wage and hour issues, Family and Medical Leave Act and disability claims, and disputes arising under the National Labor Relations Act. He is a member of the State Bar of Wisconsin and the American Bar Association; a past Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Curative Care Network; and a member of the Dean’s Advisory Board at UW-Whitewater. He has been recognized several times as a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers magazine.

Springstead joined Lindner & Marsack, S.C. in 2009. Her practice focuses on worker’s compensation defense, employment defense, subrogation, and Medicare-related issues. She is a frequent speaker and lecturer on worker’s compensation, employment law, and Medicare-related topics, and also provides training to employers and insurance carriers in these areas. Springstead has been very active in the worker’s compensation community throughout her career, having recently been named as President of the Wisconsin Worker’s Compensation Forum Board and serving for years as Secretary and Treasurer of the Wisconsin Association of Worker’s Compensation Attorneys in the past. She has been recognized several times as a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers magazine.

Stone, who has been with the firm since 2012, has been exclusively practicing worker’s compensation defense and subrogation for more than a decade. In her practice, she represents insurance carriers and self-insured employers, providing legal guidance and counsel on highly complex situations, as well as establishing action plans for case investigation and litigation through hearings and appeals. Stone is a frequent lecturer and presenter on worker’s compensation law topics in Wisconsin and she is a Board Member for the Wisconsin Association of Worker’s Compensation Attorneys (WAWCA).

Springstead and Stone are both members of Lindner & Marsack’s highly regarded worker’s compensation defense team, which received a ‘first tier’ ranking by U.S. News & World Report.

Firm President Oyvind Wistrom looks forward to starting the new year with an ever-deepening leadership team. “Our focus every single day is to serve as management’s most trusted partner and advisor,” he says. “The challenges faced by employers are more complex and multi-faceted than ever, and our commitment to help clients navigate challenges is stronger than ever. Kris, Chelsie and Melissa bring decades of experience and proven results in helping our clients mitigate risk, manage costs and, ultimately, be successful.”

Daniel Finerty Appointed To The Native Nations Law Task Force By DRI, The Voice Of The Defense Bar

Daniel Finerty, a Shareholder with Lindner & Marsack, S.C., was recently appointed to Native Nations Law Task Force by DRI, The Voice Of The Defense Bar.

Launched in 2017, Native Nations Law Task Force, a first-of-its-kind initiative, provides networking and educational opportunities for defense litigators, tribal in-house counsel and insurance companies called upon to defend native nations faced with civil lawsuits where the parties often find themselves in tribal jurisdictions, subject to the unique laws and customs of a tribal justice system.

Mr. Finerty continues to extend his practice defending native nations and their Employment Practice Liability Insurance carriers facing employment litigation in tribal, state and federal courts. He provides a unique skillset to native nations and their insurance carriers, bringing his 20-plus years of employment litigation experience, and his expertise defending sovereign nations in employment disputes, to bear in these matters.

Mr. Finerty looks forward to bringing his unique experience to further assisting native nations facing civil litigation. “I have been honored and humbled to support the extremely talented attorneys who provide general counsel to several Native American nations, and their insurance partners. I hope to continue doing so through the Native Nations Law Task Force. This effort is already gaining momentum with representation of several jurisdictions across the United States, including Alaska, and the First Nations in Canada,” Mr. Finerty said. The Native Nations Law Task Force presented at DRI’s Annual Meeting in October 2018 and is continuing its outreach to DRI going forward.

“Daniel’s unique expertise in defending native nations in employment disputes pairs up incredibly well with his deep experience working with the employment practice liability insurers that support his tribal clients. This honor is testament to his passion for this work,” said Oyvind Wistrom, Lindner & Marsack, S.C.’s President.

For more than fifty-five years, DRI has been the voice of the defense bar, advocating for 22,000 defense attorneys, commercial trial attorneys, and corporate counsel and defending the integrity of the civil judiciary. A thought leader, DRI provides world-class legal education, deep expertise for policy-makers, legal resources, and networking opportunities to facilitate career and law firm growth.

LINDNER & MARSACK, S.C., ANNOUNCES 2020 BEST LAWYER DESIGNATIONS

Lindner & Marsack, S.C. today announced six attorneys have been recognized for 2020 as part of the annual Best Lawyers list, one of the oldest and most highly-respected peer review guides to the legal profession worldwide.

Thomas Mackenzie, Gary Marsack, Jonathan Swain and Oyvind Wistrom were acknowledged in the Employment Law-Management category while Mackenzie, Marsack and Swain also made the Labor Law-Management list; Mackenzie and Wistrom were acknowledged in the Litigation-Labor and Employment category; Daniel Finerty was honored in the Appellate Practice category; and Douglas Feldman was honored in the Workers’ Compensation Law-Employers category.

“We have a dedicated team providing excellent labor and employment representation and work injury defense to employers in Wisconsin and around the country,” said Wistrom, President of the Firm. “The Best Lawyers designations are especially meaningful because they come from our esteemed colleagues and peers. But, most importantly, we appreciate recognition for the level of service and dedication we deliver to our clients as management’s most trusted legal advisor.”

Best Lawyers rankings are compiled by conducting exhaustive peer-review surveys in which tens of thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers. If the votes for an attorney are positive enough for inclusion in Best Lawyers, that attorney must maintain those votes in subsequent polls to remain on the list for each edition. Best Lawyers peer-reviewed listings are now published in more than 70 countries around the world.

LINDNER & MARSACK, S.C. ANNOUNCES NEW PRESIDENT AS TWO NEW ASSOCIATES JOIN THE TEAM

Lindner & Marsack, S.C. announced today that Oyvind Wistrom will take over duties as the Firm’s President. Wistrom has been with the Firm since 1994, has been a shareholder since 2005 and has served on the board of directors since 2014. At the same time, Lindner & Marsack has added two new associates to their team: James Panther and Christopher Saugstad.

Wistrom is pleased to be taking over leadership of the Firm at a time of continued growth. “We’ve built our reputation as a trusted advisor and partner over more than 100 years of helping clients solve their toughest legal challenges,” he says. “I’m honored to have been entrusted with that legacy and look forward to continuing to advance the work we do to help employers minimize risk and implement practical, cost-effective, and legally-sound business solutions.”

Panther joins Lindner & Marsack’s widely-recognized worker’s compensation defense team. He received his JD from Marquette University Law School in 2014 and has been practicing law in Wisconsin since. He is a member of the Wisconsin Association of Worker’s Compensation Attorneys (WAWCA) and the State Bar of Wisconsin.

A 2018 graduate of Marquette University Law School, Saugstad was a Thomas More Law Scholar, a member of the Marquette Business Law Society and had the opportunity to intern for the U.S. Law Library of Congress. He will focus primarily in the areas of employment counseling, litigation and employee benefits. He is a member of the State Bar of Wisconsin, the American Bar Association and the Milwaukee Bar, as well as the Young Lawyers Divisions of those organizations. He is currently admitted to practice in all Wisconsin state courts, in federal court in the Eastern District of Wisconsin, and in the United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit.

“I’m pleased that one of my first official duties is to welcome James and Christopher to Lindner & Marsack,” says Wistrom. “They will both be great assets to their colleagues and our clients as we continue to provide top quality labor and employment representation and work injury defense to employers in Wisconsin and around the country.”

REGISTER NOW! 2019 COMPLIANCE/BEST PRACTICES SEMINAR

WHEN: May 8, 2019 – 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

375 South Moorland Road, Brookfield, WI

WHERE: Sheraton Milwaukee Brookfield Hotel

Registration and a continental breakfast will be served beginning at 7:30 a.m. Click here to register.

This COMPLIMENTARY half-day seminar will address the latest labor and employment topics impacting employers today, including:

2019 Legal Updates for Labor, Employment and Worker’s Compensation

Is Your Company Protected? Legal Challenges in a Tight Labor Market

Mental Health, Alcohol & Opioids in the Workplace: Recognizing an Employee in Crisis and the Impact on Employment Policies and Worker’s Compensation Claims