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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

LINDNER & MARSACK, S.C., ANNOUNCES 2018 SUPER LAWYER AND BEST LAWYER DESIGNATIONS

Lindner & Marsack, S.C. today announced seven attorneys acknowledged by Super Lawyers magazine. Honorees include Douglas M. Feldman, Daniel J. Finerty, Thomas W. Mackenzie, Gary A. Marsack, Chelsie D. Springstead, Jonathan T. Swain and Oyvind Wistrom. Feldman, Finerty, Mackenzie, Marsack and Swain were also recognized as Best Lawyers by U.S. News & World Report.

“Year after year, we have had several of our team members honored with Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers designations, and it is a recognition we greatly value and appreciate,” said Mackenzie, President of Lindner & Marsack. He added, “This recognition not only highlights the accomplishments of our individual attorneys but speaks volumes about the quality of work provided by the entire firm as we help employers in Wisconsin and across the country minimize risks and navigate their toughest legal challenges.”

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.

Similarly, Best Lawyers rankings 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.

LINDNER & MARSACK, S.C. WELCOMES LAUREN MATTHIESEN TO TEAM  

 Lindner & Marsack, S.C., one of the region’s most respected and long-standing management-side labor and employment law firms, today announced Lauren Matthiesen has joined the firm as an Associate. Ms. Matthiesen will focus on defending worker’s compensation claims across a variety of industries. Prior to joining Lindner & Marsack, Ms. Matthiesen was a worker’s compensation defense attorney at Husch Blackwell and an associate attorney at Matthiesen, Wickert & Lehrer, S.C., where she focused on insurance defense and subrogation.

“Our worker’s compensation team has grown steadily in recent years, and Lauren will be a great asset to our clients in delivering efficient and effective representation for employers in all aspects of worker’s compensation defense,” said Thomas Mackenzie, Firm President.

Ms. Matthiesen received her law degree from Marquette University Law School in 2012. While in law school, she did pro bono work for LAMP (the Legal and Medical Partnership) and served as in intern in the Office of the Chief at the Milwaukee Police Department. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, after which she spent a year studying abroad at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth.

Licensed in both the Eastern and Western District courts in Wisconsin, Ms. Matthiesen is a member of CLM (Claims + Litigation Management). In addition to judging Wisconsin’s high school mock trial competition, she volunteers her time at Milwaukee area events including Germanfest and the Wauwatosa’s Farmer’s Market.

LINDNER & MARSACK, S.C. WELCOMES DAVID KEATING TO TEAM

Lindner & Marsack, S.C. is pleased to announce the hire of Attorney David Keating.

Keating comes to Lindner& Marsack with significant experience advising clients in the long-term care industry. He served as Chief Legal Officer and Secretary for Fortis Management Group, LLC, where he provided legal advice and assistance on issues relating to resident care, regulatory compliance, reimbursement, fraud and abuse, human resources, labor relations, transactions and other areas affecting client operations. Prior to that, he held several positions over more than a decade with Extendicare Health Services, Inc., eventually serving as that organization’s Vice President and General Counsel.

“David has proven experience navigating complex legal challenges in an industry that is rapidly evolving and significant among Lindner & Marsack’s client portfolio, which will be a great asset to our clients in healthcare and beyond,” said Thomas Mackenzie, Firm President.

Keating is a member of the State Bar of Wisconsin, the American Bar Association and the Legal Committee of the American Health Care Association. He received his J.D. from the Widener University School of Law in Wilmington, Delaware, in 1995.  He also earned a Master of Labor and Industrial Relations from Michigan State University in 1992 and a Bachelor of Arts in Labor and Industrial Relations and Political Science from Pennsylvania State University in 1991.

“Lindner & Marsack’s long history and excellent reputation as a top-tier, management-side labor and employment law firm, along with the firm’s growth in the healthcare sector, make this a great fit,” says Keating. “As a member of the Lindner & Marsack team, I look forward to serving clients in a way that exceeds expectations and delivers proactive, legally-sound strategies and solutions.”

REGISTER NOW! ANNUAL COMPLIANCE/BEST PRACTICES REVIEW

WHEN: May 23, 2018

8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

WHERE: Sheraton Milwaukee Brookfield Hotel

375 South Moorland Road

Brookfield, WI

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

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

  • Legal Updates – Labor, Employment and Worker’s Compensation
  • In Search of the Truth for Workplace Investigations: What are the Legal Pitfalls?
  • The Role of Human Resources in Protecting Company Information Before, During and After the Employment Relationship
  • Best and Worst Practices: Common Corporate, HR and Employment Policies that Hinder Employers’ Work Comp Claims and Create FMLA and Disability Law Nightmares
  • Stump the Chumps: Our panel of experts will address all of your burning employment questions

2018 Worker’s Compensation Gamble

Lindner & Marsack’s worker’s compensation defense practice is well recognized as an industry leader in providing work injury defense services to many of Wisconsin’s largest employers and insurance carriers.

Doug Feldman heads the Firm’s highly regarded work injury defense team and is a founding Board Member and current President of Kids’ Chance of Wisconsin.  Kids’ Chance is a non-profit organization that provides college scholarships to children of seriously injured workers in Wisconsin.

Kids’ Chance of Wisconsin is presenting a complimentary half-day worker’s compensation seminar on March 8, 2018 at Potawatomi Hotel and Casino, followed by a networking cocktail hour and raffle.  This year’s conference will focus on the opiate crisis in this country and its impact on workers compensation claims.  Funds raised at the event will directly support the Kids’ Chance mission of providing financial support, in the form of scholarships, to children of parents who have been seriously injured at work.

We encourage you to attend this dynamic and thought provoking conference. If you are interested in attending this event, click Kids’ Chance of WI – Here’s The Deal Seminar – March 8, 2018 for more information.

Lindner & Marsack owes much of its success to its good friends and clients in Wisconsin and is proud to support this worthy endeavor and give back to the community in such a meaningful way. We hope you will consider joining us for this educational opportunity.