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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.

 

LINDNER & MARSACK, S.C. NAMES SALLY PIEFER AS EQUITY PARTNER

Lindner & Marsack, S.C., one of the region’s most respected and long-standing management-side labor and employment law firms, announced today the advancement of Sally Piefer to Equity Partner.

Piefer, who joined Lindner & Marsack in 2016, specializes broadly in all areas of employment law matters with special emphasis in employment litigation, employment counseling and compliance issues, and employee/supervisor training. Sally’s litigation practice has involved representing and defending employers in employment discrimination, wage & hour, FMLA, ADA, OSHA and unemployment compensation claims. In addition, she frequently drafts, advises clients and litigates claims involving non-competition, non-solicitation, confidentiality and duty of loyalty issues.

“In the short time Sally has been with Lindner & Marsack, she has become both a leader among our dedicated team of attorneys as well as an invaluable asset to our clients in providing counsel to help them address their toughest legal challenges,” said Thomas Mackenzie, Firm President.

Piefer received her JD from Marquette Law School in 1994. Before joining Lindner & Marsack, she led the employment law team at a small Waukesha area law firm for more than 17 years. Piefer has an AV rating from Martindale Hubbell, the highest possible. She has also received “Women in the Law” accolades from the Wisconsin Law Journal and special recognition from the Waukesha County Community Foundation’s Women of Distinction.

“No matter the issue or challenge facing a client, my main goal is to help employers operate in the most efficient, productive and cost-effective environment possible, says Piefer. “I take immense pride in working with clients to mitigate and manage risk, and helping them implement solutions that are proactive, practical and legally sound. Doing this work with the support of my colleagues at Lindner & Marsack just makes it that much more rewarding.”

 

LINDNER & MARSACK, S.C., ANNOUNCES 2017 SUPER LAWYER AND BEST LAWYER DESIGNATIONS

Lindner & Marsack, S.C., one of the region’s most respected and long-standing management, labor, and employment firms, today announced seven attorneys acknowledged by Super Lawyer magazine. Honorees include Douglas M. Feldman, Daniel J. Finerty, Thomas W. Mackenzie, Gary A. Marsack, Chelsie D. Springstead, Jonathan T. Swain and Oyvind Wistrom.

Finerty, Mackenzie, Marsack and Swain were also recognized as Best Lawyers by U.S. News & World Report, as was Feldman who received the additional honor of being named as a Lawyer of the Year by the publication.

“The Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers designations highlight the accomplishment not only of the individual lawyers receiving the acknowledgement but also the quality of the work provided by the entire firm,” said Mackenzie, President of the firm. He added, “Peer recognition is always appreciated but these accolades do not occur in a vacuum. We have a dedicated team providing excellent labor and employment representation and work injury defense to employers in Wisconsin and around the country.”

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.

Laurie Petersen Recognized by the Wisconsin Law Journal as a 2017 Women in the Law Honoree

Lindner & Marsack, S.C. is pleased to offer enthusiastic congratulations to Laurie Petersen, who is being recognized by the Wisconsin Law Journal as a 2017 Women in the Law honoree. Petersen, who has been with the firm since 1990, is a shareholder and member of its Board of Directors. Her extensive labor and employment law experience covers a broad spectrum of matters for diverse business organizations in a range of industries. She frequently lectures on critical employment law topics for a variety of human resource and training organizations, and holds an adjunct faculty position at Marquette University Law School where she teaches employment discrimination law.

“For 27 years, Laurie Petersen has been an integral member of our dedicated team of attorneys,” said Firm President Thomas Mackenzie. “Our clients are fortunate to have her at their side during litigation but, perhaps more importantly, she has dedicated her career to helping clients create proactive, cost-effective legal strategies to achieve their business goals while minimizing the risk of litigation.”

The 14th annual Women in the Law recognition event will take place Wednesday, June 7, at Milwaukee’s Discovery World. For more information about the event and a full list of this year’s honorees, visit http://wislawjournal.com/women-in-the-law/.