DeWitt is one of the top ten largest law firms in Wisconsin, with an additional office in Minnesota. It has nearly 140 attorneys practicing in Madison and Metropolitan Milwaukee and Minneapolis, Minnesota in a variety of legal areas and has the experience to serve clients of all types and sizes. Its clients include large corporations and family owned businesses, employers, associations, individuals, municipalities and others who seek our advice in more than 30 different areas of the law.
From contracts to trials, its attorneys help to prevent problems and resolve issues. Founded in 1903, the firm prides itself on its distinguished history of aggressively representing clients to achieve positive and significant results.
Nominated by peers as top lawyers nationally and locally, its lawyers are known for their experience in several areas including corporate law, employment, environmental, employee benefits, government relations, health care, litigation, real estate, tax, estate planning, family law, personal injury, intellectual property, patents, trademarks and copyright law.
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July 2020: DeWitt law firm announced today attorney Jeff Goldman was recently elected to the Executive Committee of the Board of Governors for the State Bar of Wisconsin and was also elected as a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estates Council (ACTEC). Click here to read the full announcement.
June 2020: DeWitt announced its inclusion in the world’s leading resource to Patent Professionals, the 2020 IAM Patent 1000 guide. The guide recommends the Intellectual Property (IP) practice of the firm and its attorneys Eric Chadwick, Joseph Leone, Joseph Miotke, Charles Sara, and Christopher Scherer as top patent practitioners. In addition to IAM’s recognition, Miotke, Sara and Scherer were recently designated as 2020 “IP Stars” by Managing Intellectual Property Magazine, the definitive guide to leading IP firms and lawyers. Click here to read the full press release.
May 2020: DeWitt law firm announced the inclusion of four of its attorneys in the 2020/21 Intellectual Property (IP) Stars list of highly recommended IP practitioners, as released by Managing Intellectual Property IP Stars. The IP Stars are private practice IP professionals who have been highly recommended by their peers and clients. DeWitt and its attorneys David Biek, Joseph Miotke, Charles Sara and Christopher Scherer are listed as top patent and trademark practitioners in Wisconsin and Minnesota. Click here to read the full press release.
March 2020: Anna Loess has joined Wisconsin member firm DeWitt as a member of its family law and estate planning groups in the firm’s Madison office. Ms. Loess focuses her practice on family law, elder law, estate planning, and probate and trust matters. In the area of family law, she represents clients in divorce and legal separation, maintenance, child support, physical placement and custody issues, property division and complex division issues including retirement and business assets, paternity actions, grandparent visitation, same-sex litigation matters, litigation cases involving never-married parties, elder law divorce matters, and pre- and post-nuptial marital property agreements. She is a graduate of the DePaul University College of Law.
January 2020: Theresa Roetter has joined Wisconsin member firm DeWitt in its Madison office as an equity partner in its family law practice. Ms. Roetter specializes in assisted reproduction, adoption, guardianship, and LGBT law. She drafts and negotiates gestational surrogacy agreements as well as sperm and egg donation agreements and has established parentage in many Wisconsin counties. Ms. Roetter earned her J.D. at Marquette University Law School. She is also a fellow of the Academy of Adoption and Assisted Reproduction Attorneys. Also at DeWitt, Eli Van Camp has been named partner. Mr. Van Camp is a trial attorney, focusing on intellectual property and business litigation. He received his J.D. from the University of Oregon School of Law, where he served as editor in chief of the Oregon Review of International Law.
December 2019: Eleven attorneys at Wisconsin member firm DeWitt were named by Wisconsin Super Lawyers® as top attorneys in the Badger State for 2019. Additionally, eight attorneys were recognized as “rising stars.” Attorneys selected for inclusion in on the 2019 Wisconsin Super Lawyers® list are Shannon Allen, Jon Axelrod, Stephen DiTullio, Eric Farnsworth, Douglas Frazer, David Hase, Paul Hoefle, Ronald Ragatz, Joseph Ranney, III, Brian Smigelski, and Michael Wilcox. Those named “rising stars” are Matthew Hills, Chase Horne, Oliva Kelley, Michael Kruse, Deborah Meiners, Scott Paler, Brody Richter, and Barret Van Sicklen.
September 2019: Four attorneys from Wisconsin member firm DeWitt have been recognized as Lawyers of the Year in the Best Lawyers® 2020 edition. Additionally, 35 of its attorneys have been named to the 2020 Best Lawyers® list. Also at DeWitt, the Francis Investment Counsel recently awarded the firm its Compass Award for its long-term commitment to excellence in the stewardship of its employees’ retirement assets. The firm’s oversight of its retirement plan has led to a 90% participation rate, with the average employee saving 8.9% of income in the plan, well above the national average of 7.2%. Participants also exceed industry averages in terms of Roth utilization, with 45% of plan participants taking advantage of this vehicle compared to the 18% industry average. FIC is a nationally recognized expert retirement plan investment advisory organization.
July 2019: Olivia Kelley and Barret Van Sicklen have been appointed co-chairs of Wisconsin member firm DeWitt’s litigation practice group. Ms. Kelley practices primarily from the firm’s Brookfield office and Mr. Van Sicklen from its Madison office. Ms. Kelley works with clients to assess and address their legal obligations and avoid potential issues surrounding the preservation and handling of electronic information. She earned her J.D. at Marquette University Law School. Mr. Van Sicklen focuses his practice on complex business disputes and labor and employment litigation. He was awarded his J.D. by the University of Wisconsin Law School. Also at DeWitt, Kierre Elvington and Kimberly Ripp have joined the firm. Mr. Elvington is an associate in the litigation and business practice groups in the firm’s Brookfield office. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Law School. Ms. Ripp joins as a partner in the firm’s Madison office. She focuses her practice on all matters related to divorce, custody, support, paternity, post-decree issues, and marital property agreements. Ms. Ripp, too, is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Law School.
June 2019: Joseph Miotke, Charles Sara and Christopher Scherer of Wisconsin member firm DeWitt have been named 2019 intellectual property “stars” by Managing Intellectual Property magazine. Mr. Miotke practices from the firm’s Milwaukee office and specializes in intellectual property law, international law, litigation and patent litigation. Mr. Sara practices from the firm’s Madison office and specializes in intellectual property and international law. And Mr. Scherer is co-chair of the firm’s intellectual property group and practices from its Milwaukee office, specializing in intellectual property and international law.
March 2019: Howard Schoenfeld and David Schwartz of Wisconsin member firm DeWitt have been named members of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Wisconsin by the National Trial Lawyers Association. Mr. Schoenfeld, who has been included as a member for 13 years, has practiced for more than 30 years in both state and federal courts. He frequently represents clients in a wide array of litigation matters ranging from civil rights issues to violations of constitutional rights, building defects, and personal injuries. He earned his J.D. at the University of Wisconsin Law School. Mr. Schwartz, who has been included as a member for six years, is a practicing litigator with nearly 40 years of experience representing clients successfully in a variety of civil litigation disputes. He specializes in personal injury, medical negligence, worker’s compensation, and general civil litigation including commercial real estate litigation. He is a graduate of the University of South Dakota School of Law.
February 2019: Christopher Scherer of Wisconsin member firm DeWitt has been recognized by Lexology in its 2019 Client Choice Awards for Excellence in Client Service. The Client Choice Awards recognize partners around the world that stand apart for the excellent client service they provide. Mr. Scherer is co-chair of the firm’s intellectual property group. His domestic and international practice involves all facets of IP law, especially patent and trademark prosecution. Mr. Scherer also serves as in-house counsel on a contract basis for clients, where he manages IP portfolios, outside counsel and litigation matters as they arise. An active member of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI), he was awarded his J.D. by the John Marshall Law School.
January 2019: Wisconsin member firm DeWitt Ross & Stevens this month rebranded itself DeWitt. The firm’s president and managing partner Bradley Fulton said, “We recognize that the old-school tradition of long law firm names simply doesn’t match what consumers prefer: short brand names that are more memorable.” Founded in 1903, DeWitt is the oldest law firm in Madison, Wisconsin, and its metropolitan Milwaukee office is one of the largest in Waukesha County. “While the firm’s name is changing, its commitment to its clients’ success remains the same,” Mr. Fulton added.
December 2018: Super Lawyers® has named thirteen attorneys at Wisconsin member firm DeWitt Ross & Stevens top attorneys in Wisconsin for 2018. Additionally, six of its attorneys were recognized as Wisconsin Rising Stars®. Firm attorneys selected for inclusion in the 2018 Wisconsin Super Lawyers in Brookfield are Shannon Allen (business litigation), Douglas Frazer (tax), David Hase (business litigation), and Brian Smigelski (business litigation); in Madison, Jon Axelrod (business litigation), Denis Bartell (bankruptcy, business), Stephen DiTullio (employment and labor), Eric Farnsworth (PI general: plaintiff), Richard Pitzner (business/corporate), Ronald Ragatz (insurance coverage), Joseph Ranney, III (business litigation) and Michael Wilcox (estate and probate); and in Waukesha, Paul Hoefle (business litigation). Among the firm’s attorneys named Rising Stars in Brookfield are Matthew Hills (business litigation) and Olivia Kelley (general litigation); and in Madison, Chase Horne (civil litigation, defense), Deborah Meiners (business litigation), Scott Paler (employment and labor), and Barret Van Sicklen (employment and labor).
November 2018: Joseph Leone and Christopher of Wisconsin member firm DeWitt Ross & Stevens have been appointed co-chairs of the firm’s intellectual property practice group. Messrs. Leone and Scherer succeed Charles Sara, who chaired the group from 1991 – 2018. Mr. Leone is frequently engaged in opinion work, drafting freedom to operate opinions for U.S. manufacturers and foreign companies importing goods into the U.S. He also serves as an expert witness in state and federal actions regarding U.S. Patent & Trademark Office practices and procedures. Mr. Leone received a J.D. from Marquette University Law School, an M.S. in organic chemistry from Marquette University and an A.B. in chemistry from Kenyon College. Mr. Scherer concentrates his legal practice on domestic and international patent prosecution, particularly for electrical and electronic circuits and systems, computer software, medical devices, medical patient monitoring and treatment technology, device fabrication, optical devices and systems, as well as mechanical devices. He is also actively involved in the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property and serves on the AIPPI-US national steering committee. Mr. Scherer, who earned his J.D. at the John Marshall Law School and his B.S. in electrical engineering at Marquette University, has given dozens of presentations on intellectual property law and created and taught an intellectual property law course in Marquette University’s College of Engineering.