Primary Areas of Practice:

  • Business Law
  • General Litigation
  • Estate Planning and Probate

Education

  • J.D., Marquette University Law School, Milwaukee, WI
  • B.A., Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI

Bar Admissions

  • Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit

Positions Held

  • Curran, Hollenbeck & Orton, S.C., Mauston, WI., 1975 – Present
    • Village Attorney
    • Township Attorney
    • Mediator: 1995 – Present

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Wisconsin Bar Association,
    • Litigation Section,
    • Business Law Section,
    • General Practice Section,
    • Board of Governors, 2009 – 2013
      • Executive Committee, 2010-13
    • Governor’s Advisory Council on Judicial Selection: 1987 – 1992
    • Chairman: 1992 – 2001
    • Resumed as member 2010-2018
    • Presided over the screening process by which the Governor appointed Judges
  • Federal Judge’s Nominating Commission, 2001-08; 2012-present
  • Sauk County and Juneau County Bar Associations

Community Involvement

  • Greater Sauk County Community Foundation: Director, 2008 – 2020
  • Mauston Area Development Corporation: Director & Officer
  • Patrick Church Finance Committee
  • Trustee on several charitable foundations and family trusts

Peer Review and Awards

  • American College of Trial Lawyers: 2001 – Present (Admission as a fellow in the college is by invitation only and is limited to the top 1% of all lawyers in the State having a minimum of 15 years of trial experience and having passed peer review in the areas of skill, ability and ethics).
  • “AV®Preeminent  (highest rating) by Martindale-Hubbell
  • “Super Lawyer” (repeat selection) as published by Milwaukee Magazine.
  • Litigation counsel of America: Fellow, 2014-present  (a peer invitation-only trial lawyer honorary society-its purpose is to promote superior advocacy and ethical standards).

Significant Cases Handled

  • Wisconsin Bar Association
    • Litigation, Business Law, General Practice Sections
    • Governor District 7 (nine counties): 2009-present
  • Governor’s Advisory Council on Judicial Selection
    • Statewide Member: 1987 – 2001
    • Chairman: 1992-2001
    • Presided over the screening process by which the Governor appointed Circuit Judges, several Court of Appeals  Judges and 3 State Supreme Court Justices.

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