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DeWitt’s Wisconsin Super Lawyers & Rising Stars Announced

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                     
November 15, 2019        

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Michelle M. Friedman, / 262-754-2877


MADISON | MILWAUKEE | MINNEAPOLIS – DeWitt LLP announced today 11 of its attorneys were named by Wisconsin Super Lawyers® as top attorneys in Wisconsin for 2019. Additionally, 8 attorneys were recognized as Rising Stars®.

Attorneys selected for inclusion in 2019 Wisconsin Super Lawyers and Rising Stars are:

Super Lawyers:

  • Shannon A. Allen – Business Litigation
  • Jon P. Axelrod – Business Litigation
  • Stephen A. DiTullio – Employment & Labor
  • Eric A. Farnsworth – PI Plaintiff
  • Douglas H. Frazer – Tax
  • David J. Hase – Business Litigation
  • Paul R. Hoefle – Business Litigation
  • Ronald R. Ragatz – Insurance Coverage
  • Joseph A. Ranney, III – Business Litigation
  • Brian R. Smigelski – Business Litigation
  • Michael W. Wilcox – Estate & Probate

Rising Stars:

  • Matthew J. Hills – Business/Corporate
  • Chase A. Horne – Civil Litigation – Defense
  • Oliva M. Kelley – General Litigation
  • Michael R. Kruse – Civil Litigation – Plaintiff
  • Deborah H. Meiners – Business Litigation
  • Scott M. Paler – Employment & Labor
  • Brody C. Richter – Business/Corporate
  • Barret V. Van Sicklen – Employment & Labor

The selections for Super Lawyers are made by the research team at Super Lawyers, which is a service of the Thomson Reuters legal division based in Eagan, Minnesota. Each year the team conducts a thorough selection process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, independent evaluation of candidates by the attorney-led research staff, a peer review of candidates by practice area and a good-standing and disciplinary check.

The final list of Wisconsin Super Lawyers features the top five percent of attorneys in more than 60 practice areas. Lawyers featured on the Rising Stars list are selected based upon similar criteria as Super Lawyers; however, a candidate must either be under 40 years of age or in practice for 10 years or less, and a peer evaluation is not conducted.

About DeWitt

DeWitt LLP is one of the ten largest law firms based in Wisconsin, with an additional presence in Minnesota.  It has nearly 140 attorneys practicing in Madison and Metropolitan Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and Minneapolis, Minnesota, in a variety of legal areas and has the experience to service clients of all scopes and sizes.  The firm is known for its work in several areas, including intellectual property, patents, trademarks and copyright law, civil rights litigation, construction litigation, corporate law, employment, environmental, employee benefits, estate planning, family law, government relations, health care, litigation, real estate, and tax law.  More information is available at


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Infosec thanks military scholarship winners for their service

MADISON, Wis., Nov. 11, 2019 – In recognition of Veteran’s Day and as thanks for their service, Infosec and CompTIA today announced the military and veteran recipients for the 2019 Infosec Scholarship Program. The program provides scholarships intended for cybersecurity students and aspiring information security professionals. 

“I’m humbled by the service and sacrifice of our veterans and active-duty military,” said Jack Koziol, Infosec CEO and founder. “Our military has been on the front lines of the war on cybercrime here and internationally. We are indebted to them for helping to keep us safe and secure. 

“Those still serving and others transitioning out of the military can build exceptional cybersecurity careers because of skills learned in the service. Problem-solving, teamwork, making fast and accurate decisions, and adaptability are all skills many organizations seek in security professionals,” Koziol added.

Each scholarship is valued at $13,000 and gives recipients the skills, credentials and experience needed to secure a professional-level, cybersecurity position. The scholarship winners are: 

Military and Veteran Scholarship Recipients

  • Alex Hardy — Madison (U.S. Army Reserves)
  • Gary Henderson — Bowie, Maryland (Army)
  • Jennifer Pack — Spotsylvania, Virginia (Army)

Nine women, minority and undergraduate cybersecurity Infosec scholarship recipients were recognized Sept. 30, 2019.

The scholarship recipients receive three award-winning cybersecurity training courses and certification vouchers thanks to a partnership with CompTIA, the world’s leading provider of IT certifications.

Security certifications like CompTIA’s Security+ and CompTIA’s Network+ are common requirements for many information-security roles. The Infosec 2019 Scholarship Program aims to bring awareness to workforce diversity challenges, while proactively working to reduce the number of open jobs in the cybersecurity industry.

The cybersecurity skills shortage is a growing crisis facing organizations. From September 2017 through August 2018 employers across the United States posted job openings for more than 313,000 cybersecurity-related positions, according to CyberSeek, a free resource on the nation’s cybersecurity workforce, job market and career opportunities.


About InfoSec Institute

Infosec has been fighting cybercrime since 2004. Thousands of organizations and over 2.68 million learners trust the wide range of security-specific classes and enterprise security awareness and phishing training to stay a step ahead of the bad guys. Infosec IQ, Infosec Flex and Infosec Skills provide the most advanced and comprehensive education and training platforms. In 2019, Infosec was named a Leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Security Awareness Computer-Based Training. Founded by CEO Jack Koziol, Infosec is based in Madison, with offices in Chicago and Dulles, Virginia.

About CompTIA

The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) is a leading voice and advocate for the $5 trillion global information technology ecosystem; and the more than 50 million industry and tech professionals who design, implement, manage, and safeguard the technology that powers the world’s economy. Through education, training, certifications, advocacy, philanthropy, and market research, CompTIA is the hub for advancing the tech industry and its workforce. To learn more visit


Jeff McCollum

Infosec Media & PR Manager


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Stoughton Trailers Earns Flowers Family Foundation’s Wisconsin Business Achievement Award

LA CROSSE, WIS. (Tuesday, October 15, 2019) — The Flowers Family Foundation presented its sixth annual Wisconsin Business Achievement Award to Stoughton Trailers, LLC, a global leader in transportation equipment, during a luncheon today at the Waterfront Restaurant & Tavern in La Crosse.

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Bachmann Construction and Other Area Businesses Receive Giving Back Awards at Fred Bachmann, Sr., Good for HIM Golf Outing to Promote Men’s Health

Media Contact: Joan Collins Publicity, Inc. (608-222-2899)

Bachmann Construction and Other Area Businesses Receive Giving Back Awards at Fred Bachmann, Sr., Good for HIM Golf Outing to Promote Men’s Health

Al Bachmann, president of Bachmann Construction, Madison, was recently honored for his firm’s sponsorship and involvement in creating an annual golf outing designed to encourage men to get annual physical checkups. Bachmann Construction helped initiate the annual Fred Bachmann Sr., Good for HIM (A Health Initiative for Men) Golf Outing three years ago in partnership with the nonprofit Tomorrow’s Hope, Inc.

Greg Smithback, Bachmann Construction vice president of business development, who chaired the recent golf outing, said many men attending the event had stories to tell about their own health scares or those of their brothers and fathers. The banquet discussion emphasized the need for men to take better care of themselves. The event is in memory of Al Bachmann’s father, Fred Bachmann, who founded the construction firm 65 years ago.

“Our goal is to encourage men to get over being macho and get an annual physical rather than waiting until disaster strikes. National statistics show that 40 per cent of men don’t take medical action until something goes drastically wrong,” Smithback said.

Tomorrow’s Hope, Inc is a Jefferson-based nonprofit that partners with healthcare providers, universities, and state health agencies to have a direct impact on community health outcomes across South Central Wisconsin. Over 21 years the organization has granted more than $4.3 million in support of education, research and local health services. Good for HIM is a men’s health initiative and awareness building campaign aimed at reducing the gap in life expectancy between men and women by urging men to make their health a priority.

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EZ Office Products Recognized as “Green Professional” by the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council

Madison, WI – September 23, 2019 – EZ Office Products (EZOP) has been recognized as a “Green Professional” business as part of the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council’s Green Masters Program.

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