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At Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren, we know that every trusted relationship begins with understanding. That is why our attorneys take the time to listen critically, learn the unique attributes of each client’s business, and work together to build a foundation for success that goes beyond providing legal services. While doing so, we draw upon an exceptionally broad base of experience and a deep knowledge of the industries and sectors we serve. This blend of active understanding grounded by informed perspective equips our attorneys to deliver uniquely creative, yet efficient, legal counsel.

By consistently offering our clients cost-effective and innovative legal counsel, we have established ourselves as trusted advisors in many areas of corporate law. Our Client Service Standards, upheld to by all lawyers and staff, affirm our commitment to put the needs of our clients first and to pursue excellence in all that we do.

Reinhart meets the ever-evolving needs of today’s business with innovation, focus and commitment. The firm’s more than 200 attorneys are dedicated to providing accessible, responsive service from our seven offices throughout the country. Founded in 1894, Reinhart is one of the nation’s 200 largest law firms (National Law Journal). We serve as attorneys and business law counselors to public and privately held corporations, financial institutions, family-owned businesses, retirement plans, exempt organizations and individuals. Throughout our history, we have relied on entrepreneurship, teamwork and dedicated service to help our clients achieve their business goals. Our client-driven approach is firmly rooted in creative thinking, intelligent advice and conscientious service, no matter what area of business law our clients require.

 

Chief Executive Officer


Board of Directors


Office Leadership


Management

Beth J. Bahr

Director of Human Resources

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Carol A. Bannen

Director of Information Resources

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Jerry L. Bishop

Director of Information Technology

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Sandra W. Faull

Attorney Recruiting Manager

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Andrew D. Narrai

Chief Marketing Officer

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Laura T. O’Toole

Director of Professional Development

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Andrew E. Quackenboss

Chief Financial Officer

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General Counsel

Reinhart Client Service Standards: Our Commitments; Your Assurances

Understand your business

We know our success depends on achieving cost-effective, practical results for our clients. Accordingly, we will make every effort to understand the business or personal circumstances that gave rise to the legal matters you bring us and to represent you and your interests as aggressively as we would our own. Protecting and advancing your best interests as a client is our most important service.

Understand your needs

At all times, we will seek to fully understand what your needs are, what you expect from us and when you expect it. If we feel that another service provider is in a better position to meet your needs or expectations, we will tell you and help you find the best resource for your needs.

Respond promptly to your communications

We will respond to your phone calls and e-mails as quickly as possible and no later than one business day after you contact us. However, every client has a different definition of “responsiveness.” Our lawyers and staff will go out of their way to understand how you define the term, and will then make every effort to meet or exceed your expectations.

Be accessible when needed

Our lawyers and staff check their voice mail and e-mail regularly, whether or not they are in the office. In addition, each lawyer’s secretary or assistant will know the whereabouts and schedule of that lawyer on any given day. When the attorney you are trying to reach is traveling, working outside the office or otherwise unavailable, the attorney’s secretary, assistant or another lawyer familiar with you and your needs will make every effort to assist you until such time as the lawyer can personally get back to you.

Set and meet deadlines toward the completion of your work

We will seek to understand your timetable for getting projects done, set specific deadlines for getting work back to you and then meet or beat those deadlines. If we ever feel that your timetable will compromise our ability to provide you with a quality work product, we will tell you and work with you to find a way to meet your needs.

Avoid surprises

Different clients have different information needs. At the outset of a matter, we will ask you the extent to which and how often you want to be kept informed. Thereafter, according to your wishes, we will keep you informed of your work-in-progress, send you copies of all relevant paperwork and notify you promptly of meaningful developments.

Respect your finances

We will strive to be efficient and cost effective in our delivery of services. We will:

  • Promptly send you our bills
  • Ensure our bills are clear and easy to understand
  • Notify you promptly when we encounter or anticipate unexpected costs
  • Resolve any billing questions or issues promptly and fairly

Staff your matters cost-effectively

Our objective in representing you is not to bill hours; rather, it is to help you resolve your legal-related business and personal matters as quickly, as successfully and as cost-effectively as possible. This may involve having different partners, associates, paralegals or staff within the firm work on your matters. We will, if you wish, discuss with you how we plan to staff your matter and why.

Welcome your ideas, your resources and your feedback

Since our success depends on your success, we welcome your ideas and suggestions. We also welcome any resources you can provide to help us resolve your legal matters as quickly and cost-effectively as possible, including in-house legal resources and any prior work product that will help us avoid a duplication of effort on your behalf. Most importantly, we want your feedback – positive or negative – because it is the only way that we can improve. We want you always to feel free to communicate your ideas, suggestions or dissatisfaction either to your primary attorney, to the firm’s managing partner or to the senior partner in the firm who we have designated as our “Client Satisfaction Advocate.”

Resolve your concerns

At Reinhart, we believe in the value of the legal work and the client service that we provide our clients. As a client of our firm – and the only person whose evaluation of our work matters to us – these Client Service Standards reflect our commitment to you to put your needs first.

If, at any time, you do not feel that the charges on a bill reflect the value you received, we invite you to contact your primary attorney or our Client Satisfaction Advocate, Larri Broomfield, at 414.298.8231. In any event, we will promptly resolve any concerns to your satisfaction. Your complete satisfaction and respect are the ultimate goals of our relationship.

Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren s.c. ranks in the National Law Journal’s top 250 largest firms in the United States.

Chambers USA 2016 recognized 16 Reinhart attorneys and six practice areas. Reinhart earned a top ranking for its Real Estate practice. Chambers also ranked Reinhart’s Corporate/M&A; Labor & EmploymentLitigation: General Commercial; and Intellectual Property practice areas.

Legal 500 USA 2016 ranks Reinhart in Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation. Legal 500 USA, which ranks practices that have a national reach, spends several months each year conducting in-depth market research, interviewing attorneys, and gathering feedback from peers and clients.

The 2015 Wisconsin Super Lawyers publication, appearing in Milwaukee Magazine, named 46 Reinhart attorneys Wisconsin “Super Lawyers.” The publication also named 19 Reinhart attorneys “Rising Stars.” Additionally, Bruce Block and Scott Hansen are among the Top 50 Wisconsin Super Lawyers, and Block is among the Top 10 in Wisconsin and Top 25 in Milwaukee.

The Best Lawyers in America© 2016 features 96 Reinhart attorneys. Additionally, nine Reinhart attorneys are “Lawyers of the Year.” Best Lawyers® listings are based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which more than 79,000 leading attorneys cast more than twelve million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas.

Reinhart is highly ranked in several practice areas nationally and statewide in the 2016 “Best Law Firms” rankings from U.S. News – Best Lawyers. Firms were ranked in one or more of 74 national practice areas and 122 metropolitan practice areas.

Benchmark Litigation 2016 has named Reinhart a “highly recommended” law firm and recognizes individual attorneys Laura Brenner, Mark Cameli, Scott Hansen, David Peterson and Al Schlinsog. Benchmark Litigation identifies the leading U.S. trial attorneys and firms at the local and national levels. Focused exclusively on the U.S. litigation market, the publication’s rankings and editorials are the result of extensive interviews with private practice lawyers and in-house counsel.

Modern Healthcare Magazine ranks Reinhart as the 40th-largest health care law firm in the country, which was the highest among Milwaukee-based law firms in the publication’s 2016 survey.

Reinhart ranks as the third-largest law firm in Milwaukee according to the Milwaukee Business Journal’s 2015-2016 survey of the largest Milwaukee-area law firms.

Corporate Board Member consistently ranks Reinhart among the top five corporate law firms in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in its annual Legal Industry Research Survey.

Reinhart was recognized as a leader in innovation in The BTI Brand Elite: Client Perceptions of the Best-Branded Law Firms 2016. BTI’s research is based solely on in-depth interviews with 639 corporate counsel at the world’s largest and most influential companies. In the report, counsel surveyed see Reinhart as “…standing out for its innovation.” Additionally, Reinhart earns a place on BTI’s Honor Roll of Innovative Movers & Shakers.

At Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren, we believe that doing business in a community carries a responsibility to actively participate in its betterment. That is why our attorneys, paralegals and support staff contribute their time, talent and resources as donors, volunteers, board members and advisors to a wide range of organizations dedicated to enhancing the social, cultural and economic prosperity of the communities we serve.

It is also the reason we financially support organizations that help to provide a quality of life everyone deserves. This page highlights the many civic and professional organizations Reinhart has sponsored in the past twelve months. Each organization is dedicated to making their community or region a better place to live, raise families and do business—and we are proud to be a partner in that effort.

Reinhart proudly supports the following organizations:

ABCD After Breast Cancer Diagnosis

Alzheimer’s Association

American Cancer Society

American Heart Association

American Lung Association

Aspirus Health Foundation

Association for Corporate Growth Wisconsin

Association of Corporate Counsel Wisconsin

Association for Women Lawyers

Attic Angel Association

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee

Brave Hearts

Cedar Community Foundation

Cedar Community

Centro Legal

Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin

Coalition for Children, Youth & Families

College Possible

Dane County Court Appointed Special Advocates

Discovery Center Museum of Rockford

Donna Lexa Art Center

Downtown Madison

Ducks Unlimited

Eastern District of Wisconsin Bar Association

First Stage Children’s Theatre

Florentine Opera

Food Bank of the Rockies

Food Pantry of Waukesha

Forward Theater

Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast

GPS Education Partners

Habitat for Humanity

Hispanic Professionals of Greater Milwaukee

Historic Milwaukee

Jewish Family Services

Junior Achievement

Junior League of Milwaukee

La Causa

Legal Action of Wisconsin

Legal Aid Society

Leukemia/Lymphoma Society

Lily’s Fund for Epilepsy Research

Literacy Services of Wisconsin

Lutheran Home Foundation

Lutheran Homes and Health Services

Madison Public Library Foundation

Madison Symphony Orchestra

Make-A-Wish Foundation Arizona Chapter

Make-A-Wish Foundation of Wisconsin

Marcus Center for the Performing Arts

Marquardt Foundation

Mercy Health Foundation

Meta House

Milwaukee7

Milwaukee Art Museum

Milwaukee Bar Association

Milwaukee Film Festival

Milwaukee Justice Center

Milwaukee Metropolitan Association of Commerce

Milwaukee Rescue Mission

Milwaukee Urban League

Milwaukee Young Lawyers Association

Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra

Milwaukee Women, Inc.

Monroe Street Arts Center

Muscular Dystrophy Association

National Association of Bar Executives

Neighborhood House of Milwaukee

Order of St. Camillus Foundation

Ozaukee Economic Development

Pacific Garden Mission

Pearls for Teen Girls

Professional Dimensions

Public Policy Forum

Rebuilding Together Greater Milwaukee

Salvation Army of Dane County

SCORE

Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts

Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts

SHARP Literacy

Skylight Music Theatre

Susan G. Komen Southeast Wisconsin Race for the Cure

TEMPO Milwaukee

The Carpenter’s Place

The Water Council

The Wisconsin Justinian Society of Lawyers

The Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra

United Community Center

United Performing Arts Fund

United Way of Greater Milwaukee

Urban Ecology Center

Waukesha County Bar Association

Waukesha County Community Arts Project

Waukesha County Community Foundation

Winnebago County Bar Association

Wisconsin Association of African-American Lawyers

Wisconsin Council on Children & Families

Wisconsin Equal Justice

Wisconsin Historical Society

Wisconsin Humane Society

Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation

Wisconsin Technology Council

Wounded Warrior Project

Zoological Society of Milwaukee

Reinhart Has Been Recognized By:

  • Wisconsin Association of African-American Lawyers – Diversity Partner Award 2007-2015
  • Milwaukee Bar Association – Pro Bono Publico Award 2012
  • Milwaukee County Board Office of Community Business Development Partners – Corporate Sponsor Award 2010
  • Edgewood College – Corporate Citizen Award 2007, 2008 and 2009
  • Legal Action of Wisconsin’s Volunteer Lawyers Project – Exceptional Pro Bono Partnership Award 2009
  • Delta Sigma Theta, Milwaukee Alumnae Chapter – Community Partner 2008
  • Muscular Dystrophy Association – Ten Year Attendance Award 2008

Reinhart understands the value of diversity, and we are fully invested in maintaining an environment that attracts and sustains diversity of gender, ethnicity, religion and sexual orientation among our staff. A diverse workforce provides the highest value for client services by forging solutions to problems from different perspectives. Likewise, our vendors best serve us when they represent a diverse supplier network for goods and services needed by the firm. Reinhart is committed to several related objectives, including building relationships in the community, law schools, and ethnic bar associations. Through our work, we seek to provide opportunities for, and to promote the awareness of, diversity.

Several of our diversity initiatives focus on building relationships, which include:

  • Diversity and Inclusion Education. Reinhart is committed to ongoing learning an education via internal programs to promote an inclusive firm culture. Diversity and Inclusion was a cornerstone of our 2015 firm strategic planning retreat and subsequent programs.
  • Firm Diversity Committee. Reinhart is dedicated to providing programs, benefits and recruiting efforts focused on creating a more diverse workforce. Our Diversity Committee is made up of partners, associates and staff who are actively involved in professional and community events and maintain contacts in a wide-range of bar associations and other relevant organizations. They serve as mentors and resources for incoming attorneys of diverse backgrounds.
  • Professional Development of Minority Attorneys. Reinhart has and continues to foster professional development activities for attorneys of diverse backgrounds outside the law firm. We seek to identify innovative ways to work with other professionals to share skills and knowledge and expand the opportunities available, including the opportunity to participate in internal and external education programs. We have proudly sponsored programs for ethnic bar associations.
  • Local Community Organizations. Reinhart supports the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Milwaukee, Neighborhood House of Milwaukee, the Girls Scouts of America, La Causa and Centro Legal among other community organizations and our attorneys hold positions on a number of these and other boards. We frequently provide sponsorships for marquee events that provide important fundraising resources to these organizations. Since 2006, we have been involved with a scholarship program where Reinhart awards a scholarship to the Neighborhood House Youth of the Year. Our employees contribute annually to more than 100 community organizations.

The 2015 Reinhart scholar was Kaliah McAdoo pictured here receiving her scholarship with Reinhart attorney and Chair of Reinhart’s Diversity Committee Mark Cameli

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Reinhart scholar Kaliah McAdoo with Neighborhood House Executive Director Jeff Martinka (left) and Reinhart attorney Mark Cameli (right)

  • Connecting Local Businesses. Members of our firm are frequent participants in state and local events that provide assistance to minorities, women and veteran-owned businesses. We offer presentations and counsel clients on implementing supplier diversity programs, including identifying ways for non-minority-owned companies to form relationships with minorities and/or women to capture business opportunities.

In addition to our community outreach, our Diversity Program focuses on providing opportunities and building relationships through several other channels, including:

  • Women’s Initiatives. We have long been an advocate of women’s initiatives and established the Reinhart Women’s Forum (RWF) as a means to attract and retain professional women. RWF provides opportunities for women to network, mentor and share business skills and strategies. The RWF mentoring groups are comprised of senior, mid-level and junior attorneys from departments throughout the firm who meet regularly to discuss practice development and reputation building within the legal community. In addition, we have sponsored numerous conferences for women in the communities we serve.
    • TEMPO. Reinhart attorneys have been longtime members, supporters and leaders in TEMPO, which is an organization dedicated to accelerating, advancing, and elevating women leaders in the community. Reinhart has frequently sponsored many TEMPO events, including the Milwaukee Mentor Awards Luncheon and the Milwaukee Leadership Summit.
    • Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation (WWBIC). We actively provide pro bono services to WWBIC clients and support their efforts to educate, support and finance small business enterprises. Our attorneys provide ongoing training to entrepreneurs.
  • Ethnic Bar Sponsored Programs & Initiatives. We are actively involved with ethnic bar associations and are honored to be the longest running law firm recipient of the Wisconsin Association of African-American Lawyers’ (WAAL) Diversity Partner Award from 2007 to present.

Reinhart receiving Diversity Awards from the Wisconsin Association of African Lawyers in 2014, 2015 and 2016:

Wisconsin Association of African Lawyers

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Pictured left to right: Reinhart attorney Brittany Lopez Naleid, Veta T. Richardson, President of the Association of Corporate Counsel, Reinhart attorney Mark  Cameli and 2015 Reinhart Summer Associate Chuma Offor

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Pictured left to right: Yesenia Estrada – Reinhart high school intern, Reinhart attorney Brittany Lopez Naleid and Reinhart’s Director of Human Resources Beth Bahr

Pictured left to right: Danielle White – President Elect Wisconsin Association of African American Lawyers, Reinhart attorneys Brittany Lopez Naleid and Mark  Cameli 

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Pictured left to right: Reinhart attorney Brittany Lopez Naleid, Floyd W. Pitts – Senior Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer for the American Red Cross and Reinhart attorney Mark  Cameli 

Part of our commitment to WAAL has included co-sponsorship of seminars with the organization.

Reinhart also supports the Wisconsin Hispanic Lawyers Association (WHLA). Brittany Lopez Naleid, a Reinhart attorney and Reinhart Diversity committee member, chairs the membership committee of WHLA.

In addition, Reinhart sponsors the State Bar of Wisconsin’s Diversity Committee’s annual Diversity Counsel Program – a full-day workshop aimed at assisting and educating Wisconsin attorneys and corporations about diversity in the legal community.

  • Minority Student Bar Associations and Related Programs. Reinhart supports minority law student associations by providing networking opportunities to those entities. It has sponsored social mixers for the Hispanic Law Student Association and Black Law Students Association. Reinhart is also proud of entering its second successful year with an innovative Buddy Program. Each fall, Reinhart sponsors a Multicultural Back-to-School Reception where interested students are paired with Reinhart attorneys and meet throughout the academic year to discuss the practice of law and potential career opportunities.

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Reinhart attorneys Mark Cameli and Amy MacArdy with Multicultural reception door prize winners in September 2015.

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Reinhart Multicultural reception 2016.

  • Diversity Outreach Shadow Program. We invite young people from an area high school or community-based organization to “shadow” one of our attorneys. This program introduces training opportunities to individuals interested in a hands-on learning experience with Reinhart attorneys.
  • Minority Job Fairs and Associations. Reinhart consistently supports minority job fairs, affinity groups and professional associations, and advertises and recruits through minority-focused media.

Reinhart strives to use our visibility in our communities to raise awareness of the benefits of diversity. Our work includes:

  • Sponsorship of Milwaukee Forum quarterly meetings. Reinhart has sponsored quarterly meetings for the Milwaukee Forum, which is a group dedicated to fostering relationships, building connections and encouraging dialogue and engagement with issues challenging  the growth of diverse businesses and organizations in our community. Reinhart has been honored with special recognition for “support of the Forum’s efforts to identify and assemble a diverse group of individuals who are committed to building a better community.”
  • SCORE and the Milwaukee Urban League. Reinhart proudly sponsors SCORE SE Wisconsin and the Milwaukee Urban League. SCORE is America’s largest volunteer business counseling service. The Milwaukee Urban League is the nation’s oldest and largest community based movement devoted to empowering African Americans to enter the economic and social mainstream.

For more than 100 years, Reinhart lawyers have committed their time and resources to serving the public good. Reinhart helped found the Legal Aid Society of Milwaukee in 1916. Currently led by shareholder Mark Cameli and associate Andy Price, Reinhart’s diverse and innovative pro bono practice donates substantially to community service and charitable activities. Reinhart attorneys also devote thousands of hours to charitable work through service to non-profit organizations, local bar associations and many private causes.

Our Commitment

Our pro bono activities strengthen our community where we practice and they make a profound difference in the lives of our clients. We are heavily committed to several organizations, including:

  • Legal Action of Wisconsin. Reinhart is honored to support low-income individuals who are victims of domestic abuse, and our attorneys are actively committed to Legal Action of Wisconsin, including Andrea Davenport who was appointed to Legal Action’s Board of Directors in May 2016. Many of our attorneys have an arrangement with Legal Action’s Volunteer Lawyers Project (VLP) to handle domestic abuse injunction referrals during a scheduled week each month. Moreover, many Reinhart lawyers participate in the project and take the referrals on a rotating basis. Examples of our successful Legal Action of Wisconsin pro bono representations include:
    • Reinhart recently represented a Hmong-speaking Milwaukee resident seeking a 10-year domestic abuse injunction against her former domestic partner. Not only was Reinhart successful in obtaining a 10-year injunction before a court commissioner, Reinhart also successfully defended the 10-year injunction in a de novo review before the Milwaukee County Circuit Court.
    • Reinhart successfully obtained a stipulated four‑year injunction in a case of severe domestic violence, which relieved the client from testifying on the stand about the prior events.
  • Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office. Each year, Reinhart donates a litigator’s services to the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office for several months as part of our ongoing partnership. Recent litigators who have spent time at the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office are Amy MacArdy (2015), Thomas Burnett (2014) and Jennifer Naeger (2013). The experience at the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office not only provides Reinhart litigators with a unique opportunity to further their trial advocacy skills and interact with citizen victims, it, more importantly, allows them to help those who have been impacted by violent crimes and protect the citizens of Milwaukee. For example:
    • Jennifer Naeger’s involvement with the District Attorney’s Office included six felony jury trials, obtaining multiple convictions, including a felon-in-possession of a firearm and a drug possession case.
    • While at the District Attorney’s Office, Thomas Burnett was the lead attorney for seven jury trials, obtaining multiple convictions, including an attempted homicide conviction.
  • Milwaukee Justice Center – Marquette Volunteer Legal Clinic. Co-founded by a former Reinhart attorney, the Marquette Volunteer Legal Clinic at the Milwaukee Justice Center assists self-represented litigants by providing limited legal advice and referral services. It is staffed by volunteer Marquette University Law School students working with and supervised by volunteer members of the Wisconsin Bar. This is a team project with several Reinhart lawyers – from new associates to senior shareholders – who rotate staffing in a drop-in legal clinic two Fridays a month for two-hour shifts.
  • U.S. District Court Appointments. Reinhart regularly receives appointments from federal district courts to represent prisoners and other pro se litigants in pro bono civil rights cases. Recently, Reinhart associates Alexander Handelsman and James Burrows vigorously fought for the rights of a prisoner during a day‑and‑a‑half trial in a Wisconsin federal court. Also, shareholder Dave Hanson helped his client obtain a default judgment for $150,000 in addition to a favorable settlement with two other defendants. Finally, associate Kate Maternowski, with the assistance of another associate, obtained a favorable settlement for her client after a two‑day jury trial.
  • Wisconsin Court of Appeals and Supreme Court. Reinhart, in corporation with the Wisconsin Public Defenders Office, represents parties pro bono on appeals to the Wisconsin Court of appeals and the Wisconsin Supreme Court.
  • The United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. The United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit periodically appoints Reinhart to provide pro bono representation for those who cannot afford a lawyer.
  • Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation (WWBIC). WWBIC is a team project in which Reinhart attorneys seek to provide pro bono services to WWBIC’s constituents, including start-up business owners who are often women and minorities. Reinhart has helped WWBIC in the past by providing pre-litigation assistance and creating start-up documentation and contracts for new businesses.

Other Notable Pro Bono Activities

  • UWM Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic. Robert Meldman is the executive director of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic, which provides tax assistance to eligible taxpayers on federal tax matters. A good portion of Bob’s time at the clinic is spent serving low-income Wisconsin residents with tax controversy problems. The clinic’s operations are funded by an IRS grant and a matching contribution in-kind from Reinhart.
  • Wauwatosa Historical Society. Bill Cummings represented the Wauwatosa Historical Society (WHS), preparing and negotiating a lease with the City of Wauwatosa for The Little Red Store. The Little Red Store, owned by the city, is the oldest building in Wauwatosa. It had fallen into disrepair until the WHS came to its rescue.
  • Brussels-Union Emergency Responders. Nathan Wautier and Christine Rew Barden provided pro bono services to the Brussels-Union Emergency Responders. This group organizes emergency medical responders to keep its local ambulance service. Nathan and Christine assisted the group in obtaining 501(c)(3) status.
  • Make-A-Wish Foundation of Wisconsin, Inc. (Make-A-Wish). Make-A-Wish grants wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses. Dave Peterson has provided general legal counsel to Make-A-Wish, and helped open its third office in Wisconsin, located in Madison. This new office helps Make-A-Wish reach children in the Madison area and the entire southwest portion of our state.
  • Ozaukee Washington Land Trust (Land Trust). Dave Peterson successfully represented the Land Trust in overturning a tax assessment for the Forest Beach Migratory Preserve. This victory will help the Land Trust further its mission of preserving and maintaining nature areas for the public.
  • State Public Defender’s Office. Andrew Price was appointed to act as a state public defender to assist an indigent client with assessing his appellate options.
  • Individuals and Other Nonprofit Organizations. In addition to the pro bono work outlined above, Reinhart also provides pro bono services to several individuals and a variety of nonprofit organizations. Our attorneys help foster additional pro bono and charitable work through the Eastern District of Wisconsin Bar Association, the Western District of Wisconsin Bar Association and the Milwaukee Justice Center.
  • Neighborhood House of Milwaukee. Reinhart Shareholder Katie Triska provides pro bono services to the Neighborhood House of Milwaukee where she also serves on that organization’s Board of Directors. Our firm also awards the Reinhart Scholarship each year to Neighborhood House’s Youth of the Year.

Pro Bono Recognition
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Each year, the firm recognizes a Reinhart attorney (or attorneys) who best demonstrated a commitment to serve those unable to otherwise obtain needed legal services.

  • Dave Hanson was selected as Reinhart’s 2015 Pro Bono Attorney of the year. Dave, a litigation shareholder in the Milwaukee office, volunteered to represent a prisoner suing for various violations of his civil rights. After performing a detailed investigation of the facts and other diligent legal work, Dave was able to obtain an extremely favorable judgment for his client. Additionally, Dave is actively involved in other Reinhart pro bono activities, such as regularly volunteering at the Milwaukee Justice Center – Marquette Volunteer Legal Clinic.

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Other past winners of Reinhart’s Pro Bono Attorney of the Year include:

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The Milwaukee Bar Association (MBA) named Reinhart a 2012 Pro Bono Publico Award winner in the law firm category.

The firm originated in 1894 when William Kaumheimer began to practice law in Milwaukee. In 1919, he formed a partnership with Reginald Kenney under the name of Kaumheimer & Kenney. Mr. Kaumheimer was president of the Milwaukee Bar Association in 1919 and 1920. In 1925, his son, Leon E. Kaumheimer, joined him; Mr. Kenney then left the firm and the firm name was changed to Kaumheimer & Kaumheimer. Gifford Alt joined the firm in 1927 and George Likert in 1930. In 1938, after the death of William Kaumheimer, the firm of Kaumheimer, Alt & Likert was formed.

The firm continued without any new partners or any continuing associates until 1949 when John Reinhart became associated with Kaumheimer, Alt & Likert. Roger Boerner joined the firm in 1954 and both Richard Van Deuren and Richard Norris arrived in 1956.

The firm maintained its offices in the Wells Building at 324 East Wisconsin Avenue until 1962. In that year, it moved to the southeast corner of the 18th floor in the then-new Marine Plaza and changed its name to Kaumheimer, Reinhart, Boerner, Van Deuren & Norris.

At about this time, the firm expanded its recruiting efforts and began visiting a significant number of law schools. There were 15 attorneys in 1970, 22 by 1974 and by the end of 1979 there were 39 attorneys. The firm incorporated as a service corporation under the name of Reinhart, Boerner, Van Deuren & Norris, s.c. in 1969 and added “Rieselbach” to its name in 1974. By the end of 1979, 13 law schools were represented by graduates in the firm and less than half the attorneys were from Wisconsin.

Reinhart began to expand its geographic footprint in 1985 with the addition of an office in Denver, Colorado.

In 1992, Reinhart moved to a new office location at 1000 North Water Street, where it became the anchor tenant, taking the top 5 1/2 floors of the building with 108 attorneys and 160 full- and part-time support staff personnel.

The firm expanded west into Madison and established an office there in 1993. Two more offices followed: one in Waukesha in 2002 and one in Rockford, Illinois in 2005. In 2008, the Waukesha office moved into a new state-of-the-art building to accommodate the growing demand for our services in the western suburbs. Also in that year, the Milwaukee location renovated and expanded onto the 17th floor of the 1000 North Water Street building. Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren s.c. currently employs more than 200 attorneys and more than 250 support staff.

Seeing an opportunity to better serve our Southwest clients, Reinhart opened an office in Phoenix, Arizona in 2011, and a year later, we opened our seventh office in Chicago, Illinois.

Today the firm is an international service corporation offering a wide range of services to small and large businesses, individuals, nonprofit organizations and other entities.