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Westerberg Scores Second Legal Win for Clients in Blue Mound State Park Case

A Dane County Circuit Court judge issued a decision recently that derailed the state's plan to cut a snowmobile trail through Blue Mound State Park, an area best known for silent sports like cross-country skiing. The ruling came as a win for Attorney Christa Westerberg, who filed suit against the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) on behalf of Karl Heil, a former superintendent of the park, and Kenneth Wade, a resident of the village of Blue Mounds.

Dumas & Pines Win Restrictive Covenant Case in Wisconsin Court of Appeals for Former Corporate Executive

The Wisconsin Court of Appeals has affirmed a circuit court victory by Attorneys Aaron Dumas and Lester Pines on behalf of an executive and his newly formed company. The decision prevented the executive's former employer from enforcing an overly broad set of restrictive covenants.

Dumas & Westerberg Prevail in University Records Case

Last week, a Circuit Court Judge in Winnebago County ordered the University of Wisconsin (UW) to release personnel records to a student journalist represented by Attorneys Christa Westerberg and Aaron Dumas. The journalist, Alex Nemec, went to court after the University blocked his request for records related to the investigation of Will Hagen, a business professor at the UW in Oshkosh.

Dumas & Westerberg Partner with Student Press Law Center to Defend Student Journalist

Pines Bach attorneys Christa Westerberg and Aaron Dumas are partnering with The Student Press Law Center (SPLC) to defend a student journalist who's seeking records from the University of Wisconsin (UW). The student, Alex Nemec, is the news editor of The Advance Titan, the student-led newspaper at UW Oshkosh. His request for records relating to the investigation of a professor has been blocked, and the case is now in court.

Crawford Co-Authors Amicus Brief in Wisconsin Gerrymandering Case

Attorney Susan Crawford co-authored an amicus brief in Gill v. Whitford on behalf of the League of Conservation Voters, the National Education Association, the Wisconsin Education Association Council, the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Anthony Evers, and former DNR Secretary George Meyer. The case, now before the U.S. Supreme Court, raises a constitutional challenge to the Wisconsin legislative districts enacted in 2011 based on partisan gerrymandering. The amicus brief describes the effects of the partisan gerrymandering on Wisconsin policy-making to provide context to the Supreme Court as it weighs its decision in this important case.

Pines Named to Western District of Wisconsin's "Pro Bono Honor Roll"

The Western District of Wisconsin has recognized Attorney Lester Pines for his service in representing plaintiffs "pro bono" (or "for the public good") in 2016-2017. Each year, the court publishes an "Honor Roll" of attorneys who have dedicated a significant portion of their time, skill, and resources to helping those who cannot afford representation. Being named to the list is an honor that reflects Pines' commitment to community service, as well as his deep-rooted belief that every person should have equal access to justice.

Eight Pines Bach Attorneys in 2018 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America®

The Best Lawyers in America©, a highly regarded publication of top lawyers and law firms, lists eight Pines Bach LLP attorneys in the newly-released 2018 Wisconsin Edition. Compiled using a rigorous peer-review process, the list is designed to showcase those lawyers who are highly regarded in their field.

Labor Arbitration Victory

An arbitrator ordered the Madison Metropolitan School District to return a Special Education Assistant to her job with back pay and benefits, after finding that the District fired the Madison Teachers Inc. member without just cause. Attorneys Tamara Packard and Leslie Freehill represented the union to enforce its member's rights under Wisconsin's last remaining full collective bargaining agreement protecting school district employees. Packard and Freehill demonstrated that the District had failed to train the SEA as to its expectations, though the SEA had shown her capability to learn and was appreciated by the teachers who worked with her. They also showed that the principal who made the decision to terminate had blown the allegations of wrongdoing out of proportion.

Pines Featured in Isthmus Cover Story

Founding partner Lester Pines was featured in a cover story of the Isthmus, an independent news weekly in Madison. The article recounts Lester's family roots, professional history, and life-long commitment to social justice. The story also highlights Pines Bach's progressive values, its past achievements, and ongoing succession planning to ensure the firm's success well into the future.

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