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2013 News Archives

Susan Crawford Becomes A Partner

Pines Bach is pleased to announce that Susan Crawford has become a partner in the firm. Her practice focuses on civil litigation and regulatory proceedings in the areas of energy and utilities, environmental, political law, and labor law. She has practiced in state and federal courts at both the trial and appellate court levels and in regulatory and administrative agency proceedings. With a background that includes substantial experience in high-level state government positions, Susan brings her clients a thorough understanding of governmental and regulatory processes and a broad network of contacts in state and local government.

"Best Lawyers" Boasting

We think that the lawyers at Pines Bach are among the best in the business. And once again, our peers, as polled by the folks at "Best Lawyers in America" think so too! Six of our attorneys are once again included in the annual Best Lawyers in America listing, and Steve Bach has been specially honored as the Best Lawyers' 2014 Madison Family Law "Lawyer of the Year." Only a single lawyer in each practice area in each community is chosen as a "Lawyer of the Year." Congratulations, Steve!

Planned Parenthood Wins Temporary Restraining Order

Representing Planned Parenthood Of Wisconsin CWPB Attorneys Lester Pines and Susan Crawford along with counsel from Planned Parenthood of America won a temporary restraining order against the newly enacted Wisconsin law that requires any physician performing or providing abortions to have admitting privileges at a hospital within thirty miles of where they physician provides that service. United States District Court Judge William Conley enjoined the law pending his decision on Planned Parenthood's Motion for Preliminary Injunction.

State Newspapers Recognize Lester Pines

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and the Madison Capital Times recently published feature articles about CWPB Senior Partner Lester Pines, his practice, his family history and the forces that led him to become a lawyer and his commitment to justice: http://www.jsonline.com/news/wisconsin/foes-of-scott-walker-and-gop-agenda-have-a-friend-in-lester-pines-b9944026z1-214328771.html; http://host.madison.com/lester-pines-a-lawyer-but-a-father-first/article_258bdd66-3353-11e2-b71e-001a4bcf887a.html; http://host.madison.com/news/local/crime_and_courts/blog/attorney-lester-pines-racks-up-impressive-wins-against-gop-agenda/article_310ed60e-3351-11e2-a7ca-001a4bcf887a.html

Crawford Secures Democratic Process Rights for Union Members

Attorney Susan Crawford represented Joe Conway, President of Fire Fighters Local 311 in Madison, WI, in a successful challenge to the 2012 election for the District 5 Vice President of the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), an international union headquartered in Washington, D.C. Conway challenged the election contending that numerous delegates and proxies were improperly seated and therefore ineligible to vote, and that such improprieties affected the outcome of the election. The United States Department of Labor's Office of Labor-Management Standards, in investigating the complaint, identified numerous violations in the election procedures.

Disability Discrimination Victory

We are proud to announce a victory in a disability discrimination case, achieved by CWPB attorney Tamara Packard. This month, the Labor and Industry Review Commission ("LIRC") found as a matter of law that the Salvation Army engaged in disability discrimination when it forced its diabetic employee to remain on an unpaid leave of absence for more than 18 months after her physicians said it was safe for her to return to work.

Wisconsin Domestic Partnership Law Upheld

On December 20, 2012, the Wisconsin Court of Appeals issued its decision upholding the constitutionality of the 2009 Wisconsin Domestic Partnership law. preserving the limited but important rights and obligations provided to same-sex couples who register as domestic partners under Wisconsin's law. The long-awaited decision affirmed Dane County Circuit Court Judge Daniel Moeser's June 20, 2011 ruling that the law does not violate Wisconsin's 2006 "Marriage Amendment" to the Wisconsin Constitution.

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