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2014 News Archives

Loeb and Pines Recognized for Leadership in Jewish Community

CWPB partners Jordan C. Loeb and Lester A. Pines have received awards from the Jewish Federation of Madison for their outstanding commitment to the welfare of the Jewish community.

Five Pines Bach Attorneys Listed in 2014 Wisconsin Super Lawyers List

Five Pines Bach LLP attorneys have been selected to the 2014 Wisconsin Super Lawyers list. Each year, no more than five percent of layers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor.

Packard Shares Class Action Knowledge in American Bar Association Publication

Attorney Tamara Packard, a partner at CWPB, recently showcased her knowledge in the area of class action litigation, editing the Wisconsin chapter of the "Survey of State Class Action Law - 2014-15", published this month by the American Bar Association - Section of Litigation. In her capacity as the Wisconsin State Editor, Attorney Packard worked under the auspices of the ABA's Section of Litigation Class Actions and Derivative Suits Subcommittee on State Laws.

Seven Pines Bach Attorneys Listed in 2015 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America®

Once again, The Best Lawyers in America, the most respected listing of lawyers in each respective practice area within a region, has selected seven Pines Bach LLP attorneys in the newly-released 2015 Wisconsin Edition. Conducted using a rigorous peer-review process, the list is designed to showcase those lawyers regarded as experts in their field.

Attorney Tamara Packard Plays Pivotal Role in Protecting Marriage Equality

In the wake of U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb's historic ruling declaring the state's ban on gay marriage unconstitutional, Attorney Tamara Packard is leading the effort to ensure that same-sex couples are able to marry in Wisconsin. She was part of a team in Dane County that prepared for the possibility that the federal court would strike down the ban and enable marriages to begin immediately. When that possibility became a reality on June 6, Dane County was ready to comply with the law and issued over 130 marriage licenses to same-sex couples in the first 24 hours.

Harfst Keynotes Workforce Development Board Summit

CWPB partner Linda Harfst presented a keynote legal session "I Thought We Weren't Supposed to Talk About Age" at the Workforce Development Board of South Central Wisconsin's April 24, 2014 summit entitled "Responding to a Maturing Workforce." Over 60 people attended the summit, including employer representatives, Workforce Development Board Representatives, and others who will need to develop reasons and strategies to hire mature workers as the state's population ages. The session, held at the Alliant Center in Madison, is one of a series intended to assist Wisconsin workplaces to become more age diverse.

Loeb's Work Benefits Solidarity Singers

Since early 2011, protesters have gathered at the Capitol Building to vocalize and demonstrate their opposition to the policies of Governor Walker's administration, and Pines Bach has stood beside the protesters every step of the way.  Among other forms of demonstration, singers have been gathering for Solidarity Sing-Alongs on the ground floor of the Capitol Building to sing their protests to the anti-worker laws enacted in 2011.  News reports indicate Capitol Police have issued a total of 743 citations since then, ranging from conducting illegal pickets, rallies and parades, to demonstrating without a permit.  As of January 2014, over 400 citations were still pending resolution in the Dane County courts.  The citations are being prosecuted by the Wisconsin Department of Justice.  Attorney Jordan Loeb is currently representing seven charged Solidarity Singers, and has dealt the prosecution significant blows in the past two months.

CWPB Secures Major Victory for Wisconsin Utility Customers

CWPB attorneys secured a major victory for Wisconsin utility customers in a decision issued by the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin on April 23. In the decision, the Commission concluded that the City of Milwaukee cannot require utilities and their customers to pay the costs for relocating underground utility facilities to accommodate the proposed Milwaukee Streetcar Project.

Marriage for Same-Sex Couples in Wisconsin

On March 25, Attorney Tamara Packard presented a continuing legal education seminar to members of the Dane County Bar Association entitled "First Comes Windsor, Then Comes Marriage: What It Means for Wisconsin Same-Sex Couples." Packard is partner here at Pines Bach LLP, where she practices civil litigation, primarily employment. In her presentation, she discussed and analyzed last summer's United States Supreme Court decision United States v. Windsor and how that decision and its application affect same-sex couples in Wisconsin. You can download the outline here.

The Admissibility of Electronically Stored Information

Our Attorney has published one of the feature articles in this month's edition of Wisconsin Lawyer, the magazine of the Wisconsin State Bar, entitled The Admissibility of Electronically Stored Information. His article addresses the complexity of admitting electronic data into evidence under the Wisconsin Rules of Evidence. Attorney is a frequent author and presenter on issues regarding electronically stored information. His expertise provides added depth to CWPB's dynamic litigation practice.

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