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Nine Pines Bach Attorneys in 2020 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America®

The Best Lawyers in America®, a highly regarded publication of top lawyers and law firms, lists nine Pines Bach LLP attorneys in the newly released 2020 Wisconsin Edition. Compiled using a rigorous peer process, the list is designed to showcase those lawyers who are highly regarded in their field. 

Pines Bach attorneys win a string of public records, First Amendment cases

Pines Bach attorneys Christa Westerberg and Aaron Dumas have won several open records and First Amendment cases in recent months. In one, the court of appeals affirmed the right of Pines Bach's client, a journalist, to get electronically-generated records in electronic form under Wisconsin's open records law.

In another, a court rejected the University of Wisconsin's attempts to keep public health grant records secret. Pines Bach also obtained a settlement which ended the Wisconsin Department of Justice's "abusive" practice of denying requests that initially generated over 500 emails.

IRREPARABLE HARM AVERTED

Explaining that a temporary injunction was necessary to avoid "irreparable harm to a constitutional democracy such as ours," on March 21, 2019, the Honorable Richard G. Niess issued an order enjoining all of the "laws" passed and all 82 appointments "confirmed" by the Wisconsin Legislature during its December 2018 "Extraordinary Session." Judge Niess determined that this was an illegal meeting, unauthorized by the Wisconsin Constitution, and therefore none of the actions taken during that meeting had any effect. He observed, "The rule of law-the very bedrock of the Wisconsin Constitution-cannot, in any respect, abide enforcement of laws that do not exist."

Eight Pines Bach Attorneys Listed in 2018 Wisconsin Super Lawyers List

Eight Pines Bach LLP attorneys have been selected to the 2018 Wisconsin Super Lawyers list. Each year, no more than five percent of lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor.

Westerberg pens guest editorial for Capital Times

Pines Bach attorney Christa Westerberg authored a guest editorial entitled "AG Schimel's office working nationwide for private interests." The editorial, published by Madison's Capital Times, discusses recent legal filings by the Wisconsin Attorney General. It explains the Attorney General's expanded practice of filing amicus curiae, or "friend of the court" briefs, in federal courts nationwide, and their limited connection to the state of Wisconsin and interests of its citizens.

Packard Invited for Encore Presentation

Employee rights attorney Tamara Packard and her co-presenter, management-side attorney Brad Backer, will give a live webcast encore presentation of their continuing legal education session titled "Anatomy of a Noncompete Agreement." Tamara and Brad originally gave this talk at the State Bar of Wisconsin's annual Health, Labor & Employment Law Institute in August, where it was well-received. The live webcast, scheduled for October 22, 2018, will also be offered in web "replay" format five times in November and December. It is offered through the State Bar of Wisconsin. The talk focuses on the five components considered when evaluating enforceability of noncompete provisions under Wisconsin law, and includes an interactive poll that allows participants can test their knowledge.

Three Pines Bach attorneys presented at the Wisconsin State Bar Health, Labor & Employment Law Institute

Last week, the State Bar of Wisconsin hosted its annual Health, Labor & Employment Law Institute, a legal education conference geared to presenting the latest developments and best practices to labor & employment practitioners and health law practitioners from throughout the state. Three Pines Bach attorneys made presentations.

Eight Pines Bach Attorneys in 2019 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 2019 Wisconsin Edition. Compiled using a rigorous peer-review process, the list is designed to showcase those lawyers who are highly regarded in their field.

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