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."
Pines Bach Senior Partner, Lester Pines, was one of five alumni of the University of Wisconsin Law School invited to give a "Law Talk" during the school's 150th Anniversary celebration.
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.
Attorneys Aaron Dumas and Lester Pines settled a civil rights claim against Wisconsin State Representative, Dale Kooyenga, with the State of Wisconsin paying $30,000 in damages for Kooyenga's theft of a sign with a proper permit that had been displayed in the rotunda of the Wisconsin State Capitol. Kooyenga took the sign because he objected to its criticism of President Trump and his supporters. Commenting on the settlement, Lester Pines was quoted in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: "We are pleased with the settlement because it is an acknowledgment by Rep. Kooyenga that he violated the Eighth Commandment-thou shall not steal."
Susan Crawford, a Pines Bach partner, was honored yesterday as one of the top members of the Wisconsin's legal community, receiving a prestigious "Leader in the Law" award for her legal expertise and career achievements. The award was presented by the Wisconsin Law Journal at its annual awards dinner and ceremony held at the Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee.
Aaron Dumas and Lester Pines, along with attorneys from the Pittsburgh firm of Cohen & Grigsby, P.C., won an arbitration on behalf of an Pennsylvania limited liability company (LLC) in a dispute about the refusal of a Wisconsin LLC to recognize that it was bound by a purchase agreement to transfer its membership shares in a third limited liability company to the Pennsylvania company. Following a two-and-a-half day hearing in November, the arbitrator in a written decision issued on December 7, held that the Wisconsin LLC breached the agreement. The arbitrator's remedy was a specific performance order, directing that the transaction be closed and the membership shares transferred before December 31. It closed on December 20.
Six Pines Bach LLP attorneys have been selected to the 2017 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.
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.
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.