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Tyler Richardson Selected for Prestigious Paralegal of the Year Award
Posted on May 09, 2019

Ruder Ware is pleased to congratulate Tyler Richardson on receiving the “Paralegal of the Year” Award from the Paralegal Association of Wisconsin (PAW).  Tyler is the third Ruder Ware paralegal to receive the honor – Anita Seering was honored in 2013 and Angela Gonzalez in 2015.

The “Paralegal of the Year” award is the most prestigious award given by PAW.  The award celebrates the dedication and efforts of an individual exemplifying a successful paralegal.  Honorees are not only active within their firms but also their communities, giving back civically.

Tyler received his A.S. in Paralegal Studies from Chippewa Valley Technical College in 2011.  He recently received the State Bar of Wisconsin’s “Certified Paralegal” designation.  The nominating attorney commented, “This paralegal will do what it takes to get the job done and gives 110% every day.”  Tyler volunteers his time for Wills for Veterans as well as the human resources committee for The Neighbors’ Place.

At Ruder Ware Tyler provides paralegal support for attorneys practicing in the areas of employment law compliance and litigation support.  Tyler assists with discrimination, retaliation, whistleblower, worker misclassification, and non-compete matters as well as FMLA, ADA, and employment law compliance issues.  In addition he assists with legal research, summarizes deposition transcripts, and prepares initial drafts of pleadings.

Attorney John Fisher Recognized as a Top Author for the 2018 JDSupra Readers’ Choice Awards
Posted on Aug 07, 2018

Ruder Ware is pleased to announce Attorney John Fisher has been recognized as a Top Author for the 2018 JDSupra (JDS) Readers’ Choice Awards for both Healthcare and Compliance.  In the "Healthcare" category, Fisher ranked fifth; in the "Compliance" category, Fisher ranked seventh.

Fisher was one of 240 writers selected amongst 50,000 authors who contributed content to JDSupra.  The Readers’ Choice Awards recognize top authors and firms who were read by C-suite executives, in-house counsel, media, and other professionals across the JDS platform during 2017.  The Readers’ Choice Awards reflect a deep dive into 2017 reader data, in which JDS studied total visibility and engagement among readers across many industries interested in certain defining topics of the day.

About JD Supra

JD Supra delivers need-to-know legal and business content to professionals in all industries in daily email digests, via more than 100 proprietary social feeds, on mobile platforms, to partner websites, and as news across the web. Through the innovative use of technology and curated audiences, JD Supra connects close to 50,000 professionals writing on important topics to C-suite executives, in-house counsel, and media members concerned with matters impacting business today. JD Supra also provides firms with competitive insights and market intelligence derived from the thousands of articles being read daily across the platform.

Attorney David Fenlon Joins Ruder Ware's Green Bay Office
Posted on Jun 01, 2018

Rfenlon_web 250 x 250.jpguder Ware is pleased to announce the addition of Attorney Dave Fenlon to our recently opened Green Bay office.  A Green Bay native, Dave advises the firm’s clients in a variety of estate and business planning matters, including the preparation of wills and trusts, financial and health care powers of attorney, and other estate planning documents; estate settlement and trust administration matters; purchases and sale of businesses and real estate properties; and business and real estate contracts. In addition to being a licensed attorney, Dave is also a Certified Financial Planner®.

Prior to becoming an attorney, Dave served as a gas turbine technician aboard a destroyer in the United States Navy. Dave is a cum laude graduate of the University of Wisconsin Law School.

Attorneys Ronald Metzler, Christopher Pahl, and Chad Levanetz Join Ruder Ware; Firm Opens Green Bay Office
Posted on May 02, 2018

Ruder Ware is pleased to announce the opening of its Green Bay office and that Attorneys Ronald Metzler, Christopher Pahl, and Chad Levanetz will be joining the firm.  The new office will be located at 222 Cherry Street, Green Bay, Wis., which is the current location of Metzler, Timm, Treleven, S.C.

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Attorney Ron Metzler -
Having practiced law for over 30 years, Ron is a well-respected and well-known commercial attorney with close ties to the banking industry.

Attorney Chris Pahl – With his strong ties to the Green Bay community, Chris has built his practice around real estate development and condominium law as well as commercial transactions and estate planning.

Attorney Chad Levanetz – A seasoned litigation attorney, Chad counsels clients in the areas of real estate, construction, and general business disputes.

Stew Etten, Ruder Ware managing partner, states, “Ruder Ware is always looking for outstanding attorneys to join our firm.  With the opportunity to add Attorneys Metzler, Pahl, and Levanetz to our firm, the time was right to open a Green Bay office.  We’re very excited to have attorneys of their caliber join our team of professionals.”

About Ruder Ware
Founded in 1920, Ruder Ware is the largest law firm headquartered north of Madison.  A full-service business law firm, Ruder Ware’s attorneys provide counsel in the areas of business, employment (management-side), litigation, estate planning, employee benefits, tax, health care, and agriculture.  The firm services clients from offices located in Wausau, Eau Claire, and Green Bay. Ruder Ware, Business Attorneys for Business Success.

Dean Dietrich Receives 2017 George Tipler Award
Posted on Oct 25, 2017

Firm News DRD Tipler-Award-2017-Dietrich-.jpgRuder Ware is pleased to announce Attorney Dean Dietrich has received the prestigious George Tipler Award bestowed by the Wisconsin School Attorney Association (WSAA).  The award honors the efforts of former Wisconsin Association of School Board’s Executive Director George Tipler, who initiated the founding of the WSAA and was a long-serving advocate for the boys and girls of Wisconsin.  The award is presented annually at the WSAA membership meeting to an individual nominated by school officials or member attorneys and selected by the WSAA Board of Directors.

For over 35 years, Dietrich has practiced in the areas of labor relations and employment law, representing public and private sector employers in the many aspects of employment law and labor relations.  Dietrich has worked with school districts his entire legal career.

Attorney Melissa Kampmann Joins The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel As Fellow
Posted on Apr 06, 2017

Ruder Ware is pleased to announce that Melissa Kampmann has become a Fellow with The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel. 

The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel is a nonprofit association of lawyers and law professors skilled and experienced in the preparation of wills and trusts; estate planning; and probate procedure and administration of trusts and estates of decedents, minors and incompetents. Its more than 2,500 members are called "Fellows" and practice throughout the United States, Canada and other foreign countries.

To qualify for membership, a lawyer must have no less than 10 years' experience in the active practice of probate and trust law or estate planning. Lawyers and law professors are elected to be Fellows based on their outstanding reputation, exceptional skill, and substantial contributions to the field by lecturing, writing, teaching and participating in bar activities.

Melissa Kampmann chairs the Trusts & Estates Practice Group.  As a seasoned estate planner and Certified Financial Planner, Melissa counsels individuals and families on creating a plan for the transfer and preservation of their assets during their lifetime and at death. Melissa works with a client's trusted advisors to create a flexible life plan that meets their goals, both emotional and financial in addition to guiding clients through the probate and trust administration process.

Ruder Ware Earns Recertification in Meritas, a Global Alliance of Business Law Firms
Posted on Oct 04, 2016

Ruder Ware recently was awarded recertification in Meritas, a global alliance of business law firms. Ruder Ware is required to successfully complete recertification every three years.

Meritas is the only law firm alliance with an established and comprehensive means of monitoring and enhancing the quality of its member firms—a process that saves clients time in validating law firm credentials and experience. Meritas membership is selective and by invitation only. Firms are regularly assessed and recertified for the breadth of their practice expertise and client satisfaction. The organization’s extensive due diligence process ensures that only firms meeting the tenets of Meritas’ Quality Assurance Program are allowed to maintain membership. Firm performance and quality feedback are reflected in a Satisfaction Index score, which is made available online.

The recertification process includes exacting self-assessment, peer review by other law firms and client feedback. It examines such factors as timeliness and quality of a firm’s client service, professional conduct and adherence to Meritas policies including acknowledgement of Meritas firm or client correspondence within 24 hours.

“Businesses trust the Meritas alliance of law firms for top-tier quality, convenience, consistency and value,” said Tanna Moore, CEO of Meritas. “Ruder Ware has demonstrated its commitment to world-class client service, and as such, has successfully earned its recertification in Meritas.”

About Meritas
Founded in 1990, Meritas is an international alliance of commercial law firms working across jurisdictions to provide clients the best of both worlds: a local legal partner with full service capabilities and the cost efficiency and personal attention unmatched by mega law firms. Each member law firm is required to adhere to rigorous and specific service standards on a regular basis. Headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Meritas has member firms

G. Lane Ware Leadership Academy Inaugural Class Soon to Begin
Posted on Jul 25, 2016

The G. Lane Ware Leadership Academy, a new State Bar of Wisconsin program, aims to give lawyers resources, strategies, and skills to become effective leaders in the profession and community.

The 2016-17 Leadership Academy takes place in three sessions, held at the State Bar Center in Madison, in November, February, and April. Topics to be covered include public speaking, interpreting financial documentation, community leadership, and networking.

According to the State Bar’s site, “The program honors G. Lane Ware, one of the greatest leaders of the State Bar, and someone who was passionate about the future of this organization. Throughout his career, Lane was a leader and mentor in his community, the state, and the legal profession.”

Speakers include:

  • Dr. George Mavroulis, adjunct professor of educational leadership at Viterbo University, discussing the key traits of leaders;
  • Natalie Fleury of Marquette Law School, discussing conflict resolution tips and techniques;
  • Christina Plum, speaking on effective communicating in a professional setting;
  • Hon. James Peterson, discussing the seven objectives of effective public speaking;
  • Garry Bakke, providing insight into interpreting financial documentation;
  • Sarah Rohne of the University of Minnesota Law School, giving tips about having a solid networking plan;
  • Michael F. Moore, covering time management skills for successful leaders; and
  • Dr. Julia Persike, a licensed clinical substance abuse counselor and doctor of psychology, discussing active listening and managing difficult conversations.

As a former State Bar president (1989-90), Wisconsin Law Foundation president (1998-2000), and Leadership Development Committee chair (2003-07), the State Bar notes, “Lane’s commitment to leadership development is the foundation for the creation of the G. Lane Ware Leadership Fund within the  Wisconsin Law Foundation. Through a contribution bequeathed in his will, and through the generosity of so many of his friends, a designated fund continues Lane’s focus on leadership development programs.”

Ruder Ware Pledges Support to Confluence
Posted on Dec 14, 2015

Ruder Ware Law Firm and its attorneys have come together to pledge a collective gift of $150,000 to the Confluence Arts Center. 

The gift incorporates individual commitments from several attorneys in the firm, as well as a discount in the legal services Ruder Ware has provided the Confluence Project since its inception in 2011. In recognition of the long-time service and leadership of Attorney David Anderson, an area in the Confluence Arts Center will be named in his honor.  Anderson, an Eau Claire native and 1966 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, is the attorney who initially worked with Haymarket, LLC, on the early phases of the project. He served as Ruder Ware's Eau Claire office senior partner for years.

The Confluence Arts Center fundraising is closing in on the $11 million mark as the challenge campaign deadline to raise $500,000 to secure a $1 million gift moves closer. The $500,000 for $1 million campaign will end on December 31, 2015, and it has received more than $400,000 toward that goal. The overall fundraising goal for the Confluence Arts Center is to raise at least $13.5 million as part of a match for state, city and county commitments. A groundbreaking for the building is tentatively planned for late spring/early summer 2016.

Five Ruder Ware Attorneys Selected for Wisconsin Super Lawyers
Posted on Nov 18, 2015

Attorneys Mark Bradley, Melissa Kampmann, Mark Munson, Randi Osberg, and Bryan Symes have been selected as Wisconsin Super Lawyers.  Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor.

Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are made using a patented multiphase process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates and peer reviews by practice area. The result is a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of exceptional attorneys.

For more information about Super Lawyers, visit

Attorneys selected for inclusion in 2015 Wisconsin Super Lawyers are:

Attorney Mark Bradley, Wausau:  Estate Planning & Probate

Attorney Mark D. Munson, Wausau:  Elder Law

Attorney Randi Osberg, Eau Claire:  Business/Corporate

Attorneys named for inclusion in 2015 Wisconsin Rising Star are:

Attorney Bryan Symes, Eau Claire:  Employment & Labor

Attorney Melissa Kampmann, Wausau:  Estate & Probate

Dean Dietrich Selected as ATHENA Leadership Award Recipient
Posted on Nov 04, 2015

Firm News Dean-Photo-with-Athena-Award.jpgWe are pleased to announce Dean Dietrich was selected as the Wausau Chamber’s 2015 ATHENA Leadership Award recipient.  The ATHENA Leadership Award® is presented to a woman ---or man--- who is honored for professional excellence, community service, and for actively assisting women in their attainment of professional excellence and leadership skills.  The Chamber explains on their Web site, “the ATHENA Leadership Awards® recognize members of the community who have played an important role in business, our community and the advancement of women. The ATHENA award is presented to a person who has demonstrated professional excellence, taken part in community service, and actively assisted women in attaining leadership skills that have helped them advance professionally.” 

Dean is active throughout the state serving in leadership positions such as with the State Bar of Wisconsin, Wisconsin Public Radio Association, and the Early Years Coalition.  He is a recognized leader in educating lawyers about professional ethics and compliance with the Rules of Professional Conduct.  Dean’s goals include recognition for Marathon County as the best place to raise kids in Wisconsin and to help lawyers provide ethical service to clients.

Ruder Ware Innovator Award
Posted on Aug 14, 2015

Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce creates award honoring G. Lane Ware. 


"A distinguished attorney, G. Lane Ware was the consummate professional with a sincere drive to make the Wausau community a better place for life and for business. He was tireless in his drive and support of entrepreneurship and innovation. You’d often hear him quip, “If you’re not growing, you’re dying on the vine.” He realized that to succeed in business, you needed to innovate and differentiate, to remain relevant in a changing economy. While Lane worked with businesses of all sizes, it was the entrepreneurs and small businesses that inspired and excited him the most. The Ruder Ware Innovator Award was created to honor Lane, and to recognize outstanding individuals who personify the spirit of entrepreneurship and demonstrate excellence in the way they conduct business."

Nominations for the 2015 Ruder Ware Innovator Award will be accepted until August 21, 2015. 

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Angela Gonzalez Selected for Prestigious Paralegal of the Year Award
Posted on May 19, 2015

Ruder Ware is pleased to congratulate Angela Gonzalez on receiving the “Paralegal of the Year” Award from the Paralegal Association of Wisconsin (PAW).

At present, there are approximately 3000 paralegals in the state of Wisconsin with over 200 of these paralegals members of PAW.  The “Paralegal of the Year” award is the most prestigious award given by PAW.  The award celebrates the dedication and efforts of an individual exemplifying a successful paralegal.  Honorees are not only active within their firms but also their communities, giving back civically.

Angela became a founding member of the Wausau Chapter of the Association in 2011 and assisted in its formation. She was nominated for the position of Secretary on the Board of Directors in 2013 and continues to serve in that capacity. In addition to her service on the Board of Directors, Angela is actively involved in the pro bono Wausau clinics of the State Bar of Wisconsin Wills for Veterans program, assisting veterans and their families with basic estate planning concepts, obtaining the veterans' information and inputting that information into a software system that generates the documents, meeting with the veterans and an attorney to review the documents and finally signing and notarizing the documents for the veterans.  In April 2014, Angela was recognized by The Women's Community, Inc. for her volunteer contributions to individuals impacted by sexual assault.

As a paralegal, Angela specializes in trust and estate administration. She assists trustees and personal representatives with valuing and inventorying assets, obtaining court authorizations when necessary, responding to beneficiary inquiries and processing asset transfers. In addition, Angela assists in the preparation of real estate transfer documents and estate tax returns. Prior to joining Ruder Ware, Angela was a civil litigation legal assistant and paralegal at a Wausau law firm. She also worked as a corporate paralegal at the Budapest (Hungary) office of a New York-based law firm, where she spent much of her time preparing work product in due diligence matters and multi-national business transactions. Angela obtained her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point, with majors in mass communications / journalism and political science / pre-law. She received her Master’s of Arts in Central and Eastern European Studies from the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland. She also obtained her Bachelor’s of Laws degree from the University of London.

Attorney Shaughnessy Murphy Joins Ruder Ware
Posted on May 18, 2015

Shaughnessy advises clients on a wide variety of business transactional matters, including the organization of business entities; financing, sale and acquisition transactions; and related matters.  He also assists clients who are involved in general business litigation matters.

Prior to joining Ruder Ware, Shaughnessy served as a key senior leadership aide in the U.S. House of Representatives counseling Members of Congress on a wide variety of public policy issues including agriculture, energy, transportation, trade, and taxes.  In 2014, Shaughnessy was recognized on Roll Call’s “Fabulous 50” list of most influential congressional staffers.  Shaughnessy’s background also includes working with stakeholders and clients to navigate the federal regulatory and rule making process.

Jamie Schaefer Elected President of Community Foundation
Posted on May 13, 2015

The Community Foundation of North Central Wisconsin (CFONCW) is governed by a 15-member board elected to strategically invest the gifts of their donors, direct disbursements of the Foundation’s assets, and plan for the community’s long-term good.  Ruder Ware’s COO, Jamie Schaefer, was recently elected to serve as president of the board.  CFONCW is a nonprofit community corporation, created by and for the people of north central Wisconsin, and exists to enhance the quality of the greater Wausau area.

Attorney Aric Burch Joins Ruder Ware
Posted on Apr 22, 2015

Ruder Ware is pleased to announce the addition of Aric Burch to our Wausau attorney team. 

Aric advises individuals and business owners in all aspects of personal estate and business planning. As part of his practice, Aric facilitates the formation, operation, and growth of closely held businesses. As an estate planner, Aric is a skillful listener and has particular talent drafting wills and estate plans that accurately capture a client's life plan while maximizing tax saving opportunities. Aric is also actively engaged in the post death administration of trusts and the probate of assets being transferred by wills.

Attorney G. Lane Ware Honored as a Champion of Business by Junior Achievement
Posted on Mar 06, 2015

Ruder Ware is pleased to announce the selection of G. Lane Ware as a Champions of Business honoree by Junior Achievement of Northcentral Wisconsin.  Honorees represent successful business leaders who helped make the Wausau area and North Central Wisconsin economy grow.  Ware joins fellow honorees Daniel Plumer and Robert C. Greenheck.

From Junior Achievement's press release announcing the honorees:

G. Lane Ware was a prominent attorney and civic leader in central Wisconsin for 49 years and represented numerous Wausau area businesses and major corporations in corporate and governance issues. His experience in business and securities law played a key role in the growth and expansion of many area businesses. Lane Ware began his legal career at the Ruder & Staples law firm after graduating from the University of Wisconsin Madison Law School in 1965. Ware led his firm through a tremendous growth period as president from 1972-1999. Today, the firm that bears his name, Ruder Ware, employs nearly 40 attorneys in Wausau and Eau Claire. A proven leader in both his profession and his community, Ware served as president of the State Bar of Wisconsin, the Marathon County Bar Association, the Wisconsin Law Foundation, the Wisconsin Law Alumni Association, Central Wausau Progress, the Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce, the Marathon County Economic Development Corporation and the Wausau Area Performing Arts Foundation. Sadly, Lane Ware passed away June 5, 2014.

The evening event will be held on May 14, 2015 at the Jefferson Street Inn.  Additional detail can be found at

Attorney John Leary Earns Minnesota Bar License
Posted on Feb 17, 2015

Ruder Ware is pleased to announce that Attorney John Leary recently earned his Minnesota Bar license.  Being licensed in both Wisconsin and Minnesota will enable Leary to assist banks and financial institutions based in Wisconsin with their Minnesota matters.

Leary works with clients in the areas of finance and creditors' rights, business counseling, transactions, and commercial law. His practice includes representing lenders, borrowers, and participants in negotiating and documenting financing of secured, unsecured, senior and subordinated debt including term loans, lines of credit, and floor plan financing.  In addition, John represents lenders in complex loan reviews, workouts, collections and bankruptcies for farms, developers, manufacturers, retailers, C-stores, builders, hotels,  suppliers, resorts, dealerships, and  golf courses.

Dean Dietrich Receives Speaker of the Year Award from United Way of Marathon County
Posted on Jan 21, 2015

Attorney Dean Dietrich was recently awarded the Speaker of the Year Award from the United Way of Marathon County.  Visit our Community Blog to see what the organization had to say about Dean and the award. 

Attorney Kevin J. Terry Elected to Wisconsin School Attorneys Association
Posted on Oct 13, 2014

October 13, 2014 - Ruder Ware is pleased to announce the appointment of Attorney Kevin J.T. Terry to the Board of Directors for the Wisconsin School Attorneys Association (WSAA) effective October 3, 2014. He will serve a four-year term.

Kevin has concentrated his practice on working with employers in both the public and private sectors. As legal counsel for many school districts in northern and central Wisconsin, he works directly with school boards on issues such as open meetings and public records law. Additionally, Kevin advises school boards and administrators on labor and employment concerns, student expulsions, and other matters affecting Wisconsin schools in the post-Act 10 world.

The Wisconsin School Attorneys Association (WSAA) is a 104-member organization of attorneys representing school boards on an attorney-client basis. WSAA was created to assist and facilitate the exchange of information among attorneys practicing school law in the State of Wisconsin. The members of the WSAA are attorneys serving as legal counsel for members of the Wisconsin Association of School Boards (WASB); since 1971 the organizations have worked closely together. The WSAA does not get involved with legislative advocacy and is not registered to lobby.