OCHDL Is Pleased to Announce That Attorney Christopher B. Keeler Has Joined the Firm

Attorney Christopher B. Keeler, a 2016 graduate of the American University Washington College of Law, has joined the Milwaukee law firm O’Neil, Cannon, Hollman, DeJong & Laing S.C. After graduating from law school, Chris lived and practiced in the Virginia area, focusing on immigration litigation matters. Before going to law school, Chris spent time working internationally, and he is able to communicate in both French and Arabic. Chris was born and raised in Maine, and recently moved to Milwaukee with his wife.

O’Neil, Cannon, Hollman, DeJong & Laing S.C., founded in Milwaukee in 1973, is a full-service legal practice that primarily focuses on providing business law and civil litigation services to closely-held businesses and their owners. The firm represents corporations, institutions, and partnerships at all stages of the business life cycle, helping them start, grow and transition from one generation to the next. We also assist business owners with their personal legal needs including tax and estate planning, family law and litigation—including personal injury litigation.

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Gregory Mager Moderates for the AAML

Attorney Gregory S. Mager recently moderated the Family Court Commissioners’ Panel at the 36th Annual Midwinter Seminar for the Wisconsin Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.

The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) was founded to provide leadership that promotes the highest degree of professionalism and excellence in the practice of family law, including divorce and child custody decisions.

The AAML focuses on generating assistance, support, and growth for education, mediation, and arbitration in matrimonial law. The organization makes resources available to its members, including news, publications and other information on important sociological and psychological research concerning marriage breakdown, with particular attention on the consequences for the children of separated and divorced parents.

Greg has been a fellow in the AAML since 2012. He is recognized by judges and peers as one of Wisconsin’s premier family law attorneys. He uses his extensive skill, training, and experience to help his clients achieve successful resolutions of their divorce, paternity, custody, placement, and support matters. Greg is uniquely positioned to successfully represent clients in their family law matters, including those involving complex business, financial, and child related issues.

For additional information, please contact Greg at Gregory.Mager@wilaw.com or 414-276-5000.

Attorney Claude J. Krawczyk Involved in Restoring Marquette Campus Statue

The George Washington statue has returned to Wisconsin Avenue near the campus of Marquette University. The 133 year-old monument had been removed for restoration, which involved removing layers of black corrosion and the repair of splitting bronze. Attorney Claude Krawczyk currently serves as the president of The Westown Association, which raised funds for the restoration effort. In total, the restoration project cost more than $100,000 to complete. Attorney Krawczyk had a special interest in the project, explaining “I can remember seeing [the statue] when I was a kid, it’s been there all my life. I think it’s an important memory for Milwaukee … an important symbol.” Read full story here.


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O’Neil, Cannon, Hollman, DeJong & Laing Elects Scoby and Gagan as Shareholders

O’Neil, Cannon, Hollman, DeJong & Laing is pleased to announce that Attorney Jason Scoby and Attorney Bob Gagan were recently elected as shareholders of the firm.

Mr. Scoby has been with the firm since 2009 and is a member of the firm’s Business Practice Group and Banking & Creditors’ Rights Practice Group. He advises and represents individuals, businesses, and banks on a variety of corporate, banking, and business-related issues, including mergers and acquisitions, commercial loan transactions, corporate issues, contract negotiation and preparation, and business entity selection and formation.

Learn more about Mr. Scoby by visiting his full profile.

Mr. Gagan has been with the firm since 2016. Bob is a respected Wisconsin business law attorney. He focuses his practice on corporate law and commercial litigation as well as municipal law. Mr. Gagan is a Past President of the State Bar of Wisconsin. He previously served as the Brown County representative on the State Bar Board of Governors and also served on the Board of Governors Executive Committee. Mr. Gagan is the co–founder of the Brown County Free Legal Clinic and continues to volunteer his time at this Free Legal Clinic.

Learn more about Mr. Gagan by visiting his full profile.

We are pleased to add both Jason and Bob as shareholders.

O’Neil, Cannon, Hollman, DeJong & Laing S.C. ranked in 2018 “Best Law Firms”

O’Neil, Cannon, Hollman, DeJong & Laing S.C. has been ranked in the 2018 U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” list in 13 practice areas:

Firms included in the 2018 “Best Law Firms” list are recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. Achieving a tiered ranking signals a unique combination of quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise.

Seventeen Attorneys Named Super Lawyers

Each year, Super Lawyers surveys the State’s attorneys and judges, seeking the State’s top attorneys. The lists for 2017 were recently published and, once again, a large number of our attorneys are included thereon.

Dean Laing was named one of the Top 10 attorneys in Wisconsin for the third time. He was also named one of the Top 50 attorneys in Wisconsin for the twelfth straight year. In doing so, he is one of only six attorneys out of over 15,000 attorneys in Wisconsin—and the only commercial litigator in Wisconsin—to make the list all twelve years. Dean was also named one of the Top 25 attorneys in Milwaukee.

Seth Dizard and Patrick McBride were also named among the Top 50 attorneys in Wisconsin. This is the fifth time that Seth has made the list. Seth was also named one of the Top 25 attorneys in Milwaukee.

Doug Dehler, Jim DeJong, Pete Faust, Bob Gagan, John Gehringer, Joe Gumina, Carl Holborn, Greg Lyons, Greg Mager, Joe Newbold, Chad Richter, John Schreiber, Jason Scoby, and Steve Slawinski were also named Super Lawyers, a recognition given to the top 5% of attorneys in Wisconsin. Jim DeJong, Pete Faust, John Gehringer, Carl Holborn, and Greg Lyons have made the list for the past 10 or more years.

Laura Lavey and Erica Reib were also named Rising Stars, which is limited to 2.5% of the young attorneys in Wisconsin.

We are extremely proud of these recognitions, but even more proud of the quality of service we provide to our clients.

Attorney Kuglitsch Authors Article for the Journal of Corporate Taxation

An article authored by Kelly S. Kuglitsch has been published in the January/February 2018 issue of the Journal of Corporate Taxation. The article provides an overview of the tax code section that governs most forms of non-qualified deferred compensation and executive compensation arrangements, as well as the reasons for its enactment and practical tips for ensuring compliance with its requirements. Click here to read “Spotting Issues Under Section 409A: Perspective and Practice Tips,” Kelly S. Kuglitsch, Corporate Taxation, Vol. 45, No. 1, © 2017 Thomson Reuters/Tax & Accounting.

Attorney Kuglitsch is a member of O’Neil, Cannon, Hollman, DeJong & Laing S.C.’s Employment Law Group, where she concentrates her practice on employee benefits and executive compensation matters. She is an officer of the State Bar of Wisconsin Taxation Section Board of Directors and a former President of Wisconsin Retirement Plan Professionals, Ltd.  Attorney Kuglitsch has spoken and written nationally on executive compensation and qualified retirement plan compliance, and assists clients in complying with state and federal compensation and benefit plan requirements.

Steve Slawinski Elected to the ABC of Wisconsin Board of Directors

Effective January 1, 2018, Attorney Steve Slawinski was elected to the Board of Directors for the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of Wisconsin. Throughout the country, the ABC is an effective force in business development, education, labor relations, and legislation. The ABC actively promotes merit, or performance-based construction.

For 30 years, Steve has represented his clients in complex construction, business, and real estate litigation. His practice emphasizes the areas of construction litigation and construction law—representing general contractors, subcontractors, owners, design professionals, lenders, and title insurers in construction disputes, both in court and in arbitration.

Steve is pleased to be elected for a three-year term and looks forward to adding his expertise to the board.