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von Briesen & Roper, s.c., today announced that attorney Vincent J. Falcone joined the Firm’s Madison office, located at 10 East Doty Street, Suite 900.
As a member of the Business Practice Group, Falcone focuses his practice on mergers and acquisitions, corporate law and real estate law. Falcone assists clients in all phases of drafting, negotiation, due diligence and financing of business transactions. Additionally, he assists commercial, residential and agricultural clients with real estate acquisitions and sales. He is
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von Briesen & Roper, s.c. is proud to announce that 22 attorneys are listed as 2022 Wisconsin Super Lawyers® and Wisconsin Rising Stars and three attorneys are named to “Top Wisconsin”, “Top Women”, “Top Madison” and “Top Milwaukee” lists. 
Top 10: Wisconsin Super Lawyers:

Top 50: Wisconsin Super Lawyers:

Top 25: Women Wisconsin Super Lawyers:

Top 25: Milwaukee Super Lawyers:

Top 25: Madison Super Lawyers:

Wisconsin Super Lawyers:

Wisconsin Rising Stars:

(* indicates lawyers listed for the first time)
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von Briesen & Roper, s.c. is proud to announce that 22 attorneys are listed as 2022 Wisconsin Super Lawyers® and Wisconsin Rising Stars and three attorneys are named to “Top Wisconsin”, “Top Women”, “Top Madison” and “Top Milwaukee” lists. 
Top 10: Wisconsin Super Lawyers:

Top 50: Wisconsin Super Lawyers:

Top 25: Women Wisconsin Super Lawyers:

Top 25: Milwaukee Super Lawyers:

Top 25: Madison Super Lawyers:

Wisconsin Super Lawyers:

Wisconsin Rising Stars:

(* indicates lawyers listed for the first time)
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On April 15, 2022, Governor Tony Evers signed Act 258 into law (the “New LLC Law”), repealing and recreating Chapter 183 the Wisconsin Uniform Limited Liability Company Law, which governs limited liability companies (“LLC”). The New LLC Law’s provisions will apply to LLCs formed on or after January 1, 2023 (the “effective date”).

Existing LLCs have the option to opt-in to the New LLC Law prior to the effective date by filing a Statement of Applicability (Form 399/599
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In 2020-2021, non-fungible tokens (NFTs) became popular with digital collections such as Bored Ape Yacht Club, NBA Top Shop’s “Moments,” CryptoPunks, Crypto.com’s Loaded Lions, and many more.  An NFT is a unique crypto-asset built on the blockchain and may be linked to a piece of art, music, digital collectables like baseball or Pokémon card, stocks, commodities, or skins in a video-game.  Like cryptocurrency (e.g., Bitcoin, Ethereum), NFTs use blockchain technology to record ownership and validate authenticity.  Unlike cryptocurrency, each
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When international inventors and applicants seek U.S. patent protection on their invention first filed under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT), they have a choice to make.  They can file what is referred to as a U.S. national stage entry of the PCT application under 35 USC §371, or a bypass continuation under 35 USC §111 claiming priority to the PCT application.   What are the differences, both pro and con, and when and where might you consider employing each?   That
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The USPTO has repeatedly communicated its commitment to having patent applicants submit documents in DOCX format. Starting in 2020 with a final rule that encouraged applicants to transition from PDF to DOCX, in May of 2021 the Office announced a non-DOCX surcharge of $400 to take effect in January of 2022. Public criticism of the DOCX filing system forced the Office to delay implementation of the surcharge by one year, to January of 2023. Feedback from patent practitioners continues
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von Briesen & Roper, s.c., today announced that attorney George S. Peek joined the Milwaukee office as a Shareholder in the Trusts & Estates Section.
“We are excited to have George joining our robust team of trusts and estates attorneys. George’s commitment to client service and established expertise align wonderfully with the work we do here and we are looking forward to working with him,” said Megan L.W. Jerabek, Shareholder and co-Chair of von Briesen’s Trusts & Estates Section.
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On August 16, 2022, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit decided EEOC v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., and ruled that a light duty policy only covering workers injured on the job was lawful, and did not illegally exclude pregnant employees. The decision can be found here. The decision provides guidance under federal law for employers considering whether they can limit light duty to only those employees injured on the job. In particular, this decision is helpful
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von Briesen & Roper, s.c., today announced that four attorneys recently joined the firm: Levie M. Basok, Hannah L. Chin, Nicholas M. Lubenow and Denisha A. Renovales.
Levie M. Basok is an Associate in the Chicago office. Basok is a member of the Intellectual Property Section and focuses his practice on patent application preparation, examiner interviews, amendments, appeals and opinions on counsel. He has experience in the pharmaceutical, medical devices, mechanical and electrical industries. He is a member of
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On August 26, 2022, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) posted on their website a “Pre-Publication Notice” that discussed its intent to list two PFAS compounds as “hazardous substances” under the “Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation & Liability Act” (CERCLA), also known as the “Superfund” law. PFAS is an acronym for per- and polyfluorolalkyl substances, which are chemicals that were widely used from the 1960s to the early 2000s in the manufacture of a variety of consumer products, such
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On August 26, 2022, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a “Pre-Publication Notice” that proposes to list two PFAS compounds as “hazardous substances” under the “Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation & Liability Act” (CERCLA), also known as the “Superfund” law.

PFAS is an acronym for per- and polyfluorolalkyl substances, which are chemicals that were widely used from the 1960s to the early 2000s in the manufacture of a variety of consumer products, such as stain resistant carpets, non-stick cookware
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von Briesen & Roper, s.c., today announced that three attorneys joined the firm: Victoria L. Seltun, Christopher R. Smith and Morgan L. Turner.
Victoria L. Seltun is a Shareholder in the Eau Claire office. Seltun has more than 25 years of experience in all areas of labor and employment law for both the public and private sector. She holds a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Workplace Certificate from the University of Southern Florida MUMA College of Business. Seltun
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While, historically, the student expulsion statutes have referenced the requirement that expulsion hearing notices to a student and parent be “sent,” the better practice has been to serve the notice on both the pupil and parent to assure the notice was “received.” Recent decisions of the Wisconsin Superintendent of Public Instruction (SPI), have incorporated a due process requirement beyond the plain language of the expulsion statutes and suggest students and parents must receive actual notice or, in the alternative,
Continue Reading Best Practices: Recent DPI Decisions Suggest Assuring Students and Parents are Not Only Timely “Mailed” But “Receive” Notices for Expulsion

On August 11, 2022, the CDC updated its COVID-19 guidance as the risk of severe illness, hospitalization, and death from COVID exposure has significantly declined. More specific guidance for school districts was issued by the CDC, which can be found here.

In addition, the Department of Public Instruction has published guidance entitled “COVID-19 Infection Control and Mitigation Measures for Wisconsin Schools 2022/2023,” which can be found here.

While we published a Legal Update on the recent CDC
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von Briesen & Roper, s.c. is proud to announce that 66 of its attorneys were included in the 29th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America®.  Three attorneys are designated as “Lawyer of the Year” and three attorneys are listed as Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch, a category for attorneys in practice between 5-9 years.
“Lawyer of the Year” Awards:
Milwaukee, WI

Madison, WI

Best Lawyers: Ones To Watch:
Milwaukee, WI

Best Lawyers®:
Chicago, IL

Madison, WI

Milwaukee, WI

Neenah,
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