Officers and Board of Directors

Officers

Jay A. Urban, President

As President, Urban is the highest ranking elected officer and primary spokesperson for WAJ.

 

Jay is a founding member and partner of the firm Urban & Taylor s.c. with offices in Milwaukee and Tomah, WI. He represents individuals in complex personal injury and death cases, practicing in all areas of tort law with a specific focus on catastrophic trucking, nursing home abuse, and products/consumer liability matters nationwide (in the MDL federal court system). He has been named to Federal MDL leadership on multiple occasions taking on the large pharmaceutical and other corporate interests who put profits over people. He has been certified as a Civil Trial Specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy and as an advocate by the National Board of Civil Pretrial Practice Advocacy. Jay has been repeatedly elected by his peers for inclusion in Super Lawyers and  Best Lawyers in America and other such reviews on an annual basis.  Jay has served on the Wisconsin Association for Justice Board of Directors since 1998 and he is the current Governor for AAJ from Wisconsin for several years.  Jay is a frequent lecturer at litigation and trial skills seminars across the country most often part of AAJ and various state TLAs, and is also actively involved in the American Association for Justice and the Southern Trial Lawyers Association.  He was the recipient of the Baldwin Most Outstanding Young Trial Lawyer award from AAJ in 2002 as well as other honors from this association.  As a WAJ officer, he looks forward to continuing the mission of WAJ in the education and networking of the Wisconsin trial bar as well as assisting the organization and our clients in their governmental interests.  Jay is married with two daughters.

Vacant:  President-Elect

 

 

Kevin R. Martin, Vice President

 

Kevin R. Martin is the managing partner of Martin Law Office, S.C. in Oak Creek, WI. He graduated from Concordia University Wisconsin, cum laude, with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (1998) and Marquette University with a Doctor of Jurisprudence (2003). Kevin is admitted to practice law in the State of Wisconsin, Eastern District of Wisconsin, Western District of Wisconsin and the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

Kevin began his career as a Certified Nursing Assistant in the nursing home and hospital settings. Kevin went on to become a Registered Nurse specializing in cardiovascular intensive care. He was also cross-trained to care for patients in medical surgical intensive care and burn intensive care. Kevin served as an Adjunct Professor of Nursing at Concordia University Wisconsin for nearly 12-years and guest lectured to doctors and nurses throughout the State of Wisconsin on medical-legal liability.

As a practicing attorney, Kevin has focused his entire career on personal injury law. Kevin represents plaintiffs who are injured by motor vehicle accidents, motorcycle accidents, trucking accidents, premises liability (slip-and-fall), nursing home neglect, medical malpractice, hospital malpractice, product liability, wrongful denial of insurance benefits (including ERISA claims), and bad faith claims. Kevin has authored numerous articles and lectured to lawyers throughout the State of Wisconsin on issues related to personal injury law.

Kevin is dual board certified as a Civil Trial and Pre-Trial Specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy; is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates; is named in The Best Lawyers in America; is AV-Preeminent Rated by Martindale Hubble; and is a Thomson Reuters Super Lawyer for Personal Injury-Plaintiff.

Amy M. Risseeuw,  Secretary

Amy joined Peterson, Berk & Cross, S.C., as an attorney in 2005 and is the Managing Partner and majority owner of the firm. A graduate from the University of Wisconsin Law School, Amy practices in the personal injury section. Amy has tried many cases to verdict in multiple areas of personal injury law, including automobile accidents, dog attacks, premises liability and medical malpractice. Amy has also handled numerous appellate matters, appearing in the Court of Appeals of Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Supreme Court and the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. Amy has been selected for inclusion as a Thomson Reuters Super Lawyer and Rising Star.

She is a member of the State Bar of Wisconsin, the Outagamie County Bar Association and the Wisconsin Association for Justice. Amy has authored articles and given seminar presentations on developments in case law and other legal matters. In addition to professional organizations, Amy has served as a board member for the Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Fox Valley Region and coached the Lawrence University Mock Trial Team.

As a law student, Amy worked part time as a personal injury law clerk, served as Secretary to the Moot Court Executive Board, and was an Articles Editor for the Wisconsin Law Review. While a student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Amy played trombone in the Marching Band and Varsity Band. During her junior year, Amy studied abroad in Madrid, Spain, and she uses her foreign language skills in communicating with Peterson, Berk & Cross's Spanish-speaking clients in all of the firm's practice areas.

Allan M. Foeckler, Treasurer

Allan, a Milwaukee accident lawyer carved out a name for himself throughout the courtrooms of Wisconsin through a detail-oriented approach to personal injury law that has resulted in countless successful settlements and verdicts. Allan is a member of several legal organizations throughout Wisconsin, including the Milwaukee Chapter of the American Constitution Society, the Wisconsin Judicial Council, the Milwaukee Young Lawyers Association, and the Wisconsin Association for Justice.

Mr. Foeckler graduated from Marquette University Law School, where he was a member of Alpha Sigma Nu Honor Society and part of the Marquette Law Review. Over the years fighting for the rights of injured victims, he has earned numerous notable awards, including being named to the list of Super Lawyers every year since 2012. Mr. Foeckler also earned the 2017 Robert L. Habush Trial Lawyer of the Year award from the Wisconsin Association for Justice after successfully representing victims who were killed and injured after a 13.5-ton panel fell from the O’Donnell Park garage façade.

In addition to his legal duties, Mr. Foeckler remains an invested member of his local community, including serving as Interim Mayor of Oak Creek from December of 2011 through April of 2012, a Trustee of the Wisconsin Civil Justice Education Foundation, board member of the Oak Creek Little League, and board member of the Oak Creek Library Foundation.

 

Beverly Wickstrom, Immediate Past President

Beverly Wickstrom is a partner in Gingras, Thomsen & Wachs, practicing out of the Eau Claire, Wisconsin office. She represents injured and disabled people in personal injury, products liability, workers’ compensation and social security disability cases. Beverly also serves as a mediator in personal injury, real estate, nursing home negligence, products liability, contract dispute and municipal liability cases. Beverly received her bachelor’s degree, with honors, from Lawrence University in 1980, and graduated from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1983. She is a member of the State Bar of Wisconsin, the American Bar Association, the Eau Claire County Bar Association, the Wisconsin Association for Justice (serving on the Executive Board since 2012) and the American Association for Justice.  In addition to her law practice, Beverly volunteers with several local organizations that help the homeless and the disabled, served as a mock trial coach for many years, is an advocate for the arts in the Chippewa Valley, and is the Chair for the Eau Claire County Democratic Party.

 
Board of Directors

Regional Officers/Executive Committee Member (*)

  1. Timothy J. Andringa, Waukesha
  2. Todd E. Basler, Sheboygan
  3. Robert E. Bellin, Jr. Neenah
  4. Jesse B. Blocher, Waukesha
  5. Katie Bosworth, Eau Claire
  6. Rachel E. Bradley, Spring Green
  7. Jessica Butler, Milwaukee
  8. Scott M. Butler, La Crosse
  9. Kelly L. Centofanti, Mequon
  10. Jeffrey J. Morgan, Brookfield
  11. Frank T. Crivello, II, Milwaukee
  12. Joseph G. Doherty, West Bend
  13. Charlie Domer, Milwaukee
  14. *Noah Domnitz, Milwaukee
  15. *Rebecca Domnitz, Milwaukee (Women's Caucus Chair)
  16. *Gregory J. Egan, III, La Crosse
  17. Richard T. Elrod, Appleton
  18. Christine D. Esser, Sheboygan 
  19. Eric A. Farnsworth, Madison
  20. Jenna Fredrick-Ashbeck, Montello
  21. Robert J. Gingras, Madison
  22. Harry R. Hertel, Eau Claire
  23. Ryan J. Hetzel, West Bend
  24. Michelle Hockers, Milwaukee  
  25. Gary N. Jahn, Chilton
  26. Robert J. Janssen, De Pere
  27. Whitney Johnson, Madison
  28. Luke Kingree, Madison
  29. Steven G. Kluender, Milwaukee
  30. Eric M. Knobloch, Milwaukee
  31. Mike R. Kruse, Waukesha
  32. Theresa B. Laughlin, Wausau
  33. Brian Laule, River Falls
  34. Michael D. Leffler, Milwaukee
  35. Kristen E. Lonergan, Wausau
  36. *Christopher J. MacGillis, Wauwatosa
  37. Daniel R. McCormick, Milwaukee
  38. Amy Menzel, Neenah
  39. *Katherine E. Metzger ((New Lawyers Section Chair)
  40. Leah M. Michaelson-Link, Milwaukee
  41. David Nelson, West Bend
  42. Jacqueline Nuckels, Milwaukee 
  43. Frank T. Pasternak, Brookfield
  44. Terrence M. Polich, Madison
  45. Roberta N. Puntillo, Kenosha
  46. Jacob Reis, Appleton
  47. Christopher E. Rogers, Madison
  48. Randall L. Rozek, Milwaukee
  49. *Kristen Scheuerman, Appleton 
  50. Danielle Schroder, Madison
  51. Scott L. Schroeder, Janesville
  52. John T. Schomisch, Jr., Appleton
  53. Timothy T. Sempf, Amery
  54. Howard S. Sicula, Milwaukee
  55. *Michael S. Siddall, Appleton
  56. Anthony J. Skemp, Milwaukee
  57. Jessica E. Slavin, Fond du Lac
  58. Keith R. Stachowiak, Milwaukee
  59. Christopher L. Strohbehn, Milwaukee
  60. Scott B. Taylor, Milwaukee
  61. Ralph J. Tease, Jr., Green Bay
  62. Tracy N. Tool, River Falls
  63. Robert J. Welcenbach, Milwaukee
  64. Jason W. Whitley, Amery
  65. Peter M. Young, Rhinelander
  66. *Brad Yanke, Stevens Point

 

By District

Regional Officer District 1: Noah Domnitz, Milwaukee
Senate Districts: 11, 15, 21, 22, 28

11 Mike Kruse, Waukesha (2021)
15 Jessica Butler, Milwaukee  (2021)
21 Leah M. Michaelson-Link (2021)
22 Randy Rozek, Milwaukee (2021)
28 Noah Domnitz, Milwaukee (2021)
11 Keith R. Stachowiak, Milwaukee (2022)
15 Scott L. Schroeder, Janesville (2022)
21  Roberta N. Puntillo, Kenosha(2022)
22 Timothy J. Andringa, Milwaukee (2022)
28 Howard S. Sicula, Milwaukee (2022)

Regional Officer District 2:  Michael S. Siddall
Senate Districts: 1, 9, 13, 18, 19, 20, 33

1 Robert E. Bellin Jr. (2021)
9 Christine Esser, Sheboygan (2021)
13 David Nelson, West Bend (2021)
18 Michael S. Siddall, Appleton (2021)
19 Jacob Reis, Appleton (2021)
20 Ryan J. Hetzel, West Bend (2021)
33 Jesse B. Blocher, Waukesha (2021)
1 Amy Menzel, Neenah (2022)
9  Gary N. Jahn, Chilton (2022)
13 Joseph G. Doherty, West Bend (2022)
18 Jessica Slavin, Fond du Lac (2022)
19 Richard T. Elrod, Appleton (2022)
20 Todd E. Basler, Sheboygan (2022)
33 Daniel R. McCormick, Milwaukee (2022)

Regional Officer District 3: Gregory J. Egan, III
Senate Districts: 16, 17, 26, 27, 32

16 Danielle Schroder, Madison (2021)
17 Eric Knobloch, Milwaukee (2021)
26 Eric A. Farnsworth, Madison (2021)
27 Robert J. Gingras, Madison (2021)
32 Gregory J. Egan, III, La Crosse (2021)
16 Christopher E. Rogers, Madison (2022)
17 Charlie Domer, Milwaukee (2022)
26 Terrence M. Polich, Madison (2022)
27 Rachel Bradley, Spring Green (2022)
32 Scott Butler, La Crosse (2022)

Regional Officer District 4: Brad Yanke
Senate Districts: 10, 23, 25, 29, 31

10 Vacant (2021)
23 Harry R. Hertel, Eau Claire (2021)
25 Luke Kingree, Madison (2021)
29 Kristen E. Lonergan, Wausau (2021)
31 Tracy N. Tool, Superior (2021)
10 Timothy T. Sempf, Amery (2022)
23 Brian Laule, River Falls (2022)
25 Jason W. Whitley, Amery (2022)
29 Brad Yanke, Stevens Point (2022)
31 Katie Bosworth, Eau Claire (2022)

Regional Officer District 5: Kristen Scheuerman
Senate Districts: 2, 12, 14, 24, 30

2 Kristen Scheuerman, Appleton (2021)
12 Peter M. Young, Rhinelander (2021)
14 Whitney Johnson, Madison (2021)
24 Christopher Strohbehn, Appleton (2021)
30 Ralph J. Tease, Jr., Green Bay (2021)
2   Robert J. Janssen, De Pere (2022)
12 John T. Schomisch, Jr., Appleton (2022)
14 Jenna Fredrick-Ashbeck, Montello (2022)
24 Theresa  B. Laughlin, Wausau (2022)
30 Rebecca Domnitz, Milwaukee (2022) 

Regional Officer District 6: Christopher J. MacGillis
Senate Districts: 3,4,5,6,7,8

3 Scott B. Taylor, Milwaukee (2021)
4 Anthony J. Skemp, Milwaukee (2021)
5 Michael D. Leffler, Milwaukee  (2021)
6 Jeffrey J. Morgan, Brookfield (2021)
7 Michelle Hockers, Milwaukee (2021)
8 Frank T. Crivello, II, Milwaukee (2021)
3 Jacqueline Nuckels, Milwaukee (2022)
4 Kelly L. Centofanti, Mequon (2022)
5 Christopher J. MacGillis, Wauwatosa (2022)
6 Frank T. Pasternak, Brookfield (2022)
7 Robert Welcenbach, Milwaukee (2022)
8 Steven G. Kluender, Milwaukee (2022)

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