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Out and About with GRGB

The Posner Pro Bono Exchange at MU Law

The Posner Pro Bono Exchange was held April 26, 2024 at MU Law. It was a full house with over 100 honorees getting certificates for their pro bono efforts. Here are a few photos from the event.

Joshua Gimbel Event Info Joshua Gimbel & Andrew Flood

American Red Cross: Breast Cancer Survivor Regularly Gives Blood in Honor of Brother-in-Law and Late Sister

American Red Cross

Story told by Cheary Shelim, Red Cross Volunteer.

“I have been a blood donor for many years but only recently began donating regularly,” shares Christine Hall of Sunset, SC. “My brother-in-law is going through chemo that affects his red blood cell count. He routinely requires blood transfusions. Because others volunteer so that he can get the blood he needs, I am giving so that others might benefit from receiving my blood.”

Christine is a breast cancer survivor who treasures her family. Her sister, Tricia, was also a breast cancer survivor for 12 years before she was diagnosed with leptomeningeal disease in November 2021. Christine and another sister moved closer to Tricia to help care for her. But Tricia’s husband, Pat, became her primary caregiver until she passed away only three months later. Pat and Tricia had been together since he was 15 and she was 14.

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Notable Office and Operations Managers: Beatrice Thorson

Notable Office and Operations Managers: Beatrice Thorson

According to her colleagues, Beatrice Thorson has transformed Milwaukee-based law firm Gimbel, Reilly, Guerin & Brown, LLP in almost every way possible.

“She has instituted so many policies throughout the firm to make things more efficient, cost-effective and easier in general,” said Britt Frank, marketing director. “Bea did a software change/build-out entirely on her own and was in charge of the complete overhaul that allowed more security, better billing practices and paperless capabilities.”

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Brookfield Neighbors September 2021 Max Stephenson

brookfield neighbors september 2021

Max and Megan Stephenson still have an ongoing debate regarding how they actually met as college students at Marquette but they hit it off and haven’t looked back. Now their family has grown to include Callahan, Ellis and a little girl arriving in September.


“We can’t agree whether we met in the library or at a house party,” shares Megan. “Max claims we met while studying at Raynor Memorial Libraries at Marquette during our sophomore year. But I believe we met at a house party when Max brought me a beer the summer before our junior year. Either way, we started dating in 2008, were engaged at the end of 2012 and got married in 2014 – so we dated about four years.”

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Notable Marketing Executives: Britt Frank

Britt Frank News

Marketing director Britt Frank has helped Gimbel, Reilly, Guerin & Brown grow in a number of ways since joining the firm in 2016. Revenue and retained cases have improved substantially and website traffic increased more than 100% since she started at GRGB.

The firm went from 14 attorneys in 2016 to 22 by 2021. The firm has also launched a new website, social media, sponsorship and overall media strategy.

Frank has increased the services offered to clients, started a Spanish-speaking practice group, launched a GRGB podcast and has showcased several videos. The attorneys have expanded their board involvement under her direction, the firm implemented paid volunteer programs for staff, more attorneys started speaking at events and writing for publications and a new client follow-up and testimonial program was launched.

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Attorney Frank Gimbel Featured in ABA Journal Article on Attorney Competence

Frank Gimbel News

Bar exam does little to ensure attorney competence, say lawyers in diploma privilege state

In his 60 years of law practice, Milwaukee attorney Franklyn M. Gimbel has known good and bad attorneys. And, according to him, whether they passed a bar exam, which in Wisconsin is not required for most in-state law school graduates, has no bearing on their lawyering abilities or character.

“I know a lot of lawyers who have misbehaved—I’ve represented some of them,” says the former State Bar of Wisconsin president. “While the bar exams have become more difficult and longer, I’m not sure if you look at a lawyer a couple of decades down the road that the bar exam really was a filter.”

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Getting There: Nicole Masnica

Cristo Rey

What’s a challenge you overcame to get here?

“Moving from government legal work into private practice is not always easy for those looking to make a career change. Potential employers may question your ability to succeed on the business side of legal practice. To quell those concerns, I educated myself on those aspects of private practice so I would be prepared to make the change when the opportunity came.”

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Execs put on their dancing shoes to raise $537,000 for Cristo Rey

Cristo Rey

Eight high-profile Milwaukee-area executives, including Marcus Theatres chairman Rolando Rodriguez and Network Health CEO Coreen Dicus-Johnson put on their dancing shoes and performed their best ballroom dances Saturday evening to help raise more than $537,000 for Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Milwaukee. Check out the attached slideshow to see photos from the fun event.

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Ray Dall’Osto appears before the Assembly Committee on State Affairs

Ray Dall'Osto Testimony

On December 20, 2017, Ray Dall’Osto appeared before the Assembly Committee on State Affairs, along with bill co-sponsors Rep. Kooyenga and Hebl, in support of AB 548. PIX Dall’Osto gave testimony on behalf of the State Bar of Wisconsin, urging legislators to enact AB 548, which would substantially increase compensation to exonerated persons for their past wrongful incarceration. Current Wisconsin law provides the lowest compensation rate in the country, i.e., $5,000 per year of incarceration, up to a maximum of $25,000. AB 548 would provide $50,000 per year of incarceration, up to $1 million.

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