Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C. Adds Attorneys to Its Milwaukee and Madison Offices


For Immediate Release

For more information contact:
Peggy Schicantek
(414) 978-5346
pschicantek@whdlaw.com

Milwaukee, Wis. – November 11, 2011 – The law firm of Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C. is pleased to announce the addition of several attorneys to its Milwaukee and Madison offices.

Benjamin Edlavitch, Milwaukee office, joins the Intellectual Property Practice Group. Edlavitch focuses his practice on patent acquisition and prosecution, including developing patent procurement and prosecution strategies, preparing due diligence assessments, and identifying licensing opportunities. He will also be assisting on patent litigation matters that call upon his background in software, computer information systems and electrical engineering. He received his B.S. in Biology from Washington University in St. Louis, and his Certificate in Computer Information Systems from University of California - Berkeley. Edlavitch received his J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law, where he was the recipient of the CALI Award for academic excellence in Trade and Intellectual Property Rights, Associate Editor of The Chicago-Kent Journal of Intellectual Property and Senior Editor of The Chicago-Kent Journal of International and Comparative Law. He received his B.S.E.E., cum laude, from University of Illinois at Chicago, where he was member of Eta Kappa Nu – Electrical Engineering Honors Society, and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. He is a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association and the Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago.

Erin Keesecker, Madison office, joins the Litigation Practice Group, where she is a member of the Business & Commercial Litigation Team. She received a degree in Applied Music: Cello Performance from the University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music, and her J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of Wisconsin Law School, where she served as a Managing Editor of the Wisconsin Law Review and as a member of the Moot Court Board. Keesecker spent a year of law school working as a student attorney in one of the University of Wisconsin Law School’s civil litigation clinics, where she focused on employment and housing law disputes. Keesecker is a member of the Dane County Bar Association, State Bar of Wisconsin, American Bar Association and Legal Association for Women. She is a volunteer with the South Madison Coalition of the Elderly.

Benjamin Proctor, Milwaukee office, joins the Litigation Practice Group, where he is a member of the Business & Commercial Litigation Team. He received his B.S. from the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse, and worked for more than four years as a legislative assistant in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington D.C. Proctor earned his J.D., cum laude, from Marquette University Law School, where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Marquette Law Review. Following graduation, he spent three years in the federal judiciary as a law clerk to Chief Judge Charles N. Clevert, Jr., of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin. Most recently, Proctor worked overseas as Senior Counsel to Supreme Court of the Republic of Palau.

Marci VanAdestine, Milwaukee office, joins the Finance Practice Group, where she is a member of the Consumer Financial Services Team. She received her B.A. in Political Science and Communication Arts from the University of Wisconsin, and her J.D., cum laude, from the University of Wisconsin Law School. While in law school, VanAdestine served as an intern to Justice Annette Kingsland Ziegler of the Wisconsin Supreme Court, the Governor’s Office of Legal Counsel, and the Wisconsin Department of Justice. She has worked on several statewide campaigns, including the campaigns of Wisconsin Supreme Court candidates, and has served as an aid to a U.S. Congressman. VanAdestine was an original member of a successful startup political consulting, public relations and grassroots campaigning firm. She is a member of the American Bar Association’s Business Law Section and the Young Lawyers Division, and the State Bar of Wisconsin.

“We are continually reinvesting in our most important asset - our people - to ensure that we deliver Client Success by deepening our expertise in the areas of law our clients need,” said Paul Eberle, WHD’s chief executive. “These additions strengthen our firm today and improve what we can do for our clients for years to come. We are thrilled to welcome them to WHD.”

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Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C., one of Wisconsin’s leading full-service law firms, plays a significant role in shaping political, economic, environmental and legal landscapes. With offices in Milwaukee and Madison, Wis., and Chicago, the firm has more than 150 professionals practicing in more than 50 industry and specialty areas. WHD is committed to delivering exceptional service and innovative, practical solutions to state, regional and national clients.