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2016 has been a year of great change at FOS.

First and foremost, one of our beloved founders, Bruce O’Neill, passed away after a long struggle with ALS.

Bruce was both a great lawyer and a wonderful friend to us all, and watching his courageous struggle inspired us. He, of course, will be greatly missed.

In April, Mike Hanrahan, who had been part of our litigation team for almost 20 years, received an appointment to the Milwaukee County Circuit Court.

This had been one of Mike’s lifelong ambitions, and we were very pleased that he received this appointment.

We are also pleased that Mike could join another of our partners, Jeffrey Kremers, on the Milwaukee bench.

Our volume of work has continued to increase with Milwaukee’s economic recovery, and we have added new attorneys to handle this work.

We hired Bailey Larsen to join our estate planning and tax group. Bailey is a CPA who had formerly worked at Deloitte & Touche.

Bailey joins Al Young and Greg Ricci in our tax group, both of whom are CPAs as well.

Then, we once again tapped Marquette Law School and hired Lauren Maddente, who began work with FOS in September.

Lauren has a sterling academic background, and will be working with all of our practice groups.

This year has taught us more than ever that the only thing certain in life is change, and at FOS we have embraced that.

We are proud that this firm has remained independent, and are now in our 55th year.

We believe our independence allows us to provide sophisticated legal services in a way that larger firms just cannot do, or certainly cannot do at a price that makes sense for most people.

As always, the client comes first.

On behalf of everyone at FOS, we would like to wish you a prosperous and healthy 2017.