Corporation Counsel
 

Assistant Corporation Counsel

IMPORTANT NOTE REGARDING COVID-19

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Office of Corporation Counsel is closed to the public until further notice.

Please submit all stamped Petitions for Return of Property to Room 117 of the Safety Building. 

 


David N. (Dave) Farwell

Practice Areas

  • Transactional
  • Advisory
  • Contracts
  • Real Estate
  • Airport Matters
  • Open Records

Prior Experience

  • Senior Attorney, ManpowerGroup Inc. North American Legal Dept. (2010-2018)
  • Associate, Foley & Lardner LLP (2006-2010)

Education

  • Marquette University Law School, J.D., magna cum laude (2006)
  • University of Wisconsin - Madison, B.A., History, with distinction (2000)

Admissions

  • Wisconsin State Bar
  • Milwaukee Bar Association
  • Adjunct Associate Professor of Law, Marquette University Law School
  • Director and Executive Committee Member, Legal Action of Wisconsin, Inc.

Miscellaneous

Though born and raised in Madison, Dave now calls Wauwatosa home and spends much of his free time with his wife and three young daughters, enjoying all that life in Milwaukee County has to offer. He also enjoys traveling, reading, playing guitar, running and practicing (very) amateur carpentry.

 


Tedia Gamiño

  

Practice Areas

  • Chapter 51 litigation
  • Guardianships and Protective Placement

Prior Experience

  • Gamino Law Offices, LLC, Managing Attorney
  • Wisconsin State Public Defender, Assistant State Public Defender

Education

  • University of Denver, B.A. 
  • University of Wisconsin Law School, J.D.

Affiliations and Activities

  • Wisconsin State Bar
  • Town Supervisor, Town of Lisbon

Miscellaneous

Tedia enjoys being the mother of four children. She has been active in their school PTA and held several leadership positions with a local cub scout pack. Tedia values public service and strives to instill that in her family. In support of the mission of public service, Tedia and her family have spent time together volunteering at the Next Door Foundation. Tedia also enjoys property renovation, reading and watching her children play sports in her free time.


Jennifer O. Hemmer

Practice Areas

  • Civil Commitments
  • Guardianships and Protective Placement

Prior Experience

  • Hostak, Henzl, & Bichler, S.C., 2013-2021

Education

  • University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, B.S. (with honors)
  • Marquette University Law School, J.D. (cum laude)

Admissions

  • Wisconsin State Bar
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin

 


Melinda Lawrence

Practice Areas

  • Land Use and Real Estate
  • Labor & Employment
  • Contracts
  • Open Records
  • Civil and Administrative Litigation
  • Administrative Review

Prior Experience

  • City of Chicago, Assistant Corporation Counsel, 2001-2013
  • Private Practice, 2014-2019

Education

  • University of Wisconsin-Madison, B.S.
  • Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago-Kent College of Law, J.D., Honors Scholar

Admissions

  • Wisconsin State Bar
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • Illinois State Bar

 


Dale R. Nikolay

Practice Areas

  • Personal Injury 
  • Civil Rights
  • Employment Discrimination

Prior Experience

  • 30 years in private practice, including 20 years owning and managing his own firm
  • Represented and advised clients in personal injury, worker’s compensation and other civil matters and appeared before administrative bodies, State and Federal Courts on their behalf 
  • Represented and advised clients in serious criminal matters gaining acquittals in both State and Federal Courts
  • Appellate experience in the Wisconsin Court of Appeals and Wisconsin Supreme Court
  • Extensive trial experience in both civil and criminal litigation
  • Effectively used technology in trial preparation and the presentation of arguments and evidence at trial
  • Created and maintained paperless office using digital case and document management systems

Education

  • University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire, B.S.
  • Marquette University, J.D.

Admissions

  • Wisconsin State Bar
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin

Miscellaneous

Dale enjoys following his children in their athletic adventures, spending time with family and friends, coaching, the occasional round of golf and cheering on Marquette basketball. Dale is committed to serving the Glendale community and Milwaukee County.

 


Nelson W. Phillips III

 

Practice Areas

  • Civil and Employment Litigation
  • Public Records
  • Contracts
  • Advisory

Prior Experience

  • Assistant District Attorney, Milwaukee County District Attorneys Office
  • Assistant United States Attorney, United States Attorneys Office for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • Associate Attorney, Godfrey & Kahn, S.C.
  • Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge
  • Associate Attorney, Davis & Kuelthau, S.C.
  • Senior Counsel, Gonzalez Saggio and Harlan
  • Partner, MWH Law Group

Education

  • University of Michigan, B.A.
  • University of Wisconsin Law School, J.D. 

Admissions

  • Wisconsin State Bar
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

 


Alan M. Polan

Practice Areas

  • Civil Commitments
  • Guardianship/Protective Placement proceedings

Prior Experience

  • Private practice representing clients in areas of tort law, bankruptcy law, family law, real estate law, juvenile law, criminal law and probate law 

Education

  • Capital University Law School, J.D. 1993
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison, B.A., Class of 1990

Admissions

  • Wisconsin State Bar
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin

Miscellaneous

Mr. Polan loves to spend his time away from work with his wife, his two adult children and his three dogs. Mr. Polan has spent the last 15 years coaching youth basketball, football and baseball in the Milwaukee community. A graduate of Nicolet High School, Mr. Polan is a proud, lifelong resident of Milwaukee County.

 


Lisa M. Procaccio

Practice Areas

  • Guardianships & Protective Placements
  • Civil Commitments
  • Civil Rights
  • Employment Discrimination

Prior Experience

  • Assistant State Public Defender, Milwaukee Mental Health Unit
  • Assistant State Public Defender, Milwaukee Criminal Trial Unit

Education

  • Marquette University, J.D.
  • University of Wisconsin - Madison, B.A.

Admissions

  • Wisconsin State Bar
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin

 


Judd Harly Taback

Practice Areas

  • Administrative Law
  • Pension
  • Procurement

Prior Experience

  • Senior Associate General Counsel, TennCare
  • Administrative Law Judge, TennCare

Education

  • Maurice A. Dean School of Law at Hofstra University, J.D.
  • New York University, B.A., Economics

Admissions/Affiliations/Activities

  • Wisconsin State Bar
  • Tennessee State Bar
  • Nashville Stonewall Bar Association

Miscellaneous

When not at work, Judd enjoys making delicious creations in his kitchen and spending time with his husband, son and bulldog. Judd has a passion for justice and has been a long time advocate for equality. Deeply committed to public service, Judd has dedicated his career to advancing the practice of law through government service.

 


Kathryn M. West

Practice Areas

  • Civil Rights
  • Personal Injury
  • Commercial/Contracts
  • Employment
  • Administrative Review
  • Corrections Issues

Prior Experience

  • Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C., 1993-2002, 2010-2014
  • City of Milwaukee, Assistant City Attorney, 1989-1993
  • Judicial Law Clerk to United States District Chief Judge Anthony A. Alaimo (S.D. Georgia), 1988-1989 

Education

  • University of Wisconsin – Madison, B.A.
  • Cornell Law School, J.D.

Admissions

  • Wisconsin State Bar
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Georgia

OFFICE OF CORPORATION COUNSEL

901 N. 9th Street, Room 303
Milwaukee, WI 53233
(414) 278-4300

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