Of Counselin Eau Claire, Menomonie, and Black River Falls
Weld Riley, S.C., has access to fourteen Of Counsel attorneys whose collective experience provides the firm with an invaluable source of advice, experience and guidance.
Joel L. Aberg
Since 1982, Joel’s legal practice has emphasized involvement in labor and employment matters in both state and federal courts. He has counseled numerous employers regarding matters critical for their management of personnel, including advice and counsel regarding employment discrimination and wrongful discharge issues, employee benefits, federal civil rights, covenants not to compete, labor grievances, unemployment insurance, and wage/hour issues.
Joel also helped clients in drafting personnel policies and procedures (including anti-harassment in the workplace), employment contracts, compensation agreements, employee severance/layoff agreements, and out-of-court settlements. He frequently represented clients before State and Federal administrative agencies in Wisconsin and Minnesota, including the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago.
Joel is a member of the Eau Claire County Bar Association and regularly volunteered to provide free legal assistance to the community as part of the County Bar’s Free Legal Clinic. He has an undergraduate degree from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, and a law degree from the Hamline University School of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota. Joel is licensed to practice in both Wisconsin and Minnesota.
Away from the office, Joel enjoys downhill skiing and bicycling. He is also a devoted fan of the Green Bay Packers.
Richard D. Duplessie
Dick represented self-insured employers, insurance companies, claims administrators, and individuals in workers’ compensation proceedings and labor-related matters. His clientele ranged from small, individually- or family-owned businesses, to large multi-national corporations, insurers, and other employment-related entities.
Dick’s mediation practice primarily concerned personal injury and workers’ compensation mediation and mediation of selected business disputes.
After graduating from Creighton University with Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctorate degrees, Dick was admitted to practice for the Federal Court of Western District of Wisconsin and all trial courts of the State of Wisconsin. He’s a member of the State Bar of Wisconsin, Wisconsin Association of Workers’ Compensation Attorneys, and the Eau Claire County Bar Association.
Dick is involved in many local civic and environmental organizations, and is a frequent lecturer and consultant on workers’ compensation and litigation matters.
Frederick W. Fischer
Frederick “Ted” Fischer has worked with Weld Riley, S.C., since 2011, while spending the past 30 years as Eau Claire City Attorney.
Ted previously served on the staff of the Madison City Attorney’s Office, and for many years represented the Eau Claire Area School District. He has been an officer of the State Bar of Wisconsin, International Municipal Lawyers Association, and Wisconsin Municipal Mutual Insurance Company.
A graduate of Carleton College and the University of Wisconsin Law School, Ted is admitted to practice in state and federal court in the State of Wisconsin. He is also admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, having represented the City of Eau Claire before the nation’s highest court in the landmark case of Town of Hallie v. City of Eau Claire.
Ted is Past President of Senior Citizens Employment and Training, Inc., a non-profit agency providing employment and training opportunities to low-income older workers in the Chippewa Valley area. He is actively involved with the firm on a regular basis, and is a mentor to younger attorneys on government related municipal matters. He and his wife reside in Eau Claire.
Thomas J. Graham, Jr.
Tom’s litigation practice focused on the areas of insurance defense, personal injury, and business disputes, as well as representation of clients involved in professional malpractice.
Growing up in Northwest Wisconsin, it was appropriate that Tom returned to Eau Claire upon graduation from law school. Tom received his Bachelor of Science degree from St. John’s University in 1972 and his law degree from Creighton University in 1975 where he was a member of the editorial staff of Creighton University Law Review. He was licensed to practice law in Wisconsin in 1975 and is also licensed to practice law in federal courts in Wisconsin, the US Circuit Court of Appeals-7th Circuit and the US Supreme Court.
In 2007 Tom was inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, one of the premier legal associations in America. Fellowship is extended by invitation only and requires a minimum 15 years of trial experience.
Tom is a member of the Eau Claire County Bar Association where he served as president, the State Bar of Wisconsin (Litigation Section), and Wisconsin Defense Counsel. He is a past Governor of the State Bar of Wisconsin and has served on the District 8 Board of Attorneys Professional Responsibility. He has participated in the Lawyers Skills Program at the University of Wisconsin Law School and has lectured at various civil trial seminars. Tom has been named numerous times as a Wisconsin Super Lawyer by Law and Politics and Milwaukee Magazine. Tom was also selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® publication in the practice area of Personal Injury Litigation from 2011 to the present.
Paul B. Millis
Paul focuses his practice in the areas of banking & financial services, business & corporate law, frac sand mining & minerals, and real estate. He also maintains an estate planning and probate practice. His clients consist of individuals, large and small corporations, non-metallic (“frac sand”) mining entities and landowners with non-metallic mining reserves. He is legal advisor to several corporations including his family’s trucking company, Millis Transfer, Inc. of Black River Falls, Wisconsin.
Paul received his undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire and graduated cum laude from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1996. Paul is a member of the Wisconsin State Bar Association, Tri-County Bar Association (secretary) and the Eau Claire County Bar Association. Paul also served three terms on the District 5 Committee of the Wisconsin Supreme Court Office of Lawyer Regulation.
Previous to joining Weld Riley, S.C., Paul practiced out of Black River Falls for over twelve years.
Paul resides with his family in Black River Falls, Wisconsin. He is an active member in the Black River Falls Lions Club and Black River Youth Hockey. Paul can be found in the hockey rink throughout the year and, when time and weather permit, on a golf course perfecting his swing.
Thomas J. Misfeldt
Tom represented individuals injured in accidents and also insurance companies when their insureds had lawsuits filed against them. His expertise included defending municipalities.
Tom graduated from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1974 and focused on trial work after graduation.
Before joining Weld Riley in 2002, Tom was a senior partner in the firm of Misfeldt, Richie, Wickstrom & Wachs for many years and began his legal career in Racine, Wisconsin. Tom frequently participated in the Lawyers Skills Program at the University of Wisconsin Law School as a faculty member.
Tom served on committees for the Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce and United Way of Eau Claire. He is an avid golfer, reader and traveler. Tom was selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America and was named as a Wisconsin Super Lawyer by Law and Politics and Milwaukee Magazine.
G. Scott Nicastro
Scott began working at Weld Riley, S.C., in July 1991 when the firm expanded beyond its labor law origins. Scott became the head of the Business Section, was on the Management Committee, and served as the firm’s treasurer during his 20 years with the firm.
In July 2011, Scott went to work in-house with one of the firm’s long-time clients, but Scott remains Of Counsel, providing advice and guidance to the attorneys of Weld Riley, S.C.
Scott received his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Scott is a member of the State Bar of Wisconsin, Eau Claire County Bar Association, Tri-County Bar Association, and served on the State Bar of Wisconsin Fee Arbitration Panel and the District 8 Committee of the Wisconsin Supreme Court Office of Lawyer Regulation.
Scott previously served on the Board of Directors for the Energy and Telecommunications Section of the State Bar of Wisconsin, and is an active proponent of and advisor for land trusts and various charitable organizations.
Kathryn J. Prenn
As one of the founding partners of Weld, Riley, Prenn and Ricci, S.C., Kathy was a member of the firm’s Management Committee, as well as the firm’s Vice President and Managing Partner. She also served as Co-Chair of the firm’s Labor and Employment Section.
Kathy received her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and her law degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School, where she was a member of the Wisconsin Law Review and the Order of the Coif. In addition, Kathy received her Educational Specialist degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
For several years running, Kathy was included in the Best Lawyers in America, and named as a Wisconsin Super Lawyer by Law and Politics Magazine. She also served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Wisconsin School Attorneys Association.
In 2004, Kathy received the George Tipler Award by the Wisconsin School Attorneys’ Association for her distinguished service in school law.
Thomas J. Sazama
Before joining the firm, Tom served as a Circuit Judge in Chippewa County since being appointed by Governor Tommy G. Thompson in 1994.
Prior to his ascent to the Chippewa County bench, Tom was a Chippewa County District Attorney, a part-time U.S. Magistrate Judge for the Western District of Wisconsin, and engaged in private practice where he represented individuals and corporations in all areas of business law. He also served as an infantry soldier during the Vietnam War.
Tom provides advice to clients on corporate, regulatory, and litigation matters. He also trains and mentors the firm’s younger lawyers in all areas of legal practice.
Tom received his law degree from Marquette University and his undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is a Chippewa Falls native and has lived in the Chippewa Valley with his family since 1973.
Victoria L. Seltun
Vicki regularly worked with the Department of Workforce Development-Equal Rights Division, Labor and Industry Review Commission, EEOC, WERC, US Citizenship Services and Unemployment Insurance Division.
She provided advice and training on all aspects of employment law, including such topics as discrimination, harassment, disability accommodations, FMLA and other leaves of absence, hiring and firing, discipline, employment agreements, employee handbooks and policies, wage and hour issues and unemployment compensation.
Vicki also assisted individuals seeking to immigrate to the United States on either a temporary or permanent basis, apply for U.S. Citizenship and prepare hardship waiver applications. Vicki regularly worked with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the Department of State and consular posts abroad.
Vicki received an Associate in Applied Science degree, with high distinction, from the University of Minnesota-Crookston. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Paralegal Studies from the University of West Los Angeles. Vicki received her law degree from William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota. She has admitted to practice law in the state courts of Minnesota and Wisconsin. Vicki has been a member of the Wisconsin School Attorneys Association and the American Immigration Lawyers Association. In October 2008, Vicki served as President of the Wisconsin School Attorneys Association.
Vicki volunteers for many local nonprofit organizations, including Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Northwestern Wisconsin and the Eau Claire Chamber of Commerce.
William H. Thedinga
Bill is a graduate of Harvard Law School, where he was president of the Harvard Legal Aid Society. After practicing with a large Boston law firm, Bill returned to Wisconsin to practice law with his father in Menomonie at the Thedinga Law Firm. In 2003, Thedinga Law Firm merged with Weld, Riley, Prenn, & Ricci, which later became Weld Riley.
Bill served a wide range of cooperatives and other business clients in connection with formation and structuring of business entities, mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructuring, and business dispositions. He represented cooperative businesses across Wisconsin including electric and telephone cooperatives, credit unions, and farm supply cooperatives. Bill was a former corporation counsel for Dunn County, a former attorney for numerous villages and towns, and was admitted to practice in the federal district court for the Western District of Wisconsin, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.
Bill was a charter member of the Wisconsin Bar’s Public Utilities Law Section as well as serving on its Board of Directors. He was also a charter member of the Electric Cooperative Bar Association, and was an instructor in the clinical practice course at the University of Wisconsin Law School.
Active in a number of community organizations, Bill was a past president and former member of the Board of Directors of the Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts. He also served as the president of the Free Clinic of the Greater Menomonie Area.
William G. Thiel
Bill’s practice focused on contracts, advice and counsel, legislation drafting, zoning, municipal litigation, and appeals. He dealt with legal issues pertaining to property, easements, and public streets/highways, while also serving as co-chair of the Government Relations Section.
In his more than 29-year municipal practice, Bill became involved in such wide-ranging issues as property tax assessments, zoning and planning, zoning enforcement, condemnation efforts, open meetings and public records law issues, development agreements, tax incremental advice, and general municipal consultation. He provided legal services to municipalities and individuals with respect to municipal regulations, licensing, permits, and business affairs.
Born in Milwaukee, Bill is a graduate of Marquette Law School. Since 1975, Bill has been a resident of Eau Claire and has served as Corporation Counsel for Eau Claire, Rusk, Pierce, and Walworth Counties. In addition, Bill has served as the City Attorney for Bloomer, River Falls, Stanley, and Owen, Wisconsin, and as Village Attorney for Fall Creek and Osceola, Wisconsin. He has also acted as special counsel to and on behalf of numerous cities, villages, towns, counties, school districts, and special municipal districts throughout West Central and Northwestern Wisconsin. Bill was elected by his peers statewide to serve on the Administrative and Local Government Section of the State Bar of Wisconsin.
In his free time, Bill teaches courses on 19th Century German immigration to Wisconsin. He also enjoys reading history and biographies.
James M. Ward
Since 1976, Jim represented school districts throughout the Eau Claire region in virtually all areas of school law. His primary concentration has been in the areas of student discipline and civil rights.
Before joining Weld Riley, Jim practiced law for over a dozen years with his mentor, the late Steve Riley, one of the school law pioneers in Wisconsin.
A past president and member of the Wisconsin School Attorneys Association’s Board of Directors, Jim earned his undergraduate from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and his law degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School. While in law school, he was selected as a member of the prestigious Order of the Coif in recognition of his high academic standing as a law student.
Paul H. Weinke
Paul advises clients in the areas of real estate transactions and development, corporate and business law, business acquisitions and sales, mergers, estate and financial planning, and probate administration. He’s been practicing in Eau Claire since graduating from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1980. Paul is a member of the State Bar of Wisconsin and the Eau Claire County Bar Association in which he previously served as president.
A dedicated volunteer, Paul currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Eau Claire Housing Authority and Eau Claire Area Foundation as well as on the Board of Directors of numerous other charitable organizations and statewide groups.