September 3, 2002Press Release

Michael Best & Friedrich LLP Partners Recognized as Madison VIPs

Madison, WI - Michael Best & Friedrich LLP partners, Linda H. Bochert, David A. Crass and Richard Z. Kabaker, are recognized by In Business: Madison's 11th annual "Executive Register" as "VIPs" in the Madison area. The register is a yearly honor roll of Madison's civic-minded executives. The executive directory also serves as a networking tool to area businesspeople.

The 2002 selections are based on a five-point system. Selections must hold a managerial position in which they are involved in the daily management of a company, organization, or public entity of five or more employees. Top level positions (i.e. CEO, president or chairman) are awarded two points; one point for positions such as general manager, vice president, CFO. Selections must be active in their profession and/or community. One point is awarded for each business board and each civic or professional organization they belong to, and one additional point for each officer's position held on a board or within an organization.

Linda H. Bochert is a partner in the Land and Resources practice area of Michael Best & Friedrich LLP. She is a member of the State Bar of Wisconsin; chair of the Village of Shorewood Hills Zoning Board of Appeals; member of the Governor's Farmland Advisory Council; member of the Dane County Citizen Land Use Commission; chair-elect of the UW College of Agricultural and Life Sciences Board of Visitors; president of the UW Friends of the Arboretum, Board of Directors; and member of Tempo.

Bochert's practice includes soil and groundwater cleanups, brownfields redevelopment, wastewater, stormwater management, air permitting, wetlands regulation, navigable waters and Public Trust Doctrine issues, conservation easements, and large facility landfill and power plant siting. In August 1999, Madison Magazine named her one of Dane County's top 99 women power brokers, and in January 2001 her peers selected her number one in environmental law in Madison Magazine's survey of Madison's best lawyers. Bochert has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America since 1997.


David A. Crass practices primarily in the areas of environmental/regulatory law, land use and agricultural law. Although Crass has had experience in most all general areas of environmental law, he has focused his practice primarily in the areas of soil and groundwater clean-ups, including solvent-, petroleum-, and pesticide-impacted sites. Crass is a periodic guest lecturer at regulatory and environmental law workshops sponsored by the University of Wisconsin-Madison, College of Engineering; the Federation of Environmental Technologists; the Wisconsin Department of Commerce; the Wisconsin Chapter of the Academy of Certified Hazardous Materials Managers; and numerous trade associations.

Crass is a Board Member of the Dairy Business Association of Wisconsin (2002-2005); member of the State Bar of Wisconsin's Environmental Law Section; member of the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture's Model Ordinance Advisory Committee for Livestock Operations; recently appointed by the Joint Legislative Council as a Public Member for the Special Committee on Recodification of Town Highway Statutes; member of the Greater Wisconsin Chapter of the Academy of Certified Hazardous Materials Managers; past member of the Rule Advisory Committee for the Wisconsin Agricultural Chemical Clean-up Program; member of the Leadership Greater Madison V, Madison Chamber of Commerce; past program chair for the Federation of Environmental Technologists - Madison Chapter (1996-1998). Crass is the Coordinator of the firm's Agribusiness Practice Group and was selected as one of Madison Magazine's Best Lawyers for Environmental Law (2001).


Richard Z. Kabaker practices wealth planning services, trust and estate administration and marital property law and the laws relating to the formation, taxation and operation of non-profit organizations. He is a member of the Boards of Directors of Madison Area Technical College, Madison Opera, THI Foundation, and Friends of WHA-TV, Inc. Kabaker is the representative of the Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System to the Public Broadcasting System. He serves on the Boards of Directors of the Habush, Habush & Rottier Charitable Foundation and the John and Carolyn Peterson Charitable Foundation.

Kabaker has extensive teaching experience as a lecturer for the University of Wisconsin Law School and various bar organizations in the areas of taxation, wealth planning services, and fiduciary administration. He currently serves on the Members Consultative Group of the American Law Institute for the Restatement (3rd) of Trusts and the Restatement (3rd) of Property (Donative Transfers). He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America, Who's Who In American Law and Who's Who In The World. Kabaker is a member of The International Academy of Estate and Trust Law, the American Law Institute, the State Bar of Wisconsin and is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel.

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