Melli’s end is von Briesen’s gain

The end of one local law firm is enabling another firm to increase its Madison presence.

As of June 30, Madison-based Melli Law SC ceased operations after 57 years in business. But Philip J. Bradbury, Thomas R. Crone, Devon R. Baumbach, Jenifer L. Kraemer, Charity A. McCarthy, Rhyan J. Lindley, Rachel E. Mielke and Monica A. Wedgewood, all formerly of Melli Law, have joined von Briesen & Roper SC’s Madison office.

The move ups von Briesen’s local presence, enlarging its Madison roster to 21 lawyers and bringing its total number to 126 lawyers statewide. The 111-year-old firm is based in Milwaukee and has additional offices in Brookfield, Delafield, Elm Grove, and Mequon.

“I grew up in Madison, and love this city,” Randall D. Crocker, president and CEO of von Briesen, says. “I am so excited to lead our dynamic firm at this time of growth in Madison and its surrounding areas. Adding these fine lawyers to our firm is a great privilege. The traditions evidenced by these lawyers in their commitment to service, and to recognized expertise, will establish an even more dynamic team in our Madison office. The combined resources of our firm, these lawyers, and the ability to expand the services offered to our existing clients and to those that come to us as part of this growth initiative, make this a great move.”

Philip J. Bradbury adds, “While Melli Law SC will cease to operate, the traditions of timely and effective legal services, commitment to excellence and integrity in everything we do, will continue under the von Briesen banner. Our decision, both individually and as a group, to join von Briesen was first and foremost grounded in von Briesen’s commitment to excellence for over 100 years.”

Crocker says von Briesen is moving from its current space on the 10th floor of the Tenney Building to 10 East Doty Street, Suite 900, in downtown Madison so the firm will have additional room for growth.



“As president and CEO of von Briesen, I see the future of law as consistent with the service and expertise provided by mid-size, Midwestern law firms,” Crocker says. “Our clients are seeking more assistance in labor and employment, government relations, real estate, construction, general corporate and wealth management, and estate planning. These new lawyers, who join us from the Melli firm, have just the right expertise to assist our expanding client base, while at the same time, we offer additional skills in litigation, banking, bankruptcy, health care, technology, complex litigation, as well as tax, eminent domain, and other highly specialized areas so we can assist the clients of our new colleagues.”

Bradbury adds, “The association with the von Briesen firm presents a great opportunity for the Melli lawyers and our clients. Ultimately, a successful law firm is based on the success of its clients. By joining von Briesen, we are able to expand the range of legal services to help our clients be successful. It’s a great fit for all involved.”

Crocker notes the legal market is often changing, with lawyers moving from one firm to another. “What makes this move special is that we are hiring an entire firm of lawyers, who have worked well together in the past, and will work well with us in the future.

“There is a great deal of excitement in our firm and our Madison office as we grow to one of the 15 largest Madison-area firms,” Crocker continues. “Madison has become a much more commercial city in the years since I have left, and this growth of commercial and other areas establishes a market for the services we offer. We are excited to have these fine lawyers join our organization as we work to expand our impact in the Madison community.”

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