Clausen Miller Celebrates 80 Years of Client Service with Marked Growth and Expansion
Founded in 1936, this year marks the 80th year Clausen Miller has been in business. Growing from three founding partners and three associates to a leading Firm with over 100 attorneys practicing across the country, Clausen Miller represents many of the world’s major insurance carriers.
Within the last year, Clausen Miller has opened two new offices – one in Michigan City, Indiana and the other in Appleton, Wisconsin. With a total of six offices strategically located throughout the country, Clausen Miller is able to offer its full array of legal services to clients across the United States.
Clausen Miller President Dennis Fitzpatrick said, “Clausen Miller is proud of its growth and our expanded ability to serve clients across the country and, through Clausen Miller International, around the globe.”
The Firm’s Michigan City, Indiana office, established in 2015, is located at 200 Commerce Square and is managed by Indiana licensed partners, Paige M. Neel and Kimbley A. Kearney. The opening of the Indiana office allows the Firm to continue to provide legal services to its clients with matters in Indiana, but now with the ease and convenience of a physical presence in the state.
The Firm’s Appleton, Wisconsin office, established in 2016, is located at 4650 W. Spencer Street and is managed by Clausen Miller’s Wisconsin licensed partner, Patrick Breen. Prior to joining Clausen Miller earlier this year, Pat spent over fifteen years in senior level positions in corporate legal departments. In those roles, he managed domestic and international litigation including product liability, employment, commercial and antitrust matters, advised on employment matters, and negotiated a wide variety of commercial agreements including purchase and supply, dealer distribution, and asset purchase agreements.
In addition to expanding its national footprint, Clausen Miller has experienced attorney growth with the addition of a partner in Chicago and a partner in New Jersey, as well as two associates.
Lisa A. Hausten joins the Firm’s Chicago office as a partner. Lisa is an experienced appellate practitioner and business litigator. Focusing on complex commercial litigation, Lisa is a skilled strategist and negotiator, an accomplished trial attorney, and an ardent advocate in the appellate courts. She has tried cases in the state and federal courts as well as before administrative tribunals. She has handled all types of matters from injunctions to jury trials.
Hillary A. Fraenkel adds depth to the Firm’s New Jersey office as a partner. With sixteen years of civil litigation experience, Hillary consistently delivers results and effective client service as counsel for insurers and their policyholders in employment defense, legal malpractice claims, condominium E&O and D&O claims, agent and broker E&O claims, construction injury claims, and professional liability claims.
Valeri J. Nowik has joined the Firm’s Chicago office as an associate. Since graduating from law school, Valeri has served both as a Village Prosecutor and as an associate with a firm specializing in estate, tax, and healthcare matters.
Allison Burbage is a new associate joining the Firm’s New York office. Allison focuses her practice on premises liability, personal injury, and Labor Law claims. She works with her clients and provides creative solutions to complex legal issues throughout litigation, in order to obtain favorable results.
In conjunction with the growth and expansion, a website rebranding effort has been underway to provide current and potential clients with a sophisticated, user-friendly website experience. With a new streamlined website design, the new www.clausen.com launched in August of 2016. Clausen Miller’s new website is easily navigated and provides timely content – the website parallels Clausen Miller’s dedication to providing clients with exceptional, efficient service.
Headquartered in Chicago, the Firm maintains U.S. offices in New York, New Jersey, Indiana and Southern California. Clausen Miller LLP is located in London, England, in the heart of the global insurance market. Clausen Miller is also the founding member of Clausen Miller International, a cooperative of leading independent law firms with affiliates in Paris, Rome, Brussels, Dusseldorf and Berlin that practice in all aspects of insurance and reinsurance law.