Lawyers Who Shaped Dane County
This 140 page hardcover book sketches the development of Dane County and the significant changes in the practice of law here, from Madison’s first lawyers in the mid-1800s to the mid- 1980s. The book profiles the lawyers who became leaders in legal practice and in the community, leaving their imprint on our area and their names on streets, parks and buildings. The book is filled with history, photos, anecdotes, and stories of Dane County’s leading lawyers, featuring names such as Olin, Tenny, Vilas, Doty, LaFollette, and Fairchild. It also traces the development of the Dane County Bar Association, women lawyers who made their mark on the profession, the courthouses, and the influence of the UW Law School.
Tom Ragatz is an honors graduate of the UW School of Commerce, and a 1961 graduate of the University of Wisconsin Law School where he earned the Order of the Coif. Tom practiced law in Dane County from 1961 to 2002, mostly with Foley & Lardner, where he became managing partner. He practiced in the areas of tax, corporate, real estate and trust law. A former President of the Dane County Bar Association, he is active in civic activities in the Madison Area, and splits his time between Madison and Sanibel, Florida.
Paul Humphrey graduated from UW Milwaukee, and from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1989. Paul has served Dane County for the last 24 years as an Assistant District Attorney, and has chaired the Dane County Bar Association History & Memorials committee for more than 10 years. In 2001, Paul retired as a Major from the Marine Corps Reserves, and is active in Veterans organizations and activities in the area.