July 23, 2015
Attorney General Brad Schimel administered the oath of office to seven new Assistant Attorneys General. Following are brief bios for the newest additions to the Department of Justice staff.
“All Wisconsinites can be proud that the DOJ has the best and the brightest legal expertise in the state and our team is poised to handle all types of litigation,” Schimel said.
Shelly J. Rusch
Shelly Rusch comes to the Wisconsin DOJ with almost 30 years of legal experience as an Assistant District Attorney, first with the Kenosha DA’s office, and more recently with the Dane County DA. She prosecuted violent crimes, sexual assaults and crimes against children. She attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison for both her undergraduate degree and her law degree.
Christopher Liegel was an Assistant District Attorney in Milwaukee County from 1992-1997 and 1999-2015, acting as the unit leader of the Domestic Violence Unit and the Sensitive Crimes Unit during that time. Between 1997 and 1999, he worked as an attorney with Hale, Skemp, Hanson, Skemp, & Sleik handling civil litigations. He graduated cum laude from the University of Wisconsin-Madison law school.
Amber Hahn had been an Assistant District Attorney in St. Croix County since 2009, where she served on the Drug Treatment Court Team, prior to her appointment to DOJ. Prior to that she served as the interim Executive Director of People Against Domestic and Sexual Abuse. She graduated magna cum laude from Drake University before attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison for her law degree.
Katherine D. Spitz
Katherine Spitz comes to DOJ after having practiced at Foley and Lardner LLP since her graduation from Notre Dame Law School cum laude in 2007. She received her undergraduate degree from University of Notre Dame where she double majored in history and political science and graduated magna cum laude.
Michelle L. Viste
Since her graduation cum laude from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School in 1999, Michelle Viste has served as an Assistant District Attorney for three counties, Assistant City Attorney for Appleton, District Attorney for Waushara County, and most recently as a Deputy District Attorney for Dane County, where she managed and supervised 22 attorneys.
Mpoli N. Simwanza-Johnson
Mpoli Simwanza-Johnson has 13 years of legal experience ranging from law clerk in the Illinois Appellate Court to her most recent position as a litigation associate with Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C. She graduated from Northern Michigan University and then from Thomas M. Cooley Law School where she graduated summa cum laude.
Laure C. Rakvic-Farr
Before coming to DOJ, Laure Rakvic-Farr had been the owner of LRF Legal Counseling, LLC since 2012. She provided firms with litigation support on a contract basis. Prior to LRF Legal Counseling, she was an associate with Winner Wixton & Pernitz, and then Cornielle Law Group. She received her undergraduate degree from Boston College and her law degree from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law.