Violet01 Recognition

2021 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars Announced

Wisconsin Super Lawyers and Rising Stars have been announced for 2021. Bell, Moore & Richter is pleased to introduce their attorneys receiving this recognition for 2021: Ann Emmerich, Patricia Putney, David McFarlane, John Moore, Ward Richter, Sheila Sullivan and David Ress.

Congratulations to our Super Lawyers and Rising Star honorees on the 170th Anniversary of Bell, Moore & Richter, S.C.

Attorneys in our firm are regularly recognized as Super Lawyers and Rising Stars. In many years they have also been named as a Madison Top-25 and Wisconsin Top-50 lawyer. For this year, we are honored to have six Super Lawyers and one Rising Star named in the 2021 Wisconsin Super Lawyers Magazine.

These attorneys were selected based on peer recognition and professional achievement within their primary area of practice, and only five percent of the lawyers in Wisconsin are recognized for this honor.

Meet Bell, Moore & Richter's honored attorneys:

BMR's Super Lawyers:

Ann Emmerich:


Ann has focused her practice in the insurance defense area, successfully defending a range of civil cases including civil rights, auto accidents and premise liability. (Top 25 in Madison)

Patricia Epstein Putney:


Patti's practice area is primarily in the defense of civil litigation matters. She frequently defends physicians, nurses and other health care professionals in medical malpractice cases, as well as licensing, disciplinary and credentialing matters. She has lectured frequently to physician groups. Patti also defends personal injury actions, including automobile accidents, premises liability, products liability and insurance coverage litigation.

David McFarlane:


David has successfully defended physicians, hospitals, other health care providers and their insurers in trials involving neurosurgery, obstetrics, general surgery, orthopedic surgery, radiology, pathology, internal medicine, psychiatry and psychology, among others. He has also successfully represented lawyers in the defense of legal malpractice cases and represents businesses and municipalities involved in a wide range of commercial and employment disputes.

John Moore:


John's practice is concentrated in civil litigation defense work, and he regularly serves as a mediator and/or arbitrator.

Ward Richter:


Ward's practice has been devoted entirely to civil litigation, including concentrations in general liability claims (auto, premises, construction and products liability), defense of lawyers and accountants in professional liability claims, insurance coverage and bad faith litigation as well as commercial litigation. Ward has also served as an expert witness in cases involving legal malpractice and bad faith allegations. (Ward has recently retired.) (Top 50 in Wisconsin and Top 25 in Madison)

Sheila Sullivan:


Sheila's practice areas are in civil litigation (both state and federal courts), with a primary focus on insurance defense, civil rights defense, and appellate litigation.

BMR's Rising Stars:

David G. Ress:


David represents and advises clients in a variety of areas, including civil litigation defense and worker's compensation. He has argued cases across the state, including to the Wisconsin Supreme Court.