Super Lawyer Recognition

2023 BMR Super Lawyers and Rising Stars Announced

Super Lawyers and Rising Stars of Wisconsin have announced the following Bell, Moore & Richter, S.C. attorneys who have been recognized. Super Lawyers: Ann C. Emmerich, Patricia Epstein Putney, David E. McFarlane, John M. Moore and Sheila M. Sullivan. Rising Stars: Olivia Kay Mote and Morgan K. Stippel (Read More)

We are honored to have several attorneys at Bell, Moore & Richter, S.C. recognized as 2023 Wisconsin Super Lawyers and Rising Stars. Super Lawyers is a rating service looking at outstanding lawyers in over 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Each year, no more than 5 percent of attorneys in the state are selected to the Super Lawyers list and no more than 2.5 percent of lawyers in the state are named to the Rising Stars list.

We would like to introduce you to our 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.

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:

Olivia Kay Mote:

Olivia's practice focuses exclusively on family law. She represents clients in divorce, legal separation, and paternity cases; post-judgment matters involving child custody and placement, child support, maintenance, and contempt/enforcement; third-party visitation claims; marital property (prenuptial) agreements; and other family legal matters in Wisconsin.

Morgan K. Stippel:

Morgan K. Stippel specializes in civil defense litigation. She regularly represents clients in state and federal cases, including personal injury matters, business disputes, and civil rights actions.