Michael Best & Friedrich LLP: Billable Hours v. Buildable Hours


Jennifer R. Rupkey

Director, Client Development

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Milwaukee, WI (July 27, 2005) – Monica M. Riederer, a litigation attorney at Michael Best & Friedrich LLP, Milwaukee, was recently elected President of the Waukesha County affiliate of Habitat for Humanity. Ms. Riederer has been an active member of the affiliate since her return to Wisconsin three years ago, and has held Board positions since becoming a member. Riederer is also the founder of the Milwaukee chapter of Buildable Hours, Inc., a Washington, D.C.-based non-profit organization of law firms committing financial and physical resources to build homes with local Habitat for Humanity organizations for deserving families.

Her commitment to both Habitat for Humanity of Waukesha, Inc. and Buildable Hours is evident in her efforts in forging a relationship between the two organizations, which has raised nearly $35,000 and has scheduled numerous build days staffed with members of local law firms.

“The two organizations were a perfect fit,” stated Ms. Riederer, “I hope that my involvement will help both organizations continue to grow and make a significant impact in the availability of safe, affordable housing in Waukesha County.”

For more information about the Waukesha County Habitat affiliate or Buildable Hours, please visit hfhwaukesha.com or buildablehours.com.

About Ms. Riederer
When not building houses, Ms. Riederer handles a wide variety of complex civil litigation and appellate matters, including general commercial and contract disputes, securities litigation, corporate governance issues, bankruptcy proceedings, products liability, intellectual property litigation, white collar crime and insurance defense. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Riederer was an associate in a New York City law firm where she was involved in representing clients in several high-profile matters, including complex securities litigation and SEC investigations, white collar criminal defense, and the appeal of a constitutional challenge to New York’s Alcohol Beverage Control Laws in the Second Circuit.

About Michael Best
Founded in 1848, Michael Best has earned its reputation as a leading Midwestern law firm. The firm has more than 300 attorneys in six office locations, including Milwaukee, Madison, Waukesha and Manitowoc, Wisconsin; Chicago, Illinois and Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania. The firm provides a full range of legal services to clients on a local, regional, national and global basis. The firm’s main areas of practice are corporate, health care, labor & employment, land & resources (environmental and real estate), litigation, tax, and wealth planning.

Michael Best is the exclusive Wisconsin member of Lex Mundi, the world’s leading association of independent law firms. Visit www.lexmundi.com for more information. The firm is also a member of the China Alliance. The China Alliance is a unique arrangement established by four leading independent law firms in response to the increasing importance of China to the global marketplace and to North American businesses. Visit china-alliance.com for more information.