Ruder, Ware & Michler, L.L.S.C., Garvey, Anderson, Johnson, Geraci & Mirr, S.C.: Two prominent business law firms plan to merge in northern Wisconsin.

Jesse Bolder 715.261.7437

Wausau, WI- Ruder, Ware & Michler, L.L.S.C., a Wausau-based business law firm, and Garvey, Anderson, Johnson, Geraci & Mirr, S.C., Eau Claire, announced today that a merger agreement has been reached. Pending final share holder approval of the merger on July 1, 2005, the combined organization will adopt the “Ruder Ware” name and become the 11th largest law firm in Wisconsin with 43 attorneys in Wausau and Eau Claire.

“We are delighted to join forces with Ruder Ware and are looking forward to offering a broader range of experience and expanded legal services to businesses throughout northwestern Wisconsin,” said David Anderson, president of Garvey Anderson. “Ruder Ware is very similar to us in terms of its history, client base and business philosophy. It’s a good fit, and I’m certain our clients will be pleased with the quality and depth of legal services we will continue to provide.”

The Garvey Anderson law firm was founded in Eau Claire in 1945 and currently provides a wide range of legal services to businesses, individuals and municipalities throughout northwestern Wisconsin. Thirteen of the firm’s 16 attorneys offer extensive experience in business law, commercial real estate, banking, commercial law and estate planning and will continue to serve clients from their current office location at 402 Graham Avenue in Eau Claire.

Founded in Wausau in 1920, the Ruder Ware law firm has played a significant role in the economic development of central Wisconsin and the growth of many of the region’s largest businesses. It’s the largest law firm headquartered in the northern two thirds of the state. The firm’s 30 attorneys provide a broad range of legal services to regional, national and international businesses of all sizes and to schools and municipalities. In addition, the firm offers estate planning and fiduciary services to individuals interested in professional management of their personal financial assets.

The combined Ruder Ware organization will offer area businesses additional legal resources and expanded support for employment matters, labor issues, employee benefits, securities, environmental concerns, creditor rights and commercial litigation. For more information about each firm, visit or