Press Release

March 12, 2021


Deanne Koll

Bakke Norman attorneys Tim O’Brien, William Wallo and Deanne Koll have again been recognized in the latest edition of Wisconsin Super Lawyers. Attorneys O’Brien and Wallo were each named a Super Lawyer, which recognizes professional achievements, high ethical standards and peer review. No more than 5% of Wisconsin attorneys are named to the Super Lawyers list. Attorney Koll was named a Rising Star, which recognizes the best attorneys under age 40 or within their first 10 years of practice. No more than 2.5% of Wisconsin attorneys are named to the Rising Star list.

Tim O’Brien is a trial lawyer who concentrates his practice in defending felony criminal matters, representing persons injured in accidents, and assisting businesses involved in legal disputes. Tim is certified as a Civil Trial Specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, rated “AV-Preeminent” by Martindale-Hubbell, and is a past Chair of the Litigation Section of the State Bar of Wisconsin. This is the twelfth time Attorney O’Brien has been recognized as one of Wisconsin’s premier attorneys by Super Lawyers.

Bill Wallo is one of Wisconsin’s most highly regarded bankruptcy and insolvency professionals. Bill handles complex transactions, commercial litigation and insolvency matters for individuals, businesses, and financial institutions. He is the current chair of the State Bar’s Bankruptcy, Insolvency, and Creditor Rights Section. He also serves as a Small Business Bankruptcy Trustee for the Wisconsin and Northern Illinois Bankruptcy Courts. Bill is rated “AV-Preeminent” by Martindale-Hubbell and is listed in America’s Best Lawyers. This is the fifth consecutive year Attorney Wallo has been recognized as one of Wisconsin’s premier attorneys by Super Lawyers.

Deanne Koll’s practice focuses on assisting local lenders and businesses in a variety of collection, foreclosure, restructuring, insolvency and bankruptcy matters. Deanne has authored numerous works in both state and national legal publications, and regularly lectures on collection and bankruptcy topics in Wisconsin and throughout the Midwest. Deanne is a past-chair of the State Bar Board of Governors and was appointed by the Wisconsin Supreme Court in 2020 to the Committee on Administrative Oversight. She remains actively engaged in numerous local and state-wide non-profits as a board member. This is the eleventh time Attorney Koll has been recognized as one of Wisconsin’s leading attorneys under age 40 by Super Lawyers.



March 10, 2021


Lindsey KohlsBakke Norman is pleased to announce Attorney Lindsey Kohls has joined the firm, where her practice will focus on estate planning, municipal law, real estate and business transactions. Lindsey has a degree in Business Management and Entrepreneurship from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and graduated with honors from the University of Wisconsin Law School. Lindsey grew up and resides in Elk Mound. Outside of the firm, she enjoys fishing, four wheeling, golfing and crafting. “We are very pleased to welcome Lindsey to our municipal and transactional practice groups,” said Managing Shareholder Tom Schumacher. “Lindsey’s experience in government, her background in business and her knowledge of Northwest Wisconsin combine to make her a great addition to our firm.” Bakke Norman serves businesses and individuals throughout Northwestern Wisconsin from offices in New Richmond, Menomonie, Baldwin, and Eau Claire. To learn more, please visit


Press Release

March 2, 2021


EauClaire Office Attorneys

January 19, 2021 – Christine A. Gimber, William E. Wallo and MaiVue Xiong have joined Bakke Norman Law Offices. Attorneys Gimber, Wallo and Xiong have a long history of serving businesses and individuals throughout the Chippewa Valley and Northwest Wisconsin. Each will work out of Bakke Norman’s newly opened Eau Claire office. 

Christine Gimber is an Eau Claire native. For the past 28 years she has represented local financial institutions, businesses and individuals in creditor matters and other business disputes. She will continue to concentrate her practice in those areas. Christine was also the managing partner of a large local law firm for over 10 years. She has been deeply involved in the community, having served on the Board of Directors of the Family Resource Center, the Wildlands Science and Research School of Fall Creek, and the Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce. She continues to serve on the Chamber’s Agri-Business Committee.  

Bill Wallo came to Eau Claire to serve as the Attorney Clerk for the Western District of Wisconsin Bankruptcy Court. After 18 years with the court, he entered private practice, where he has represented businesses, individuals and financial institutions in commercial transactions, financial restructuring, bankruptcy and related litigation. He is the Chair of the State Bar of Wisconsin’s Bankruptcy Section. Bill has been given an “AV-Preeminent” rating from Martindale-Hubbell, been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America, and named a Wisconsin Super Lawyer. Bill serves as a board member at his church and volunteers for the Eau Claire Regional Arts Center, the Chippewa Valley Book Festival, the Chamber of Commerce, the Eau Claire Economic Development Corporation, and Momentum West.

MaiVue Xiong is an Eau Claire native who received her undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Wisconsin—Madison. She represents small and large businesses with their transactional and contractual needs. This includes negotiation of buy/sell agreements, financing and real estate documents, and compliance with trademark law. MaiVue is the current Executive Director of the Pablo Foundation, serves on the boards of the Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce and the Wisconsin State Bar Business Law Section, and is on Governor Tony Evers’ Judicial Selection Advisory Committee. 

Tim O’Brien, a Bakke Norman shareholder stated: “We are honored to add Christine Gimber, Bill Wallo and MaiVue Xiong to our newly opened Eau Claire office. These individuals share our dedication to exceptional client and community service, and we look forward to each bringing their unique background and skills to the Bakke Norman team.”

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Press Release

January 01, 2021



January 1, 2021 –Bakke Norman is pleased to announce its newest Shareholders, Jason Brasch and Paul Mahler.

Jason Brasch is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Law School. Prior to joining Bakke Norman, he worked as an attorney for a large Midwest home improvement company. Jason concentrates his practice in commercial and residential real estate, closely held business succession planning, and mergers and acquisitions. He also assists individuals with estate planning.  Jason is a current board member of the Solo & Small Firm Practice Committee of the State Bar of Wisconsin and an executive officer of the St. Croix Valley Bar Association.

Paul Mahler is a graduate of the Mitchell Hamline School of Law. Paul represents numerous municipalities in western Wisconsin.  He has been advising government and private entity clients on all aspects of commercial real estate development for over 20 years. Paul also plays a major role in Bakke Norman’s mergers and acquisitions group. Paul’s legal knowledge and strong business and finance background permits him to efficiently complete his clients’ projects. Paul is also involved in local government, having served on the Town of Troy Planning Commission for over two decades.

Bakke Norman’s managing partner Tom Schumacher remarked: “Elevating Jason and Paul to shareholder status represents the combination of excellent legal expertise and strong community service that our clients have come to expect. We welcome both Jason and Paul as new shareholders.”

Bakke Norman serves businesses and individuals throughout Northwestern Wisconsin from offices in New Richmond, Menomonie, Baldwin, and Eau Claire. To learn more, please visit



October 13, 2020

Kyle Schaffer Returns Home From Duty.

Kyle SchafferBakke Norman is incredibly happy to welcome home Attorney (Captain) Kyle Schaffer from his deployment to Afghanistan as an Infantry Company Commander with Alpha Company 1-128th Infantry Battalion. While deployed, Kyle served as a Base Defense Commander and Company Commander over his soldiers and multiple Platoons of Polish Infantry which performed missions as Guardian Angels for the 3rd Security Force Assistance Brigade, as well as mortar support throughout the Area of Operations. After completing the 13 month mobilization, Kyle was welcomed home by his wife and two daughters. Kyle looks forward to providing quality legal representation in family law and civil litigation to the communities that Bakke Norman has the privilege to support.


Press Release

Sept 15, 2020



Deanne Koll, an attorney and shareholder with Bakke Norman Law OfficesDeanne Koll, an attorney and shareholder with Bakke Norman Law Offices, has accepted an appointment to the Board of Administrative Oversight, a Wisconsin Supreme Court Committee. Appointed by court order on June 29, 2020, Koll was pleased to accept the nomination. “This appointment furthers my commitment to the legal profession, and I welcome the challenge of refining our self-regulated system”, says Koll. The Wisconsin Supreme Court’s committee on the Board of Administrative Oversight monitors the fairness, effectiveness and efficiency of the attorney regulation system in the state and proposes substantive and procedural rules related to the system for the Supreme Court of Wisconsin’s consideration. Koll will serve a three-year term.