Archive: Jul 2018

  1. WLG Attorneys to Present on Public Safety Response to the Mentally Ill

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    This week, Kathleen Wieneke and Christina Retts will be presenting on “The Public Safety Response to the Mental Health Crisis,” at the Arizona Public Risk Managers’ Association (PRIMA) 2018 Summer Education Series in Flagstaff, Arizona.  Using videos and examples from their collective 40 years of experience defending law enforcement, the always-entertaining Kathy and Tina will delve into the practical and legal pitfalls confronting law enforcement when dealing with mentally ill suspects.

    Arizona PRIMA is dedicated to provide public risk managers with resources that assist in creating and sustaining proactive risk management programs that are fiscally prudent.

    Kathy Wieneke has spent over 30 years defending law enforcement in excessive force cases.  In recognition of her accomplishments, professionalism, and legal skills, Kathy received numerous distinctions and honors, including being named an Arizona Super Lawyer by Arizona Super Lawyers Magazine, achieving AV® Preeminent™ Rating by Martindale-Hubbell, and being accepted as a Fellow in the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. She is a Member of the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel, and was selected to the 2018 edition of The Best Lawyers in America© for her accomplishments over the past 31 years.

    Christina Retts is WLG’s master strategist, and brings 14 years of experience defending law enforcement personnel against a broad range of civil claims, including excessive force, officer-involved shootings, TASER, less-lethal weapons, K-9 use, positional and restraint asphyxia and excited delirium.

  2. Courtroom star brings her talents to the stage

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    Kathy Wieneke isn’t just a star in the courtroom, she is also a star on stage.  On Thursday, June 28, Kathy (singer) and her fellow multi-talented lawyers, Bill Shostak (keyboard), Steve Evans (bass), Booker Evans (lead singer), Tim Ducar (drums), and Lee Holtry (guitar) reunited their band, the Stilettos, to take the stage at the Arizona State Bar Convention for the annual “Lawyers Got Talent” competition.   The Stilettos last performed at the 2011 State Bar Convention in Tucson, where they won second place.  This year, The Stilettos again delighted the crowd with Motown hits, bringing home an even greater honor – the People’s Choice Award!

    In addition to being a trial warrior and singer of Motown hits, Kathy Wieneke is a classically-trained violinist.  As much as she enjoys performing with The Stilettos, she is not planning to quit her day job.  Her passion remains being the voice for others in the courtroom.  Her practice is dedicated to helping those who are sued, including governmental entities in claims involving road design, employment, school liability, and civil rights.

    Kathy on Stage at Bar Convention   Stilettos at Bar Convention