Pandemonium: Star Studded Workforce at Hupy and Abraham, S.C.
By Tony “Pan” Sanfelipo Founder, ABATE of Wisconsin Sturgis Freedom Fighter Hall of Fame, 2002 I was going to write about some of the issues facing bikers these days, like noise ordinances, checkpoints, etc., but instead I thought I’d brag a little about the people I work for and with at Hupy and Abraham, S.C.. Over the years I’ve seen a lot of attorney ads, some good, some not and some that just pissed me off. I get a kick out of the guy in a three piece suit standing next to a Harley claiming that he’s a biker attorney. Then there’s the ads that insist that you must hire an attorney that rides because only he knows what motorcycle cases are all about. Right! Don’t get me wrong, an attorney that rides is cool but it doesn’t mean as much to me as an attorney who is a good litigator. I’ve seen riding attorneys that I wouldn’t let handle a parking ticket for me. Once you get past if the attorney is good or not, then you should ask, “What does he give back to the bike community?” Well, after years of fighting for bikers rights and consulting with scores of different attorneys I think I’ve found a good home with the attorneys at Hupy and Abraham, S.C. Do our attorneys ride? Some of them do, including partner Jason Abraham. More importantly, they have winning records in court. Partners Michael Hupy and Jason Abraham are Board Certified Civil Trial Specialists, members of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, and partner Chad Kreblin was twice named Super Lawyer Rising Star, classifying him in the top 2% of all Wisconsin lawyers under the age of 40. All of our attorneys have winning records and we have offices in Milwaukee, Madison, Appleton and Green Bay, Wisconsin as well as Gurnee, Bloomington and Rockford, Illinois. Our motorcycle division is comprised of bikers who work hand in hand with the attorneys and motorcycle clients. I’ve been honored to work for Hupy and Abraham, S.C. for over 20 years as a motorcycle accident investigator. I am a founder of ABATE of Wisconsin (1974), an EMT and Accident Scene Management instructor, first person to be inducted into the Freedom Fighter Hall of Fame in Sturgis (2002) and a member of the Lawmakers, founded by Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell. Lead investigator and property damage handler, Gary Fordham has been a member of the biker community since the early 1970’s. He has helped settle over $10,000,000 in property damage claims and used to own a biker bar in Waukesha, Wisconsin after retiring as president of a local motorcycle club there. Another motorcycle accident investigator, Gary “Quinn” Schmidt, is a fixture in the motorcycle community in Milwaukee and past president of an old and established club. He’s also trained in several martial arts disciplines and was a personal trainer in the past. Drew Webb is a property damage handler in our Milwaukee office and has performed in a number of classic rock bands in Milwaukee, including his former band Doctor Snake Oil. His current band is Snake Bite and Drew also performed in Sturgis with Martin Jack Rosenblum’s Spirit Farm Band. Rich Kuchenbecker has joined the Milwaukee staff as an investigator and he brings a rich background to the job. He retired as Deputy Chief for the Village of East Troy Police Department, ran security for Alpine Valley Musical Festival and worked in Police Sales for the Harley-Davidson Motor Company. New to our Gurnee, Illinois office is Linda “Jo” Giovannoni. Jo is an icon in the motorcycle community, growing up in the Chicago area. Not only was it rare to see a woman on a motorcycle when she started riding, she did her own wrenching and worked at a dealership in the parts department. Her love of motorcycling opened my doors for her and she eventually started the second chapter of Women in the Wind. Soon after, she and Chris Sommer (who later married Pat Simmons of the Doobie Brothers) started Harley Women, a magazine devoted to the woman rider. Jo has been inducted into the Motorcycle Hall of Fame in Sturgis, as well as the National Motorcycle Hall of Fame in Iowa and the AMA Hall of Fame in Ohio. She was one of five women featured in the documentary, She Lives to Ride, and she will be featured in a special exhibit, Paving the Way-The Women of the Motorcycle Hall of Fame, at the Buffalo Chip Campground, Sturgis, South Dakota, at this year’s Sturgis Rally. Bob Sumption works out of our Bloomington, Illinois office as an investigator and has been riding motorcycles most of his adult life. He is the former president of an A.B.A.T.E. of Illinois chapter in central Illinois and attends many of the bike events in his state. I don’t know of any firm that has a dedicated staff as qualified and experienced as this group of bikers. It’s a real privilege to be associated with this much talent. Not only does Hupy and Abraham, S.C. have these great employees in the motorcycle division, there are dozens of paralegals, legal secretaries, account staff and clerks to assist all of our clients in the professional style we are known for. Besides the exceptional people I get to work with each day, I marvel at the generosity of this firm. The motorcycle faction is only one part of a complex and diverse client base we serve. Speaking for the motorcycle community part, I’ve seen literally millions of dollars donated to motorcycle organizations and causes and public awareness messages like our famous “Watch For Motorcycles” bumper sticker and billboard campaign. Hupy and Abraham, S.C. is an amazing place to work and serves the motorcycle community better than anything else I’ve seen and I’ve been around a long time. Peace, and ride safe.