Corneille Law Group, LLC congratulates Kathy Carufel on being chosen as one of 24 Unsung Heroes by the Wisconsin Law Journal. Kathy is a legal assistant to Barrett Corneille and David Pliner and is an invaluable member of our litigation team.
Carufel still enjoys complex legal work after 45 years
By: MaryBeth Matzek, Special to the Wisconsin Law Journal
Kathy Carufel first became interested in the legal field while working for her brother while he was a lobbyist in North Dakota.
“I saw a lot of bills going in and out and it and caught my interest in the law and, from there, I started working at law firms in Bismarck and continued that work once I moved to Madison. It’s just something I really enjoy,” she said.
For the past 10 years of her 45-year career as a legal secretary, Carufel has worked at Corneille Law Group LLC assisting the partners Barrett Corneille and David Pliner.
“I really like working on medical malpractice cases. I find them fascinating and complex,” Carufel said. “I handle all of the federal and court of appeal filings and working on briefs, too.”
Before joining Corneille, Carufel worked for both a lead trial attorney with a heavy caseload in a busy commercial litigation practice and for a motion and appellate attorney who filed many briefs in federal and state appellate court. Those two experiences prepared her for her work at Corneille.
Pliner praised Carufel’s knowledge of the law, especially of the unusual filing requirements set by federal and Wisconsin appellate courts.
“Kathy is and has always been an indispensable member of the team,” he said. “She routinely stays after hours to finish work, and she assists in training other staff members on the myriad of details required to keep files in an up-to-date manner.”
Corneille has staff members of various ages and Carufel feels like she bridges the gap between the different generations – helping veteran staff members understand the latest technology while providing guidance to younger staff members on how the practice runs.
“I really enjoy my co-workers and it’s been a great place to work,” Carufel said. “I really like what I do.”