Get to know: Deb DeLeers

photo by Frievalt Photography

photo by Frievalt Photography

I grew up in Bay Settlement, which is a community on the far east side of Green Bay, and spent most of my free time working for my father’s painting company.  As part of the painting “crew”, I got to travel through scenic Northeastern Wisconsin on a daily basis and help color countless barns red.  To this day, I’ll challenge anyone who thinks they can paint a better white stripe on a barn corner…I’m just saying.

I worked for my family’s business throughout high school and dabbled with forensics (acting) and other academic teams in my free time.   I enjoyed sports, but didn’t want to play them competitively…I liked the idea of being in our school’s theatrical productions, but realized that I didn’t really sing well…so, my high school years were pretty tame, all things considered.

As a first-generation college student in my family, I took a leap of faith and headed south after graduating from Luxemburg-Casco to pursue my undergraduate degree at UW-Oshkosh.  Thankfully, I didn’t have to spend too much time on the party circuit…I started dating my future husband, Jim, when I turned 21, so I spent every week catching up on schoolwork so that I could spend my weekends back in Green Bay.  When it came time to head to law school, I was petrified at the thought of living in a big city, so Milwaukee and Madison were out.  Instead, I set my sights on the golden cornfields of DeKalb, IL.  In theory, the school was perfect for me…small town charm, rural setting…  which would have been fine, until I discovered that I was allergic to the corn in DeKalb.  Needless to say, living in Milwaukee was far more attractive that I was with hives, so I found myself traveling north to finish my legal degree at Marquette University.  I don’t know what I was so afraid of…I loved the two years I spent in Milwaukee!

After graduation, I came back up to Green Bay to settle down, get married, and embark upon my new career.  I started practicing law in 2007 and quickly became connected with various community organizations.  I am currently practicing at Peterson, Berk & Cross, S.C. and in my spare time, I serve on the Service League Board, Junior Achievement Board, and give my time and talents to various other community organizations.  While it can be an overwhelming commitment at times, I am thrilled to be able to make a difference in the community where I was born and where I am choosing to raise my family.

From little on, I believed that one day, I would do extraordinary things.  I’m quite sure my mother felt the same way…I remember her telling me that I was “one of a kind” and that I beat to my own drummer!  Looking at my life, I am happy to say that I was right.  Jim and I have been together 11 years (yes, I know I am not old enough to have been with him for 11 years), we have two wonderful children who amaze and entertain me on a daily basis, I’ve established a successful career, and I made it to the big time as a star dancer for the American Red Cross!  I am grateful for every opportunity that brought me to this very point in my life…now I can only hope for some grace on the dance floor!

Get to Know: Tricia Nell

Tricia Nell is a shareholder at Liebmann, Conway, Olejniczak & Jerry, S.C. law firm in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  Her practice concentrates in personal injury, wrongful death and high profile, media sensitive criminal defense cases, as well as complex business, employment and healthcare litigation.  In 2001, Tricia served as a Special Prosecutor for the Brown County District Attorney’s Office, handling both misdemeanor and felony cases.  Tricia has appeared as a legal analyst for WBAY Channel 2 News covering various legal topics and high profile cases.  She provided day to day analysis of the State v. Steven Avery, and State v. Brenden Dassey, criminal trials.

Tricia considers herself a De Pere native, as her family has been local for more than years and she is a graduate of St. Norbert College.  As an active member of the community, Tricia enjoys working with teenagers and young adults in local Mock Trial programs.  She coached the Green Bay East High School team for eight years and is now coaching the St. Norbert College team with Judge Marc Hammer.  She created a program called “Dress for Success” which collects and distributes suits, shoes, and accessories to underprivileged female students who participate in Mock Trial.   Tricia serves on the Board of Directors for the Boys & Girls Club of Green Bay, The Federal Defenders Services of Wisconsin, and the Executive Committee of the Brown County Bar Association.

Her first dance recollection goes back to when she was a small child.  Her mother enrolled her in dance classes and when it came close to the recital, she received her costumes.  Of course, there was a PINK tutu!  She wore the tutu to school, to church, to bed – her poor mother could not get the tutu off of her without Tricia throwing a fit.  She had to be the center of attention.  Some things never change!

Tricia’s dream dance partner is Patrick Swayze, of course! Who wasn’t in love with “Johnny” after Dirty Dancing?!   Her favorite dancer of all time on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars was Warren Sapp.   She says, “If a defensive lineman can do some smooth moves – I better be able to cut a rug.”  Not to mention, Sapp had a throw-down with DWTS professional dancer Derek Hough backstage!  Sapp comes with drama.  So does Tricia – but hopefully not wardrobe malfunctions.

In all seriousness, Tricia chose to support the Red Cross because she has seen first-hand how the organization provides assistance and guidance when people are in tragic situations.  She believes in the humanitarian and compassionate mission of the Red Cross and is proud to be part of an organization that makes a difference in the lives of people in our local community and across the world.