WILL’s teams work together to advance our critical mission. Each one is more effective due to the support from the others. This freedom fighting team is passionate about the work they do.
President and General Counsel
He is one of the leading experts on the Wisconsin Constitution and a frequent advocate before the Wisconsin Supreme Court. Rick’s work seeks to advance the rule of law and individual liberty, formed by a robust civil society that forms individual and community character, preserving the wisdom of the past and an openness to the future.
The Litigation Team
WILL was launched to litigate: we take the fight for freedom to the courts, and to retake ground that had long been ceded to activists who used the courts to erode the freedom and prosperity of all Americans. We defend small business owners, teachers, parents, and others from a wide variety of backgrounds against the government and well-financed interests from Washington D.C. and Madison. The success we have gained in this arena comes from putting together a remarkably talented team. Our record in litigation is among the best nationwide for public interest law firms because we’ve invested in bringing in the finest attorneys in the freedom movement – think the legal version of the Navy Seal Team Six.
Brian has been Peer Review Rated as AV® Preeminent™, the highest performance rating in Martindale-Hubbell’s peer review rating system. He is also listed in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Business Lawyers (2005-12) and was selected for inclusion in the 2007 – 2011 Wisconsin Super Lawyers® lists. He has been selected by his peers for inclusion in the current edition of The Best Lawyers in America® in the area of commercial litigation, franchise law.
Mike’s litigation practice has involved a wide variety of cases, including those involving antitrust and free market issues, trade regulation, securities and administrative law. Mike has been an adjunct professor of law at Marquette University Law School and has served in a variety of leadership positions in the Wisconsin State Bar. He has appeared in the Wisconsin Supreme Court and in the Federal District Courts and Courts of Appeals nationwide.”
Before joining WILL, Lucas worked in a variety of roles in Madison, including serving as General Counsel and Executive Director of the Litigation Center at Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce, the state’s chamber of commerce and manufacturers’ association. Prior to that Lucas worked for the state in both the legislative and executive branches.
At WILL, Lucas focuses on separation of powers and regulatory issues.
Lucas has a bachelor’s degree from Marquette University in Milwaukee and a law degree from the University of Saint Thomas in Minneapolis, he lives in Wauwatosa with his wife and children.
Luke joined WILL from the Wisconsin Department of Justice where he served for nearly four years as a Deputy Solicitor General and Assistant Attorney General.
Berg has argued nine cases before the Wisconsin Supreme Court and four before the Seventh Circuit, including one en banc argument. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Madison (B.S.) and New York University (J.D.) and served as a law clerk for Judge Diane Sykes of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Prior to joining the Wisconsin DOJ in 2015, Berg worked as an attorney for the Office of the Comptroller of Currency in Washington D.C.
Berg resides in Madison with his wife and three boys.
Dan Lennington serves as Deputy Counsel for WILL and focuses on the Equality Under the Law Project. Dan previously served as the Assistant Deputy Attorney General and Deputy Solicitor General at the Wisconsin Department of Justice, where he argued constitutional law cases before the Wisconsin Supreme Court, the Seventh Circuit, and state and federal trial courts around the state.
Before joining the Wisconsin Department of Justice, Dan was an award-winning federal prosecutor in Oklahoma. He is a graduate of Hillsdale College and Valparaiso University School of Law.
Dan lives in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin.
Cory Brewer serves as Education Counsel at WILL.
Before joining WILL, Cory worked in private practice as a civil litigation attorney. She now focuses on legal and policy issues related to K-12 education. This includes efforts related to public school reform through the Restoring American Education project and expansion of school choice by empowering families with the freedom to choose the best education for their children.
Cory is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Law School, and she received a Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude from Lawrence University, where she played softball and basketball. She lives in Oak Creek with her husband and three daughters.
Cara Tolliver is Associate Counsel at WILL. Her focuses include the Equality Under the Law Project as well as issues concerning First Amendment liberties.
In addition to her Law Degree, Cara holds a dual Bachelor of Science degree in Clinical Laboratory Science and Microbiology. Prior to joining WILL, Cara worked in private practice as a health law attorney. Before earning her Law Degree, Cara spent nearly a decade in the health care industry, serving as a laboratory manager and leader at various hospitals and health systems throughout the country.
Nathalie Burmeister is Associate Counsel at WILL.
Nathalie interned at WILL as a law clerk before joining the litigation team. Nathalie received her law degree, cum laude, from the University of Wisconsin Law School. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, summa cum laude, from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. While in law school, Nathalie earned a Certificate in Consumer Health Advocacy and worked in long-term care as a Registered Nurse.
She currently lives in the Milwaukee area.
Skylar is Associate Counsel at WILL.
He graduated second in his class from the University of Wisconsin Law School, Order of the Coif. There, he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Wisconsin Law Review. He then clerked for Chief Justice Patience Drake Roggensack before serving as her Executive Assistant. After that, Skylar clerked for Justice Rebecca Grassl Bradley. He has published numerous scholarly articles, which have been cited by multiple state supreme courts. Skylar also is a Master of Liberal Arts Candidate at Harvard University, where he studies government through Harvard Extension School. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical & Computer Engineering, summa cum laude, from Norwich University, the Military College of Vermont. He worked as an engineer before law school and is currently a Captain in the Wisconsin Army National Guard. Skylar can be reached at [email protected].
Lauren is Associate Counsel at WILL. She focuses on legal and policy issues related to K-12 education in Wisconsin.
Lauren returned to Wisconsin this year after receiving her law degree from Regent University School of Law in Virginia Beach, VA. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Economy from Hillsdale College in Hillsdale, MI.
Lauren worked for WILL from 2018-2020 as a policy intern and is happy to return as an attorney—to continue to fight for an education system that is student-centered and prioritizes the freedom of families to choose the best education for their children. She can be reached at [email protected].
Prior to working at WILL as a Paralegal, Stephanie worked as a legal assistant at Muskego Law Group which focuses on estate planning, and a real estate agent with Coldwell Banker. She is currently enrolled in the Madison Area Technical College’s Paralegal program where she is on the Dean’s list with high honors. Upon completion, she intends to continually further her education and knowledge in the legal field.
Stephanie lives in the Village of Vernon with her husband, two children, and Samoyed. She is an active member in her school district’s school board meetings, advocating for the interests of all children, which include her own. She also loves to support and benefit charities, such as Honor Flight, through her husband’s firefighter work events.
The Policy Team
Our policy staff are knowledgeable in a variety of areas and their expertise has been recognized through invitations to testify at legislative hearings, provide commentary in the media, and present and speak to hundreds of people at events around Wisconsin.
Our policy work has been cited and covered by the Wall Street Journal, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, and other prominent news outlets. Without a doubt, there remains a need for policy research to help advance the conservative principles that will improve our schools, remove barriers for economic growth, and impact the quality of life of Wisconsin citizens.
Director of Policy
Will Flanders, PHD
Senior Research Analyst
Bradley Freedom Fellow
Director of Education Policy
Libby Sobic is Director & Legal Counsel of Education Policy at WILL. She works closely with stakeholders and clients on legal and policy issues related to K-12 education in Wisconsin. She has been involved in litigation relating to transportation rights of private school children, promoting school choice for children with special needs and fighting on behalf of students to access in-person learning during the pandemic. Libby has authored several policy reports and works with legislators in Madison to advance bill proposals to empower families and promote educational freedom. Her op-eds and commentary have been published in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Wisconsin State Journal, Forbes, The Hill and the Wall Street Journal.
Libby received her law degree and B.A. from Marquette University. Prior to joining WILL, Libby worked for Marquette University in a variety of capacities, including Marquette’s offices of public affairs and university advancement. Libby is a native of Peshtigo and now resides in Franklin with her husband and daughters.
Director of Policy
Kyle Koenen is the Policy Director at WILL.
Prior to joining WILL, Kyle served as Chief of Staff to incoming Senate President Chris Kapenga. In his seven years in the legislature, Kyle has helped develop and guide dozens of policy proposals into law, with a focus on occupational licensing, property rights, welfare and government reform. He has held key policy roles in both the Senate and Assembly, including serving as the clerk of the Senate Committee on Judiciary and Public Safety.
Kyle also has a background in political campaigns, managing several successful state legislative campaigns and serving as a regional director for the Republican Party of Wisconsin. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin – Parkside. Kyle is a native of Racine and currently resides in Waukesha with his wife Ashley and dog Dusty.
Will Flanders, PHD
Dr. Flanders’ work has appeared in numerous publications including the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Wisconsin State Journal, Politico, National Review and the Wall Street Journal; as well as in academic publications such as the Journal of School Choice.
Dr. Flanders holds a Ph.D. in Political Science with a specialization in American Politics and Public Policy from Florida State University, as well as an M.S. in Political Science and an M.S. in Applied American Politics and Policy from the same school. He earned his B.A. from Valdosta State University in Georgia, his home state.
Senior Research Analyst
Noah’s writing has appeared in the Baltimore Sun, the Washington Examiner, Intercollegiate Review, the Federalist, and Life Site News.
He holds a B.S. in Mathematics from Hillsdale College and an M.S. in Data Science from Loyola University Maryland. In 2018 he was a Hogan Fellow, helping re-elect Larry Hogan as Maryland’s Governor, and in 2020 he was a Writing Fellow with America’s Future.
During her time at Marquette University, Miranda worked to share conservative values across campus. She was a founding member and Executive Director of an independent campus newspaper, nationally recognized as the “Best New Publication” by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute. She was also the Chairperson of the Young Americans for Freedom (YAF) chapter which was nationally recognized under her leadership. Additionally, she worked as a Field Organizer in Milwaukee for the Republican Party of Wisconsin.
Miranda recently graduated from Marquette University as a Burke Scholar with an B.A. in both Political Science and Economics. She is pursuing a master’s degree in Public Administration with a concentration in Policy Analysis and Analytics.
Miranda can be reached at [email protected]
Bradley Freedom Fellow
Shannon Whitworth, Bradley Freedom Fellow, is the Executive Director of the Free Enterprise Academy at Milwaukee Lutheran High School. An attorney by trade, Shannon stepped out of the practice of law in 2018 after amassing twenty-two years of litigation experience.
Graduating from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1996, he spent the last three years of his practice as an Ozaukee County Assistant District Attorney. Significantly, Shannon spent twelve years as a commercial litigator and business law attorney at a top-rated business law firm in Milwaukee. He also has years of experience in the areas of Child Support Enforcement, Insurance Law, and General Practice.
Shannon will be providing commentary and critical analysis to contemporary issues, including politics, race, school choice, economics and culture.
- Want To Improve Public School Outcomes? End Teacher Licensing, The Federalist, July 6, 2023
- Universal school choice would help all Wisconsin families, The Cap Times, July 26, 2022
- The Lasting Damage of School Lockdowns, Chalkboard Review, June 1, 2022
- I’m Watching Students and Colleagues Struggle to Recover From Lockdowns, The Federalist, April 19, 2022
- COVID-19 School Closures Did, In Fact, Hurt Student Proficiency, February 24, 2022
- What’s So Frightening about Parochial Schools, RealClearEducation, January 7, 2022
- Reckoning with school failures, The Cap Times, November 26, 2021
- Reforming licensing policies will help alleviate teacher shortage, Thomas B. Fordham Institute, October 15, 2021
- If a Black man cannot stand on his own two feet, let him fail, Washington Times, August 16, 2021
- Interview with WCLO on Critical Race Theory, July 20, 2021
- Evers’ school choice veto shows he doesn’t care about education, Cap Times, July 13, 2021
- Banning Critical Race Theory Is A Good Step, But It Doesn’t Go Far Enough, The Federalist, June 16, 2021
- Joe Biden’s COVID debt relief for farms doesn’t apply to white farmers. That’s wrong., USA Today, June 3, 2021
- How Biden’s education pick could advance school choice, Washington Examiner, March 25, 2021
- MPS Should Offer In-Person Classes, UrbanMilwaukee, March 7, 2021
- School Choice Important to Black Families, UrbanMilwaukee, January 27, 2021
- Cap Times’ Esenberg cartoon takes political left to new lows, Cap Times, January 24, 2020
- What School Choice Advocates Want Wis. Governor to See, RealClearPolitics, January 18, 2019
Communications, Development, and Administration
Supporting the litigation and policy efforts of WILL takes a team of specialized professionals who work behind the scenes.
A critical component of the WILL mission is communication and public advocacy. Quite simply, we believe in our work, and we are dedicated to making every effort to amplify our research, highlight our litigation, and engage in the public square with clear, principled, and reasonable arguments. The communications and public advocacy component ensure that WILL’s success is shared, not to pat ourselves on the back, but to advance our values.
As a non-profit, the development team works diligently to communicate with our current donors and discover others who share our ideals to fund our collective efforts. This team also works with foundations who partner with us to advance our work.
Administration is the backbone of the office – freeing up everyone else to focus on what they do best and making sure the day to day operations run smoothly and efficiently.
Director of Administration and Corporate Secretary
Lesley Luehrs Quartana
Director of External Relations
Storyteller and Content Creator
Prior to his time in Iowa, Pat worked as a press secretary in the United States Senate, and was the communications director for the Republican Party of Wisconsin in 2016. Pat is a graduate from Marquette University and a proud alumnus of their Les Aspin Center for Government.
Director of Administration and Corporate Secretary
Prior to this, she was a paralegal in personal injury and medical negligence law for one of the top firms in Milwaukee in those fields, and was dedicated to helping injured people receive compensation for injuries received through the negligence of others. She was involved in many ground breaking appellate cases that helped compensate victims of negligence. Now she will be involved in helping the citizens of Wisconsin hold their representatives accountable, and making sure those representatives, at every level, adhere to the laws of the State of Wisconsin and this country.
Stacy is a native of Wisconsin and received her Associate Degree from Lakeshore Technical College.
Lesley Luehrs Quartana
Lesley Luehrs Quartana serves as the Development Director for WILL. She came to WILL originally as a volunteer on the Professor McAdams case, and eventually came to work for WILL full time in early 2019.
She completed her undergraduate work at Texas Woman’s University and her master’s degree at Concordia University Wisconsin. Prior to joining WILL she served as part of the executive team that implemented the pharmacy school, where she then served as the Director of Student Affairs at Concordia. Before her son was born, she was a university recruiting manager for GE Healthcare. Her start in the legal field commenced when she was a litigation paralegal for a high-profile plaintiff’s lawyer in Dallas, Texas.
Director of External Relations
Before graduating from college, Eric served in the United States Marine Corps Reserve from 1995 to 2001. He later obtained a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee and an MBA from the Keller School of Management. Since 2005, he has served in various policy and communications positions in the Wisconsin state legislature. For two years, Searing was Director of Outreach and Legislative Affairs for the Wisconsin Policy Research Institute (WPRI) (now the Badger Institute).
Eric resides in Milwaukee with his wife and two sons.
Ameillia Wedward serves as WILL’s Communications Associate. Ameillia worked at WILL for a year as a Policy Intern before taking a full-time position. She assisted the policy team with research and writing on election integrity and K-12 education.
Prior to joining WILL, Ameillia gained legislative experience through Marquette University’s Les Aspin Center for Government Program. She was recognized, republished, and retweeted by National Right to Life for an op-ed in a prior internship. She served on numerous student organizations’ executive boards, co-founded a newspaper, received many awards, and maintained her Dean’s List status.
Ameillia is a recent graduate of Marquette University and an Evans Scholar, with a B.A. in both Political Science and Economics. She currently resides in Brown Deer with her family.