John F. Hovel

In Rememberance and Gratitude

With profound sadness, KRAVIT, HOVEL & KRAWCZYK, S.C. announces the passing of John F. Hovel, 61, our esteemed colleague and friend for 23 years, who left us much too soon. John passed away on Friday, August 15th 2014 following a 4-year battle against colon and liver cancer; a battle he fought with great courage and optimism.

John received his Juris Doctor from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Law in 1983, with the honor of membership in the Order of the Coif, and was Law Review editor in 1982-1983. He served as Law Clerk to the Honorable Otto R. Skopil, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, from 1983-1984, and later practiced law in the Milwaukee office of Foley & Lardner. In 1991 John joined our firm and became a shareholder. John worked tirelessly in service to his clients in multiple areas of commercial law and litigation, with particular expertise in intellectual property and employment issues. He regularly taught seminars on topics including covenants not to compete, executive separations, and lender liability litigation. John was selected by his peers as a Wisconsin Super Lawyer® for years 2008 through the present.

Above all, John loved the family life he built with his wife Janis, and was so very proud of their daughters, Lauren and Jenna. He was passionate about soccer, a sport he coached for 20 years. The family enjoyed a last special trip together to Brazil in June to attend the World Cup matches.

John deeply cared about our community and the welfare of others. He served on the Wauwatosa Civil Service Commission, the President’s Advisory Council at Froedert Hospital, and on the We Care Fund Committee at Medical College of Wisconsin.

John founded The Triumph Fund – an organization he established in 2012 with his wife Janis Hovel, and their daughters Lauren and Jenna. The Fund’s goal is to support the operation of the Medical College of Wisconsin's Clinical Trials Office –which is designed to bring new and promising cancer treatments from the laboratory to the patient– and also to expand other world-class cancer research being undertaken at the College.

For more than two decades we worked with John and saw his dedication to serving our clients and his active leadership within the firm. We will sorely miss John’s sharp intellect, passion for law, quick wit and loyal friendship. All of us consider it a high privilege to have worked alongside John.

Please consider a donation in John's memory, to carry on the great work he started, to the cancer research foundation John and Janis established to make the future brighter for those stricken by cancer:

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, Nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” Dr. Seuss, The Lorax
Stephen Kravit

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