James M. Kalny

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Throughout his career, Jim has been lucky enough to benefit from two different mentors. Both with very similar lessons to convey, Jim learned that being prepared and believing in your own convictions make for a solid foundation in which to practice law. This philosophy helps Jim serve as general counsel to several towns, cities, counties and school districts. In addition, he advises municipalities, on an outside counsel basis, on a broad variety of municipal law issues including planning and redevelopment, public records and open meetings and zoning appeals matters, and serving as an independent hearing officer and special prosecutor. Jim also advises private developers with zoning, permitting and negotiating development agreements.

As a member of the firm’s Labor and Employment Service Group, Jim brings more than 40 years of experience assisting clients in collective bargaining issues and employment law matters. Jim’s background as a former HR Director for Green Bay County and Brown County gives him a unique perspective into personnel issues. From drafting policies to conducting investigations to reorganization studies and strategies, Jim successfully represents public and private sector employers.


Membership & Involvement

  • Member: Wisconsin Public Employer Labor Relations Association (WPELRA); Society for Human Resource Management


  • Selected to The Best Lawyers in America® in Labor Law - Management: 2024

Resources & Insights

Speaking Engagements


Marquette University Law School, J.D.

Carthage College, B.A.


  • Wisconsin
  • Supreme Court of the United States 
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