Our labor and employment litigation team offers the experience and knowledge necessary to customize legal solutions. Our clients are public and private companies and organizations that range from large national and international corporations, to local and regional businesses, and non-profits across a wide range of industries and sizes.
We partner with employers to provide advice, monitor potential claims and defend litigation on a local, regional and national basis. We establish a candid rapport with our clients, and their executives, general counsels and insurers. We advise clients on the best practices to limit their exposure and place themselves in the best position to defend and win claims before they are even made. If a claim is made, we obtain an early command of the facts and evaluate the case in order to defend the claim effectively and efficiently by providing expedient advice, a practical analysis and, when necessary, a thorough litigation plan.
We know that each case is a business decision and want to make sure you thoroughly understand the process, as well as your options at each stage to make the best decision for your business. We will work with you and guide you through every step of litigating a claim whether it be a charge of discrimination or wage claim, an audit or claim by an administrative agency, or a lawsuit filed in state or federal court.
Our goal is to work with you as your business partners throughout each matter. We understand the impact of litigation and recognize that there is a time and place when aggressive defense is needed and when it may be more beneficial to use our skills in the art of negotiation and dispute resolution. While we are able to evaluate and find creative solutions through negotiations and alternative dispute resolutions, our trial and appellate experience is extensive and we are not afraid of a legal fight.
Our litigation team is skilled in defending clients in all types of labor and employment law claims and cases in state and federal administrative agencies and courts across the country, including the following:
- Complaints, charges of discrimination and unfair labor practice claims filed by employees with the EEOC, NLRB, OSHA, DOL, and numerous state agencies and corresponding claims filed by the agency
- Class action defense
- Retaliatory or wrongful termination and whistleblower claims
- Discrimination, harassment, failure to accommodate and retaliation claims brought under Title VII, the ADA, the ADEA, the EPA, the FMLA and equivalent state statutes
- Negligence, intentional infliction of emotional distress, defamation, and any other state or federal common law, statutory or other claim arising out of or relating to employment
- Non-competition / confidentiality agreement enforcement and defense
- FLSA, wage and hour, unlawful deduction and misclassification claims
- ERISA and employee benefit controversies
- EEOC and commissioner charges and directed investigations
- State human rights and department of labor charges and complaints
- OSHA violations
- Workers’ compensation
- Prevailing Wage/Davis-Bacon defense
- Contractor debarment defense
- False claims defense
- Anti-trust defense related to employee “no-poach” and unfair competition disputes
- Audits and claims by administrative agencies, including state unemployment insurance agencies and departments of labors
- Joint Employer / Employer Liability Defense
- Senior Counsel
- Speaking Engagement, 2022 Wisconsin Lodging Conference & Trade Show, Seminar; Elkhart Lake, WI,
- Speaking Engagement, Manufacturing First Expo and Conference; Green Bay, WI,
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- Speaking Engagement, Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), Seminar,
- Speaking Engagement, Kalahari Resort; Wisconsin Dells, WI,
- Speaking Engagement, Green Bay Chapter SHRM, Webcast,
- Speaking Engagement, St. Norbert College; De Pere, WI,
- Speaking Engagement, Radisson Hotel & Conference Center; Green Bay, WI,
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Join Labor & Employment Attorney Anthony (Tony) Steffek at the 2022 Wisconsin Lodging Conference on November 7th.
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Join Tony Steffek for a primer on the rules for overtime compensation under the federal and Wisconsin wage and hour laws and their nuances.
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Watch the recordings fromour Eighth Annual Labor & Employment Fall Seminar!
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Join Labor and Employment Attorneys Bob Burns, James Kalny, Tony Steffek, and Abby Tilkens as they present at the Green Bay Chapter SHRM’s Legal Update Conference.