Aaron Halstead

Madison Employment Attorney
Madison Worker’s Compensation Attorney

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Aaron Halstead

Madison Employment Attorney
Madison Worker’s Compensation Attorney

“Working with Aaron was a great experience!  Not only is he knowledgeable in his field, he is also patient, responsive, and truly cares about his client.  So happy he was recommended to me.”

“Working with Aaron was a great experience!  So happy he was recommended to me.”

Attorney Aaron Halstead

Paralegal Armando Veizaga

Paralegal Katy Gleiter


Aaron Halstead is a shareholder in Hawks Quindel’s Madison office, which he was instrumental in founding in 1995. Attorney Halstead’s practice is focused on representation of employees in worker’s compensation and employment litigation matters. Attorney Halstead devotes a substantial portion of his worker’s compensation practice to representing injured Spanish-speaking employees. He also has served as a private mediator and arbitrator to parties involved in employment-related litigation. Attorney Halstead has been a Member of the Board of Directors for the State Bar of Wisconsin’s Labor and Employment Section (1998-2005, 2007-2010), and has served as the Board’s Chairperson (2003-2004).

Attorney Halstead is one of 10 active Wisconsin workers compensation attorneys selected to be a Fellow in the College of Workers Compensation Lawyers. Attorney Halstead has served on the board of directors of the Madison Workers Rights Center (2010-2015), including as the Board’s president. He was the co-chair of the State Bar of Wisconsin’s Annual Employment Law Update seminar (2012 – 2018), and has also presented at both the annual conference of the Wisconsin Association of Workers Compensation Attorneys, and at the State Bar of Wisconsin’s Annual Workers Compensation Update.


Attorney Halstead has represented employees, and labor and community-based organizations before the Wisconsin Supreme Court, the Wisconsin Court of Appeals, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, and the United States District Courts for the Western and Eastern Districts of Wisconsin, as well as before various state and federal administrative agencies.

Attorney Aaron Halstead

Paralegal Armando Veizaga

Paralegal Katy Gleiter

The legal team at Hawks Quindel, S.C. that worked on my workman’s comp appeal treated me with respect, kindness, and professionalism from my first in-person consultation, to our most recent email exchange. Their expertise was key in winning my appeal. I’m grateful to have been recommended to this firm, and wouldn’t hesitate to encourage others to seek their council.

Worker's Compensation client

I found myself in the all too common position of being the person new management wanted to get rid of. Aaron Halstead was a HUGE help to me in sorting through all of the options available, and which ones made the most sense to pursue. It originally did not appear that the outcome was going to be as favorable as we may have liked, but I had zero doubts that every avenue was being explored and every rock was being turned over. Unexpected turns of events are all a part of the day! Even though the situation was an unpleasant one, working with Aaron and his staff brought some pleasantry back. And because Aaron never gave up, and DID turn over every rock and explore every avenue, we came to an agreement that was a very acceptable one! Thanks so much to Hawks Quindel, and to Attorney Halstead, for always keeping the pressure on, and never wavering in your support.


Worker's Compensation client

Aaron Halstead knows employment law inside and out, and he’s one of the most experienced and highly rated employment lawyers in Wisconsin. Our experience working with Aaron was outstanding. He’s compassionate, a good listener, and an assertive advocate for his clients.

Throughout the case, he was always quick to respond, and he made himself available during times that most would consider after hours. Aaron was thoughtful in his responses, and he was practical about assessing the costs and benefits of pursuing further legal action. We were very happy with the outcome of our case, which was handled efficiently and fairly. The most important thing to know about hiring Aaron is that he will have your best interests at heart. Having hired many attorneys in the past for a variety of issues, we know how rare it is to find an attorney like Aaron Halstead. This is one lawyer you want on your side.


Workers Compensation client

Take a deep dive into noncompete agreements, what they are, how they work, and their impact on working people

by Aaron Halstead | Interview on Labor Radio (WORT 89.9FM)

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Law School

J.D. (1990, with Honors)
Brigham Young University Law School


B.A., Religion (1987, Phi Beta Kappa, Honors & High Distinction)
University of Iowa

Signature Cases

Dombeck v. Milwaukee Valve Co., 40 F.3d 230 (7th Cir. 1994)

Gray v. Marinette County, 200 Wis.2d 426, 553 N.W.2d 553 (Ct. App. 1996)

Local 60, AFSCME v. WERC, 217 Wis.2d 602, 579 N.W.2d (Ct. App. 1998)

Motola v. LIRC, 219 Wis.2d 589, 580 N.W.2d 297 (1998)

Barry v. Maple Bluff Country Club, Inc., 2001 WI App 108, 244 Wis. 2d 86 (2001)

City of Beloit v. Local 643, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, 248 F.3d 650 (7th Cir. 2001)

Conway v. Board of the Police and Fire Commissioners of the City of Madison, 2003 WI 53

Klein v. Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System, 2003 WI App 118

Lynch v. Crossroads Counseling Center, Inc., 2004 WI App 114

Hempel v. City of Baraboo, 2005 WI 120

Marder v. Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System, 2005 WI 159

Local 321, IAFF v. City of Racine, 2013 WI App 290

Dodge County Prof. Employees, Local 1323-A v. Dodge County, 2013 WI App 535

Zaldivar v. Labor and Industry Review Commission, 2016 WI App 57

Simon v. Coop. Educ. Serv. Agency #5, 46 F.4th 602 (7th Cir. 2022) 

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