John Leppanen

Milwaukee Employment Attorney
Milwaukee Family & Divorce Attorney

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John Leppanen

Milwaukee Employment Attorney
Milwaukee Family & Divorce Attorney

Attorney John Leppanen

Legal Assistant Guadalupe Zendejas


John Leppanen joined Hawks Quindel as an associate attorney at Hawks Quindel’s Milwaukee Office in 2019, after five years at the Law Office of Arthur Heitzer.

Attorney Leppanen focuses primarily on representing employees in the employment context, including in discrimination and harassment claims, severance negotiations, wrongful terminations, and unemployment insurance proceedings. In addition to his efforts on behalf of working people, Attorney Leppanen represents individuals in family law matters such as divorceschild custody and placement disputes, and domestic violence restraining orders.

As a native of Milwaukee’s west side and a graduate of Rufus King High School, Attorney Leppanen is proud to represent employees in the city that has always been home, and to fight for the diverse array of people that define Milwaukee.

Outside of work, Attorney Leppanen is an avid bicyclist and sports fan, who tries not to let the stack of unread New Yorkers get too big.


Attorney Leppanen has represented employees in both Wisconsin and Federal courts, on a wide range of employment-related issues, such as disability discrimination, sexual harassment, race discrimination, age discrimination, and retaliation. He has also represented individuals in family law matters in Wisconsin Circuit Court. He is licensed to practice in Wisconsin, Oregon, and the Eastern District of Wisconsin Federal Court.

Attorney John Leppanen

Legal Assistant Guadalupe Zendejas

Attorney Leppanen helped me navigate a very difficult time following a job loss. His compassionate and expert guidance at the time, and since I’ve started my own business since then, has been invaluable to me. I’d confidently recommend him to family and friends.


Employment discrimination client

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Boston University School of Law


B.A. Italian
J.B.A. Journalism
University of Wisconsin – Madison


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