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Aaron Halstead

Madison Employment Attorney
Madison Workers Compensation Attorney

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Aaron Halstead

Madison Employment Attorney
Madison Workers Compensation Attorney

Aaron Halstead is a shareholder in Hawks Quindel’s Madison office, which he opened 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 has served on the board of directors of the Madison Workers Rights Center (2010-2015), including as the Board’s president. He has been the co-chair of the State Bar of Wisconsin’s Annual Employment Law Update seminar since 2012, and has also presented at the annual conference of the Wisconsin Association of Workers Compensation Attorneys.

Attorney Halstead has represented employees and labor 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.

The following are published appellate opinions in cases in which Attorney Halstead served as counsel for the employee or labor union:

  • 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

Attorney Halstead has been selected for recognition by The Best Lawyers in America in the areas of Labor and Employment (each year since 2003), and Worker’s Compensation (each year since 2009). Best Lawyers has recognized him as its Lawyer of the Year in the areas of Worker’s Compensation Law – Claimants Madison (2013) and Labor Law – Union Madison (2014). Learn more about Attorney Aaron Halstead on Super Lawyers and Avvo.


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Attorney Halstead is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Iowa (B.A., with honors and high distinction, 1987) and a graduate of Brigham Young University Law School (J.D., with honors, 1990).