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David Zoeller

Madison Social Security Disability Attorney
Madison Wage & Hour Attorney

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David Zoeller

Madison Social Security Disability Attorney
Madison Wage & Hour Attorney

Attorney David Zoeller has a passion for representing workers, and is an experienced litigator who will fight for your wages and benefits. Attorney Zoeller is a Shareholder at Hawks Quindel. His practice focuses on helping employees recover unpaid wages, including overtime wages, through both individual and class action cases. Beyond this, he is an experienced Madison social security disability attorney who regularly represents disabled workers at all levels of the SSI and/or SSDI appeal process, including claims in federal court.

Wage and Hour Litigator

Attorney Zoeller represents both individuals and classes of employees in recovering wages. Through class and collective actions, Attorney Zoeller has helped thousands of workers recover millions of dollars in unpaid overtime wages. Additionally, Attorney Zoeller frequently litigates wage and hour claims on behalf of one or a handful of individuals. Because wage and hour laws provide a right to recover attorney’s fees, Hawks Quindel is typically able to take these claims without any upfront payment of attorney’s fees or costs, and with no recovery of attorney’s fees unless we recover wages for you.

Madison Social Security Disability Attorney

At Hawks Quindel, we strive to offer clients personal, thorough, and highly effective legal representation. As a social security disability client, you will work with a team of Madison staff and attorneys with the depth and breadth of experience needed to see your claim through from application to approval. Attorney Zoeller will work directly with you at each step of the process, and is an experienced advocate with a track record of success in social security disability hearings. Our Madison social security attorney team has both the compassion and persistence to see your claim through what can a be difficult process.

Attorney Zoeller joined Hawks Quindel’s Madison, Wisconsin office in 2009 after practicing as an employment and class action litigation attorney in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He has served as class counsel in numerous successful class action wage and hour claims, including the following:

  • Berndt v. Cleary Building Corp., 11-cv-791 (W.D. Wis.), $925,000 settlement;
  • Fosbinder v. SSM Health Care of Wisconsin, Inc., 11-cv-592 (W.D. Wis.), $3.5 million settlement;
  • Wilcox, et al. v. AEI, 09-cv-659 (W.D. Wis.), $2.3 million settlement;
  • Brabazon v. Aurora Health Care, Inc., 10-CV-714 (E.D. Wis.), $480,000 settlement;
  • Turner, et al. v. Superior Satellite, Inc., Case No. 11-cv-92 (W.D. Wis.), $750,000 settlement.
  • Black v. Renaissance Learning, Inc., 15-cv-635 (W.D. Wis.), $1.85 million settlement.

Attorney Zoeller has spoken on wage and hour issues at the University of Wisconsin Law School, Marquette University Law School, and on behalf of the Wisconsin State Bar. Attorney Zoeller is a member of the National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ representatives and has brought social security disability cases to hearing throughout the state of Wisconsin. He has helped countless individuals gain approval of social security disability benefits both at hearing and, in some cases, without the necessity of a hearing. Attorney Zoeller graduated with honors from Colgate University in 2002 and received his J.D. from the University of Wisconsin Law School with honors in 2007.

Attorney Zoeller has been selected by Super Lawyers as a Rising Star from 2011 to 2016 and as a Super Lawyer in 2017, 2018 and 2019. He was also named a Best Lawyer in 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019. Attorney Zoeller was recognized by the Wisconsin Lawyer as an Up and Coming Lawyer in 2012. A number of national review and rankings organizations serve to help the public learn more about attorneys’ long-term records, peer reviews, and client opinions. Learn more about Attorney Zoeller on the following sites:

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David has been outstanding when it comes to Competency and Accuracy. He was able to focus on the elements of my case that he knew could be pursued and achieved. When he heard of my case he immediately asked me several questions that allowed him to develop a very successful outcome. He called me even when some time would pass, just to let me know he was there for me. The confidence in his profession will make you feel reassured he will get the job done.


David was amazing to work with. We had started with another firm, and after months of slow or no response from our lawyer yet a constant stream of bills, we knew it was time to look elsewhere. David is an expert in employment law and after reviewing our case, came up with an approach we hadn’t explored. I credit his creative thinking and diligence with ultimately settling our case favorably. He kept us in the loop every step of the way – even if nothing was going on, just to let us know that he hadn’t forgotten about us. We always got a quick response if we had to leave a message and he emailed during non-business hours. In addition to being very professional, he exercised a high degree of compassion. I never once felt like I was just a client. I felt like David took a vested interest in my case and truly worked in my best interests.


David is an exceptional attorney. He is a keen listener, paying attention to details you may not know are important, and a logical thinker, a mastermind in developing a successful strategy. He keeps you informed and explains things in a manner that is easy to understand. David is a devoted and trustworthy attorney who will do his best for you. Working with David is a pleasure.


If you want to win, that’s all David does! In 2010 I returned home from my second deployment. In 2012, I was told by the VA I couldn’t return to the job I was working at. It is now 2019, and through this 7 years of needing legal representation, David and Hawks have had my back through 3 separate issues: short term disability, social security disability and a class action, wage an hour lawsuit. They batted a 100%, winning all 3.

Overall, David and his staff are professional, responsive, veteran friendly and genuine. David’s legal assistant Elizebeth Openeer is a sweetheart and probably needs a raise after knowing what I put her through. While David is a great guy and a better attorney. I am thankful that I had this team fighting on my side. Thank you David, Elizebeth and Hawks! I hope I never need an attorney again, but if I do, you have my business!