Michael Godbe protects and advocates for Wisconsin consumers and workers by applying a thorough knowledge of state and federal law. As an associate attorney in our Madison, Wisconsin office, Attorney Godbe helps consumers challenge abusive and unfair practices in the marketplace, and fights alongside employees to confront discrimination and wage theft in the workplace.
Madison Consumer Protection Attorney
Attorney Godbe’s consumer law practice focuses on battling unethical debt collectors and companies that mislead and defraud their customers, primarily using the Fair Debt Collections Practices Act and the Wisconsin Consumer Act. Various Federal and Wisconsin laws also protect individuals against illegal auto repossessions, the misreporting of credit information, and other unfair and deceptive business practices. Because consumer protection laws provide a right to recover attorney’s fees, Hawks Quindel is typically able to take these claims on a contingency-fee basis – meaning we don’t get paid unless we recover financial damages for you. Attorney Godbe is a member of the National Association of Consumer Advocates.
Madison Employment Attorney
Attorney Godbe also assists Wisconsin employees in securing the respect and fair compensation they deserve from their employers. Whether you are experiencing discrimination, being punished for taking family or medical leave, or have been retaliated against or wrongfully terminated, our employment law attorneys and staff will listen to your story with compassion and guide you through what can be a challenging process.
Outside the office, Attorney Godbe enjoys turning wooden bowls and vases on his lathe (he is a proud member of the Badger Woodturners), playing the guitar and mandolin, and trying (in vain) to submit a winning entry to the New Yorker cartoon caption contest.
Attorney Godbe joined Hawks Quindel in 2016 after clerking with the firm.
As a Madison employment attorney, Attorney Godbe has experience working with clients to assert their rights after facing discrimination or harassment in the workplace. He has helped clients navigate Wisconsin’s administrative agency overseeing workplace complaints, the Equal Rights Division of the Department of Workforce Development. Along with Attorneys from the ACLU and others from Hawks Quindel, S.C., Attorney Godbe was part of the team that helped secure a $780,000 jury award for two transgender state employees who were unlawfully denied healthcare coverage in violation of the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment to the Constitution, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, and the Affordable Care Act.
In his consumer practice, Attorney Godbe has achieved favorable outcomes for clients who have been the victims of unlawful repossessions, automobile fraud, false advertising, debt collection harassment, and robocalling.
Attorney Godbe is an active member of the Madison chapter of the National Lawyers Guild, a progressive association of legal workers that values human rights as more sacred than property interests and was the first bar association in the country to admit people of color to its ranks. He serves on the board of the Dane County TimeBank, a local organization helping members exchange skills and services and build community. He is also a member of the State Bar of Wisconsin, the Dane County Bar Association, the National Association of Consumer Advocates, and is admitted to practice in all Wisconsin state and federal courts.
During law school, he was an active member of Northeastern’s student chapter of the National Lawyers Guild and the Northeastern Employment and Labor Law Association, a staff member of the Northeastern University Law Journal, and an assistant to Professor Margaret Burnham at the Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project.