Michele Sumara

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Milwaukee Labor Attorney

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Michele Sumara

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Milwaukee Labor Attorney

Attorney Michele Sumara


Michele Sumara focuses her law practice on union-side labor law, employment law, family law, and the firm’s appellate practice. Attorney Sumara’s clients rely on her for her strong advocacy, and her ability to cut through legal jargon to explain legal principles in plain English, both to clients and to the courts. She believes strongly in clear communications with clients about realistic expectations, and she practices that.


Attorney Sumara has represented numerous clients before the Wisconsin Supreme Court, Wisconsin Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Chicago. She served as a law clerk to U.S. District Court judges Hon. James E. Doyle, Sr. and Hon. Barbara B. Crabb, in the Western District of Wisconsin, and Hon. Robert Warren, in the Eastern District of Wisconsin. After her clerkships, she was a staff attorney at Legal Action of Wisconsin, focusing on a disability practice, consumer law, and public benefits.

In 1998, Attorney Sumara joined the firm to practice labor law, representing public sector unions and employees, various local community organizations, and children who had suffered from lead poisoning in their homes. Since then, she has had her editorial hand in most of the firm’s appellate litigation, and, with her partners, litigated the constitutionality of Act 10, which eviscerated collective bargaining for most public sector employees, and Act 23, the state voter photo identification law.

Attorney Michele Sumara

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Law School

J.D., cum laude
University of Wisconsin – Madison


M.S. Library Science
Indiana University


B.A. French Language & Literature

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