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Larry Johnson

Milwaukee Non-Compete Attorney
Milwaukee Wage & Hour Attorney

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Larry Johnson works tirelessly to assist workers in claims for unpaid minimum wages and overtime pay. Through his dedication to helping employees, he has recovered millions of dollars in unpaid minimum and overtime wages in Milwaukee and across Wisconsin. Protecting each employee’s right to their fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work motivates Attorney Johnson’s work.

Attorney Johnson also protects employees’ ability to work for an employer of their choosing through advising on, and negotiating, non-compete, confidentiality, and non-solicitation agreements. Recognizing that employees should not be prohibited from making a living, Attorney Johnson focuses on his clients’ needs to work through creative options in negotiating with employers.

In addition to his client work, Attorney Johnson is the Vice Chair of the Labor and Employment Law Section of the Wisconsin State Bar and is a frequent speaker on minimum wage and unpaid overtime compensation claims. Most importantly, Attorney Johnson enjoys spending his free time with his wife, two year-old son, and black lab enjoying the great outdoors either hiking, camping, or just relaxing in the backyard.  

 Attorney Johnson represents employees in both individual and multi-employee wage and hour claims to recover unpaid minimum and overtime wages from their employers. Practicing primarily in federal court, he has extensive experience in litigating complex class and collective actions ensuring employers not only pay for their past violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act, but that they properly pay their employees in the future.

Attorney Johnson joined Hawks Quindel’s wage and hour team after practicing as an employment and wage and hour attorney at another firm in the Milwaukee area for six years. Throughout his career, he has been appointed by multiple courts as class counsel for unpaid overtime claims. Attorney Johnson’s experience includes winning a case at the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in which he expanded employees’ rights to recover unpaid overtime after their employer was purchased by a new company. Teed v. Thomas & Betts Power Solutions, L.L.C., 711 F.3d 763, 764 (7th Cir. 2013). Attorney Johnson also represents employees in reviewing, negotiating, and litigating non-compete and non-disclosure agreements on behalf of employees; along with severance agreements, key employment agreements, and partnership agreements.

Attorney Johnson has been asked to speak on wage and hour issues by the Milwaukee Bar Association, the Wisconsin State Bar, the Wisconsin Employment Lawyers Association, Marquette University Law School, and the Ohio Association of Justice. He is a member of the National Employment Lawyers Association, National Employment Law Project, Wisconsin Employment Lawyers Association, Wisconsin State Bar Labor and Employment Law Section Board Member, and the Milwaukee Bar Association.  

Attorney Johnson was recognized as a 2014 Up and Coming Lawyer by the Wisconsin Law Journal and by M Magazine as a Leading Lawyer in Milwaukee in 2014.


In addition to being a Division I swimmer at Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois, Attorney Johnson received his undergraduate degree there in Business Administration. While swimming in college, he met his wife, Shawn who was also a swimmer. Attorney Johnson received his JD from Marquette University Law School where he was the president of the Labor and Employment Law Society and a member of the Employment Arbitration Team. During law school, he also participated in the Unemployment Compensation Clinic assisting employees receive unemployment compensation.