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Richard Saks

Milwaukee Employment Attorney
Milwaukee Labor Attorney

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Richard Saks represents individuals and groups in a wide variety of employment and civil rights claims. His clients include labor unions and other social justice organizations engaged in legal battles to defend and advance the living standards and civil rights of working people. Attorney Saks takes on difficult but important legal causes, such as unionization for immigrant and low-wage workers, defense of protective legislation for workers, voting rights of minority citizens, and issues related to fairness in the political process.

Attorney Saks also represents individual employees in all workplace-related claims including employment discrimination, unpaid wages and overtime, sexual harassment, workers compensation, and covenants not to compete.

After law school, Attorney Saks clerked for one year for federal judge Elaine Bucklo of the United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois, and has been employed as an associate and shareholder with Hawks Quindel and its predecessors since 1993.

Attorney Saks has represented the Milwaukee Teachers Education Association since 1993 in all matters affecting teachers and other support staff, and represented the union in its legal challenges to privatization of public education. He has been counsel to the Milwaukee Branch of the NAACP for two decades in various voting rights matters, including a challenge under the Voting Rights Act to racial discrimination in judicial elections; a successful 2008 challenge to Attorney General Van Hollen’s so-called HAVA checks; and the recent challenge by the Milwaukee Branch of the NAACP and Voces de la Frontera to Wisconsin’s Photo ID law.

Attorney Saks was the recipient of the 2010 Martin Luther King Jr. Civil Rights Service Award from the Milwaukee Branch of the NAACP and the 2012 Civil Rights Award from Voces de la Frontera. He currently serves as the Legal Redress Chair for the Milwaukee Branch of the NAACP, and also as a Director on the Boards of Voces de la Frontera and the Wisconsin Chapter of the Labor and Employment Relations Association. Attorney Saks has authored various articles on voting rights and often presents to legal, labor and civic groups on collective bargaining and voting rights matters.
Attorney Saks attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison from 1970 to 1972, and graduated with a B.A. in Labor Relations from Rutgers University in 1976 and from Chicago-Kent College of Law with High Honors in 1992.