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Summer Murshid

Milwaukee Discrimination Attorney
Madison Wage & Hour Attorney

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Summer Murshid

Milwaukee Discrimination Attorney
Madison Wage & Hour Attorney

When Attorney Summer Murshid moved from Las Vegas to Sheboygan 15 years ago, she never imagined Wisconsin would become the place she’d call home. But, after finishing law school, she settled in to Milwaukee and set out to grow her employment practice by representing employees who are victims of discrimination and wage theft.

Attorney Murshid’s practice focuses largely on federal class action wage litigation, which means she spends the lion’s share of her waking moments making sure she’s doing everything she can to ensure every employer in the great State of Wisconsin pays every employee fairly and legally.

Attorney Murshid devotes the rest of her law practice to litigating on behalf of individual clients who need assistance with a wide range of employment issues, including:

  • Defending victims of employment discrimination;
  • Assisting individuals who have been denied unemployment benefits; and
  • Negotiating severance agreements for employees transitioning to new, career-enhancing opportunities elsewhere.

Even though she has finally learned to embrace all things “winter” in Wisconsin, every once in awhile, when the temps dip below 0°, you might find her gazing longingly toward the west coast, wishing for a warm Pacific Ocean wind and a cold cocktail. The moment is always fleeting though, as she couldn’t be happier to be where she is, doing the work she is able to do at Hawks Quindel.

Attorney Murshid likes a challenge; indeed, it’s the unique challenges presented by individual and class action cases that make her job even more fun than her skydiving escapades. Her work with the wage and hour practice group focuses on large class representation and includes litigation on behalf of groups of nurses, wait-staff, factory workers, van drivers, hospital staff, busboys, paralegals, digital service technicians, roofers, customer service representatives and cooks. Each member of these groups was a victim of wage theft and improper pay practices. Through her representation, her clients have been able to recover millions of dollars in lost wages.

During her career, Attorney Murshid has also represented individual clients, including teachers, bus drivers, and high school sports coaches in arbitration hearings through her work as a union attorney. She has also represented claimants in sexual assault, sexual orientation, pregnancy, age, race and disability discrimination cases.

Attorney Murshid belongs to the Association of Women Lawyers, the Milwaukee Bar Association, the State Bar of Wisconsin, the National Employment Lawyers Association, and the American Bar Association. She also works with the Volunteer Lawyers Project and Wills For Heroes. In an ongoing quest for work-life balance, however, she still finds time to attend art and music classes with her one-year-old son.

She is admitted to practice in all Wisconsin state courts, including the Supreme Court of Wisconsin, and before the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin.

While earning her J.D., Attorney Murshid worked on employment policy issues at Workplace Flexibility 2010, a non-profit clinic based at Georgetown. She also worked as an intern for the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and Women Empowered Against Violence.

Wisconsin Law Journal recognized Attorney Murshid as one of Wisconsin’s 25 Up and Coming Lawyers in 2012 and she has been listed as a Super Lawyers Rising Star every year since 2012. She is also an American Bar Association Fellowship recipient for 2014-2017.

Attorney Murshid also served as the Chair of the Milwaukee Chapter of the ACLU from 2010-2012 and now serves as a member of the ACLU Nominating Committee. She is in her second term as a Board Member for the Labor and Employment Section of the Wisconsin State Bar.

Learn more about Attorney Murshid on the following public review sites:

Super Lawyers Rising StarsLinkedIn

Georgetown University Law Center, 2009

UW-Milwaukee, 2005

BS in Economics

BA in Criminal Justice