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Attorney Johnson to Present on Wage & Hour Audits at 2016 Health, Labor and Employment Law Institute

Attorney Larry Johnson will present “Conducting a Wage and Hour Compliance Audit” at the Wisconsin State Bar’s Health Labor & Employment Institute on August 19 with Dan Kaplan of Foley & Lardner. The HLE Institute is a two-day program that provides in-depth continuing education programming for attorneys in private practice, government attorneys, and administrative law judges in Wisconsin Dells on August 18th and 19th. More information...

Attorney Good Presents on Age Discrimination

Attorney Colin Good presented “Emerging Issues in Age Discrimination” on June 28, 2016, at a conference produced by the Public Interest Law Section of the State Bar of Wisconsin. The conference addressed the legal hurdles and issues older individuals face, including estate planning, public benefits, and employment discrimination.

HAWKS QUINDEL WINS OVER $35,000 FOR INJURED ROUNDY’S EMPLOYEE

Scott Dower worked for Roundy’s in its distribution center. On April 7, 2014, Mr. Dower injured his lower back as he was picking up an order. Roundy’s and its insurance carrier, Old Republic, disputed the injury claim. Represented by Hawks Quindel, Mr. Dower brought claims for the time he missed work, permanent disability, medical bills, and retraining benefits. After a hearing, Administrative Law Judge Edward Falkner found in Mr. Dower’s favor...

Attorney Charlton to Present on Advising LGBT Clients in the Workplace at Health, Labor, and Employment Institute

Attorney Kathy Charlton will present “Advising LGBT Clients About Employment Law in a Fast-Changing Environment” at the State Bar’s Health, Labor & Employment Institute on August 18, 2016 in the Wisconsin Dells.  The HLE Institute is a two-day program that provides in-depth continuing education programming for attorneys in private practice, government attorneys, and administrative law judges.  Charlton’s topic flows from a new chapter she...

U.S. Department Of Labor To Announce New Overtime Rules

Today, the Department of Labor (“DOL”) released its long awaited new overtime rules, which resulted in a seismic shift in workplace pay. Under the new rules, it is estimated that 40% of currently salaried employees will become eligible for overtime pay. Employees being paid less than $47,476 a year will either get a raise, or will start receiving overtime compensation by December 1, 2016. The Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) requires that most...

Attorney Schroder to Speak at DI Day

Attorney Danielle Schroder will speak at the National Disability Insurance Day event in Madison on May 5, 2016. DI Day is designed to inspire and educate financial professionals on the topic of disability insurance. Attorney Schroder’s presentation will introduce attendees to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) and address the distinctions between ERISA-governed disability insurance policies and individual policies. More...

Court Grants Summary Judgment to Hawks Quindel Client in Disability Benefits Case

On March 15, 2016, Judge William Conley overturned CUNA Mutual’s decision to deny John Clark’s LTDI benefits.  Clark v. CUNA Mutual Long Term Disability Plan et. al, No. 14-cv-412-wmc (W.D. Wis. Mar. 15, 2016). In ruling for Mr. Clark, the Court found that the defendants, CUNA Mutual Insurance Society and CUNA Mutual Long Term Disability Plan, violated Clark’s right to a full and fair review of his claim for benefits. The Court further ordered...

Hawks Quindel Wins $77,000 for Trucker Fired by Walmart After Work Injury

Paul Peterson, an honorably discharged military veteran, worked for Walmart as an over-the-road trucker for ten years. During that time, he received excellent performance reviews, and numerous awards from the company for logging hundreds of thousands of miles without an accident and coming to the rescue of a fellow driver. On November 11, 2012, Mr. Peterson was working for Walmart , when he tripped and fell in the company parking lot, seriously...

Good Presents at Legal Association of Women Program

Attorney Colin Good presented the CLE “Mass Incarceration and the Workforce: Arrest and Conviction Record Discrimination in Wisconsin” to the Legal Association of Women on March 9, 2016. The program focused on collateral consequences and what employment protections are available to Wisconsin employees who have been arrested or convicted of a crime in Wisconsin. Persons who believe they have been discriminated against because of their arrest and...

Fairweather to Present at Paralegal Program Technology CLE Series

Attorney Nick Fairweather is co-presenting Apps for Legal Professionals on Friday, March 25 at noon. The program is part of Madison College’s Paralegal Program Technology CLE Series and is open to all lawyers and legal professionals, as well as students in the College’s ABA-approved Paralegal Program. More information about the series and registration can be found here.

Hawks Quindel Client to be Paid $160,000 to Settle Open Meetings Case

Following the November 9, 2015 Court decision agreeing that the City of Monroe violated the Wisconsin Open Meetings Law, Hawks Quindel successfully negotiated a settlement of Alan Eckstein’s case with all Defendants, including the City of Monroe and four individual alderpersons. Under that agreement, the Defendants will pay Mr. Eckstein $160,000. In addition, the individual alders will plead no contest to the alleged violations of the statute,...

Madison Office Hosting 2nd Annual Women’s Event with WE International, Inc.

For a second year in a row, Hawks Quindel’s Madison Office is hosting a women’s networking event in support of WE International, Inc., a nonprofit organization addressing injustice and poverty by serving women at-risk internationally through innovative micro-financing opportunities. The event provides a unique opportunity for Madison women to connect with like-minded professionals while learning about WE International’s efforts to address human...

Court Grants Summary Judgment to Hawks Quindel Client in Wisconsin Open Meetings Case

In September 2013, the City of Monroe Salary and Personnel Committee convened to discuss its Utilities Director, Alan Eckstein’s concerns that the City had inadequately investigated his internal complaint of harassment. The public agenda included the meeting topic as “preliminary consideration of employee issues addressed by the utilities director”. However, during that meeting the committee voted to fire Mr. Eckstein. On Monday, November 9,...

Charlton and Halstead Co-Chairs and Presenters at the 2015 Annual Employment Update

Attorneys Katherine Charlton and Aaron Halstead served as Program Chairs, and presented on Recent Developments in State and Federal Employment Law, at the State Bar of Wisconsin’s 2015 Employment Law Update seminar, held in both Milwaukee and Madison.  Webcast replays are November 11, 17 and 23 with registration available via www.wisbar.org/seminars.

Pro Bono Honor Society Inducts Members Including Milwaukee Office Attorney Katherine Charlton

Katherine Charlton was inducted into the Wisconsin Access to Justice Commission’s Pro Bono Honor Society for the second consecutive year.  The  Commission annually honors lawyers who provide at least 50 hours of pro bono service each year.  Charlton was honored for her direct representation of family law clients in divorce actions, and her staffing of the Milwaukee Justice Center pro se clinic.  The Milwaukee Bar Association held an event on...

Hawks Quindel Defeats Epic’s Attempt to Enforce No-Class Arbitration Clause

Judge Barbara Crabb has denied a motion by Epic Systems Corporation to dismiss a class action for overtime wages brought by current and former Technical Writers and to compel these employees to arbitrate their claims on an individual basis. Hawks Quindel, along with co-counsel Habush Habush & Rottier, filed a class action on February 10, 2015 against Epic on behalf of a group of employees who are not paid overtime wages. These employees are...

Aaron Halstead to Present at Upcoming 39th Annual Workers Compensation Update

Attorney Aaron Halstead will present at the State Bar of Wisconsin's 39th Annual Worker's Compensation Update conference on September 17 in Madison and September 18 in Milwaukee. His presentation entitled "Wisconsin Worker's Compensation Benefits and the Undocumented Worker" will cover both relevant Wisconsin judicial precedent and recent Labor and Industry Review Commission decisions.

Nine Hawks Quindel Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers

Hawks Quindel, S.C. is pleased to announce that nine of its attorneys have been named to the 2016 list of Best Lawyers. Best Lawyers is the oldest peer-reviewed publication in the legal industry and being named to its list is a notable honor. The following attorneys from each office have been named to the 2016 list in the practice areas listed below. A special congratulations to Attorneys Timothy Hawks and Barbara Zack Quindel who have been...

Hawks Quindel Wins Major Victory for Long-Term Disability Client in Federal Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin

On March 10, 2015, Judge Rudolph Randa granted summary judgment in favor of an insured beneficiary, represented by Hawks Quindel, S.C., who sued Metropolitan Life Insurance Company (“Met Life”) and the S.C. Johnson Long Term Disability Insurance Plan (collectively, the “Defendants”) over the wrongful termination of her long-term disability benefits. See Karul v. S.C. Johnson & Son Long Term Disability Plan, No. 13-C-900, 2015 WL 1034150...

Murshid To Present on Wage and Hour Compliance, Enforcement and Remedies at the State Bar of Wisconsin’s Health, Labor & Employment Law Institute

On August 20, 2015, Attorney Summer Murshid will team up with Attorneys Keith Kopplin of Ogltree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart P.C. and James Chiolino, Director of the Labor Standards Bureau for the Department of Workforce Development to present on Wage and Hour issues at this year’s Health, Labor & Employment Law Institute in the Wisconsin Dells. The goal of this year’s presentation is to present three distinct views on Wage and Hour...

Schroder to Present at the Wisconsin Association for Justice Summer Seminar

Attorney Danielle Schroder  will speak at the Wisconsin Association for Justice Annual Summer Seminar in Door County July 10 and 11, 2015. In her presentation entitled “Life, Accidental Death and Dismemberment Benefits: A Guide to Identifying, Pursuing and Appealing Additional Insurance Claims,” Ms. Schroder will provide background on various types of life insurance as well as strategies for appealing and litigating claims denials.

Hawks Quindel Attorney Honored by Wisconsin Law Journal

Attorney Amy Shapiro received one of Wisconsin Law Journal’s Women in the Law awards at a ceremony at the Pfister Hotel June 11, 2015. The Wisconsin Law Journal picked 30 women with outstanding contributions to the legal community and the community at large and to mentoring other women attorneys. For more information, see the WLJ web page about the event. Amy is a shareholder at Hawks Quindel, S.C. in the Milwaukee office practicing family...

Halstead and Good Win Victory for AFSCME Union In 7th Circuit Court of Appeals

On May 18, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit affirmed the decision by Judge James D. Peterson of the Western District of Wisconsin granting summary judgment to Dane County Professional Social Workers, Local 2634, AFSCME, AFL-CIO arising from claims brought against it by a former member. The Plaintiff, a social worker, brought an action against the Dane County Department of Human Services and the Union, alleging...

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