Brenna is an associate in the firm’s Labor & Employment practice group.  

Brenna’s practice focuses on counseling employers of all sizes on matters affecting the workplace. Brenna’s experience includes advising and training employers on hiring, discipline, and termination procedures; wage and hour compliance; background check procedures and OFCCP compliance; navigating disability accommodations and FMLA policies; enforcing anti-discrimination and anti-harassment policies; conducting internal workplace investigations; the enforceability of non-compete and non-solicitation agreements; drafting HR policies, employee handbooks, and executive employment agreements; managing Form I-9 compliance and work authorization concerns; advising on workplace health and safety policies, including COVID-19 procedures; national and international remote work arrangements; and immigration matters.   

Brenna also represents employers in litigation and administrative actions involving discrimination and wage and hour disputes. She has experience defending employers before the Madison Equal Opportunities Divisions, the Wisconsin Equal Rights Divisions, the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Department of Labor, and state and federal court. 

Before becoming an associate, Brenna clerked for Boardman Clark for two years. During law school, Brenna was an executive board member for the Wisconsin Moot Court team and an editor on Wisconsin Law Review.

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Admitted to Practice

  • Wisconsin State Courts
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin

Education

  • J.D., cum laude, University of Wisconsin Law School, 2018
    • Dean's Academic Achievement Award
    • Note & Comment Editor, Wisconsin Law Review
    • Evans Moot Court Competition Problem Writer, Wisconsin Moot Court Board
    • Best Brief - Schreck Gaming Law Moot Court Competition 2017
    • George Laikin Award 2018, for best article on a general interest topic in Wisconsin Law Review
    • Pro Bono Society Membership and Award of Distinction, for 150+ hours of pro bono service
  • B.A., Philosophy, with honors, University of Wisconsin - Madison, 2014
    • Writing Fellow, 2013-14
    • Honors Thesis: The Pursuit of Happiness and Democracy in the Political Philosophy of Baruch Spinoza
    • Philosophy Exchange Student Participant, University of Warwick, UK, 2013

Professional Memberships

  • American Bar Association
    • Labor & Employment Law Section
  • State Bar of Wisconsin
    • Labor & Employment Law Section
  • Dane County Bar Association
  • Greater Madison Area Society for Human Resource Management
    • Programming Committee Member (2018 – Present)

Presentations, Publications, & Contributions

  • #AirbnbWhileBlack: Repealing the Fair Housing Act's Mrs. Murphy Exemption to Combat Racism on Airbnb, 2018 Wis. L. Rev. 149 (2018).
  •  When numbers don’t match: Social Security resumes ‘mismatch letters’, forwardHR Spring 2019 (2019)

Brenna’s Latest Writing & Presentations

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