Eileen has over 30 years of experience in the areas of municipal law, school law, and public sector employment law. Her clients include school districts, cities, villages, and other municipal corporations throughout the state of Wisconsin. Eileen has a wide practice that includes policy and ordinance drafting and implementation, labor negotiations, salary and benefit analyses, grievance and prohibited practice arbitration, employee misconduct investigations, advice on employee improvement plans and performance evaluations, and analysis of and application of all major federal and state labor and employment statutes, including FMLA, ADA, ADEA, and other discrimination laws.

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Admitted to Practice

  • Wisconsin State Courts
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin

Honors & Recognition

  • Named to The Best Lawyers in America©
    • “Women in Law” list, 2017
    • Education Law, 2017
  • George Tipler Award for Distinguished Service in School Law, Wisconsin School Attorneys Association, 2012
  • Elected Fellow, Wisconsin Bar Foundation, 2012

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Presentations, Publications, & Contributions

  • Instructor/Lecturer, "Legal Aspects of Educational Administration," University of Wisconsin - Platteville, 2015 and 2017
  • Speaker, "When Extra-Curriculars become Extra-Complicated: Managing Costs and Legal Risks," Wisconsin Association of School Boards-Wisconsin School Attorneys Association, School Law Seminar, 2013
  • Speaker, "The School District Annual Meeting," Wisconsin Association of School Boards-Wisconsin School Attorneys Association, School Law Seminar, 2011
  • Speaker, "Pupil and Law Enforcement Records," Wisconsin Association of School Boards-Wisconsin School Attorneys Association, School Law Seminar, 2010
  • Speaker, "The Federal and State Family and Medical Leave Acts," Wisconsin Association of School Boards-Wisconsin School Attorneys Association, School Law Seminar, 2007
  • Speaker, "E-business for Municipalities," League of Wisconsin Municipalities, Clerks, Treasurers & Financial Officers Institute, 2001
  • Speaker, "Public Records, Open Meetings and Technology," League of Wisconsin Municipalities, Clerks, Treasurers & Financial Officers Institute, 2000
  • Speaker, "The Federal and State Family and Medical Leave Acts: Putting the Puzzle Together," Wisconsin Association of School Boards-Wisconsin School Attorneys Association, School Law Seminar, 2000

Community Involvement & Board Memberships

  • Southwest Wisconsin Technical College Foundation Scholarships and Awards Night, Sponsor, 2004-2015
  • State Bar of Wisconsin, Fee Arbitration Panel, 2003-2017
  • Office of Lawyer Regulation/Supreme Court of Wisconsin
    • Special Investigator, 2002-2017
    • District Twelve Investigative Committee,1992-2000
  • Wisconsin School Attorneys Association, President, 1998-1999
  • Family Advocates, Inc., Board of Directors, 1989-1998
  • Boscobel High School Mock Trial, Attorney Coach, 1988-2010

Professional Memberships

  • Wisconsin School Attorneys Association
  • State Bar of Wisconsin
    • Labor & Employment Section 
    • Government Attorneys Section

Education

  • J.D., cum laude, Marquette University Law School, 1984
  • B.A., Psychology & Spanish, cum laude, Marquette University, 1978
    • Minor, Secondary Education

Representative Work

  • Drafting contracts, developer's agreements, ordinances and resolutions
  • Developing and reviewing employment documents including handbooks, agreements and policies
  • Analysis of and application of all major federal and statement labor and employment statutes, including FMLA, ADA, ADEA and other discrimination laws

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