Member Firm Profile

Lindner & Marsack, S.C.

Firm Profile

Address:

Lindner & Marsack, S.C.
411 East Wisconsin Avenue
Suite 1800
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53202

Phone: (414) 226-4804
Fax: (414) 273-0522

Firm Size:

16 Lawyers

Primary Contact:

Laurie A. Petersen
LPetersen@lindner-marsack.com

Attorneys Admitted to Practice In:

Illinois
Iowa
Michigan
Minnesota
New Mexico
Wisconsin

Firm Description

Lindner & Marsack is one of the nation's pre-eminent law firms specializing in labor, employment, employee benefits law, and workers' compensation law. Established in 1908, the firm's experience, talent and success are uniformly respected in the business and legal communities. Serving as counselors and attorneys, Lindner & Marsack has represented municipalities, government entities and companies of all sizes in industries ranging from traditional manufacturing to emerging high-tech concerns, from wholesale distribution to retail, and from trucking to construction. Although other firms possess a variety of the skills and experience we list, very few measure up to our comprehensive capability. It is reassuring to know that the full depth of our expertise is at your disposal -- that your problems are being handled by attorneys who have been there before.

As proud as we are of the many court victories we have achieved, we are most satisfied with the millions we have saved our clients on cases never filed because the right plan was implemented. At Lindner & Marsack, the experience, talent and skill required to manage any situation is always just a phone call or e-mail away. Whether it's dealing with a problem employee, downsizing an aspect of business, re-designing an employee benefits program, or any other employment-related problem, Lindner & Marsack has addressed the issue before in hundreds of situations.

The key to any successful attorney-client relationship is service. At Lindner & Marsack, each client has a primary attorney responsible for our firm's legal representation on his or her behalf. All client services are coordinated, monitored and directed by the primary attorney. In addition, we employ a full complement of specialists within the firm to assist on a problem-by-problem, case-by-case approach. Each client need is addressed by the most appropriate talent, resulting in quality, cost-efficient representation.

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Firm Representatives

Douglas Feldman is a shareholder, and has practiced with the firm since 1989. His practice is primarily focused upon representing insurance companies and self-insured employers in worker's compensation matters. He is on the Board of Directors of the National Worker's Compensation Defense Network, an association of worker's compensation defense firms throughout the country.  He has been elected as a Fellow in the ABA College of Worker's Compensation Lawyers, and is currently recognized in both "Best Lawyers in America" and Super Lawyers in the field of worker's compensation law. Mr. Feldman is also President of the Board of Directors of Kids' Chance of Wisconsin.

Practice Specialties

  • Workers Compensation

Daniel Finerty represents counties, cities, school districts, Native American tribes, tribally-owned businesses, and private sector employers in senior living, healthcare, manufacturing, food manufacturing, transportation, construction, commercial laundry, dry cleaning and other industries in litigation matters involving Title VII, ADEA, FLSA, FMLA, OSHA and other federal, state and local law as well as tribal ordinances. Daniel has successfully defended senior living providers from Wisconsin healthcare retaliation claims, unreasonable refusal to rehire claims and other claims and has effectively handled hundreds of employment claims involving Employment Practice Liability Insurance as both panel counsel and at a client’s request.

Practice Specialties

  • Employment Litigation Defense
  • Discrimination/Human rights
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Wrongful discharge/Wrongful dismissal
  • EEOC/EEO investigations
  • FMLA
  • Retaliation/Whistleblower claims
  • Internal complaint investigations
  • Responses to administrative agency charges
  • Employment Counseling and Advice
  • Supervisor and harassment/violence training
  • Handbook Review
  • Compliance/Compliance audits
  • Leave laws
  • Personnel policies
  • Wage and hour audits
  • Employment Contracts and Litigation
  • Non-compete/non-solicit agreements
  • Confidentiality and trade secret agreements
  • Trade secrets and non-compete agreements
  • Defamation
  • Occupational Health and Safety
  • OSHA inspection and compliance (US)
  • Workplace Privacy
  • Human Rights

Kristofor is a partner with Lindner & Marsack, S.C., and represents employers in various labor and employment law matters in state and federal courts and administrative forums. These matters include employment discrimination claims, wage and hour issues, unemployment claims, Family and Medical Leave Act and disability claims, disputes arising under the National Labor Relations Act, and other labor-related matters such as collective bargaining and arbitration. He also counsels employers on compliance with laws and regulations impacting the workplace and have experience drafting and developing employee handbooks, non-compete and non-solicitation agreements, and employment contracts. Kristofor frequently represents public employers and, thus, has considerable experience related to open meeting and public records laws. He often speaks on various employment related topics and am engaged with local and national human resources organizations.

Practice Specialties

  • Employment Litigation Defense
  • Discrimination/Human rights
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Wrongful discharge/Wrongful dismissal
  • Class, collective and representative actions (defense of)
  • EEOC/EEO investigations
  • FMLA
  • Retaliation/Whistleblower claims
  • Internal complaint investigations
  • Wage and hour/FLSA defense/Employment standards
  • Responses to administrative agency charges
  • Employment Counseling and Advice
  • Supervisor and harassment/violence training
  • Handbook Review
  • Leave laws
  • Personnel policies
  • WARN Act/Plant closings/RIF Planning
  • Labor Unions/Labor Relations
  • Supervisor training
  • Arbitration
  • NLRB/Labor Relations Board Proceedings
  • Employment Contracts and Litigation
  • Non-compete/non-solicit agreements
  • Confidentiality and trade secret agreements
  • Trade secrets and non-compete agreements
  • Termination provisions (statutory requirements and reasonable notice)
  • Defamation

Justice Holmes said the life of the law is not logic, but experience. With more than fifty years in the practice, Mr. Levy’s experience in all aspects of labor and employment law, employee benefits, and specialty litigation has taught him the values of scholarship, detail, and strategy. As an attorney, a pension fund administrator, and a professor he has developed skills and judgment; understanding the dynamics of labor law and the interests of management allows him to appreciate and accomplish a client's needs and goals efficiently and economically. We may learn logic in school, but we gain judgment from significant experiences.

Practice Specialties

  • Employment Litigation Defense
  • Discrimination/Human rights
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Wrongful discharge/Wrongful dismissal
  • Class, collective and representative actions (defense of)
  • EEOC/EEO investigations
  • Class actions
  • Employment Counseling and Advice
  • Personnel policies
  • Labor Unions/Labor Relations
  • Collective bargaining
  • Arbitration
  • Mediation
  • NLRB/Labor Relations Board Proceedings
  • Unfair labor practices
  • Construction labor relations
  • Strikes and lockouts (planning and related court and board litigation)
  • Employment Contracts and Litigation
  • Pension, benefit and bonus provisions
  • Employee Benefits and Compensation
  • Employee benefits
  • ERISA

Mr. Mackenzie, President of the firm’s Board of Directors, has extensive experience in labor and employment law. He serves as chief spokesman in contract negotiations; assists in contract administration and grievance handling; handles arbitration cases; and consults to devise and assist in the successful implementation of strategies for outsourcing, work transfer, team building, gainsharing and novel approaches to other tough issues in collective bargaining and arbitration. He provides ongoing advice on a broad range of topics for union and non-union employers, minimizing risk relative to labor and employment laws. He is recognized by Chambers USA, Best Lawyers in America, and Wisconsin Super Lawyer. Mr. Mackenzie conducts management workshops and supervisory training on personnel management and labor law issues for clients and organizations. His collective bargaining seminars through the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's School of Continuing Education are attended by management throughout the country.

Practice Specialties

  • Employment Litigation Defense
  • Discrimination/Human rights
  • Sexual Harassment
  • EEOC/EEO investigations
  • Internal complaint investigations
  • Responses to administrative agency charges
  • Employment Counseling and Advice
  • Supervisor and harassment/violence training
  • Handbook Review
  • Compliance/Compliance audits
  • Personnel policies
  • WARN Act/Plant closings/RIF Planning
  • Labor Unions/Labor Relations
  • Employment Contracts and Litigation
  • Executive employment agreements (including change of control)
  • Termination provisions (statutory requirements and reasonable notice)
  • Pension, benefit and bonus provisions
  • Workplace Privacy

Daniel Pedriana received his law degree from the University of Wyoming College of Law and his undergraduate Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Prior to joining Lindner & Marsack, S.C., Attorney Pedriana was an in-house attorney for a major insurance company defending property damage, personal injury, and worker’s compensation claims. His current practice focuses on defending worker's compensation claims for the insurance industry and self-insured employers. He also handles related employment and subrogation issues frequently. Mr. Pedriana lectures and speaks on worker’s compensation law in Wisconsin and throughout the country.

Practice Specialties

  • Employment Litigation Defense
  • Wrongful discharge/Wrongful dismissal
  • Occupational Health and Safety
  • OSHA inspection and compliance (US)
  • Workers Compensation

Ms. Petersen is on the firm’s Board of Directors. Her labor and employment law experience covers a broad spectrum of matters for diverse business organizations in a range of industries. Her partnership with a variety of organizations involving a range of issues has prepared her to understand and support her client's business by counseling a strategy that fits the client's goals and philosophy.  While Ms. Petersen has extensive experience litigating matters, when possible she engages the client proactively in identifying litigation risks and developing prevention processes to avoid costly litigation. Ms. Petersen has developed training programs, frequently lectures, and taught at Marquette University Law School.

Practice Specialties

  • Employment Litigation Defense
  • Employment Counseling and Advice
  • Employment Contracts and Litigation
  • Defamation
  • Occupational Health and Safety
  • OSHA inspection and compliance (US)
  • Workplace Privacy
  • Human Rights
  • Immigration

Sally Piefer represents employers in all aspects of employment relations, with special emphasis in employment litigation, employment counseling and employee/supervisor training. Sally's litigation practice has involved representing and defending employers in employment discrimination, wage & hour, contract, non-compete and other litigation matters before federal and state courts and administrative agencies. Sally also assists clients in pre-litigation planning and litigation avoidance, and regularly updates employers on new regulatory and case law decisions which could affect the clients she serves. Sally assists employers with non-compete and confidentiality agreements, employee handbooks, employment agreements and separation agreements. Sally has an extensive background in employment law and is frequently asked to present on employment-related topics with a variety of organizations throughout southeastern Wisconsin.

Practice Specialties

  • Employment Litigation Defense
  • Discrimination/Human rights
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Wrongful discharge/Wrongful dismissal
  • EEOC/EEO investigations
  • FMLA
  • Retaliation/Whistleblower claims
  • Internal complaint investigations
  • Wage and hour/FLSA defense/Employment standards
  • Responses to administrative agency charges
  • Employment Counseling and Advice
  • Supervisor and harassment/violence training
  • Handbook Review
  • Compliance/Compliance audits
  • Leave laws
  • Personnel policies
  • Wage and hour audits
  • WARN Act/Plant closings/RIF Planning
  • Employment Contracts and Litigation
  • Non-compete/non-solicit agreements
  • Confidentiality and trade secret agreements
  • Trade secrets and non-compete agreements
  • Executive employment agreements (including change of control)
  • Termination provisions (statutory requirements and reasonable notice)
  • Defamation
  • Occupational Health and Safety
  • OSHA inspection and compliance (US)
  • Employee Benefits and Compensation
  • Executive compensation
  • Workplace Privacy

Chelsie D. Springstead is a partner with the law firm of Lindner & Marsack, S.C. Ms. Springstead’s current legal practice is focused on defending worker's compensation claims for the insurance industry and self-insured employers, along with handling subrogation and Medicare issues.

Practice Specialties

  • Workers Compensation

Melissa M. Stone is a Partner with the law firm of Lindner & Marsack, S.C. Ms. Stone's practice is solely dedicated to defending workers' compensation claims for the insurance industry and self-insured employers, including § 102.29 Wis. Stats. subrogation cases. Ms. Stone is a frequent lecturer and presenter on worker's compensation law topics in Wisconsin. Ms. Stone received her law degree from Marquette University Law School.

Practice Specialties

  • Workers Compensation

Jonathan T. Swain is a member of the Board of Directors of Lindner & Marsack, S.C. Mr. Swain devotes his legal practice to representing management in labor and employment law issues in both the public and private sector. He consults with clients concerning all aspects of labor management relations including union related strategies, contract negotiations and contract administration, including acting as chief spokesperson at the bargaining table. Mr. Swain represents employers in the area of individual rights and responsibilities in the workplace with particular emphasis on employment discrimination, including sex discrimination, sexual harassment, ADA, FMLA and ADEA matters.

Practice Specialties

  • Employment Counseling and Advice
  • Supervisor and harassment/violence training
  • WARN Act/Plant closings/RIF Planning
  • Wage and hour audits
  • Personnel policies
  • Leave laws
  • Compliance/Compliance audits
  • Handbook Review
  • Labor Unions/Labor Relations
  • Union avoidance and elections
  • Collective bargaining
  • Supervisor training
  • Arbitration
  • Mediation
  • NLRB/Labor Relations Board Proceedings
  • Unfair labor practices
  • Construction labor relations
  • Strikes and lockouts (planning and related court and board litigation)
  • Workplace Privacy
  • Human Rights

Oyvind Wistrom is an attorney and shareholder with the Milwaukee-based boutique labor and employment law firm of Lindner & Marsack, S.C. Mr. Wistrom’s practice is focused primarily on the litigation of employment claims, equal employment matters, and the development and oversight of personnel policies and procedures. Mr. Wistrom also devotes a significant portion of his practice to assisting and counseling companies in various employment matters, including discharge and discipline issues, non-compete and other employment contract matters, wage and hour disputes, worker’s compensation and family and medical leave issues, as well as individual rights and responsibilities in the workplace.

Practice Specialties

  • Employment Litigation Defense
  • Discrimination/Human rights
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Wrongful discharge/Wrongful dismissal
  • EEOC/EEO investigations
  • FMLA
  • Retaliation/Whistleblower claims
  • Internal complaint investigations
  • Wage and hour/FLSA defense/Employment standards
  • Responses to administrative agency charges
  • Employment Counseling and Advice
  • Supervisor and harassment/violence training
  • Handbook Review
  • Compliance/Compliance audits
  • Leave laws
  • Personnel policies
  • Wage and hour audits
  • WARN Act/Plant closings/RIF Planning
  • Employment Contracts and Litigation
  • Non-compete/non-solicit agreements
  • Confidentiality and trade secret agreements
  • Trade secrets and non-compete agreements
  • Executive employment agreements (including change of control)
  • Termination provisions (statutory requirements and reasonable notice)
  • Defamation
  • Workplace Privacy
  • Human Rights