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Aaron J. Graf

Milwaukee

Aaron believes that the risk of labor and employment liability can be mitigated with a proactive approach including training and policy development. He uses his extensive knowledge of labor and employment law and his human resources expertise to help businesses comply with the law, develop comprehensive policies and adopt best practices. Despite a company’s best efforts, litigation may arise and, if so, Aaron also has experience in handling labor and employment litigation and general litigation and has a record of achieving outstanding results for clients in both state and federal courts.

Aaron has helped clients with labor and employment matters from large national restaurant and retail chains to small local businesses.  While he focuses his practice in Wisconsin, he has represented clients in matters in Illinois, Indiana, Tennessee, Iowa, Minnesota, and Texas.  He has provided training to human resources staff, has handled dozens of administrative proceedings at the state level and has achieved summary judgment for clients on numerous occasions at the state and federal levels.  Aaron also has experience seeking and defending appeals before the Wisconsin Court of Appeals, Wisconsin Supreme Court and Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

Admitted To Practice

  • • State of Wisconsin

  • • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin

  • • U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin

Areas of Practice

Professional Activities / Community Involvement

  • • Selected for inclusion in the Rising Star List in 2014 and 2015, Super Lawyers Magazine

  • • Professional in Human Resources (PHR), Human Resources Certification Institute, December 2010

  • • Author, "Avoiding and Defending Claims of Cat's Paw Liability in Employment Discrimination Cases," Wisconsin Civil Trial Journal, Spring 2016

  • • Author, “Raising the Bar for Plaintiffs’ Complaints: The Wisconsin Supreme Court Adopts Twombly Heightened Pleading Standards in Data Key Partners," Wisconsin Civil Trial Journal, Spring 2015

  • • Author, “The Plaintiff Has Died, Who Must Be Notified?” Wisconsin Civil Trial Journal, Summer 2010

  • • Presenter, “Frac-Sand Mining: Moratoria, Advance Considerations and Defending the Inevitable Legal Challenge,” Wisconsin County Mutual Insurance Corporation’s 20th Annual Corporation Counsel/Defense Counsel Forum, September 2013

  • • Presenter. “Wisconsin Act 10 Update and Strategy,” Badger State Sheriffs’ Association Annual Conference, December 2012

  • • Presenter, “Wisconsin Employment Law Update,” 17th Annual Conference of the Southeastern Wisconsin Health Care Recruiters, May 2011

  • • Presenter, “Labor & Employment Law Update: What’s New – What’s Trending,” Wisconsin County Mutual Insurance Corporation’s 18th Annual Corporation Counsel/Defense Counsel Forum, September 2010

  • • Presenter, “Always Changing: Updates on the Open Meeting/Public Records Law,” Wisconsin County Mutual Insurance Corporation’s 18th Annual Corporation Counsel/Defense Counsel Forum, September 2010

Education

  • • B.A., Concordia University, 2004

  • • J.D., Marquette University, 2008