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Deborah A. Krukowski


Deborah Krukowski is of counsel to the Milwaukee office of Mallery & Zimmerman, S.C. where she is a member of the Human Resources Law Practice Group. Ms. Krukowski emphasizes her practice in the areas of litigation and investigations before the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development’s Equal Rights Division (ERD) and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and matters under Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), sexual harassment and general employment discrimination law. She successfully argued a motion for summary judgment to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals on the issue of race discrimination and retaliation for a large financial institution and has obtained summary judgment for her clients in the Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin. She also has successfully argued cases in the areas of contract disputes, violations of non-compete agreements, discrimination, retaliation, and harassment claims. Ms. Krukowski provides employee training in these areas as well and gives advice on employee handbooks and policies, wrongful discharge and social media. She provides employers with assistance in separation agreements and releases, and downsizing or plant closing planning. Further, Ms. Krukowski has enforced relocation contracts on behalf of employers throughout the United States. Her practice focuses on industries such as financial services, retail, insurance, foods and distribution, manufacturing, health care, cosmetology, salon and spa.

She presents seminars to employers on the subjects of FMLA, sexual harassment, retaliation, social media and electronic communication, constructive discharge, ADA, domestic partner benefits, workplace violence, employee privacy rights, employment releases, discipline and discharge, employee handbooks, and performance evaluations.

Upon graduation from law school, Ms. Krukowski worked on ADA and Title VII issues for the Legal Aid Society of Milwaukee. She continues to be involved in litigation before Wisconsin state agencies, Wisconsin state courts, federal district courts and the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. Ms. Krukowski was also involved in the creation of the Education and Mentoring Initiative, providing education and mentoring to girls, primarily in inner-city schools, who otherwise would not have exposure to professional women. She is actively involved in numerous professional and community organizations. Ms. Krukowski is a member of FUEL Milwaukee, Milwaukee Women’s Inc., Femfessionals, and the Association for Women Lawyers, is a board member of Westown Association, and is vice president and a board member of the Social Development Foundation.

She earned her B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and her J.D. from Marquette University Law School.

Admitted To Practice

  • • State of Wisconsin


  • • B.A., University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

  • • J.D., Marquette University