Mallery & Zimmerman Ranked In “Best Law Firms”

Mallery & Zimmerman is pleased to announce that the firm is included in the “Best Law Firms” rankings (10th Edition) announced by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers.  M&Z is ranked Metropolitan-Milwaukee Tier 1 in Real Estate Law, Tier 2 in Commercial Litigation and Litigation-Securities, and Tier 3 in Litigation-Antitrust and Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law.   M&Z has been recognized as a Best Law Firm every year the rankings have existed.  You can read the U.S. News & World Report official press release here.

Maggie Seifert Joins Mallery & Zimmerman

Maggie Seifert has joined Mallery & Zimmerman, S.C. as an attorney on the firm’s Real Estate team.  Maggie represents clients in a wide variety of areas including the purchase, sale, leasing, development and financing of commercial real estate.  Prior to joining the firm, Maggie worked for a local title insurance company assisting commercial clients on title and closing issues.  She also previously worked as claims counsel for a national title insurance company managing title and escrow litigation.

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Shauna Manion Joins Mallery & Zimmerman

Mallery & Zimmerman, S.C. is pleased to announce that Shauna Manion has joined the firm as an associate in the Milwaukee office.   Shauna has represented clients in a wide variety of civil matters, including matters of corporate control, covenants not to compete, corporate governance, statutory and contractual disputes, and breach of fiduciary duties.  She also has trial experience representing clients in the defense of shareholder claims, contract disputes and felony charges.  Shauna was named a Rising Star in 2018 by Wisconsin Super Lawyers and an Up and Coming Lawyer in 2018 by the Wisconsin Law Journal.

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Another Award for Sherman Phoenix

The Milwaukee Business Journal recently named the Sherman Phoenix project “Best Neighborhood Impact” as part of its annual Real Estate Awards.  The project was developed by Sherman Park LLC, which is a collaboration between developer Juli Kaufmann and business owner Joanne Johnson-Sabir.  Sherman Park redeveloped a former bank branch in the Sherman Park Neighborhood of Milwaukee into a commercial and neighborhood center offering high-quality space for small businesses-of-color offering diverse foods, wellness services and cultural activities.  The project includes community space to curate art exhibits, film showings and cultural events.  Mallery & Zimmerman is proud to have acted as lead counsel for this truly transformative project.

You can find additional information regarding the Sherman Phoenix project here.

Andrew Frank and Anne Plichta Join Mallery & Zimmerman

Mallery & Zimmerman, S.C. is pleased to announce that Andrew G. Frank and Anne M. Plichta have joined the firm as shareholders in the Milwaukee office.  Andy and Anne add substantial, quality experience to the firm’s growing litigation practice, ensuring that the firm can provide its clients with the best possible representation.

Andy has substantial experience defending national and international manufacturers, automobile manufacturers and other companies from products liability claims, prosecuting and defending large-scale construction defect cases and defending trucking and bus companies in accident cases. He also has substantial experience in securities litigation and general commercial litigation. Andy is a graduate of Miami (of Ohio) University and the University of Wisconsin Law School.

Anne has substantial experience in general commercial litigation, UCC/contract disputes, media and defamation law and litigation involving construction/real estate, insurance, probate and shareholder/partnership disputes. She is a certified mediator. Anne is a graduate of Harvard College and Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law.

Please join M&Z in welcoming Andy and Anne.

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What to do When an Employee Sues Your Company

No matter how compliant and good intentioned a company may be with its legal obligations, it does not eliminate the possibility that a disgruntled employee will file a discrimination claim against the company.  It is important to rationally approach the situation and the following steps are recommended to minimize the company’s exposure.

  1. First and foremost, the company should create an organized response with a single person in charge of overseeing the response.
  1. It is critical to immediately identify all relative documents whether those are paper or digital. Once these documents have been identified, the company should make sure they are secured and preserved for future use.
  1. Under no circumstances should the company take any action against the employee if that employee is still currently with the company. The law prohibits retaliating against employees who have engaged in protected activity.  The worst thing the company can do is to take what might have been a meritless claim and turn it into a real problem by retaliating against the employee.
  1. The company should also check to see if it has employment practices liability insurance. If so, a timely claim should be filed.  If the policy allows the company to select its own attorneys, it should do so as soon as possible.

If the company does not have insurance, it should immediately obtain experienced counsel to help it through the process.  There are many nuances in defending employment claims that an unexperienced attorney or lay person will not have the necessary expertise to handle appropriately.

  1. Finally, it is important to insulate the claim as much as possible from the workforce. Steps should be taken to make sure that communications regarding the claim be privileged and confidential.  The matter should not be openly discussed in front of other coworkers unless they are witnesses and have a meaningful need to participate in the defense.

If you have any questions about this article, please contact its author, Mark Sauer, at 715-845-8234 or msauer@mzattys.com.

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Scott Wagner Joins Mallery & Zimmerman

Mallery & Zimmerman, S.C. is pleased to announce that K. Scott Wagner has joined the firm as a shareholder in the Milwaukee office.  Scott has over 29 years of experience successfully representing clients in highly complex commercial litigation, including shareholder disputes and derivative actions, contract disputes, and class actions involving anti-trust, securities fraud and breaches of fiduciary duties by majority shareholders.  Scott is annually listed in The Best Lawyers in America and SuperLawyers.  Scott’s significant litigation experience is a welcome addition to the firm’s established litigation and business/corporate practices, enhancing the firm’s ability to provide clients with superior legal services.  Please join M&Z in welcoming Scott.

An attorney page and formal biography for Scott will follow shortly.  You may contact Scott at 414-727-6270 or swagner@mzmilw.com.

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Rezoning Protest Petitions Under State Law Become a Thing of the Past as of January 1, 2019

As of January 1, 2019, rezoning protest petitions for cities will become a thing of the past, at least as required by the Wisconsin Statutes. 2017 Wisconsin Act 67 eliminated the statutory rezoning protest petition provisions. Read More… “Rezoning Protest Petitions Under State Law Become a Thing of the Past as of January 1, 2019″

The Rules of Attraction: Do Employers Need Workplace Dating Policies?

In light of the recent spotlight on sexual harassment in the workplace, it is important for employers to think about the somewhat squeamish topic of workplace romance.  As long as employees interact with each other during the workday, there is always a chance that romantic relationships may develop.  This issue presents an interesting balancing act between respecting the privacy of employees and protecting an employer from legal liability.  Read More… “The Rules of Attraction: Do Employers Need Workplace Dating Policies?”