Strang, Patteson, Renning, Lewis & Lacy, s.c. provides our clients with personalized and practical business and legal advice. Our attorneys will work closely with you to face the strategic challenges that face you and your business. With offices in Green Bay, Madison and Oshkosh, we are able to service clients throughout Wisconsin.
We provide services in the following areas:
- Business organization, planning and transactions
- Purchase and sale of businesses
- Contract negotiation, preparation and review
- Creditor rights and collection of debt
- Employment and labor law matters and litigation
- Employee handbooks and policies
- Non-competition and confidentiality agreements and disputes
- Health care law
- Real estate and construction
At Strang, Patteson, Renning, Lewis & Lacy, we believe that educational institutions are of critical importance to Wisconsin and to society as a whole.
That’s why our school and higher education law practice is a priority for our firm and why our firm’s infrastructure is specifically designed to serve Wisconsin’s educational institutions. We’re committed to providing everything that school district, higher education, and educational organizations need. Our attorneys include some of the leading school and higher education practitioners in Wisconsin and we bring an unsurpassed level of collective experience to bear on behalf of all our education clients, including public school districts, technical colleges, and other educational institutions and organizations.
We understand that school districts, technical colleges, and other Wisconsin educational institutions and organizations are focused on teaching and learning, helping children and adults prepare to further their education, to be ready for jobs and careers, and to be responsible, contributing citizens of our state. But we also know that school districts, technical colleges, public and private colleges and universities, and other educational organizations and institutions are often multifaceted and complex: they can be governmental bodies, workplaces, financial institutions, social services agencies, and educational institutions all at the same time. As a result, they need law firms with legal services and skills that are aligned with who they are.
We provide services in the full range of issues that school and higher education institutions clients confront, including:
- General School Law
- Labor and Employment
- Open Meetings and Public Records
- Teacher and Administrator Contracts
- Employee Benefits
- Construction and Real Estate
- Pupil Services and Special Education
- Pupil Rights and Discipline
- Referendum and Elections Matters
- Constitutional Law
- Employment Litigation
- Pupil Transportation
- Course and Youth Options Programs
- Co-curricular and Athletic Codes
For us, education is a priority and our school and higher education practice is central to our firm’s identity. If you’re a school district, technical college, public or private college or university, or other educational institution, you can be confident that you don’t just matter at Strang, Patteson, Renning, Lewis & Lacy, s.c.: you’re a big part of why we’re here.
In an increasingly global market, U.S. employers recruit talented individuals for their specialized human resources needs from all over the world. Securing the services of such talent requires navigation of the complex and convoluted Federal Immigration law structure. Even employers who are not directly recruiting and sponsoring foreign-born employees are still affected by Federal Immigration laws through mandatory employment verification programs. Whether our clients need assistance in securing the services of international employee talent or in assuring compliance with hiring requirements applicable to all employers, we are fully equipped to assist employers in navigating the complex U.S. immigration laws.
We provide a full range of representation to employers in the following areas:
- Securing Temporary Employment Authorization
- H-1B, H-1B1 and E-3
- NAFTA Status
- Extraordinary Ability in the Arts and Sciences (O-1)
- Intra-company transfers (L-visas)
- Seasonal Workers (H-2B)
- International Trainee Programs (J-1 and H-3)
- Trade and Investor Visas (E-1 and E-2)
- Entertainers and athletes (P and Q visas)
- Permanent Immigration through Employment
- PERM Applications and BALCA Appeals
- Schedule A Occupations
- Special Handling PERM (post-secondary teachers)
- Extraordinary Ability in the Arts and Sciences
- Outstanding Researchers
- National Interest Waivers
- Multi-national corporate executives
- Employer Compliance
- Audit Representation (I-9 and Employer Sanctions)
- Unfair Immigration-Related Practices Defense
- Discrimination Defense (citizenship status)
- Services for Individuals
- Family-based immigration petitions
- Two-year foreign residence requirement waivers (J-1)
- Services for Employers of Physicians and other Health Care Employees
- H-1B and PERM applications
- National Interest Waivers
- Interested Government Agency/Conrad 30 J-1 Waivers and Transfers
- Hardship J-1 Waivers
- Extraordinary Ability (EB-1) petitions
- Outstanding Researchers
For more information regarding our Immigration services, please contact Geoffrey Lacy.
Strang, Patteson, Renning, Lewis & Lacy, s.c., brings decades of collective experience in the full range of labor and employment relations issues to bear on behalf employers in the public and private sectors.
We emphasize counseling employers with proactive, practical advice to help our clients foster positive employer-employee relations and avoid costly and time-consuming litigation. Of course, we understand that disputes can’t always be avoided and, when necessary, our attorneys are well prepared and experienced in defending our clients’ interests in administrative, state, and federal forums.
Our team’s unsurpassed experience includes the following areas of Labor and Employment Law:
Public and Private Sector Labor Law
Our attorneys are experienced in every aspect of state and federal labor laws. We regularly participate in union contract negotiations, represent public employers before the Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission, represent private employers before the National Labor Relations Board, and advise union and non-union employers alike on their obligations under state and federal law. Our attorneys have represented employers in countless grievance and interest arbitration hearings, prohibited and unfair labor practice complaint cases, union elections, unit clarifications, declaratory judgment actions, strikes and work stoppages, and other labor-management disputes. We also have extensive experience with alternative dispute resolution procedures such as mediation and often can bring an end to labor disputes through negotiated solutions.
Employment Discrimination Law
Whether we are advising clients on how to navigate the complex tapestry of state and federal employment discrimination laws or actively defending our clients’ interests before the administrative agencies and courts that enforce them, our attorneys have the depth and breadth of experience to assist employers in any situation.
We regularly represent clients before the administrative agencies that handle discrimination claims, such as the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development-Equal Rights Division and the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission. We also provide clients with guidance on internal policy and handbook provisions to address harassment and workplace discrimination, investigative techniques and strategies, and management training to minimize claims of discrimination.
Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
The FLSA can be a confusing and often counterintuitive body of laws and regulations governing employee wages and hours. As a result, it is one of the single greatest sources of disputes and litigation in employment law.
Our attorneys are experienced in advising employers on these issues, assisting clients with compliance, and - if necessary - defending them in state or federal wage and hour audits or litigation. We make sure our clients understand the rules that determine whether employees should be paid on a salary or hourly basis, whether employees can be paid a salary or have to be paid on an hourly basis, whether employees are entitled to overtime, how overtime liability can be reduced, what counts as work time, and how to address other common concerns.
State and Federal Employment Laws
The general employment law landscape changes and expands almost every day, and there is no shortage of state and federal laws, rules, and regulations to which employers must adhere. Our attorneys are extremely knowledgeable in the full body of state and federal employment laws, including the state and federal Family and Medical Leave Acts, worker’s compensation laws, Wage and Hour regulations, unemployment compensation, workplace safety regulations, and other authority governing the relationship between employers and their employees. We regularly appear before the state and federal agencies that police these statutes and regulations, such as the Department of Labor, the Office of Civil Rights, the Department of Workforce Development, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and more.
Immigration Compliance and Employment
Our immigration practice provides experienced counsel on relevant immigration laws, processing all types of business immigration visas, representing clients in audits, and representing and counseling clients in all other aspects of immigration law compliance. Click for Additional Information
Restrictive Covenants (Non-Competes)
Wisconsin has very specific statutes and rules that govern the enforceability of restrictive covenants. A poorly drafted contract or one that is not tailored to the specific organization and/or industry can be difficult, if not impossible, to enforce, and can be more of a hazard than a benefit to the organization’s legal interests.
Our attorneys have represented employers both in enforcing and defeating restrictive covenants to protect their business interests. Our attorneys are also experienced in drafting restrictive covenants and in counseling employers on strategies they can use to maximize the benefit of restrictive covenants without turning them into a liability.
Compliance with state and federal laws often requires extensive fact-finding and investigation, but not every employer is equipped to investigate employment issues properly and sometimes an outside investigator is better for legal or practical reasons. Our attorneys are regularly commissioned to perform workplace investigations concerning alleged harassment or discrimination, workplace misbehavior, job performance issues, and off duty misconduct, to name only a few. We provide investigative reports that are prompt, detailed, understandable, and useable, and we stand behind our work when an investigation report need to be used to defend the employer’s chosen course of action.
Management and Supervisory Training
Legal compliance can’t be a purely reactive enterprise; employers need to make sure that their managers and supervisors are trained to counsel and correct, evaluate appropriately, and take proper action when required. Employers also need to develop their managers’ and supervisors’ human resources and employment relations acumen, so that they are as nimble at handling employee concerns as they are knowledgeable about the laws that apply to them.
Our attorneys are skilled trainers and inservice providers, with the background of attorneys who have seen the end result of good planning and bad. We provide presentations with reference materials, informal training sessions, and individualized programming to help our clients protect themselves and learn to be better managers and supervisors in the process.
Our litigation practice is geared to preventing and containing litigation for our clients, as well as managing litigation with our clients’ broader interests in mind. Clients want to avoid the expense, distraction, and time commitment that litigation can present, but recognize that litigation can be unavoidable and, in some instances, a necessary and even preferred course of action.
Most importantly, clients want any litigation strategy to be aligned with their goals and the needs of their enterprises. We understand this and approach litigation in a way that matches our clients’ more general goals and objectives. We can’t just win our clients’ cases. We also strive to make sure that - when the big picture is considered at the end of the day--our clients feel like they’ve won too.
So we’ve tailored our practice protocols, case management, and litigation partnerships to our clients’ needs and bring special expertise to disputes that public and private employers confront. Our work for our clients includes:
We represent clients in a variety of settings where employers stand accused of unlawful discrimination. These include alleged discrimination based on union activities, discrimination based on protected classifications, such as age, race, or gender, family and medical leave, or disability discrimination.
Governmental bodies and employers often confront litigation that concerns their status as public entities, and we bring a wealth of institutional experience to bear in their defense. We handle open meetings, public records, employee privacy, free speech, due process claims, and other disputes that are unique to our public clients with the unsurpassed knowledge base of a firm that advises public clients every day.
Protective labor statutes and regulations
Modern employment regulations are often managed by state and federal agencies, and many disputes must be litigated before agencies instead of courts. Our attorneys are skilled and experienced with representing clients in unemployment compensation, worker compensation, wage and hour, OSHA, family and medical leave, and other proceedings before state and federal agencies. We also understand the agencies’ culture and know the personnel that enforce these regulations on the government’s behalf.
Labor and employment contracts
Employment litigation is often generated by disputes over contracts, whether they are collective agreements, such as labor contracts, or individual employment agreements. Our attorneys recognize that successful litigation concerning labor or employment contracts requires a comprehensive understanding of contract law, labor agreements, and labor and employment law. We also bring the collective experience of attorneys that negotiate labor contracts and employment agreements to bear in representing clients in litigation, and know what matters to prove our case.
Discipline and discharge
Labor and employment litigation is often prompted by an employer’s decision to sanction or discharge an employee. Our attorneys combine the knowledge and skill of attorneys that assist clients with implementing these decisions every day with the experience and skills to represent clients over those decisions when an action is commenced. As a result, we manage discipline and discharge situations in a way that minimizes the likelihood that any litigation will ever develop but, when it does, we make sure that the body of evidence that supports our clients’ decisions also supports their cases.
Alternative dispute resolution
Labor and employment litigation is often addressed through alternative dispute resolution mechanisms, and our attorneys are experienced with the full range of ADR procedures. We routinely handle arbitration, mediation, and other alternative means of resolving disputes for our clients.
Strang, Patteson, Renning, Lewis & Lacy, s.c. provides an exceptional level of proficiency and professional knowledge in municipal law and related areas of practice. With extensive experience in the representation of municipal clients throughout Wisconsin, Strang, Patteson, Renning, Lewis & Lacy, s.c. assists counties, cities, villages and townships with a number of municipal law issues, including:
- Employee Relations
- Land Use Planning and Real Estate
- Municipal Utilities
- Economic Development
- Tax Increment Financing
- Intergovernmental Agreements
- Open Meeting/Public Records
- Ordinance and Charter Drafting
- Tax Appeals
- General Litigation
We work closely with public officials as they address the ever-changing challenges facing them. Our working relationships are sustained through great attention to detail and timely performance.
Whether as general counsel, bond counsel or as special counsel for specific projects or matters, the attorneys of Strang, Patteson, Renning, Lewis & Lacy, s.c. rely on their experience to provide their municipal clients with professional representation in all phases of municipal law.
Strang, Patteson, Renning, Lewis & Lacy, s.c. provides our clients with real estate services, providing personal attention to accomplish your goals of the transaction, including any related construction and other developments. With offices in Green Bay, Madison and Oshkosh, we are able to service clients throughout Wisconsin.
We provide services in the following areas:
- Preparation and review of offers to purchase and other purchase related documents
- Leases, easements and other agreements
- Construction agreements and disputes
- Adverse possession
- Title issues
- Approval process regarding governmental authorities
- Closing the transaction
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We are also focused on providing legal services in other areas that our clients need, such as real estate, general business law, creditor’s rights, and business litigation.
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