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    Michael R. Fox

    Managing Partner

    Mr. Fox has been consistently recognized, not only as an outstanding trial lawyer, but as a teacher of trial practice. His record of success in trials has led to hundreds of settlements that allowed his clients to recover financially with dignity and without requiring a public trial. He was described by a noted colleague in the media as the “father of the civil rights jury trial” and promoted by the Minnesota State Bar as one of three national “stars of the plaintiff’s bar” repeatedly invited to address its annual Midwestern Employment Law Institute.

    Mr. Fox’s clients have retained him, often on a contingency fee basis, to successfully litigate cases in both state and federal courts involving constitutional issues, employment disputes, whistleblower/retaliation complaints, personal injury, legal malpractice, intellectual property, business disputes, insurance bad faith, breaches of fiduciary duty, securities and class actions. Recent cases include:

    • $2.3 million recovery in a police shooting of young musician (news coverage)
    • $1 million recovery plus reinstatement recovery for a high profile Illinois police chief in a retaliation case (news coverage)
    • $1 million recovery plus reinstatement for a terminated college professor (news coverage)
    • $2 million plus recovery in a will contest disputing right to and value of prize real estate
    • $1.3 million recovery and apology in a jail death case (news coverage)
    • $5.9 million recovery in an intellectual property/trade secret dispute
    • $3.7 million recovery in a wage and hour class action/retaliation dispute (news coverage)
    • $2.35 million recovery in a whistleblower case
    • Litigated to successful settlement or jury verdict in excess of 350 cases involving some aspect of civil rights, personal injury, business or employment law with more than 25 of those cases receiving substantial public attention and resulting in a recovery in excess of $1 Million

    Over 43 years Mr. Fox has been honored as a premier lawyer in publications such as Best Lawyers in America, Chambers U.S.A. (#1 plaintiff’s employment lawyer in Wisconsin), Law and Politics, Madison Magazine, the American Lawyer and U. S. News and World Report. He was elected a member of the Wisconsin chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates, the American College of Employment Lawyers, Litigation Counsel of America and the National Association of Trial Lawyers. He received The Wisconsin Law Journal’s 2012 “Leader in the Law” award and was twice recognized by Best Lawyers in America as the top employment lawyer in the Madison, Wisconsin area. In 2017 he was listed in U. S. News and World Report as one of the top 25 lawyers overall in the Madison Area. Mr. Fox has practiced primarily in Wisconsin and the Chicago metro area.

    Areas of Practice

    • Employment Disputes
    • Constitutional Rights
    • Business Litigation
    • Personal Injury
    • Fiduciary Breaches

    Bar Admissions

    • Wisconsin
    • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit
    • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Wisconsin
    • U.S. District Court Western District of Wisconsin


    • University of Wisconsin Law School, Madison, Wisconsin
    • St. Norbert College, De Pere, Wisconsin