Scope of Practice
Bell, Moore & Richter, S.C. provides employment and labor law consulting and litigation services. We take a proactive approach when consulting about employment policy development, enforcement, and the application of federal, state and local laws to an employer's business. We represent private and governmental employers in the defense of discrimination, retaliation and other employment claims.
- Defense of Discrimination, Retaliation and Other Employment Claims
Whether the employer is big or small, private or public, unionized or not, we can help. Our attorneys have experience before the Equal Rights Division, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Labor and Industry Review Comission and the courts. We understand the needs of employers and the plethora of challenges that arise when dealing with employee management. We can work with your business to effectively resolve disputes involving discrimination, retaliation, wage and hour claims, employment, collective bargaining, and employment contracts, to name a few.
- Policy Development and Training
Having solid, workable policies is the best way to limit employment and labor law disputes. We understand that no two employers are the same and cookie-cutter policies do not provide the best protection for most businesses. We draft policies that are employer-specific. Understanding, communicating, and applying employment policies are just as important as having them in the first place. Our attorneys can efficiently and effectively train your staff on your policies.
- Auditing Legal Compliance
Between federal law, state law, and local law, knowing which laws apply to your business can be difficult. Our attorneys can help you determine whether a certain law applies and how to ensure that your company is in compliance. In the event that you are not compliant, they can help you get there.
OSHA compliance is vitally important, not only to employees and the public, but to employers. OSHA infractions can lead to serious fines and even facility closure. Our attorneys can guide you through an investigation, settlement discussion, or appeal.
Seventh Circuit Acknowledges Unresolved Causation Standard Under ADA (State Bar of Wisconsin ) - Authored by Storm Larson
"The Seventh Circuit recently indicated an interest in addressing the standard of causation for disparate treatment claims under the ADA. Storm Larson discusses Seventh Circuit precedent and variations among other circuits on the issue." (Read More - Article by Storm Larson - March 9, 2021 - State Bar of Wisconsin)
Seventh Circuit Expands Associational Disability Discrimination During Pandemic. (State Bar of Wisconsin) - Authored by Storm Larson
"Associational disability discrimination happens when a covered employer discriminates against a nondisabled person for having a relationship with a person who has a disability." (Read More - Article by Storm Larson - December 2020 - State Bar of Wisconsin)
"Sex Discrimination Law: Old Problem, New Scrutiny" (Wisconsin Lawyer Magazine) - Co-Authored by Storm Larson
"An expository article which discusses the purposes, causes of action, defenses, and remedies available to Wisconsin parties under federal and state anti-discrimination in employment statutes.” (Read More - Article co-authored by Storm Larson - April 2020)
"Shelf Life: The Poisoner's Handbook" - book review by Melita M. Mullen
Melita Mullen (book review), Wisconsin Lawyers (December 2014). Read more about this book review by clicking on the link.
Due Process and the Involuntary Intoxication Defense (Wisconsin Lawyer Magazine) - Author: Storm B. Larson
Restoring the voluntary intoxication defense in Wisconsin would help promote due process without making it likely that defendants would evade responsibility for committing crimes for which intent is an element. (Read more - Article by Storm B. Larson)
Wisconsin Defense Counsel Receives the 2017 Rudolph A. Janata Award
The Rudolph A. Janata Award was presented at the DRI Annual Meeting in Chicago on October 5, 2017. (Read more)
David McFarlane - Fellowship in the American College of Trial Attorneys
Bell, Moore & Richter is very pleased to announce that on September 16, 2016, David McFarlane was sworn in as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Attorneys at its annual meeting in Philadelphia.
David G. Ress Recognized as a 2016 "Up and Coming" Lawyer
David G. Ress has been recognized by the Wisconsin Law Journal as a 2016 "Up and Coming" Lawyer (Read more).