Overview

Laura A. Lindner is an experienced trial attorney. Most recently, in the year between February 2017 and February 2018, she was lead counsel in four jury trials, all of which resulted in complete defense verdicts. The trials were in federal courts in Chicago, Wisconsin, and Arizona, and in state court in Ohio. The trial in Arizona was the first multiplaintiff trial in cases pending across the country challenging the status of independent contractors seeking millions of dollars in overtime pay.

Laura also recently argued a case to the Wisconsin Supreme Court, which in June 2018 reversed a long-standing precedent unfavorable to employers in cases arising under the disability discrimination provisions of the Wisconsin Fair Employment Act.   

Laura represents employers in a wide range of labor and employment matters and focuses her practice on employment and benefits litigation, discrimination, harassment, and retaliation under federal, state and local anti-discrimination laws. She also handles claims under:

  • Title VII
  • The Americans with Disabilities Act
  • The Age Discrimination in Employment Act
  • The Family and Medical Leave Act
  • The Fair Labor Standards Act
  • The Employee Retirement Income Security Act
  • The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act
  • Wisconsin and Illinois state fair employment and leave acts

She represents clients in state and federal courts, as well as before federal, state, and municipal administrative agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. She also has defended employers in labor arbitrations.

Laura has served as lead counsel in class and collective actions and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission pattern and practice suits. Some of her notable litigation successes have included the defense of FMLA interference and retaliation cases, age and gender discrimination claims, including class action claims, and sexual harassment and battery claims. In addition, Laura handles state tort, breach-of-contract, non-compete, and trade secret claims. She also counsels employers on:

  • Litigation strategy and avoidance
  • Class action avoidance strategies
  • Conducting investigations of harassment and other employee misconduct
  • Leaves of absence and accommodation issues
  • Discrimination and harassment issues

Most commonly, Laura works with clients in the following industries:

  • Telecommunications
  • Manufacturing
  • Retail
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Healthcare
  • Printing

Laura was named the 2012 “Up & Coming Employment Lawyer of the Year” by Chambers USA, the leading publisher of legal guides throughout the world. Lindner received the award at the Women in Law Awards ceremony honoring outstanding females in the U.S. legal community. Winners were selected based on rankings from corporate counsel throughout the U.S.

Laura was the first litigation shareholder in Littler Mendelson's Milwaukee office. Prior to joining the firm, she was a shareholder and member of the board of directors at other firms. She was also senior counsel at a global telecommunications company where she handled employment and benefits litigation for the Midwest Region.

Professional & Community Affiliations

Member, Board of Directors

YWCA of Greater Milwaukee

2005-2010, (Board Chair 2006-2009), 2017-present

Member, Board of Directors

Renaissance Theaterworks

2013-2018, (Board Chair 2015-2018)

Member

EEO Committee, Labor and Employment Law Section

American Bar Association

Member

Tempo Milwaukee

2005-2011

Member

Employment Practices Committee

Human Resources Management Association

2007-2010

Recognition

Named, The Best Lawyers in America©

2012-2019

Named, America's Leading Lawyers for Business

Chambers USA

2012-2019

Awarded, Client Choice Award

International Law Office

2013

Named, Up-and-Coming Individual

Chambers and Partners

2011

Named, Super Lawyer

Wisconsin

Super Lawyers

2009-2018

Named, Rising Star

Wisconsin

Super Lawyers

2006 and 2007

Order of the Coif

News, Analysis & Press

Computer Fraud and Abuse Act: An Increasingly Potent Weapon Against Disloyal Employees

Employment and Labor Relations Law - ABA Litigation Section

2007

Forced Ranking of Employees: Assessing the Legal Risks

ACCA Docket

March 2003

Books & Book Chapters

  • EEOC Litigation and Charge Resolution, Bloomberg BNA, Contributing Author, 2005
  • Employment Discrimination Law, Labor and Employment Law Section - American Bar Association, 2002 Supplement, Contributing Author, 2002
  • The Family and Medical Leave Act, Bloomberg BNA, Contributing Author, 2007-2009

Speaking Engagements

Ethical Issues for In-House Counsel: “What Do You Mean It’s Not Privileged?”

Annual Sponsorship Event - Association of Corporate Counsel, Wisconsin Chapter

July 26, 2016

Littler’s 8th Annual Brewers Briefing 2018

Milwaukee, WI

July 25, 2018

The # Wave Rolls On: How Thought Leaders Are Riding It Like Pros

Annual Sponsorship Event - Association of Corporate Counsel, Wisconsin Chapter

June 20, 2018

Littler’s 7th Annual Brewers Briefing 2017

Milwaukee, WI

September 12, 2017
Littler’s 6th Annual Brewers Briefing 2016

Milwaukee, WI

September 7, 2016

The Great Arbitration Debate

Littler Mendelson, Milwaukee, WI

September 9, 2014

A Fresh Perspective: Overcoming Paralysis in Dealing With Changes in the ADA, FMLA, and GINA

Annual Conference and Member Meeting - Association of Corporate Counsel, Wisconsin Chapter

May 19, 2011

"What's Hot, What's Not: Ten Labor and Employment Trends to Watch in 2010"

Annual Conference and Member Meeting - Association of Corporate Counsel, Wisconsin Chapter

May 20, 2010

Managing Compliance and Risk Under New Federal and State Labor and Employment Legislation

Association of Corporate Counsel, Wisconsin Chapter

May 14, 2009

The Most Frequent Mistakes of North American Employers Doing Business in Europe

Worklaw ® Network International Webinar

February 24, 2009

A Legal Workout: Twists & Turns of Harassment, Discipline and Disability Issues

Wisconsin State Conference - SHRM

October 16, 2008

Employment Law from A to Z in Wisconsin," presented case law update on employers' obligation to accommodate disabilities under the ADA and WFEA

Lorman Education Services and Milwaukee Bar Association

2005-2008

Litigating the Class Action Wage and Hour Case

National Business Institute

September 25, 2006

Pattern and Practice Litigation in Harassment Cases

Midwinter Meeting of EEO Committee, Section of Labor & Employment Law - American Bar Association

2002

Education

  • J.D., University of Wisconsin Law School, 1993cum laude
  • B.A., University of Notre Dame, 1990summa cum laude

Bar Admission

Wisconsin
Illinois

Courts

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of New York