Tamara B. Packard

Tamara B. Packard

Partner
Location:
Madison, Wisconsin
Phone:
608-807-0752
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Tamara B. Packard has been practicing law for more than 20 years, primarily in civil litigation and appeals, emphasizing employee rights and civil rights law. She is a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America. Tamara was named the Best Lawyers® 2017 "Lawyer of the Year," for Madison for "Appellate Practice," Best Lawyers® 2016 "Lawyer of the Year" for Madison for "Employment Law-Individuals," and a 2017 Leader in the Law by the Wisconsin Law Journal.  She is rated "AV Preeminent®" by Martindale-Hubbell, and appears in other top lawyer listings as well.

In addition to her litigation practice, Tamara negotiates employment contracts, separation agreements, and covenants not to compete (also called "non-competes" or "restrictive covenants") on behalf of employees, including corporate executives, medical care providers and biotech professionals. When negotiation over a previously entered into covenant not to compete is no longer an option, she litigates on behalf of her clients to void or limit the covenant with the goal of enabling them to pursue their chosen careers without interference.

Tamara represents licensed health care professionals in misconduct investigations and proceedings before Wisconsin’s licensing boards, including the Nursing, Veterinary Examining and Medical Examining Boards. She also assists recent law graduates and out-of-state attorneys who are having difficulty securing admission to the Wisconsin Bar.

An advocate for employees, Tamara handles gender, disability, and sexual orientation discrimination claims, as well as claims under the Federal and State wage and hours laws and Family Medical Leave Acts. She works with University of Wisconsin, State civil service, and other public sector employees who are under investigation, or have been disciplined or terminated. She also assists State employees to appeal discipline imposed without just cause through the grievance process and before the Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission (WERC).

Tamara’s federal and state court litigation and appellate practice includes representing businesses in commercial disputes and serving as local counsel in complex consumer and employment class action cases. She was part of the legal team that won an injunction against Wisconsin’s Voter ID law in 2012 and successfully defended Wisconsin’s Domestic Partnership Registry in 2011.

As an Adjunct Professor at the University of Wisconsin Law School between 2008 and 2013, Tamara taught courses on sexual orientation and the law. She is a founding board member of the Fair Wisconsin Education Fund, and served as its President for the 2006-2007 term. She is committed to equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, and to that end has performed pro bono legal work for Lambda Legal Defense Fund, National Center for Lesbian Rights, the ACLU, and Fair Wisconsin.

Education

  • University of Wisconsin Law School, Madison, Wisconsin
    • J.D. 1994
    • National Assn. of Women Lawyers Outstanding Woman Law Graduate
    • Wisconsin Women’s Law Journal, Co-Editor-in-Chief, 1993 - 1994
  • Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio
    • B.A. 1990, English

Honors and Awards

  • Law and Politics "Rising Star" 2006-2007
  • Wisconsin Law Journal "Outstanding Woman in the Law" 2010
  • Law and Politics "Super Lawyer" 2010-2016 (Employment & Labor category)
  • Best Lawyers in America 2011-2017 (Appellate Practice, Employment Law-Individuals, Litigation-Labor & Employment categories)
  • Best Lawyers in America 2017 Lawyer of the Year, Madison, Appellate Practice
  • Best Lawyers in America 2016 Lawyer of the Year, Madison, Employment Law - Individuals
  • Wisconsin Law Journal "Leader in the Law" 2017

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Litigation Counsel of America, Fellow
  • American Inns of Court, Master, James E. Doyle Chapter
  • Legal Association for Women
  • Dane County Bar Association
  • State Bar of Wisconsin, Labor and Employment Section
  • State Bar of Wisconsin, Litigation Section
  • State Bar of Wisconsin, Appellate Section
  • Wisconsin Employment Lawyers Association
  • National Employment Lawyers Association

Areas of Practice

  • Employment
  • Civil Litigation and Appeals
  • Civil Rights
  • Labor

Litigation Percentage

  • 75% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Wisconsin, 1994
  • Michigan, 1995
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Wisconsin, 2001
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Wisconsin, 1994
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan, 1996
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, 2000

Education

  • University of Wisconsin Law School, Madison, Wisconsin
    • J.D. - 1994
    • Honors: National Assn. of Women Lawyers Outstanding Woman Law Graduate
    • Law Journal: Wisconsin Women's Law Journal, Co-Editor-in-Chief, 1993 - 1994
  • Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio
    • B.A. - 1990
    • Major: English

Published Works

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution in a New Health Care System, Ohio St. J. on Disp. Resol., 10, 1994

Representative Clients

  • Licensed Professionals
  • University and Other Public Sector Employees
  • Hourly Workers

Classes/Seminars

  • Prep. a Case for Civil Trial, Lawyering Skills, University of Wisconsin Law School, 2008 - Present
  • Sexual Orientation and the Law, University of Wisconsin Law School, 2009 - 2013

Honors and Awards

  • Law and Politics "Rising Star", 2006 - 2007
  • Wisconsin Law Journal "Outstanding Woman in the Law", 2010
  • Law and Politics "Super Lawyer", 2010 - 2014
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2011 - 2014

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Inns of Court, Executive Committee, James E. Doyle Chapter, 2008 - 2013
  • American Inns of Court, Master, James E. Doyle Chapter
  • Legal Association for Women
  • Dane County Bar Association
  • State Bar of Wisconsin, Labor and Employment Section
  • State Bar of Wisconsin, Litigation Section
  • State Bar of Wisconsin, Appellate Section
  • Litigation Counsel of America, Fellow
  • Wisconsin Employment Lawyers Association
  • National Employment Lawyers Association

Pro Bono Activities

  • Fair Wisconsin
  • AIDS Network
  • ACLU of Wisconsin Foundation