Christopher L. Nickels, Partner


Chris Nickels brings a practical approach to helping employers understand and navigate the technical and sometimes tricky confines of labor and employment law. Chris considers his client’s goals, resources and industry in determining which approach is best while recognizing that there are often business considerations beyond the discrete legal issues. He advises employers in a broad range of labor and employment law issues, including wage and hour compliance, discipline and discharge, leave and accommodation issues, employee policies and handbooks, reductions in force, among many others.

Chris also represents employers in complex workplace litigation concerning employment discrimination, wage/hour issues, whistleblower matters, wrongful discharge and many other areas of employment law. He has over a decade of litigation experience and is a member of the Firm’s class action defense team. Chris investigates, evaluates, and develops an effective litigation strategy within each client’s budget.

Chris frequently speaks on current employment law issues and provides on-site training to his clients. He is a member of the Firm’s Associate Policy Committee and has been recognized for his pro bono work and commitment to the community.

Legal Services

Education and Honors

  • Villanova University School of Law (J.D., magna cum laude, 2005)
    • Villanova Sports and Entertainment Law Journal (Managing Editor of Student Work)
    • Joseph R. Wenk Award for outstanding contribution to the Civil Justice Clinic
  • University of Wisconsin (B.S., with honors, 2001)
    • Study abroad: London, England (2000)

Bar Admissions

  • Wisconsin
  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois

Professional and Civic Activities

  • American Bar Association (Member)
  • Milwaukee Bar Association (Member)
  • Ronald McDonald House, Milwaukee (Member: Board of Directors)

Professional Recognition

  • State Bar of Wisconsin – Pro Bono Honor Society (2015)