Fred Gants, Retired Partner


Fred Gants was a member of the firm's Labor & Employment Practice Group. As a management lawyer, he had used his background and experience to represent companies in a variety of matters, including defense of discrimination complaints, employer counseling, traditional labor including collective bargaining and unfair labor practice charges, and representation on OSHA matters and citations. Fred had represented employers in courts and before state and federal agencies, including the National Labor Relations Board and Occupational Safety and Health Administration, across the country.

Past Representative Experience

  • Defense of a wholesale distributor before the Wisconsin Supreme Court, in which it was held that a terminated employee suing for breach of contract may not bring a lawsuit in tort for misrepresentation, and that a wrongful discharge lawsuit cannot be brought where an at-will employee is terminated for failing to sign a noncompete agreement.
  • Successful defense of an age discrimination claim for a large nonprofit organization.
  • Successful negotiation of collective bargaining agreements for employers that included significant production and profit incentives.
  • Successful representation of employer through 5-month strike and defense of numerous unfair labor practice charges.
  • Investigation of death and dismissal of OSHA citation.

Education and Honors

  • University of Chicago Law School (J.D., 1976)
  • Yale University (B.A., magna cum laude, 1972)

Bar Admissions

  • Wisconsin

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 2006
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit, 1988
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin, 1976

Professional and Civic Activities

  • State Bar of Wisconsin (Member: Former Member of Board of Directors, Labor and Employment Law Section)
  • American Bar Association (Member, Labor and Employment Law Section)
  • Dane County Bar Association (Former President)

Professional Recognition

  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® (2008–present: Employment Law – Management; Labor Law – Management; Litigation – Labor & Employment)
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Peer Review Rated
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