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Over the course of my career, I have counseled and represented clients in employment law matters, from basic consultative advice , handbooks, and policies, to federal court litigation.  My main practice areas include, but are not limited to:


  • Litigation Services

  • Business Consultation and Advice

  • Human Resources Consulting

  • Legal Compliance Consulting

  • Business and Risk Audits

  • Workplace Training

  • Employee Handbooks

  • Workplace Policies

  • Contracts

  • Non-Compete Agreements

  • Non-Soliciation Agreements

  • Confidentiality Agreements

  • Trade Secret Agreements

  • Restrictive Convenants

  • Hiring & Firing Best Practices

  • Employment Discrimination Claims

  • Workplace Harassment Claims

  • Retaliation Claims

  • Arrest and Conviction Record Discrimination Claims

  • Disability Discrimination Claims

  • FMLA Disputes and Compliance

  • Sexual Harassment Claims

  • Wrongful Discharge

  • Wage & Hour Disputes and Compliance

  • Severance Agreements


I have litigated cases in various forums within the State of Wisconsin and am admitted to practice before the Wisconsin Supreme Court, the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin, the Seventh Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court.  


I received my bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin- La Crosse and earned my Juris Doctorate from Marquette University Law School.  While in law school, I interned with the National Labor Relations Board, represented low income individuals through Marquette’s Unemployment Compensation Clinic, participated in the Labor and Employment Law Section of the American Bar Association’s Trial Advocacy Competition and was a Pro Bono Society honor recipient.  


Over the course of my entire legal career (even while clerking in law school),  my only area of focus has been employment law.  I do not and have not dabbled in other areas of the law.  Thus, I'm not just someone who knows "a bit" of employment law, it's all I know and that is to my client's benefit.


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Practice areas


  1. Employment: 100%
    9 years



Hourly ($225-275/hour), Fixed (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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  • Nicholas M. McLeod

    James is one of the good guys. He and I attended law school together, and I know he's very knowledgeable in employment law matters. I've noticed his comments on avvo, and he provides good free advise on this site. I endorse James.


    Nicholas McLeod Employment and labor Attorney
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  • Christopher J. MacGillis

    James is an exceptional lawyer. I have referred several friends and former clients to James. I understand that he successfully resolved the disputes. I endorse James.


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Contact info

Walcheske & Luzi, LLC

15850 West Bluemound Road
Suite 304
Brookfield, WI, 53005

4321 West College Avenue, Suite 200
Appleton, WI, 54915



WIGood Standing200803/27/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Rising StarThomson Reuters2015
Leading LawyersM Magazine2015
Top AttorneysThe Global Directory of Who's Who2015
Top 100 Trial LawyersThe National Trial Lawyers2015
Rising StarThomson Reuters2014
Leading LawyersM Magazine2014
Rising StarThomson Reuters2013
Top Contributor - Employment LawAvvo2012
Rising StarThomson Reuters2012
Pro Bono AwardMarquette University Law School2008
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Partner and Managing MemberWalcheske & Luzi, LLC2012 - Present
AssociateHeins Law Office LLC2009 - 2012
AssociateCarroll & McDonald, LLC2008 - 2009
Law ClerkCarroll & McDonald, LLC2007 - 2007
Law ClerkJeffrey Hynes & Associates, S.C.2006 - 2006
Association namePosition nameDuration
Ebenezer Child Care CentersBoard of Directors2014 - Present
National Employment Lawyers AssociationN/A2009 - Present
Young Lawyers AssociationN/A2008 - Present
Labor and Employment Law Section of the Wisconsin BarN/A2008 - Present
State Bar of WisconsinN/A2008 - Present
Wisconsin Employment Lawyers AssociationN/A2008 - Present
Civil Rights & Liberties Section of the Wisconsin State BarBoard Member2010 - 2014
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
DeGuelle v. Camilli, et. al, 2010 WL 1484236 (E.D. Wis. Apr. 12, 2010)Dismissed by District Judge, but overturned by the 7th Circuit (overturned the initial dismissal)
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Publication nameTitleDate
Wisconsin Employment Law BlogHolier Than Though: Religious Organizations Free to Discriminate2012
Wisconsin Employment Law BlogMore Holier Than Though: New Case Tests Limits of Ministerial Exception2012
Wisconsin Employment Law BlogIt's the Cola: Pepsi Settles Conviction Record Discrimination Suit2012
Wisconsin Employment Law BlogNew EEOC Guidance on Arrest & Conviction Records2012
Wisconsin Employment Law BlogArrest Record Discrimination in Wisconsin2012
Wisconsin Employment Law BlogNo Background Check Authorization, No Background Check for You!2012
Wisconsin Employment Law BlogConviction Record Discrimination under the Wisconsin Fair Employment Act2012
Wisconsin Employment Law Blog2 Wrongs Can Make an FMLA Right2012
Wisconsin Employment Law BlogThe NLRB Continues to Haunt Unsuspecting Employers2012
Wisconsin Employment Law BlogWorkplace Accommodations for Religion2012
Wisconsin Employment Law Blog5 Tips for Employers Receiving and Processing Religious Accommodation Requests2012
Wisconsin Employment Law BlogBasic FMLA Responsibilities for Employers2012
Wisconsin Employment Law BlogBackground Checks and the Fair Credit Reporting Act2012
Wisconsin Employment Law BlogProof Workplace Discrimination Can Happen to Anyone2012
Wisconsin Employment Law BlogQuick Facts about the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)2012
Wisconsin Employment Law BlogBackground Checks Can Lead to Employer Liability2012
Wisconsin Employment Law BlogThe Perils of Not Hiring an Employment Law Attorney2012
Wisconsin Employment Law BlogNo-Fault Attendance Policy Can Open Potential for Fault2012
Wisconsin Employment Law BlogThe National Labor Relations Board: Not Just for Unions Anymore2012
Wisconsin Employment Law BlogEmployment Law and The Supremes: A Supreme Court Preview2012
Wisconsin Employment Law BlogAn FMLA-Eligible, Ineligible Employee?2012
Wisconsin Employment Law BlogYay or Nay? Potential Certification Consequences Under the FMLA2012
Wisconsin Employment Law Blog12 Divided by 4 = Option 32012
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Marquette University Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor2007
University of Wisconsin, LaCrossePolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts2004
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
State Bar of Wisconsin, HLE ConferenceIntersection of the ADA, FMLA, and Worker's Comp2015
Business Improvement SeriesThe Hiring Process2015
State Bar WebinarNevermore: Employment Law and the Ray Rice Case2014
Administering the Family and Medical Leave Act in WisconsinIntersection between FMLA and Other Workplace Laws2014