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Maxwell Charles Livingston

Employment and labor Attorney at New Berlin, WI

4.7   15 reviews
  • State Years
    Wisconsin - WI 13 years
    California - CA 13 years
  • Licensed for 13 years
    State WI
    Acquired 2011
    Status
    Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 13 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2011
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Maxwell

Learn Maxwell’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Employment and labor
    39%
    We can all agree that labor and employment laws exist for good reason. People should be able to work reasonable hours in a safe work environment and get paid a fair wage for their efforts. Attorney Livingston will defend your rights. Call him today

    14 years, 10 cases

  2. Contracts and agreements
    25%

    14 years, 6 cases

  3. Business
    15%

    13 years, 5 cases

  4. Family
    15%

    13 years, 8 cases

  5. Bankruptcy and debt
    5%

    9 years, 10 cases

  6. Environmental and natural resources
    1%

    13 years, 1 case

Through my experiences, education and natural disposition, I am qualified and excited to help my many employment and business clients. I have immense respect for my clients and their wishes, and work hard to fulfill their needs and interests.

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Location

Law Offices of Maxwell Charles Livingston
16601 West Greenfield Ave
New Berlin, WI, 53151
Karp & Iancu S.C.
933 N. Mayfair Road, Suite 300
Milwaukee, WI, 53226
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Reviews

4.7 / 5.0
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Posted by Shannon | June 29, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
An Attorney that is incredibly knowledgeable and cares
I privately purchased a UTV that was deemed safe and without issue from marketplace. Upon receiving the UTV, I encountered a few questionable issues, I took it to a dealership to be checked out and found out it would cost me more to fix it than I paid for it, it was not safe and without issue as the seller informed me it was. I reached out to Attorney Livingston to see what my options were since I paid cash, there was no contract, and it was off FB Marketplace. Attorney Livingston went over some options with me, reviewed Wisconsin Statutes with me, and found that I was protected by law. I was able to return the UTV to the seller and get all my money back with no issue because of Attorney Livingston guidance. I appreciate Maxwell taking the time to discuss options with me and give me the confidence I needed to fight for what was right. This is the second time I've used Attorney Livingston law services, and the best thing about him outside of being incredibly knowledgeable and informative, is you can tell he cares...regardless of the size of case or the issue, I felt like what I was going through mattered to him. He will forever be my attorney of choice in any legal matter, and I would strongly recommend him!
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Posted by anonymous | November 1, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
COMPASIONATE AND KNOWLEDGABLE
Attorney Livingston was very helpful and timely in his responses. He is very polite and knowledgeable. I was glad he let me know that my case was beyond its time-frame. He was friendly and had a true understanding of my case.
Posted by anonymous | January 26, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Verified Review Avvo verified that the reviewer consulted or engaged this lawyer
Family advice session
I appreciated the immediate response and legal advice. I was able to feel knowledgeable about my legal rights and potential legal action about my issue and with just that I was able to accomplish my goal!
Posted by anonymous | January 13, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
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Employment & Labor advice session
The attorney called me shortly after I submitted the request . He listened to what my situation was and we have agreed to meet . Very, very please with avvo with avvo!
Posted by anonymous | March 4, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
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Employment & Labor advice session
The review I had went very well, all my questions was answered.
Posted by Zach Smith | June 18, 2015
Exceptional attorney with multiplexual legal knowledgel!!
I retained Atty. Livingstone for an employment related matter. It was very apparent that I was being represented by an attorney who held legal knowledge, skill, and approach far beyond what a client would expect from any other lawyer with a similar tenure in law. I feel Max is not only confident but absolutely competent to stand toe to toe in trial with even seasoned trial attorneys. He has demonstrated his aggressive yet tactful approach during litigation of my case(s). He proved to be well versed in many areas of law, and this is what also makes him so valuable. In my opinion, he uses his legal arguments to dance circles around apposing counsel and does so with on point eloquence. Trust me...I have witnessed this first hand!! Max has exceeded my expectations in more that several areas and I would genuinely recommend his legal expertise to anyone in need of help. He takes the time to listen and gives you the real legal facts of your concern-not a sugar coated evaluation of your case. He is genuine, aggressive, and with get you the results you are looking for. He did for me and I cant thank him enough! Don't waste you time with the hot headed, big name attorneys with unrealistic case loads. I assure you, when Max gets on your case you will feel confident that you have exactly who you need to get the job done. If you want legal representation by a competent and genuine attorney, I recommend you give him a call.
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Posted by Jessica | December 18, 2014
hands down one of the best attorneys in the state
I hired mr. Livingston in November to handle a complicated landlord case for my family. From the first conversation we had i knew we were in excellent hands. His dedication to our cases, knowledge of the law, and compassion to right the wrong allowed us the exact outcome we needed. I now with confidence have mr. Livingston working on several other matters for myself unrelated to the previous case. Don't be fooled by a fancy law firm title some of the best legal minds dont work for huge firms. The proof is in our cases as the big law firm attorney couldnt hold her own against him. I highly recommend you hire mr.Livingston.
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Posted by anonymous | December 14, 2014
Small Claims
Maxwell represented me in a mess that I was left with from a previous relationship. They filed bankruptcy and suddenly their sole debt became mine and I was being served at the door with no previous knowledge the debt existed. I am thankful I had Maxwell to make sense of the situation and to get me through it. Maxwell genuinely cares about his clients.
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Posted by anonymous | December 14, 2014
Incredible Family Lawyer
We worked with several family lawyers in the past. We were incredibly disappointed with every last one. We had someone who was considered the best in the state and wrote books on family law used by the courts. We also had a high priced specialized family lawyer. Both were terrible and made no effort to get us favorable results. Maxwell went in and worked his hardest to get us the results that we needed. He is the first lawyer we have ever had that actually opened their mouth in court and didn't just lay down like a dead dog letting the other party get whatever they wanted. If we would have had Maxwell from the beginning, we would have gotten a much better outcome years ago. I also appreciate the time he is willing to speak to clients on the phone. He seems to actually care about what he is doing and it shows is his dedication.
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Posted by Lee | December 7, 2014
Unemployment, Discharged Issue
Atty Livingston has been assisting me with several issues. His help with unemployment secured benefits for me. I am confident he will continue to do a good job for me. I am thankful so far on how he is handling my case.
Posted by Anne | October 7, 2014
Intelligent, Hardworking and Honest
Attorney Maxwell picked up the broken pieces and awful mistakes a former law firm did in regards to my social security disability claim. After being denied twice because of missed information and laziness by the initial law firm Attorney Maxwell worked very hard and diligently to turn around my case. In very little time Attorney Maxwell secured a hearing date and was successful in obtaining disability benefits for me. I can now breathe easier because I can rest when I need to through out the day. Attorney Maxwell was fantastic during the hearing.
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Posted by Jim | October 4, 2012
Honest, Trustworthy and Fair
He has worked hard for me and been very reasonable with his fee. Moreover, from the moment he made one small error, he switched to contingency fee because he felt that was the right thing to do. A truly hard working, fair and responsible attorney. I highly recommend him.
Posted by Donna | May 30, 2012
Very helpful
Offered to write letters to the creditors himself pro-bono! Turns out it wasn't necessary, but, I'm very grateful to him for his help and reassurance at a difficult time.
Posted by Rob | May 9, 2012
VERY KNOWLEDGEABLE... VERY CAPABLE... AND WILLING TO ASSIST. CUSTOMER SERVICE FOR SURE!
I am 40 years old, and have owned five different companies. Have unfortunately had to employ attorneys on many different occassions for various reasons over the years. A few things seem very constant with attorneys as a whole : Arrogance...never seem to have any answers... unwilling to provide assistance whatsoever until the check is in the hand... and they are mostly unwilling to litigate and would rather "settle" the case. I have found quite the opposite thus far from Mr. Livingston. I find an eager, knowledgeable, trustworthy attorney, that seems to really want to help people. Customer service, explaining clients rights and options in full, and keeping the client informed seems to be some of his attributes. Many times we (clients) get sold on the "bigger is better", and thus, gravitate towards bigger names when needing a lawyer... but... the truth is, they all passed the same bar, they are all equally qualified, and what sets one apart from the rest... is the time and effort they will put into your case. Mr. Livingston seems to be very willing to put in the time and effort to make sure his clients are getting their rights and their say in court. I would definitely recommend Mr. Livingston to anybody, and would hope that if you need assistance, you would at least give him a call during your search for an attorney... you will understand what I mean once you talk to a few different attorneys.... a breath of fresh air for sure.
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Posted by Melvin | August 18, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Irresponsible person
This is my second separate review of Mr. Maxwell-both very poor. After a bad experience with Livingston in March, 2021, against my better judgment, I emailed him on Wednesday, Aug 4, 2021, to see if he'd be interested in representing me on settlement negotiations only, regarding the case I had contacted him about previously. Livingston emailed me back Thursday, Aug 5, 2021, expressing a reserved interest. Pre-arranging a telephone conference, he called me at the agreed upon date and time, Monday, Aug 9, 2021 and asked me to send him certain documents, which I did. After not hearing back from him, I sent him a follow up email on Wednesday, Aug 11, 2021 and asked him if he had decided to represent me. He asked when I needed a decision and I communicated to him by Friday, Aug 13, 2021, FOUR days after I sent him the info he requested. I NEVER HEARD BACK FROM HIM. This is similar to what happened when I initially talked to him about this case in March, 2021. I should have stuck with my original decision to steer clear of Livingston. I have no idea why this attorney is so negligent and can't keep his word about the most basic things. Is he a decent lawyer? I don't know. What I do know is he is a man who appears to be grossly negligent and irresponsible. I recommend finding a lawyer who has a modicum of principles and that would EXclude Livingston.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 150-250 per hour
  • Contingency 25%-40%
  • Pro bono 5 %
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Adjunct Professor
  • Marquette University
  • 2019 - Present
  • Arbitrator
  • FINRA
  • 2019 - Present
  • Owner/Lawyer
  • Law Offices of Maxwell Charles Livingston
  • 2011 - Present
  • Partner, COO, Mediator
  • Maurice|Maxwell Mediation, LLC.
  • 2011 - Present
  • Member
  • Karp & Iancu S.C.
  • 1900 - Present
  • Law Clerk
  • California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform
  • 2010 - 2010
  • Mediator
  • Milwaukee County Courthouse
  • 2010 - 2011
  • Research Assitant to Law Professor Chad Oldfather
  • Marquette University Law School
  • 2009 - 2011
  • Law Clerk
  • Northern California Legal Services
  • 2009 - 2009
  • Sports Intern
  • KTVU Channel Two Sports
  • 2007 - 2008
  • Mentor and Teacher
  • Making Waves Educational Institute
  • 2005 - 2007
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Education

  • Marquette University Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2011
  • Marquette University Law School
  • Masters Certificate
  • 2011
  • University of California - Berkeley
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2007

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Jury Trial
  • Unanimously won
  • Seventh Circuit Appeal
  • Won
  • Appeal of Termination Before WERC
  • Won
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Associations

  • Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA)
  • Arbitrator
  • 2019 - Present
  • University of Wisconsin – Parkside
  • Adjunct Professor
  • 2019 - Present
  • Lakeland University
  • Adjunct Professor
  • 2019 - Present
  • State Bar of Wisconsin, Lawyer Referral and Information Service Committee
  • Panel Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Milwaukee Bar Association, Lawyer Referral and Information Service Committee
  • Panel Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Waukesha County Bar Association
  • Lawyer Referral and Information Service Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • ABA Section of Dispute Resolution
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • ABA Section of Environmental Law
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Attorney Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • State Bar of Wisconsin, Alternative Dispute Resolution Section
  • Attorney Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • Member
  • 2015 - 2016
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top 15 Employment Lawyer (Madison)
  • Expertise.com
  • 2022
  • Client Champion Gold
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2022
  • Top 13 Employment Lawyer (Milwaukee)
  • Expertise.com
  • 2022
  • Best Employment Lawyers in Milwaukee
  • Expertise.com
  • 2021
  • Best Employment Lawyers in Madison
  • Expertise.com
  • 2021
  • Best Employment Lawyers in Madison
  • Expertise.com
  • 2020
  • Best Employment Lawyers in Milwaukee
  • Expertise.com
  • 2020
  • 10 Best Attorneys for Wisconsin
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2016
  • 10 Best in Employment Law
  • American Institute of Legal Counsel
  • 2016
  • Innovation in Cultural Dispute Resolution
  • Acquisition International Magazine
  • 2016
  • Best ADR Firm - Wisconsin
  • Acquisition International Magazine
  • 2016
  • Top 40 Lawyers Under 40
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2016
  • 2015 Best Businesses of Brookfield
  • Best Businesses of Brookfield Award Program
  • 2015
  • Listed Among Top Executives
  • Continental Who's Who
  • 2012
  • Listed Amongst Top Executives from the Year
  • Biltmore's Who's Who
  • 2012
  • Dean's List & Pro Bono Honors
  • Marquette University Law School
  • 2011
  • Alumni Scholar
  • University of California at Berkeley
  • 2006
  • Alumni Scholar
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • 2005
  • Client Champion Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • N/A
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Publications

  • State Bar of Wisconsin CLE publication
  • The Role of Cultural Fluency in the Practice of Law
  • 2015
  • Sandbar
  • Hawaii Supreme Court Requires EA for Superferry
  • 2009
  • Water Log
  • • NPDES Permit Not Required to Transfer Pollutants Through Pumps
  • 2009
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Speaking Engagements

  • Member Meeting
  • Estate Planning
  • 2013
  • Ridge Mediation Training
  • Mediation Training
  • 2011
  • Annual Meeting
  • Wisconsin Cutting Union Rights
  • 2011
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Attorney endorsements

Received (48)
Given (84)
Endorse Maxwell
Business Attorney | May 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Livingston has a wide range of experience, practices in a number of areas, and really knows his stuff. I would refer any and all individuals to him."
General practice Attorney | May 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Max is a dedicated and enthusiastic attorney. His passionate and assiduous nature is a benefit to current and potential clients and a rare find in the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 05
Relationship: Other
"Hardworking and determined. I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Nov 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Mediation Attorney | Jun 18
Relationship: Friend
"Max is sharp, professional, knowledgeable, and looks out for his clients."
Business Attorney | Jun 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community."
Contracts and agreements Attorney | Jan 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Attorney Livingston without reservation."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Family Attorney | Sep 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Awesome attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | May 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Business Attorney | Apr 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. His involvement in Avvo shows his commitment to his clients and how serious he takes his professional responsibilities."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Livingston is a very knowledgeable attorney. I recommend him."
Family Attorney | Jan 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly recommend this attorney. Very intelligent and very thorough when analyzing legal issues! Compassionate with clients and aggressive with legal issues! 5 STARS!!"
Business Attorney | Jan 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have read many of Mr. Livingston's answers here at Avvo. He is very careful in his analysis, making sure he understands the facts and his opinions are well considered. These are the characteristics of a fine lawyer. I strongly endorse this lawyer and would not hesitate to refer legal matters to him in his area of expertise."
Business Attorney | Nov 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Maxwell is the real deal, give him a call."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. From reviewing his responses on AVVO, he clearly cares about his clients and about providing quality legal advice."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Attorney Livingston. From his answers and time on Avvo, it is clear he is dedicated to serving those in need and his clients. It's rare that lawyers spend so much valuable time helping the community, for free, and I applaud him for doing it to such a great level. Kudos."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 07
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Livingston is an asset to the AVVO community and gives well-grounded advice."
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Contracts and agreements
Corporate and incorporation
Medical malpractice
Personal injury
Speeding and traffic ticket
Commercial real estate
Criminal defense
Consumer protection
Chapter 13 bankruptcy
Divorce and separation
Child custody
Environmental and natural resources
Elder law
New Berlin Employment and labor Lawyer Maxwell Charles Livingston
Maxwell Charles Livingston
Employment and labor Attorney
New Berlin, WI
Licensed for 13 years
Free Consultation