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Craig Thomas Papka

Employment and labor Attorney at Waukesha, WI

5.0   12 reviews

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  1. Employment and labor
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    Mr. Papka helps employers reduce risk and minimize legal costs by advising on difficult personnel decisions before litigation ensues. When litigation is unavoidable, he vigorously and efficiently defends them from employee lawsuits.

Craig T. Papka is a Shareholder in von Briesen & Roper. s.c.'s Labor and Employment Law Section. Craig counsels clients about a wide variety of matters with a view to preventing costly litigation. Craig can help employers reduce legal exposure when terminating employees; assist employers in investigating complaints of workplace harassment, violence, and other misconduct; advise employers on ADA and FMLA issues; implement harassment prevention and other training programs; revise employee handbooks and procedure manuals to reduce risk; and implement whatever other steps may be needed to reduce or eliminate the risk of litigation. Often, a quick telephone call to Craig can help avoid unnecessary conflicts with employees and costly litigation.

When litigation is unavoidable, Craig vigorously and efficiently defends employers from employee lawsuits. Craig handles matters in state and federal courts, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development Equal Rights Division (ERD), the Illinois Department of Human Rights (IDHR), the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), and other government agencies.

Craig is a member of the Milwaukee Bar Association and the State Bar of Wisconsin. He is also an active member of Metro Milwaukee Society Human Resource Management.

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Licensed for 17 years
State WI
Status Good Standing
Acquired 2013
Updated 12/05/2022
State IL
Status Active And Authorized To Practice Law
Acquired 2005
Updated 01/06/2023

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Von Briesen & Roper, S.C.
20975 Swenson Drive
Suite 400
Waukesha, WI, 53186
Von Briesen & Roper, S.C.
411 E Wisconsin Ave
#1000
Milwaukee, WI, 53202
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Posted by anonymous | April 27, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
General Counsel
Smart, reliable and dedicated advisor. Craig combines top notch legal advice along with strong business acumen to provide excellent service to his clients.
Posted by Karen | April 27, 2021
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Attorney
Craig is an excellent attorney and I would recommend him. He is organized, very responsive, and well versed in employment law.
Posted by Yvetta | April 5, 2019
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| Consulted Attorney
Sr HR Generalist
I consulted with Mr. Papka on a few cases some that made it to mediation. He was thorough, concise, and knowledgeable. He was able to keep me calm and prepared me for the cases. He is a professional that can be trusted and I value his expertise. He is an asset to any law firm and I will continue to work with him no matter what organization I am employed. I will always recommend him to organizations to work with now and in the future.
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Posted by David | January 18, 2019
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President
We had a tricky employment law case that Craig immediately immersed himself in and not only got to know the exact issues and pain points, but also was very intentional about potential outcomes. His advice and counsel was instrumental in resolving the situation to ensure my company was protected. He also provided feedback on how to avoid similar situations in the future. He was a true partner in working with us through the process.
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Posted by Thomas | January 17, 2019
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Excellent Attorney
Our Company has had the opportunity to work with Attorney Papka several times and we found him to be able to process large volumes of information quickly and formulate an effective legal strategy. Attorney Papka is a very good lawyer with strong writing skills. He is also quite personable. I believe his work would, not only meet, but exceed your expectations.
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Posted by Amanda | January 17, 2019
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Prompt and Personable
Craig has been a trusted attorney for our organization. Inquiries and concerns are addressed quickly, thoroughly, and in a manner which is easy to understand. Craig has been a pleasure to work with and is always willing to go the extra mile for his clients.
Posted by Maureen | January 22, 2018
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| Consulted Attorney
Best Labor Laywer
Craig is an exceptional employment and labor partner for our organization. As General Counsel, I am always juggling a multitude of matters. I always have 100% confidence that if I assign a matter to Craig, he will be thorough, prompt, responsive and efficient. I could not ask for a better partner. He keeps me appraised, and ensures that I prioritize correctly.
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Posted by Milan | November 1, 2016
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Great Job Craig
Craig was very responsive, knowledgable and extremely helpful. We wil definitely be working with Craig again!
Posted by Betty | November 1, 2016
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Employment Litigation
Mr. Papka was proactive from the beginning of our association. All paperwork was completed in a timely manner and he kept me update by both email and telephone calls. Positive experience!
Posted by Joe | June 17, 2016
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Knowledgeable Professional
Craig is a very knowledgeable professional, one who is able to assess a situation and recommend a solid strategy. He is very easy to work with. His communication style is straightforward and not full of “legal ease.” He has been extremely helpful and has successfully defending our company in several cases. I would certainly recommend him as a labor attorney.
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Posted by Michael | June 15, 2016
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Excellent Attorney
Craig Papka has proven himself to be an invaluable resource to my organization by providing excellent legal services in a timely, proactive and efficient manner. Craig’s insight and application of Employment Law practices is second to none.
Posted by anonymous | June 14, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Employment discrimination claims
Attorney Papka helped my non-profit with several complaints made to the State of WI/DWD from two employees alleging multiple forms of discrimination and healthcare worker retaliation. It was reassuring to have the expertise and knowledge of Attorney Papka whose expertise helped us prevail in getting a 'no probable cause' ruling in both cases.
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AVVO RATING 7.3 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Shareholder
  • von Briesen & Roper, s.c.
  • 2018 - Present
  • Associate Attorney
  • Jackson Lewis, P.C.
  • 2014 - 2018
  • Associate
  • Thorelli & Associates
  • 2010 - 2014
  • Associate
  • Immigration Law Associates
  • 2007 - 2010
  • Associate
  • Asonye & Associates
  • 2005 - 2007
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Education

  • Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology
  • Juris Doctorate
  • 2005
  • Carthage College
  • Bachelor's degree
  • 1999

Legal Cases

  • Summary Judgment Motions Granted
  • Summary Judgment motions were granted for the employers in these 3 cases.

Associations

  • Humane Animal Welfare Society (HAWS) - Board Committee Member
  • Fund Committee
  • 2019 - Present
  • Milwaukee Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • Metro Milwaukee SHRM
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • CALI - Highest Grade in International Law
  • Chicago-Kent
  • 2001
  • CALI - Highest Grade in Employment Discrimination
  • Chicago-Kent
  • 2000

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"Craig is an experienced and tireless advocate for his clients, providing high-quality counseling and guidance on all manner of state and federal employment law and workplace issues to protect employers from legal exposure, as well as vigorously defending employers from employee lawsuits when litigation is unavoidable."
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Waukesha Employment and labor Lawyer Craig Thomas Papka
Craig Thomas Papka
Employment and labor Attorney
Waukesha, WI
Licensed for 17 years