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Michael F. Brown

Litigation Attorney at Milwaukee, WI

3.2   9 reviews

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About Michael

Learn Michael’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Litigation
    Michael Brown is an attorney at DVG Law Partner LLC whose practice involves Contract Rights, Fraud Victim Rights, and Employee Rights. Michael assists clients with matters concerning: Contracts (Government, Employment) Fraud Unpaid Wages H- Visa Wages & Fraud Discrimination and Harassment Unemployment Benefits Wrongful Discharge and Whistleblowing Pre-Litigation Counseling Litigation Class Actions

    19 years

  2. Contracts and agreements

  3. Employment and labor

    19 years

  4. Consumer protection

    19 years

Michael Brown helps clients succeed with Contract, Shareholder, Employment, Severance, and Wage matters.

Michael is a litigation attorney at DVG Law Partner LLC, based in WI with cases nationwide, whose legal practice involves contract rights, shareholder rights, employee rights, fraud victim rights, litigation and class action litigation. Michael has received a "Superb" rating on and has been recognized as a "Rising Star" by the Super Lawyers publication. He has helped numerous clients reach seven- and six- figure financial results and important non-financial objectives and settlement terms as well.

Michael assists clients with matters concerning contract disputes, lost money or wages, fraud, unlawful termination, whistleblower-retaliation and discrimination. 

Michael has represented hundreds of clients with diverse business backgrounds, jobs, and nationalities, and has helped them achieve positive results. He has represented people in many legal forums, spanning from administrative hearings to trial and appellate court work, including argument at the state Supreme Court and federal appellate work.

Michael has served as a faculty member of Solo Practice University, as Chair of the Civil Rights and Liberties Section of the WI State Bar, and as a member of the National Employment Lawyers Association.  Michael has co-counsel relationships with plaintiffs’ attorneys in other States.

For more information about DVG Law Partner and Michael Brown’s practice, please visit his web bio or his blogs involving Wisconsin employee and contractor rights, US government-contractor rights, and H-1B legal rights.



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Licensed for 20 years
State WI
Status Good Standing
Acquired 2002
Updated 03/05/2023

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

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  9 customer reviews
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Posted by anonymous | July 15, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional and Knowledgeable
I have the privilege of having Attorney Brown representing me. He listens to me and does his research. He is very detailed and truly cares about his cases. He is professional and knows clients rights.
Posted by anonymous | October 22, 2015
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Excellent consultation
Very clear and concise explanation provided for all the issues I was facing. I really got the bang for my buck in speaking to attorney Brown. I will definitely consult again with Attorney Brown and his colleague in the future. I was extremely impressed with his professionalism and the simple way in which he addressed the issues.
Posted by paul | February 18, 2015
contract dispute
I had a contract dispute with a large Appleton, WI company. Mike Brown quickly reviewed the contents and correspondence. He thoroughly explained my options. The contract dispute was clearly in my favor and there was a possibility of a wage law dispute also. Mike presented the company with the legal facts in the case, possible costs to them if it were to go to litigation and an offer to settle. The company realized their situation and settled, to my satisfaction, within a week. Pursuing wage law litigation would have meant more fees for Mike, but he recommended the quick and successful solution. I was very impressed.
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Posted by anonymous | May 13, 2010
Would highly recommend
In my experience with Mr.Brown, I found him to be highly knowledgeable in the field of employment law. It is quite apparent he is sensitive, understanding and committed to the plight of common worker disputes. Mr.Brown also has exceptional communication skills. He is a person who is easy to talk with, which I found important as one who is undergoing workplace disputes is already at a high level of stress.
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Posted by anonymous | May 8, 2010
Very Professional
Very professional approach with timely responses. I would highly recommend Michael as he is extremely well versed in his field.
Posted by Deepthi | November 18, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Rude and Unprofessional
Mike is very unprofessional and starts playing victim once he loses the case. We had a contingency agreement and when things didn’t go our way he started by being very rude saying we need to start paying him when we followed up with a few questions. Obviously he doesn’t read the documents that he makes his client signs which clearly says that we don’t owe him a single cent unless we win the case. Wouldn’t hire him ever or recommend him to anyone
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Response from Michael Brown November 19, 2022
I am aware of who this reviewer is; a former client who I’d represented for a short project lasting a few weeks. Of note, of the (few) negative Avvo reviews I have, this is the first who was actually a client of mine; the others were just callers/queriers to my firm but had never retained my firm or actually had me work as their lawyer. This review contains numerous false statements that are proven false by emails, etc. First, the case was not "lost". For the client’s matter, there was no litigation or "case" that existed; thus, winning or losing was not possible in this instance. Further, she was never charged or asked to be paid a cent for the work I had performed (which is completed, and she never received any bill from me). The representation was on a contingency contract, which provided that my firm would only be paid (as a percentage of payment gained from a third party) if I could help her improve upon a payment she’d been offered by the third party. I tried and failed to help her gain the improvement/extra payment. As a result, the client’s (still) paid the original amount the third party had offered (thus is no worse off financially and did not “lose” anything), but on my part, my firm and I received no contingency fee for my work. This, I am fine with; the risk of non-payment is a risk that every lawyer assumes for every of the (many) times we agree to represent any client on contingency. For certain contingency-client matters (the minority), things don’t work out as expected/hoped, despite the lawyer’s best efforts and work, and the lawyer receives no fees for his or her work. In most of my other clients’ situations similar to this one, my clients and I had/have succeeded in obtaining extra payment, so the result here was a disappointment to this client and myself. But I'd made sincere efforts and performed the same type, quality etc. of work that I've generally performed for my other clients with similar matters that have usually had better results. In my dealings with this client, she had repeatedly expressed expectations to receive extra time and legal work on extra projects/matters that that were outside and beyond the scope of our agreed legal work arrangement/contract. I have represented thousands of clients, and in my observation she was comparably more demanding and entitled than 99% of the clients I’ve dealt with (with whom things typically went smoothly, and again where she is the first actual client to complain on Avvo). Initially, I had responded to her requests for extra work (not required by our contract) and I’d provided extra work/answers. However, she proceeded to ask for more extra work, and to re-ask questions that I’d already answered for her once or twice previously. I finally refused to answer (or re-answer) any more of the questions and requests she was continuing to make for work outside our contracted/agreed legal work, which, again, had already been completed. I did tell her that if she retained me for a specific future legal work project, that I have a standard hourly fee that I would charge for one hour of that type of work. She did not choose to have that work performed, and she was not charged anything. Ever. I had performed approximately 10 hours of work on this client's contingency matter, which if she had been charged standard- hourly legal fees by a lawyer, would have been thousands of dollars worth of work. Again, I have been paid nothing. Again, she is no worse off financially, but she has left me this “review” to ensure that my firm and I have lasting negative consequences.
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Posted by anonymous | January 19, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
He only apparently texts. I left a voicemail to see if I could get a quick consultation regarding an unemployment issue (*I would have been willing/able to pay a small fee, though none was mentioned online or otherwise). Instead of a callback, I received a text with requests for paperwork from the DWD (unemployment issues I was experiencing that I didn’t really have a chance to describe over voicemail). I texted him back, indicating the DWD did not provide me any paperwork besides a templated letter (this was part of my problem - the lack of anything in writing). I said he would understand my situation better if I could explain it to him rather than just email over a templated letter without going into my situation. I wanted a consultation over the phone, which is the fastest way to explain my story. I told him I wasn't sure if I wanted representation right away, as he had not even heard what my case was about, apart from a quick voicemail I sent him stating it was regarding the DWD not paying my claim for almost a year. He responded, of course, only via text, that he is therefore not going to represent me, citing my hesitation to provide documents or (I’m assuming) writing my entire case over text or email (he never suggested talking on the phone was feasible). Look, that’s fine, but I didn’t even ask for representation, I asked for a *consultation* first (I told him this). The purpose of a consult, I thought, is to see if my type of case would have any merit. I’m not a lawyer, but the fact I’m not allowed to even speak to one albeit quickly, about my concern, over voice, is highly absurd. This could have taken a few minutes only. You see, I do not like corresponding in mysterious ways with attorneys and handing over private information through text message. This isn't or shouldn't be a cloak and dagger ordeal.
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Posted by anonymous | October 8, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Reached out to him for his services. Once on the phone he used three words that I did not like. “No You Don’t” in reply to something I said that was rhetorical. He asked me a few questions about my situation but I could hardly hear because it seemed he had just awoke up from his sleep (unprofessional). I attempted to explain the details in turn I received the impression that he did not want to represent me. He would interject while I was speaking, the dialogue was simply shrewd and unprofessional. He continued to talk about his retainer and etc. without receiving the complex details of my situation. I recommend everyone else to go in another direction and hire an attorney with more professionalism and empathy.
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Response from Michael Brown October 16, 2019
No one had talked to me directly about the concerns described in this public review. I have no record of this call, which from its description seems very unusual to me. I have never slept at work or been "awoke[n]" by a call, as this reviewer suggests had occurred; the reviewer further says that I (despite being half-asleep) had talked incessantly and "interject[ed]" over the caller during that same call. In any event, the type of call described is a free initial consultation call. For the vast majority of people who call me for a free consult, I do not quote them any retainer fee amount. (Most of my cases are handled on contingency basis, with fees recovered from the opponent and my clients do not pay out of pocket fees). I do quote out of pocket retainer fees to some (minority of) callers. Those situations typically involve the employee-caller being accused of wrongdoing by the employer, and/or they are seeking preventative legal help from me, e.g. employee-callers who were sued and/or who want me to review contracts to try to avoid breach or litigation, etc. For such preventative or defense work, it is usually not possible for an attorney to offer contingency representation, and out-of-pocket fees are typically charged by lawyers like myself. Understandably, some callers are frustrated by the notion of having to pay legal fees for a situation they feel was caused by an employer being unfair. I never quote someone a retainer fee unless I have first heard sufficient details about the caller's situation to (1) understand the caller's legal matters at issue; (2) assess the scope and volume of legal work on my part that would be needed; and (3) quote an initial retainer fee for said legal work. Assuming the reviewer here had actually spoken with me, I would be glad to talk again (at no charge) if he or she contacts me directly. If he or she does so, the call would be free, and I would be willing to listen to, and to discuss, more details about the case and about retainer fee value etc.
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Posted by anonymous | March 30, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
I contacted Michael Brown to see if my case was one he thought had any merit and if he would be interested in it. Instead of taking two minutes to give relevant feedback he dismissed me in a rude manner. Even if he was not interested there are polite ways to convey that to potential clients.
Response from Michael Brown March 31, 2017
I keep record of communications, but I can't identify your matter from that information or your post. I apologize that what I said or did left you feeling dismissed and treated rudely. Please know I would be glad to talk directly, if you would like to contact and speak with me. After you have identified your name and legal matter, we could discuss your prior inquiry and the concerns you had with that encounter. Having that information, I could, if you wish, discuss in detail the reasons why I declined to offer representation. For most new client inquiries, I speak at length with inquirers, on average 15 to 60 minutes. But there are certainly instances I don't, especially if it is a day with a high volume of inquiries and/or with time-sensitive obligations to existing clients. Again, I am sorry for your prior experience with me, and would be glad to talk offline if you wish to email or call me.
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  • Free Consultation 15 minutes
  • Contingency 20%-33%
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AVVO RATING 9.7 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • DVG Law Partner LLC
  • 2014 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Peterson, Berk & Cross, S.C.
  • 2007 - 2014


  • University of Wisconsin Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2002

Legal Cases

  • Koehler et. al. v. Infosys Technologies Limited
  • Kroner v. Oneida Seven Generations Corp.
  • Amerineni et al v. Maruthi Technologies LLC et al
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  • National Employment Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Wisconsin Employment Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • State Bar of Wisconsin, Individual Rights and Responsibilities Section
  • Board Member
  • N/A
  • Office of Lawyer Regulation
  • Chair, District Committee
  • 2011 - 2017
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Academic Achievement Award (highest course grade)- Antitrust
  • UW Law School
  • 2002
  • Deans List (4 semesters)
  • UW Law School
  • 2002
  • Academic Achievement Award (highest grade)- Health Care
  • UW Law School
  • 2002
  • Academic Achievement Award (highest grade)- Adv. Crim. Procedure
  • UW Law School
  • 2002
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  • Wisconsin Lawyer Magazine, Vol. 81, No. 10, October 2008
  • What Keeps You Awake at Night?
  • 2008
  • Wisconsin Lawyer Magazine, Vol. 81, No. 8, August 2008
  • What Keeps You Awake at Night?
  • 2008
  • Marketplace Magazine, Dec. 1, 2007
  • Top 5 Traits of Employers Facing Lawsuits
  • 2007
  • Employment Rights Section Newsletter, Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Fall, 2005
  • Sarbanes-Oxley: A tool for Enron and Non-Enron Whistleblowers
  • 2005
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Speaking Engagements

  • WAJ Spring Seminar 2010
  • Spotting Employment Law Rights & Damages of Personal Injury Plaintiffs
  • 2010
  • Wisconsin Association of Legal Professionals Conference
  • Employment Law- A Brief Overview from Application to Termination
  • 2009
  • WI DOC Pre-Release Coordinator's Workshop, July 9, 2008
  • Reentry: A Bridge to Success (Criminal Record Discrimination)
  • 2008
  • HIPAA Summit, April, 2002
  • The New Notice, and Old Consent, Under HIPAA: Interpretational and Administrative Issues
  • 2002
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Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (5)
Endorse Michael
Employment and labor Attorney | May 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mike is an experienced employment attorney that can handle complex cases. He is passionate about his practice and helping people."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Employment and labor Attorney | Feb 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mike and I worked together in the past and have communicated about employment law issues over the past few years. I endorse Mike because I know he is a knowledgeable attorney and have seen his dedication to clients firsthand. Mike goes the extra mile to provide quality service to his clients."
Litigation Attorney | Aug 26
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have worked with Attorney Brown on numerous cases over the past several years, including litigation involving H-1B wage claims and government contract disputes. Above all, he is dedicated to pursuing the best outcome for the client. On the professional level, he is diligent in his work and knowledgeable of diverse areas of law, including employment, immigration, business and government contracts. I wholeheartedly endorse him."
Employment and labor Attorney | Feb 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michael is one of the most knowledgeable, friendly and hard-working members of the employment plaintiff's bar who routinely provides thoughtful and accurate information. I have depended on Michael for thoughts and information on some of my matters and he has been quite reliable. I highly recommend this attorney."
Discrimination Attorney | Apr 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I had the opportunity to speak with Mr Brown regarding a potential client referral. Throughout the entire conversation he was knowledgeable, insightful, honest and very helpful. He is a credit to the legal profession."
Employment and labor Attorney | Dec 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"It is my pleasure to endorse Mike Brown. Mike and I worked together in the past and continue to stay in touch regarding potential referrals and new legal issues arising in the areas of labor and employment law. In a few words I would describe Mike as intelligent, trustworthy, diligent, and proactive. I have a great deal of respect for Mike and would have absolutely no reservation referring friends and family to him for legal services."
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