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Nicholas E. Fairweather

Employment and labor Attorney at Madison, WI

3.7   3 reviews

also known as Nick Fairweather

  • Licensed for 23 years
    State WI
    Acquired 2000
    Good Standing No misconduct found

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Practice areas
  1. Employment and labor
    Discrimination, wrongful termination, severance agreements, fair employment, public employees

    23 years

  2. Litigation
    Consumer protection litigation including: landlord/tenant, fair debt collection, unfair and deceptive acts & practices.

    23 years

I represent Wisconsin employees in workplace disputes relating to discrimination, retaliation, breach of contract and public employment rights. I also represent transgender individuals in disputes relating to insurance coverage of transition-related medical procedures and services

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Hawks Quindel, S.C.
409 E. Main St.
P.O. Box 2155
Madison, WI, 53701-2155


3.7 / 5.0
  3 customer reviews
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Posted by Justine | June 29, 2015
Fighting for Transgender Equality for Employment
Mr Fairweather did an outstanding job of going to bat for me. My former employer terminated my employment after my going full time. I was barely two weeks into my transition. He went through every appeal until all options were exhausted. I highly recommend his practice.
Posted by Beverly | January 24, 2013
I thank Nick & his staff for everything. They are truly a wonderful group of people! I thank them all deeply.
Posted by anonymous | May 14, 2015
Waste of time
Nicholas and his office failed to communicate with me about my situation and what the goal would be. He then felt that an email to decline representing a case without any reason at all was more professional then actually communicating with people or having his office communicate it. I even gave him substational amounts of information that would help him to prove my case and get my position back or at least something. He is afraid to go against large companies and I highly suggest finding someone else. His failure to communicate put my appeal through the state behind by a week, making it seem as though I was not serious. Find someone who has experience and wants to help people. I may have been unemployed when I contacted him, however I made a 6 figure salary before hand and no thanks to him, I do again and removed my name from being blacklisted.
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Response from Nicholas Fairweather May 15, 2015
Based on his or her description, this anonymous person was never a client and certainly never expressed these concerns to me or my staff. Of course, it is difficult to investigate claims such as this when a complaint is submitted anonymously. The termination of one's employment can be traumatic and emotional. Thankfully, this person was able to find replacement employment. I wish him or her the best in all of his or her future endeavors.
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AVVO RATING 9.4 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Shareholder
  • Hawks Quindel, S.C.
  • 2009 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Cullen Weston Pines & Bach LLP
  • 2000 - 2009
  • Law Clerk
  • Gold Rotatori & Schwartz LPA
  • 1997 - 2000


  • Case Western Reserve
  • Juris Doctor
  • 2000
  • Lawrence University
  • B.A.
  • 1996

Legal Cases

  • Olson v. Whatever Bar
  • Order for the Complainant-employee
  • In re disiplinary complaint (Jane Doe, R.N.)
  • Complaints dismissed
  • Employee v. University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
  • Liability Finding; Settlement before damages phase
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  • Community Justice Inc.
  • Board Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • National Employment Lawyers Association
  • 2000 - Present
  • Wisconsin Employment Lawyers Association
  • 2000 - Present
  • Tenant Resource Center
  • Board Member
  • 2009 - 2010
  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Section Chair - Solo & Small Firm, General Practice Section
  • 2009 - 2011
  • Dane County Bar Association
  • N/A
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Honors and Awards

  • Best Lawyer
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2016
  • Best Lawyer
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2015
  • Rising Star
  • Wisconsin Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Rising Star
  • Wisconsin Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Rising Star
  • Wisconsin Super Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Rising Star
  • Wisconsin Super Lawyers
  • 2011
  • Rising Star
  • Wisconsin Super Lawyers
  • 2010
  • Rising Star
  • Wisconsin Super Lawyers
  • 2009
  • Rising Star
  • Wisconsin Super Lawyers
  • 2008
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Speaking Engagements

  • 2011 Professional Development Day
  • Wisconsin and federal Family & Medical Leave Acts
  • 2011
  • 2011 Convention AFSCME D.C. 40
  • Social Media - Avoiding Pitfalls in the Workplace
  • 2011
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Attorney endorsements

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Employment and labor Attorney | May 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Nick is a highly intelligent, experienced, creative, and rational attorney, a combination that renders him unique among his counterparts. In addition to being extremely competent, he is able to work with his clients to get the best possible result in the most cost-effective manner. He can play hardball when the situation warrants it, but will work to settle disputes where an early resolution is in the client's best interests."
Bankruptcy and debt
Criminal defense
Debt collection