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Amy O. Bruchs

Managing Partner, Madison Office


Amy’s outstanding track record is built on successful outcomes in the full spectrum of labor, employment and business-related issues, in both litigation and non-litigation settings.

As a problem solver, Amy applies common sense and creativity to develop targeted employment-related solutions for her clients. She has substantial experience in delivering positive outcomes posed by issues involving:

  • Discrimination claims
  • Drafting and Enforcing Employment and related contracts
  • Breach of fiduciary duty claims
  • Restrictive covenants, including non-compete agreements, confidentiality/nondisclosure agreements, and non-solicitation agreements
  • Workers’ compensation
  • Wage and hour issues
  • Fair Credit Reporting Act compliance and claims
  • Insurance coverage disputes
  • Unfair labor practices charges
  • Labor disputes

Amy represents management in the negotiation of collective bargaining agreements. She also routinely advises employers on the day-to-day issues involved in the management of employees in both unionized and non-unionized workplaces.

Amy regularly participates in presentations and seminars focused on the full spectrum of labor and employment issues. 


Amy regularly prevails in both state and federal courts. She has:

  • Obtained judgment on behalf of employer against a former employee who joined a competitor on claims of breach of duty of loyalty and misappropriation of trade secrets in federal court in California
  • Mounted a successful defense on behalf of an employer in a jury trial in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin on a Title VII claim
  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of an employer and new employees in an action brought against them by a competitor/former employee seeking to enforce overly broad non-compete agreements in the U.S. District Court in the State of Washington
  • Successfully defended an employer in a state court jury trial against a breach of contract case in which the plaintiff – a former executive employed by our client – sought damages in excess of six figures
  • Forced the voluntary dismissal of a federal FLSA lawsuit against an employer following the deposition of the named plaintiff

Honors & Recognitions

  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Employment Law – Management, Labor Law – Management and Litigation - Labor and Employment, 2018-present
  • Women in the Law, Wisconsin Law Journal, 2017
  • Leading Lawyer, Madison Magazine, in the area of Labor and Employment Law, 2003, 2005
  • “Super Lawyers” list Super Lawyer Magazine in the area of Employment and Labor, 2010-present

Professional Activities

  • Member, State Bar of Wisconsin (Board Member, Labor and Employment Law Section)
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Dane County Bar Association
  • Past Member, Board of Directors, Wisconsin Center for Manufacturing Productivity



Community Involvement

  • Board member, Greater Madison Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Board of Directors, President, ARC Community Services
  • Past Board Member, Family Service
  • Past Board Member Red Cross, Badger Chapter
  • Past Board Member, Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra
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