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Thomas W. Scrivner



Tom’s practice includes all aspects of labor law and employment litigation. He represents clients in a broad range of industries including construction, health care, printing, education, manufacturing service providers, and nonprofits. Tom is a frequent speaker before industry gatherings on topics such as wrongful discharge, employment litigation, work force reduction, drug and alcohol testing, disability and family medical leave laws, and sexual harassment.


Representative engagements include:

  • Negotiating to agreement three collective bargaining contracts on a coordinated bargaining basis, covering most of the employer's work force, including two first-time contracts
  • Managing litigation defense of employment claims for multi-state employer
  • Successfully defending in court and before administrative agencies employment litigation matters (actual and potential), including class wage-hour and discrimination issues, wrongful discharge, breach of contract, harassment discrimination, arrest/conviction record, retaliation, and defamation
  • Defeating a union’s National Labor Relations Board petition at a large nonprofit social services agency, including raising substantial legal issues that would have quadrupled the size of the appropriate bargaining unit, which resulted in the union withdrawing the petition
  • Successfully defending in federal court a civil rights litigation and state administrative agency discrimination matter for a public sector client, which resulted in obtaining a summary judgment in the federal court, affirmed by the Seventh Circuit Court
  • Successfully defending two labor contract grievance-arbitration matters in the agribusiness industry relating to the scope of the bargaining unit, resulting increased business flexibility and an opportunity for operational expansion on a non-union basis
  • Achieving a dismissal of a discrimination complaint filed against a leading Wisconsin manufacturing concern that an Administrative Law Judge recently dismissed
  • Representing a nonprofit employer in a disability discrimination case in which the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission was convinced that the case was not a good test of retaliation theories, and resulting in 33 separation agreements standing as drafted and signed
  • Successfully defending a church property dispute, which led to a departing splinter group having to return the property to church an orderly and timely manner without further litigation or appeals

Honors & Recognitions

  • Leading Labor & Employment Lawyer, Chambers USA, 2003-present
  • The Best Lawyers in America®,  Labor and Employment, 1987-present
  • Wisconsin Super Lawyers list, Labor and Employment, Super Lawyers magazine, 2005-present


Professional Activities

  • Member, American Bar Association



Community Involvement

  • Board Member, School District of Whitefish Bay (1998-2007)
  • Board Member, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, (2000-2006, 2008-present)
  • Board Member, St. John’s Home Foundation (2000-2009)
  • Former Board Member, St. John’s on the Lake (2004-present) (Board Chair presently)
  • Board Member, Lutheran Social Service of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan, Inc. (2002-2011)
  • Board Member, Industries for the Blind
  • Church Attorney for the Episcopal Dioceses of Milwaukee and Fond du Lac
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