E-mail MeTamara B. Packard
Tamara B. Packard, a Partner in Cullen Weston Pines and Bach, has been practicing law since 1994, primarily in the areas of litigation and appeals, emphasizing employee rights and civil rights law. She is rated "AV Preeminent®" by Martindale-Hubbell, and also appears in other top lawyer listings.
Ms. Packard negotiates employment contracts, separation agreements, and covenants not to compete (also called "non-competes" or "restrictive covenants") on behalf of employee clients, including corporate executives, medical professionals, industry scientists, and tech and biotech employees. When negotiation over a previously entered-into covenant not to compete is no longer an option, she litigates on behalf of her clients to enable them to pursue their chosen careers. She regularly represents licensed health-care professionals in misconduct investigations and proceedings before various boards in the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services, including the Nursing, Veterinary Examining and Medical Examining Boards. She also assists recent law graduates and out-of-state attorneys in securing admission to the Wisconsin Bar.
An advocate for employees, Ms. Packard handles gender, disability, and sexual orientation discrimination claims, as well as claims under the Federal and State wage and hours laws and Family Medical Leave Acts. She regularly works with Wisconsin State civil service employees who have been disciplined or terminated without just cause in appealing those actions through the internal agency grievance process and before the Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission (WERC).
Her litigation and appeals practice encompasses serving as local counsel in complex federal litigation, including consumer and employment class action cases, and representing businesses in commercial disputes. She is part of the legal team that won an injunction against Wisconsin's Voter ID law in 2012 and successfully defended Wisconsin's Domestic Partnership Registry in 2011.
Ms. Packard is a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, an invitation-only honorary society of trial lawyers. Fewer than 60 Wisconsin attorneys and less than half of 1 percent of attorneys in the U.S. are Fellows of LCA. Selection for membership in LCA is "based upon effectiveness and accomplishment in litigation, both at the trial and appellate levels, and superior ethical reputation."
Ms. Packard is admitted to practice in the state courts of Wisconsin and Michigan, the Federal District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin, the Eastern District of Michigan and before the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. She also regularly appears on behalf of clients at the Wisconsin Equal Rights Division (ERD), the Federal Equal Employment Opportunities Commission (EEOC), and other administrative agencies.
A Master in the James E. Doyle Chapter of the American Inns of Court, Ms. Packard is also active in the National Employment Lawyers Association and the Wisconsin Employment Lawyers Association. She is a founding board member of the Fair Wisconsin Education Fund and a past-president of that board (2006-2007).
By the appointment of the Honorable Shelley J. Gaylord, Dane County Judge, Ms. Packard is a Dane County Supplemental Court Commissioner. This appointment allows her to officiate at marriage ceremonies throughout Wisconsin. She is honored to have presided over more than 20 marriages between same-sex couples during the eight days in June 2014 when Wisconsin marriage licenses were available to the couples.
Areas of Practice
- Civil Litigation and Appeals
- Civil Rights
- 75% of Practice Devoted to Litigation
- Wisconsin, 1994
- Michigan, 1995
- U.S. District Court Eastern District of Wisconsin, 2001
- U.S. District Court Western District of Wisconsin, 1994
- U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan, 1996
- U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, 2000
- University of Wisconsin Law School, Madison, Wisconsin
- J.D. - 1994
- Honors: National Assn. of Women Lawyers Outstanding Woman Law Graduate
- Law Journal: Wisconsin Women's Law Journal, Co-Editor-in-Chief, 1993 - 1994
- Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio
- B.A. - 1990
- Major: English
- Alternative Dispute Resolution in a New Health Care System, Ohio St. J. on Disp. Resol., 10, 1994
- Licensed Professionals
- University and Other Public Sector Employees
- Hourly Workers
- Prep. a Case for Civil Trial, Lawyering Skills, University of Wisconsin Law School, 2008 - Present
- Sexual Orientation and the Law, University of Wisconsin Law School, 2009 - 2013
Honors and Awards
- Law and Politics "Rising Star", 2006 - 2007
- Wisconsin Law Journal "Outstanding Woman in the Law", 2010
- Law and Politics "Super Lawyer", 2010 - 2014
- Best Lawyers in America, 2011 - 2014
Professional Associations and Memberships
- American Inns of Court, Executive Committee, James E. Doyle Chapter, 2008 - 2013
- American Inns of Court, Master, James E. Doyle Chapter
- Legal Association for Women
- Dane County Bar Association
- State Bar of Wisconsin, Labor and Employment Section
- State Bar of Wisconsin, Litigation Section
- State Bar of Wisconsin, Appellate Section
- Litigation Counsel of America, Fellow
- Wisconsin Employment Lawyers Association
- National Employment Lawyers Association
Pro Bono Activities
- Fair Wisconsin
- AIDS Network
- ACLU of Wisconsin Foundation