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Madison, Wisconsin
866-443-8661 (Toll Free)

Tamara B. Packard is a Partner in the firm. Ms. Packard has been practicing law since 1994, primarily in the areas of litigation and appeals, emphasizing employee rights, labor and civil rights law. She has been listed in the Best Lawyers in America since 2011, and in Wisconsin Super Lawyers since 2010. In 2010 she was recognized by the Wisconsin Law Journal as an outstanding Woman in the Law. She also serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Wisconsin Law School.

Ms. Packard frequently represents clients in employment, professional licensing, and civil rights disputes including gender, disability and sexual orientation discrimination claims, claims under the wage and hours laws, and claims under the State and Federal Family Medical Leave Acts. She also represents professionals who are seeking licensure and professionals who have been accused of misconduct. Her litigation and appeals practice also encompasses commercial disputes and serving as local counsel in complex federal litigation. She is part of the CWPB 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 in the Litigation Counsel of America, an invitation-only honorary society of trial lawyers. Fewer than 60 Wisconsin attorneys and less than 1/2 of 1% of attorneys in the US are members. Selection for membership in LCA is "based upon effectiveness and accomplishment in litigation, both at the trial and appellate levels, and superior ethical reputation."

She 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, the Federal Equal Employment Opportunities Commission, and other administrative agencies.

Ms. Packard currently serves on the Executive Committee of the James E. Doyle Chapter of the American Inns of Court. She is also active in the Legal Association for Women, the National Employment Lawyers Association and the Wisconsin Employment Lawyers Association. Ms. Packard 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 Ms. Packard to officiate at marriage ceremonies throughout Wisconsin.

Significant appellate decisions include:

  • Schoh v. New Glarus Brewing Co., 2011AP1351
  • Donohoo v. Action Wisconsin, 2008 WI 56
  • In re Bar Admission of Vanderperren, 2003 WI 37
  • Pritchard v. MMSD and Madison Teachers, Inc., 2001 WI App 62

Areas of Practice

  • Employment
  • Civil Litigation and Appeals
  • Civil Rights
  • Labor

Litigation Percentage

  • 75% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • 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

Published Works

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution in a New Health Care System, Ohio St. J. on Disp. Resol., 10, 1994

Representative Clients

  • 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

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 - 2012
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2011 - 2012

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Inns of Court, Executive Committee, James E. Doyle Chapter, 2008 - Present
  • American Inns of Court, Member, James E. Doyle Chapter
  • National Employment Lawyers Association
  • Legal Association for Women
  • Dane County Bar Association
  • State Bar of Wisconsin, Labor and Employment Section
  • State Bar of Wisconsin, Litigation Section

Pro Bono Activities

  • Fair Wisconsin
  • AIDS Network
  • ACLU of Wisconsin Foundation
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122 West Washington Avenue
Suite 900
Madison, WI 53703-2718
Toll Free: 866-443-8661
FAX: 608-251-2883