Jim’s experience as an in house City Attorney and as the City County Human Resources Director for Green Bay and Brown County has evolved into a practice concentrating in two areas: employment and municipal law.
Jim serves as Chair of the firm’s Labor & Employment Team offering over 35 years of experience assisting clients in collective bargaining issues and employment law matters. Jim’s background as an HR director gives him unique, practical insight in personnel issues from drafting policies to conducting investigations to reorganization studies and strategies. He has considerable experience successfully representing public and private sector employers in employment discrimination and wage matters.
In his municipal practice, Jim serves as general counsel to several towns, cities, counties and school districts. In addition, he advises municipalities, on an outside counsel basis, on a broad variety of Municipal Law issues including planning and redevelopment, public records and open meetings and zoning appeals matters, and serving as an independent hearing officer and special prosecutor. He also advises private developers with zoning, permitting and negotiating TIF development agreements.
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Organized and assembled HR department for Green Bay and Brown County: In 1996-2002, Jim organized and assembled County Human Resource Department of Green Bay and Brown County. He drafted all documents needed for the consolidation including the intergovernmental agreements creating the department and oversight commission. He managed the department as its director for five years. During that time, he negotiated three rounds with 34 bargaining units, accomplishing the initiation of insurance contributions by all units, implemented a new classification and compensation study for the county; and, helped to consolidate the city and county dispatch departments into one department.
Redevelopment Counsel: Jim represented the Villages of Suamico and Hobart as redevelopment counsel, drafting several development agreements including pay as you go TIF agreements including a reach back assessment procedure for certain improvements.
Appeal of denial of permit for extraction site: Jim has worked with a realty development company on the denial of a permit for a non-metalic mineral extraction site. Jim was retained after the Plan Committee denied the permit. The denial was appealed to the Board of Adjustment who remanded the matter. Before the remand was heard, the development company was able to reapply and gained a unanimous approval of the application.
Member, Brown County Bar
Former Board Member, American Bar Association
Member, Wisconsin Public Employer Labor Relations Association (WPELRA)
Former Board of Directors, H C Miller
Board Member, WSAA
Local Government and Administrative Law Section of Wisconsin Bar
Member, Society for Human Resource Management
Former Board Member, City of De Pere Planning Commission
Former Board Member, Jackie Nitschke Center, Inc. Advisory Board
Former Board Member, Committee Advisory Council, Golden House, Inc.
Former Board Member, Bay Area Humane Society, Inc.
President Elect, Rotary Club of Green Bay