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Tamara B. Packard - Madison, WI

122 West Washington AvenueSuite 900 Madison, WI 53703 - 2718

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Updated: 06/06/2024

Madison Employment Lawyer

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Tamara B. Packard brings over 25 years of experience to her civil litigation and appeals practice, emphasizing employee rights and civil rights law. She is rated "AV Preeminent®" by Martindale-Hubbell. In 2019 Tamara received the Marygold Melli Achievement Award from the Legal Association for Women, in recognition of a career of paving the way for women in the legal profession, advocating for social justice, and serving as a mentor to other women...

Tamara B. Packard brings over 25 years of experience to her civil litigation and appeals practice, emphasizing employee rights and civil rights law. She is rated "AV Preeminent®" by Martindale-Hubbell. In 2019 Tamara received the Marygold Melli Achievement Award from the Legal Association for Women, in recognition of a career of paving the way for women in the legal profession, advocating for social justice, and serving as a mentor to other women. Wisconsin Super Lawyers ranked Tamara in the "Top 25" Madison area attorneys for 2017, 2021, 2022, and 2023, and in the "Top 25" women lawyers in the state for 2015, 2017, 2022, and 2023.

In addition to her litigation practice, Tamara negotiates employment contracts, separation agreements, and covenants not to compete (also called "non-competes" or "restrictive covenants") on behalf of employees, including corporate executives, medical care providers and biotech professionals. When negotiation over a previously entered into covenant not to compete is no longer an option, she litigates on behalf of her clients to void or limit the covenant with the goal of enabling them to pursue their chosen careers without interference.

Tamara represents licensed health care professionals in misconduct investigations and proceedings before Wisconsin's licensing boards, including the Nursing, Veterinary Examining and Medical Examining Boards. She also assists recent law graduates and out-of-state attorneys who are having difficulty securing admission to the Wisconsin Bar.

An advocate for employees, Tamara handles sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, and disability discrimination claims, as well as claims under the Federal and State wage and hours laws and Family Medical Leave Acts. She works with University of Wisconsin, State civil service, City of Madison, and other public sector employees who are under investigation, or have been disciplined or terminated. She also assists State employees to appeal discipline imposed without just cause through the grievance process and before the Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission (WERC).

Tamara was part of the legal team that represented the Governor of the State of Wisconsin in two challenges to the “lame duck” legislation enacted in late 2018, including by securing a victory in 2020 for the Governor in the Wisconsin Supreme Court, which held that the Legislature violated separation of power principles when it attempted to legislate how the Executive Branch educated citizens about their rights and obligations under the law. She also practices voting rights (elections) law and helped secure the rights of nearly 80,000 voters to have their ballots counted in the April 2020 election, held in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic.

About Tamara B. Packard

Practice Areas

  • Employment
  • Civil Litigation and Appeals
  • Civil Rights
  • Labor
  • Political and Election Law
  • Defense of Professional Licensure

Current Employment Position(s)

  • Partner

Representative Clients

  • Licensed Professionals
  • University and Other Public Sector Employees
  • Hourly Workers

Qualifications

Bar Admissions

  • Wisconsin, 1994
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Wisconsin, 2001
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Wisconsin, 1994
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, 2000

Other Affiliations

  • Wisconsin Association for Justice
  • 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
  • Wisconsin Employment Lawyers Association
  • National Employment Lawyers Association

Education

  • University of Wisconsin Law School, Madison, Wisconsin, 1994
    J.D.
    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, 1990
    B.A.
    Major: English

Pro Bono Activities

  • Fair Wisconsin Education Fund, Founding Board Member
  • Fair Wisconsin Education Fund, President, 2006 to 2007

Classes and Seminars

  • 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
  • Adjunct Professor, University of Wisconsin Law School , 2008 - 2013

Achievements

Other Sources of Feedback About Tamara B. Packard

Included on the 2024 Wisconsin list


Past Lists

  • 2023 Wisconsin Super Lawyers list
  • 2022 Wisconsin Super Lawyers list
  • 2021 Wisconsin Super Lawyers list
  • 2020 Wisconsin Super Lawyers list
  • 2019 Wisconsin Super Lawyers list
  • 2018 Wisconsin Super Lawyers list
  • 2017 Wisconsin Super Lawyers list
  • 2016 Wisconsin Super Lawyers list
  • 2015 Wisconsin Super Lawyers list
  • 2014 Wisconsin Super Lawyers list
  • 2013 Wisconsin Super Lawyers list
  • 2012 Wisconsin Super Lawyers list
  • 2011 Wisconsin Super Lawyers list
  • 2010 Wisconsin Super Lawyers list
  • 2007 Wisconsin Super Lawyers list
  • 2006 Wisconsin Super Lawyers list

View the profile for Tamara B. Packard on Super Lawyers

Honors

  • Law and Politics "Rising Star" 2006-2007
  • Wisconsin Law Journal "Outstanding Woman in the Law" 2010
  • Wisconsin "Super Lawyer" 2010-present (Employment & Labor category)
  • Best Lawyers in America 2011-2020 (Appellate Practice, Employment Law-Individuals, Litigation-Labor & Employment categories)
  • Best Lawyers in America 2017 Lawyer of the Year, Madison, Appellate Practice
  • Best Lawyers in America 2016 Lawyer of the Year, Madison, Employment Law - Individuals, - 2017
  • Wisconsin Law Journal "Leader in the Law" 2017
  • Wisconsin "Super Lawyer" "Top 25" Women Lawyers 2015, 2017, 2022, and 2023, - 2016
  • Wisconsin "Super Lawyer" "Top 25" Madison area attorneys, 2017, 2021,2022, and 2023
  • Marygold Melli Achievement Award, Legal Association for Women, 2019

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122 West Washington AvenueSuite 900 Madison, WI 53703 - 2718

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By Anonymous on Jun. 17, 2024
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5.0 out of 5 stars

Tamara is wonderful to work with. She goes above and beyond to help you. Even is weekends she was willing to take phone calls and work on my case.

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By Brian G. on Jul. 01, 2023
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5.0 out of 5 stars

I was referred to Tamara by another attorney, and the referral was spot on! It had come to pass that I suddenly found myself in a very challenging employment circumstance, and I needed discrete professional assistance to navigate unsteady waters. Tamara listened thoroughly and understood the sensitivity of the situation. The decision to secure representation was not one I took lightly, as there was potential for long-lasting and far-reaching career and professional implications. Tamara's experience in the public employment sector was to my great benefit! She entered the situation much to the surprise of the other party, yet because of her deft and tactful approach, they quickly repositioned from a defensive stance to a collaborative one. Tamara represented me with vigor and secured a resolution that was quick, quiet, and financially beneficial. Throughout the course of our engagement, I found Tamara to be very easy to contact and quick to respond. She fielded all my questions, and even when I felt a question might be silly, she reassured me that there are no silly questions, and she thoroughly answered them all. Tamara is transparent with fee structures, and the billing included sufficient detail as to explain each invoice amount. She even went so far as to touch base with me a few months after the matter had concluded just to see that everything remained settled to my satisfaction. Not only would I hire Tamara again, it's my pleasure to share my experience and recommend her to others!

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By Anonymous on May. 31, 2023
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5.0 out of 5 stars

I contacted Attorney Tamara Packard because after talking to another attorney he recommended her. He told me: ?she is outstanding?. The union that worked with us also recommended her and were very happy to have her on our side. She is an experienced attorney, so when I explained what I was being falsely accused of, she told me that she had already defended other clients against the same employer. At our first meeting she had already found different solutions and angles to approach this. She was on top of everything at all times. She knew the regulations of the entity that was directing the investigation better than they did! When the investigation took place, she protected me from the different tricks the investigator pulled off during the interview. In the investigation process Attorney Packard found that the process had been rigged and the investigator hadn?t written out the complete testimony of the key witness in the report. The investigator, who should have been unbiased, had left out key exculpatory elements that were essential for the investigation (!). She drove several miles to have the key witness sign a truthful testimony. She is such a committed attorney! In the end the decision maker sided with us because, as Attorney Packard said at our first meeting, the accusations didn?t make any sense to start with. However, had the results been different, thanks to her deep knowledge of the law, Mrs. Packard already had a bag full of ideas to, at least, dismiss the case. It is when I reflect on what we had to go through that I am aware of how vulnerable we employees are and how important it is to have Tamara Packard by your side making sure that you are not lied to and taken advantage of, especially when the investigator is partial and is already influencing the whole narrative. Tamara Packard is detailed oriented, hardworking, creative in her solutions, kind, supportive, attentive and extremely knowledgeable. She will support you with tooth and nail. The conclusion is, as another client wrote below in the comments: go with Tamara!

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By Anonymous on May. 14, 2023
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5.0 out of 5 stars

I have had the great displeasure of needing an attorney on several occasions in recent years. I have interviewed or met with more than 100 across the country and retained four, three of whom were out of state, and Tamara being my attorney in Wisconsin. I can attest that Tamara Packard is unequivocally the best of them all, and ? at least in my experience ? the best attorney practising in Madison, WI today. Tamara understands that the day a potential new client calls her might well be the worst day of their life. She will listen intently, determine if your case has legal merit, advise on the options for how you might proceed, and ? most importantly ? will only agree to work with you if she believes that she is the best attorney for your case. There is no shortage of attorneys in Madison who will happily take your money: if Tamara thinks you?d be in better hands elsewhere ? with a different attorney, or even with a different law firm ? she will tell you. If she does take your case, she will be brutally transparent with you, and unflinchingly honest about your circumstances and what you need to do (or should have done). This may feel jarring to the uninitiated, but this is what you need, and Tamara knows it. Tamara is also acutely aware that cost is a barrier for many people in need of using the legal system. Tamara?s rates are not inexpensive ? and a ?cheap? attorney is probably not a good one ? but you are guaranteed value for money. Tamara will not run the bill or rack up excessive costs. You will get what you pay for, and you?ll pay only for what you get. My bills from other attorneys have affirmed that this is not the norm. Tamara is well respected by her peers. Haven spoken with many of them, I have learned that Tamara is a feared adversary: so retain her before the defense does! But Tamara is also well respected by her clients, and I am thankful to have been one. There are few people in the world, lawyers or otherwise, whom I hold in as much regard as Tamara Packard. I am inexhaustibly grateful to her and I recommend her profoundly and without reservation.

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By Anonymous on Apr. 17, 2023
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5.0 out of 5 stars

Attorney Packard and her staff responded to my initial inquiry swiftly and with kindness, while honoring the struggle I with which I'd needed legal assistance. They were clear with me about their experience and what I might expect to happen at each step in our negotiation with other counsel. We met by phone and exchanged emails and they responded swiftly and professionally each time. I really felt heard and skillfully represented. Attorney Packard and her team helped me take care of my family's interests during a very stressful time. I will recommend her to any friend who is looking for legal support.

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By Anonymous on Oct. 07, 2022
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Atty. Packard was absolutely outstanding in her representation. My matter was quickly and satisfactorily resolved and I was so grateful for her competency and professionalism during a very stressful situation. Highly recommend!!

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By Anonymous on Jun. 15, 2022
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Tamara was the best possible lawyer I could ever dream of having to help with my given situation. I was dealing with an incredibly stressful situation with a number of complex variables that needed to be considered. She was incredibly accessible, punctual, and responsive. Moreover, she was kind, patient, and insightful. Her communication skills are outstanding and she also worked with one of my other attorneys from a completely different firm on this complex issue. She saved me hours of time and dramatically reduced my stress at a very difficult personal time. I cannot thank her enough for her kindness, integrity, and professional wisdom. I would highly, highly, highly recommend her services.

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By Steve D. on Jun. 06, 2022
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5.0 out of 5 stars

It was a great pleasure working with Tamara on a very stressful situation. She was very knowledgeable on my areas of concern which was extremely helpful considering the industry I am employed in. She also did a really good job of keeping my emotions in line so as to not screw up the process. I don't believe anyone is comfortable when legal matters arise but working with Tamara made my feel very at ease throughout the entire process.

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By Ryan R. on May. 19, 2022
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5.0 out of 5 stars

Tamara Packard was outstanding to work with. Her knowledge of labor law is second to none. She fiercely represented me to ensure the correct outcome was achieved. Without Tamara, I don't know where I would have been. She is top-notch and I recommend her without any reservations..

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By Bronwyn S. on Apr. 29, 2022
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5.0 out of 5 stars

Attorney Packard and her team are incredible advocates for personal injury. I am so grateful to them for their validation, patience, organization, communication, understanding and expertise. It takes a committed, experienced, and caring team to produce the kind of results that they got me. You are in the best of hands with Attorney Packard.

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By Kate E. on Apr. 16, 2022
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5.0 out of 5 stars

No one wants to need a lawyer. But if you do ever need representation for employee rights - go with Attorney Packard. I can?t imagine how my life would be without her instructions and efforts. She was worth more than what I paid.

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By Anonymous on Apr. 02, 2022
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I hired Tamara Packard after being terminated from a State of WI employment position. I was terminated shortly after returning to my position after an approved FMLA leave of absence. It is not an easy task to go up against public offices, even if there has been wrong doing. Tamara's knowledge of the law, of employer/employee rights and what could and could not be accomplished was very impressive. Although it was a difficult time in my life, I thoroughly enjoyed watching her in action. She is a truly gifted attorney and I am grateful for her representation. My termination was expelled from my employee file, she won the case! Thank you, Tamara!

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By Anonymous on Jan. 16, 2017
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Tamara has been excellent to work with. She is attentive, professional and provides excellence guidance. I would highly recommend her for employment issues.

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