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Lauri D. Morris / Attorney at Law


Professional Experience:
Lauri Morris’ labor and employment practice includes representing management in labor, employment and administrative law matters and emphasizes defending employers against discrimination claims before state and federal administrative agencies and courts, providing proactive representation on other employment-related issues, including:
  • The Wisconsin and federal Family and Medical Leave Act.

  • The Americans with Disabilities Act.

  • Title VII.

  • Wisconsin Fair Employment Act conviction records claims.

  • Noncompete agreements.

  • Hiring and firing consultations.

  • Employment contracts.

  • Drug testing.

  • Wage and hour issues.

  • Worker’s compensation.

  • Employee privacy issues.
She has successfully obtained summary judgment on behalf of numerous employers before the federal district courts which have been upheld by the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. These cases have involved defense of novel claims, including harassment claims brought by a male, reverse sex discrimination claims, and claims brought under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Education and Honors
  • University of Wisconsin Law School (J.D., Cum Laude, 1982)
  • Michigan State University (B.S.)
Bar Admissions
Wisconsin, 1982
Court Admissions
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin, 1982
U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin, 1982
U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit, 1982

Other Distinctions
She has been a lecturer for: the University of Wisconsin Law School, General Practice Course; the State Bar of Wisconsin; Upper Iowa University; and the Society of Human Resource Managers, statewide and locally; she has presented on numerous legal issues in different forums throughout the State.

Editor, Wisconsin Law Review.

United Way Community Solution Team (Basic Needs); United Way Measurement/Assessment Committee; Tempo/Madison; First Congregational Church Foundation; First Congregational Church Property Board; Junior League of Madison; Village of Shorewood Hills (past Chair of Pool Committee); Friends of the State Historical Society Board.

Member: State Bar of Wisconsin; American Bar Association; Greater Madison Area Society of Human Resource Managers (on Program Committee).
Selected Presentations/Publications:
  • “Avoiding Landmines in Background Checks & Testing,” State Bar of Wisconsin - Labor & Employment Section presentation (2007).

  • “Bandits in the Bush: Addressing Identity Theft in the Workplace,” statewide SHRM presentation (2006).

  • “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly in Wis. Employment Law and Beyond,” Greater Madison Area SHRM presentation (2006).

  • “For Your Eyes Only? Workplace Privacy Challenges & Concerns,” Dodge and Dane Counties SHRM presentations (2004-2006).

  • “Swimming in the FMLA, Worker's Compensation and the ADA: Lifesaving Approaches for Your HR Department's Bermuda Triangle," Q&B presentation (2005).

  • “Is There Such a Thing as Workplace Privacy,” U.W. (2004).

  • “Hiring and Firing Primer,” Q&B presentation (2004).

  • Co-author, Annual Survey of Wisconsin Law—Labor and Employment Law (1994-2006).

  • “How to Comply with Employment Laws Prohibiting Disability Discrimination,” Rockford Area SHRM presentation (2003).

  • “So You’ve Mastered the ADA, Now What? Coping Strategies for Employers in the Land of Unreasonable Accommodation,” Quarles & Brady presentation (2003).

  • “The Do’s and Don’ts of the Hiring Process,” Quarles & Brady presentation (2003).

  • “Background Checks—Why and How to Do Them Right,” Madison Recruiting Network presentation (2002).

  • “Hiring and Firing Practices,” Wisconsin Association of Medical Equipment Services presentation (2002).

  • “The ADA, Workers’ Compensation and the FMLA: Keeping the Ship Upright While Navigating the Bermuda Triangle,” Quarles & Brady presentation (2002).

  • “FMLA Challenges: How to Keep HR Managers from Needing Their Own FMLA Leave Due to the Stress Involved in Complying with Its Provisions,” Quarles & Brady presentation (2002).

  • Author “OSHA Rings in 2002 with New Record Keeping Requirements,” “The Co-Employment Relationship—Your Clients’ Biggest Legal Concerns,” Wisconsin Association of Staffing Services presentation (2001).

  • “Return to Work Issues Once the Healing Period is Over—Managing Employee Leaves,” Blackhawk Human Resource Association presentation (2001).

  • “Retaliation: The Tail That’s Wagging the Dog,” Quarles & Brady presentation (2000).

  • “Life in the Legislative Fast Lane—New Laws and Requirements Placed on Human Resource Professionals,” presentation to the Blackhawk Human Resource Association (1997).