Meg Vergeront

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Melissa Hammersley
608-259-2608
mhammersley@staffordlaw.com

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On the Job

Practice

Meg’s practice focuses primarily on constitutional, property tax and employment law. She represents municipalities in all forums regarding property tax issues, such as excessive assessment and exemption. On the employment law front, she helps private and public sector employers find common sense solutions to the day-to-day workplace problems they face, from hiring and firing and everything in between. She also defends employers in federal and state forums against a broad range of claims, from harassment and discrimination claims, to wage and hour claims, to claims of union contract violations.

Her experience includes:

  • Representing municipal clients in property tax litigation and appearing at boards of review.
  • Advising clients regarding proper Board of Review procedure and other property tax issues that arise outside of litigation.
  • Successfully defending clients in federal court and administrative forums against sex, race and disability discrimination, harassment, retaliation and deprivation of constitutional rights claims.
  • Helping employers create and implement key employment policies, like anti-harassment and drug and alcohol testing policies, and employee handbooks.
  • Conducting employment practices audits
  • Anti-harassment training.
  • Drafting non-compete and non-disclosure agreements.
  • Helping private and public sector employers make their way through the reasonable accommodation process required under state and federal disability anti-discrimination laws.
  • Negotiating highly favorable settlements for private and public Wisconsin employers in litigation involving claims of alleged excessive assessment, sexual harassment, sex and disability discrimination and retaliation.
  • Successful defense at trial and on appeal of a municipality’s ordinance prohibiting nude or semi-nude dancing in establishments that serve alcohol against claims that the ordinance violated the First Amendment, resulting in a published appellate decision that established important, and favorable, precedent for municipalities seeking to combat the adverse effects caused by the combination of sexually oriented businesses with alcohol.

Meg is admitted to practice in Wisconsin. Click here for her lawyer rating. Meg was recently selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2019 in the fields of Civil Rights law, Employee Benefits (ERISA) law, Employment Law-Management and Litigation – Labor and Employment.

Education

  • University of Wisconsin Law School (J.D., 1993;cum laude)
  • University of Wisconsin- Madison (B.A., 1989; graduated with distinction)

Professional Recognition and Awards

  • Selected by peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America (since 2010).
  • Selected by peers as a Wisconsin Rising Star in employment/labor law (Milwaukee Magazine, December 2007).

Publications

  • Author of chapters on the WI Family and Medical Leave Act in the Wisconsin Attorney’s Desk Reference, published by the State Bar of Wisconsin (1994-present)
  • Co-author, “Disability Law in Wisconsin Workplaces,”Wisconsin Lawyer (October 2004)
  • Co-author, “Employee Handbooks in the Municipal Workplace,” Municipal Lawyer (May/June 2003)
  • “Employee Handbooks,”The Municipality (May 2002)
  • “First Amendment Rights of Local Officials,” Wisconsin Counties (July 1998)

Teaching Experience

Author and presenter of educational materials for various seminars addressing state and federal developments in the law, including:

  • “Dark Store Theory” in valuation of Big Boxes;
  • state and federal Family and Medical Leave Acts;
  • anti-discrimination laws;
  • hiring and firing do’s and dont’s;
  • the Americans with Disabilities Act
  • First Amendment; and,
  • wrongful discharge.

Professional Memberships and Activities

  • American Bar Association
  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Member and Past Chair, State Bar of Wisconsin Labor & Employment Law Section Board
  • Dane County Bar Association

Off the Job

Meg was born in Madison and grew up in Grafton, Wisconsin. She moved to back Madison for college and law school and has stayed.

  • Hobbies: Reading, traveling, dining with friends
  • Favorite food: Pizza
  • Favorite artist: Monet
  • Favorite music: Sinatra to AC/DC, Koko Taylor to John Denver—pretty much all of it
  • Last place visited: Washington D.C.
  • Favorite movie: Pulp Fiction
  • Would like to visit: Italy
  • Last book read: American Original: The Life and Constitution of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia

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