Pamela M. Ploor

Partner
Partner
Legal Assistant
Nancy Haselwood
414-982-2852
nhaselwood@staffordlaw.com

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On the Job

Attorney Pamela M. Ploor is a partner in the Milwaukee office at Stafford Rosenbaum, which she joined in 2021. Pam’s legal practice involves representing and advising businesses on a variety of matters but with a focus on labor and employment and litigation.

Pam advises businesses on a full range of employment and labor law matters with concentrations in Wisconsin and federal family and medical leave act (FMLA) laws, disability accommodations, wage-hour, compensation, pay equity, employee relations, employment and severance agreements, reductions in force, electronic workplace, and diversity and inclusion issues. Pam also advises employers on non-discrimination, non-harassment, social media, performance management, whistleblower complaints, employment/consulting agreements, independent contractor status, investigations, severance agreements, and non-competition and confidentiality agreements. She creates, reviews, and revises human resources policies and procedures on an array of topics and regularly conducts presentations for HR professionals and management personnel on employment law issues and matters. Pam also has significant experience in affirmative action plans and audits by the US Department of Labor Office of Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) and similar state agencies, and civil rights compliance plans.

Pam has provided extensive client representation in state and federal courts and administrative agencies from service of complaint through appeal. She has tried cases to verdict, but common practice involves discovery, dispositive motion practice, and settlement/mediation as part of defense of litigation claims. This scope of work includes:

  • Achieving dismissal of claims of illegal conduct by a bank. Pechanach, 2010 WL 1253455 (E.D. Wis. March 24, 2010)
  • Obtaining dismissal of Sarbanes-Oxley claim against financial technology company alleging purported fraud on shareholders. Westphal, 5-3100-09-030 (OSHA February 6, 2009)
  • Successfully moving for summary judgment in a case against a company related to alleged illegal actions by the company manager. Markowitz, 2008 WL 2401254 (E.D. Wis. June 11, 2008)
  • Persuading Eastern District of Texas to transfer the venue of a federal question case against a financial technology company to the Western District of Oklahoma. Frederick, Inc., 558 F.Supp.2d 699 (E.D. Tex. 2007)
  • Obtaining dismissal of National Labor Relations Act against a charge that a bank violated federal labor law when it disciplined an employee for lying about engaging in non-work activities on work time, Vara-Ramos, 30-CA-17442 (July 12, 2006)
  • Persuading Seventh Circuit to affirm a grant of summary judgment in a case with 12 alleged acts of illegal conduct by a bank. Beamon, 411 F.3d 854 (7th 2005) (argued)
  • Upholding a grant of summary judgment in a case where an insurance company terminated the plaintiff. Schneiker, 200 F.3d 1055 (7th Cir. 2000) (argued)
  • In a jury trial, successfully defending a food waste disposal system company accused of a claim of unlawful conduct. Cicero-Larsen, Case No. 98-C-0063, (E.D. Wis. 1999)
  • Obtaining a summary judgment when plaintiff alleged the company acted illegally. Hoeller, 149 F.3d 621 (7th Cir. 1998)
  • Convincing a court to dismiss a case when a plaintiff claimed a medical school engaged in an unlawful practice. Weisbrot, 79 F.3d 677 (7th Cir. 1996)
  • Achieving a summary judgment in a wrongful discharge case against an industrial automation and information company based on disability. Tuszkiewicz, 967 F. Supp. 1119 (E.D. Wis. 1997)

Pam has experience preparing quantitative litigation risk analyses and recommendations for alternate dispute resolution and models for the formulation of alternate fee arrangements.

Pam advises businesses on transactional work, like leases, commercial contracts, procurement contracts, and licensing matters. She also has experience advising clients on legal issues related to data privacy and security, cyber security, data breaches, and related issues, including practical audits, policies, processes and training to minimize risk.

Before joining Stafford Rosenbaum LLP, Pam was a partner at another Milwaukee law firm and worked as an in-house attorney at a large company in Wisconsin.

Bar Admissions

  • State of Wisconsin
  • State of Missouri (inactive)
  • Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin
  • 7th Circuit Court of Appeals

Education

  • Harvard Law School, J.D.
  • University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), B.A., Political Science, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • State Bar of Wisconsin

Presentations and Publications

  • Presenter for federal contractor webinar by LocalJobNetwork.com, January 26, 2016
  • Presenter, “Wage & Hour Update: ‘Times, They are a Changin’” for the Labor & Employment Section of the State Bar of Wisconsin, October 25, 2015
  • Author, “Federal Contractor 911!! Making Sense of Changes Facing Federal Contractors,” Employee Relations Law Journal, Autumn 2014 (Vol. 40, no. 2), October 1, 2014
  • Quoted and featured in “In-House Counsel Name Favorite Employment Lawyers,” Employment Law360, January 26, 2010
  • Presenter at 2010 Society for Human Resource Management State of Wisconsin Conference, October 7, 2010

Professional Recognition and Awards

  • The Best Lawyers in America® 2016 (Litigation – Labor and Employment)
  • Rated by Chambers USA in 2005 – 2017 in Employment Defense as a Leading Lawyer
  • Named 2009 and 2010 BTI Client Service All-Star. This designation “is the gold standard used by corporate counsel and law firms alike to identify attorneys delivering the absolute best levels of client service — better than all others.”
  • Completed Expert Deposition Skills, National Institute of Trial Advocacy
  • Completed Deposition Skills, National Institute of Trial Advocacy
  • Completed Negotiation Skills, National Institute of Trial Advocacy

Off the Job

Pam lives in the metropolitan Milwaukee area with her two sons. Pam spent significant time in her youth in California, but considers herself a native of Wisconsin given her time there as a child and since she graduated from law school. Pam enjoys tackling fix-it projects in her home and traveling. On her last trip, she took her son to Beijing, China.

Would like to visit: Antarctica

Fun facts: Pam appeared in a music video during college in Los Angeles, and her favorite musical instrument is the flute.