Pamela M. Ploor

Legal Assistant
Rhonda Maier

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On the Job

Attorney Pam Ploor’s Practice

Attorney Pamela Ploor is a partner and labor and employment law attorney in the Milwaukee office at Stafford Rosenbaum. Pam advises employers 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, employee relations, and employment and severance agreements. Pam also advises employers on non-discrimination, non-harassment, social media, performance management, whistleblower complaints, employment/consulting agreements, independent contractor status, investigations, and non-competition, non-solicitation, 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 federal government contracts, meeting employment-based compliance obligations of those contracts, and preparing clients for and defending related audits; pay equity; reductions in force; electronic workplace issues; diversity, equity, and inclusion; workplace-based federal, state, and local affirmative action plans and audits; 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. Some of her cases are listed below:

  • Achieving net damages award by jury in Pioneer Log Homes’ favor; handled experts); Rustic Retreats Log Homes, Inc. v. Pioneer Log Homes of British Columbia, Inc. and Pioneer Log Homes of British Columbia, Ltd., Case No. 19-CV-1614 (E.D. Wis. 2022);
  • Achieving dismissal of claims of illegal conduct by a bank. Pechanach v. M&I Bank, 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 v. Metavante Corp., 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 v. Miller Brewing Co., 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. v. Advanced Solutions, 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 v.Marshall & Ilsley Bank, 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 v. Marshall & Ilsley Trust Co., 411 F.3d 854 (7th 2005) (argued);
  • Upholding a grant of summary judgment in a case where an insurance company terminated the plaintiff. Schneiker v. Fortis Insurance Co., 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 v. InSinkErator, Case No. 98-C-0063, (E.D. Wis. 1999);
  • Obtaining a summary judgment when plaintiff alleged the company acted illegally. Hoeller v. Eaton Corporation, 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 v. Medical College of Wisconsin, 79 F.3d 677 (7th Cir. 1996); and
  • Achieving a summary judgment in a wrongful discharge case against an industrial automation and information company based on disability. Tuszkiewicz v. Allen-Bradley Corp., 967 F. Supp. 1119 (E.D. Wis. 1997)

Pam is experienced in preparing quantitative litigation risk analyses and recommendations for alternative dispute resolution and models for the formulation of alternate fee arrangements.

Pam advises businesses on transactional work, such as 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 worked as an in-house attorney at a global public company in Wisconsin and was a partner at a large Milwaukee law firm.

Pam’s Court Admissions

  • State of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • State of Missouri (inactive)

Pam’s Education

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

Pam’s Professional Memberships

  • State Bar of Wisconsin
    • Labor & Employment Law Section
    • Litigation Section
  • American Bar Association
    • Labor & Employment Law Section
    • Litigation Section
  • Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)

Pam’s Presentations and Publications

  • “Human Resources Legal Updates,” League of Wisconsin Municipalities’ Human Resources for Small Communities, March 13, 2024
  • Artificial Intelligence in Municipal Employment,” The Municipality, March 2024
  • Contributor, Wisconsin Labor and Employment Law Compendium, ALFA International Labor & Employment Practice Group, 2024
  • Presenter, “Reasonable Accommodations 101,” May 24, 2023
  • Author, State Bar of Wisconsin PINNACLE, Wisconsin Attorney’s Desk Reference, Vol. I, Ch. 4, Wisconsin Family or Medical Leave Act (11th and 12th eds.) (2021-22 and 2022-23)
  • Bi-monthly columnist on employment law, The Municipality, May 2022 – present
  • Presenter, “Human Resources Update:  Some Basics, Spring Cleaning and New Obligations,” League of Wisconsin Municipalities, March 9, 2023
  • Presenter, “How to Recognize and Handle Top Municipal HR Issues,” League of Wisconsin Municipalities, March 8, 2022
  • Presenter, “Returning to Work: COVID-19, Vaccinations, Accommodations, and Safety,” Wisconsin County Mutual Insurance Corporation’s 28th Annual Corporation Counsel and Defense Counsel Forum, October 8, 2021

Pam’s Recognition and Achievements

  • 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.”
  • National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA)
    • Expert Deposition Skills
    • Deposition Skills
    • Negotiation Skills

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.

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