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Dean R. Dietrich

Professional Experience

For over 35 years, Dean has practiced in the areas of labor relations and employment law, representing public and private sector employers in the many aspects of employment law and labor relations. He has extensive experience representing employers in collective bargaining and proceedings before state and federal administrative agencies. Dean also represents municipalities and local government units in all aspects of municipal law and compliance with state statutes.

Dean's experience includes:

  • Representation of public and private employers in prohibited practice complaints, grievance arbitration hearings, and equal rights claims before state agencies and private arbitrators.
  • Representation of public and private sector employers in negotiating labor agreements or proceeding before an interest arbitrator to resolve the terms of a labor agreement.
  • Counseling of private sector and public sector employers in all aspects of human resources, including responding to discrimination claims or harassment claims arising in the workplace.
  • Counseling of local governments on all aspects of municipal law including open meetings, public records, zoning and other government issues.

In addition, Dean has led the firm's professional responsibility and ethics practice for the past 20 years. Dean has represented numerous attorneys in proceedings before the Supreme Court and the Office of Lawyer Regulation. During that time, Dean has served on the State Bar of Wisconsin's Committee on Professional Ethics, currently serving as chair. In addition, Dean is a member of the ABA's Center for Professional Responsibility and the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers. Dean regularly publishes articles on the topic of ethics in the Wisconsin Lawyer magazine.

Dean frequently posts to The Blue Ink Employment blog and Local Governments and School Districts blog.

Education

  • B.S., Marquette University - Milwaukee, WI (1974)
  • J.D., Marquette University - Milwaukee, WI (1977)

Bar Associations

  • American Bar Association - Section Member: Law Practice Management; State and Local Government Law
  • State Bar of Wisconsin - Section Member: Labor Law; Administrative & Local Government Law
  • Marathon County Bar Association

Admitted to Practice

  • Wisconsin Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin

Professional Recognition

  • Best Lawyers in America®, Employment Law - Management (2001 - 2014)
  • Best Lawyers in America®, Labor Law - Management (2001 - 2014)
  • Best of the U.S. Inc., Employment Law, 2007
  • Wisconsin Super Lawyers®, 2005 - 2011
  • Leaders in the Law, Wisconsin Law Journal, 2006
  • Advocacy Award, United Way of Marathon County, 2015
  • Athena Award, Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce, 2015
  • John L. Cook Memorial Award, Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce, 2010
  • Award of Appreciation, Volunteer Lawyers Project, Legal Action Wisconsin
  • President Award, State Bar of Wisconsin, 2002, 2004, 2006

Professional Activities

  • Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers - Member
  • ABA Center for Professional Responsibility - Member
  • League of Wisconsin Municipalities Municipal Attorneys - Section Member; President (2007 - 2008)
  • National Public Employer Labor Relations Association - Member
  • State Bar of Wisconsin - Treasurer (2001-2005), Board of Governors (1990 - 1991) and (1994 - 1998); Committee on Professional Ethics, Chairman (2000 - 2002) and (2005 - present), Member (1990 - present); Finance Committee, Member (1996 - 2010); Chair (2000 - 2004), Professionalism Committee, Member (1994 - 1998 and 2000 - 2009); Young Lawyers Division, President (1989 - 1990), Director (1985 - 1989)
  • Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce - Member, President (2001 - 2002), Board of Directors (1994 - 2000), Business Advocacy Committee, Chair (1988 - 1998, 2011)
  • Wisconsin Law Foundation - Fellow, President (2008 - 2014), Treasurer (2014 - present)
  • Wisconsin Public Employer Labor Relations Association - Member
  • Wisconsin School Attorneys Association - Board Member, President (2009 - 2010)
  • Wisconsin Trust Account Foundation - Board Member, President (2010 - 2012)

Civic Activities

  • Aspirus Wausau Hospital, Inc. - Board Member (1999 - 2013), Board Secretary (2000 - 2002), Vice Chair (2002 - 2004), Chair (2004 - 2007), Emeritus (2011 - 2013)
  • Aspirus, Inc. - Board Member, Board Chair (2007 - 2010), Emeritus (2011 - 2013)
  • Camp Manito-wish - Board Member
  • Marathon County Early Years Coalition - Member, Chairperson
  • Marathon County Start Right Program - Program Board Member(2005 - present)
  • Marathon County Youth Hockey Association - President (2000 - 2003)
  • Northcentral Technical College - Interim President (1993 - 1994)
  • Wausau Early Bird Rotary Club - Member (2001 - 2014), President (2001 - 2002)
  • Wisconsin Public Radio Association - Board Member (2010 - present), President (2014 - present)

Articles

Legal Updates

Blue Ink Blog Articles

 

 

Presentations

  • HR Basics, and Changes in Labor Law, Wisconsin Housing Authorities Annual Conference - 9/20/17
  • School Law issues re Fair Dealership Law decision, use of videos from school setting, transgender treatment update, Ruder Ware School Law Seminar - 9/14/17
  • Impact of the Administrations of President Trump and Governor Walker on Local Governments, Ruder Ware Local Government Seminar - 4/25/17
  • Independent Hearing Officer Training Program - 3/17/17
  • Why Should You Care About What the NLRB and OSHA Think of Employee Policies and Handbooks?, Ruder Ware Employment, Benefits & Labor Relations Conference - 11/3/16
  • Legal Lessons, Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce Local Government Educate & Engage Series 2016 - 10/20/16
  • ADA and Reasonable Accommodation in the Public Sector, Ruder Ware Local Government Seminar - 9/28/16
  • School Law Issues, Ruder Ware School Law Seminar - 9/19/16
  • How Do the New Overtime Rules Affect Your Business? - 5/31/16
  • "Banging on the Drum All Day":  Dealing With Leaves of Absence and Unavailability for Work, Eau Claire area Employment, Benefits & Labor Law Conference - 5/25/16
  • Recent Legislative Changes Impacting Local Governments; Review of Laws Impacting Local Government Officials - 5/4/16
  • Bullying in the Workplace - What Can You Do to Protect Your Employees?, Ruder Ware Annual CWSHRM Human Resources & Labor Law Conference - 4/7/16
  • Practical Procedures for Addressing Employment Issues, and Panel Discussion, PPA and NTC sponsored A "How To" on Employee Management - 2/24/16
  • "Banging on the Drum All Day":  Dealing With Leaves of Absence and Unavailability for Work, Ruder Ware Annual Employment, Benefits, and Labor Relations Conference- 11/5/15
  • 2015 Budget Bill Local Government Implications - 9/30/15
  • Open Meetings Law and Public Records Law - What's New and What's Different - 9/30/15
  • Employment Law:  What You Need to Know Webinar, Conducting Employee Background Checks, National Business Institute - 6/15/15
  • Dealing With Employee Discipline and Terminations in a Local Government Setting - 4/30/15
  • Local Government Laws Impacting Elected Officials and the Administration of Government - 4/30/15
  • Hot Topics in Local Government Law - 4/30/15
  • NLRB on the Loose:  Do Your Personnel Policies Pass Muster Under Recent Board Decisions?, EC area Employment, Benefits, and Labor Relations Law Conference - 3/4/15
  • Avoiding Wage and Hour Violations, Employment Law: 2014 Comprehensive Guide NBI Seminar - 12/10/14
  • NLRB on the Loose:  Do Your Personnel Policies Pass Muster Under Recent Board Decisions?, Ruder Annual Employment, Benefits, and Labor Relations Conference- 11/6/14
  • Managing Employees in the Public Sector: A Dialogue on the Public Sector and Private Sector Models - Panel Discussion - 9/30/14
  • Recent Decisions Affecting Local Government in Wisconsin - 4/29/14
  • What's Happening Right Now in Employment Law? "Sex, Drugs, and Drama in the Workplace", Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce, It's Your Business - 12/5/13
  • The NLRB Has Been Given New Life: What Does That Mean for Union and Non-union Employers?, Annual Ruder Ware Employment, Benefits & Labor Relations Conference - 11/7/13
  • Open Government in the New Age of Technology - 9/24/13
  • Wisconsin Act 10: Where are We and Where are We Going (and When)? - 4/30/13
  • Why an Employment Professional Needs to Worry About Benefits Now, CWSHRM Conference - 4/11/13
  • Conducting Background Checks: Will Too Much Information Hurt You? - 11/8/12
  • Breakfast Briefing regarding Legal Challenges to Wisconsin Act 10 - 10/9/12
  • Update to Wisconsin Act 10 Challenges - 9/26/12
  • Avoiding Conflicts of Interest in Local Government Decision Making: What are the Limitations of State Law Impacting Government Officials? - 9/12/12
  • Employment Policies That May Put You at Risk of Violating the Law - 4/30/12
  • Human Resources 101: Fundamentals for Your Business, Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce and CWSHRM - 3/1/12
  • Concealed Carry Law and Potential Issues of Violence in the Workplace, Annual Ruder Ware Employment, Benefits & Labor Relations Law Conference - 11/4/11
  • Concealed Carry Law, Marshfield Area Chamber of Commerce & Industry - 10/19/11
  • Ethics, Wisconsin School Attorneys Association Annual Membership Meeting - 10/13/11
  • Handling Grievances Under the Statutory Grievance Process - 9/28/11
  • What to do With the Concealed Carry Law - Are You in or Are You Out?, Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce - 9/28/11
  • ADA and Reasonable Accommodation, Marshfield Area Human Resources Association - 9/14/11
  • What's Next Under the New Public Sector Bargaining Law?, Ruder Ware Special Briefing - 7/14/11
  • Ethics & Towns, Wisconsin Towns Association - 5/16/11
  • Public Employment: How Many Rights Make Government Wrong?, State Bar of Wisconsin - 5/12/11
  • Ethical Issues in Litigation, Administrative Hearings, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Wisconsin State Bar - 5/6/11
  • Raising the Bar thru Volunteering, Wisconsin State Bar Leaders Conference - 4/29/11
  • Ethics-Town/Municipal Employees, Wisconsin Town Lawyers Conference - 4/29/11
  • The New Environment of Collective Bargaining for Public Sector Employees - 4/26/11
  • Conflicts of Interest for Local Government Lawyers: Who's the Client? - Spring Local Government Seminar, State Bar of Wisconsin - 4/26/11
  • Collective Bargaining - Issues and Trends Impacting School Districts - 4/13/11
  • Leaving the Law Firm, State Bar of Wisconsin - 3/11/11
  • What You Don't Know Might Hurt You: Exploring the Ethical Pitfalls of Technology in the Law Practice, State Bar of Wisconsin - 3/9/11
  • Special Briefing - Budget Repair Bill - 2/23/11
  • Representing an Organization, Ethics teleseminar, State Bar of Wisconsin - 1/11/11
  • Social Networking - 11/4/10
  • Identifying and Minimizing Liabilities of Employee Social Networking - 9/29/10
  • FMLA: Information for a Healthy Organization, Basic Track - 5/25/2010
  • Wisconsin Public Records Law: What's Happening? - 4/27/10
  • Identifying and Minimizing Liabilities of Employee Social Networking - 11/04/09
  • Case Law Legislative Update - 11/04/09
  • Privacy Considerations in Local Government & Dealing with Technology as a Local Government Official - 9/30/09
  • New and Anticipated Legislation Impacting the Public Sector: How Will the Business of Local Government Change Under the New Political Environment? - 4/28/09
  • Open Meetings Law - 9/29/09
  • Religious Discrimination - Faith in the Work Environment - 2/26/09
  • Effective Discipline Procedures & Strategies for Public Sector Employees - 11/13/08
  • Religious Discrimination - Faith in the Work Environment - 11/13/08
  • Local Officials Code of Ethics - 8/29/07, 4/30/08 and 4/28/09
  • Collective Bargaining in a Time of Limited Resources: Strategies and Opportunities - 4/28/09
  • Powers & Authority of Local Elected Officials - 4/30/08
  • The Missing Employee: Drugs, Alcohol and Other Absenteeism Issues - 11/3/06
  • What Are the Ten Most Important Things to Know About the WI Open Meetings Law and Public Records Law - 10/30/06
  • Public Employee Discipline: Yes, Dorothy, You Still Can Terminate a Public Employee But You Must Follow the Yellow Brick Paper Trail - 4/24/06 and 4/27/06
  • WI Public Records Law: The Five Most Important Things To Remember About Your Public Records - 4/24/06 and 4/27/06
  • "Sex, Porn, Drugs, and Alcohol Issues in the Workplace - 10/14/05
  • Collective Bargaining Issues and What To Do About Skyrocketing Health - 9/27/05
  • Open Meetings Law Compliance by Local Governments - Was That Meeting Legal? - 9/27/05
  • Teacher and Support Staff Bargaining Under the Strain of a Financial Crisis - 4/26/05