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Attorneys Ron Rutlin and Dean Dietrich were recently selected as The Best Lawyers in America(R) in the area of Labor and Employment Law. Dietrich and Rutlin are the only attorneys selected from Central and North Central Wisconsin in this area of law.
Rutlin, chair of the firm’s Employment, Labor & Benefits practice group, has been practicing law in the state of Wisconsin for over thirty years. Rutlin is chief spokesman in collective bargaining negotiations with many medium to large clients and handles grievance arbitrations, employment discrimination cases filed with state and federal fair employment practice agencies, and counsels clients on a broad range of employment law issues. Rutlin also provides regular advice and counsel with respect to a wide range of employee relation problems, including employee disciplinary issues, formulating and drafting policies and work rules, handbooks, severance agreements, union elections and decertifications, and unfair labor practice charges.
Dietrich, a shareholder with Ruder Ware, and member of the firm’s Employment, Labor & Benefits practice group, has been practicing law in the state of Wisconsin for just over 30 years. Dietrich practices in the areas of labor and employment law, representing public and private sector employers in the many aspects of employment law and labor relations. Dietrich has extensive experience in representing employers in collective bargaining and proceedings before state and federal administrative agencies. Dietrich is also Chair of the Wisconsin State Bar’s Professional Ethics Committee.
The selection process is complex with over 24,000 lawyers in the United States submitting more than two million evaluations confidentially rating their professional peers. The Best Lawyers in America® 2008 guide contains 29,769 lawyers in 77 specialty legal areas, in all 50 states including the District of Columbia.
“We’re pleased at the caliber at which our attorneys regularly hold themselves, Ron and Dean are no exception. These two attorneys are active within the community and daily provide insightful legal advice to their clients. We appreciate being recognized in this legal specialty area,” comments Ruder Ware’s COO, John Laehn.
The Employment, Labor & Benefits department of Ruder Ware consists of seven attorneys assisting private and public sector employers of all sizes with the employment, labor and benefits aspects of their business. Service areas include: federal and state discrimination laws; state and federal family medical leave laws; state and federal wage and hour laws; contract negotiations; employee discipline and discharge; employee handbooks and personnel policies; drug and alcohol testing policies; sexual harassment policies and training; corporate downsizing; employment, labor and benefits aspects of corporate mergers and acquisitions; union elections and decertifications; unfair labor practice charges; maintaining nonunion status; plant closing laws; employment/severance agreements; affirmative action plans; supervisory training; workers’ compensation and unemployment compensation; and arbitration.