Kevin J. Kinney

Kevin J. Kinney


Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.

Recognized since 2010

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Practice Areas

Employment Law - Management

Labor Law - Management

Litigation - Labor and Employment

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Kevin J. Kinney has been practicing labor and employment law since his graduation from Marquette University Law School in 1982.

Kevin’s practice centers on all matters arising under the National Labor Relations Act, including union organizing and unfair labor practices brought by or against labor organizations, NLRB proceedings, arbitrations and labor audits. He regularly negotiates collective bargaining agreements that address leading issues such as retiree benefits and wage restructuring. His practice includes Title VII litigation and matters involving disability, discrimination, employment contracts, wage and hour issues, worker’s compensation, unemployment insurance and OSHA. A significant portion of his practice involves non-compete and confidentiality agreement litigation. Kevin has litigated lead NLRB cases dealing with product tampering, multi-employer bargaining units, temporary employees, supervisory status and a host of issues arising out of organizing activity. Kevin was named to the list of Top One Hundred Labor Attorneys in the United States as compiled by Labor Relations Institute, Inc., and has been selected for inclusion in the 2010 through 2015 editions of The Best Lawyers in America®, the 2015 edition of The Best Lawyers in America “Best Law Firms,” the 2013 edition of Wisconsin's Best Lawyers in the specialty of Labor and Employment Law, and the 2012 edition of Wisconsin’s Top Rated Lawyers. He has also been selected for inclusion as a Key Individual since 2011 in Chambers USA America's Leading Lawyers for Business.

He is admitted to practice in Wisconsin and before the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Third, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth and Tenth Circuits and the District of Columbia. He has litigated cases in many state courts including Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois, Ohio, Nebraska and Indiana; the Supreme Courts of Iowa and Nebraska; federal courts in the District of Columbia, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas and Michigan; and before the NLRB, the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission and numerous federal and state agencies and arbitrators throughout the country.

In his free time, Kevin likes to ride his bike, collect Neue Sachlichkeit art and spend time with his wife and daughters. He recently presented a lecture at the Northwestern University Block Museum of Art on “War and Weimer Art.”

Location

  • 1243 North 10th Street, Suite 200
    Milwaukee, WI 53205

Education

  • Marquette University, BA

Bar Admissions

  • State Bar of Wisconsin

Affiliations

  • ABA NLRB Practice and Procedure Committee - Regional Co-Chair
  • American Bar Association - Member
  • Executive Resource Group - Advisor
  • Milwaukee Bar Association - Member

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2023 - Labor Law - Management Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2023 - Litigation - Labor and Employment Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2017 - Labor Law - Management

Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:

  • Labor Law - Management, Milwaukee (2023)
  • Litigation - Labor and Employment, Milwaukee (2023)
  • Labor Law - Management, Milwaukee (2017)

Recognized in The Best Lawyers® in America 2023 for work in:

  • Employment Law - Management
  • Labor Law - Management
  • Litigation - Labor and Employment

Special Focus

  • Employment
  • Labor
  • Management

Awards:

  • Judicial Intern, John L. Coffey, Wisconsin Supreme Court; U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • Legal Intern, National Labor Relations Board, Region 30
  • Named as one of the Top 100 Labor Attorneys in the United States by Labor Relations Institute, Inc.
  • Wisconsin Super Lawyers (2006-2014)
  • Chambers USA America’s Leading Lawyers for Business – Key Individual
  • Wisconsin’s Top Rated Lawyers
  • AV Peer Review rated by Martindale-Hubbell

Other Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, Tenth, and District of Columbia Circuits
  • United States Supreme Court

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