David J.B. Froiland

Office Managing Shareholder || Milwaukee

David Froiland is the Managing Shareholder of Ogletree’s Milwaukee office and Co-Chair of the firm’s national RIF/WARN practice group. He represents employers before federal and state courts and administrative agencies throughout the country in all areas of employment law, with particular focus on employment discrimination cases, including ADEA collective action claims, Title VII class actions, wage and hour class actions, and reductions in force. Mr. Froiland also counsels employers on plant closing issues, harassment issues, disability accommodation, problem terminations, and a host of other workplace issues regarding the legal rights and obligations of employers. He also represents employers in labor arbitrations, labor negotiations and union campaigns.

Mr. Froiland is a board member for the Urban Ecology Center, a non-profit that brings together children and families from all Milwaukee neighborhoods to teach science and environmental education and to connect urban children to nature and each other. Mr. Froiland sings in Milwaukee’s Chant Claire Chamber Choir, and is an active member of the Rotary Club of Milwaukee. David’s wife, Lisa, is an inner city Lutheran Pastor. He is the proud father of two college-age daughters and a college-age foster son.

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  • Handled over 50 arbitrations and numerous collective bargaining negotiations
  • Advises clients in union avoidance campaigns
  • Represents clients in NLRB proceedings
  • Represents clients in federal and state court litigation involving non-compete, discrimination, harassment, and retaliation, and ERISA allegations
  • Conducts in-house training regarding collective bargaining; investigations, arbitration of grievances; union avoidance; harassment, wage and hour issues, ADA, FMLA, USERRA, WARN Act, performance management, and problem terminations
  • Counsels employers regarding high profile and problematic employment issues, including terminations of CEOs and other C-Suite executives


  • J.D., magna cum laude, Indiana University, 1997
  • B.A., St. Olaf College, 1990

Admittance to Practice

  • Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois


  • Ogletree Deakins Managing a Workforce in 2019 - "Reality HR: How To Untangle The Multiple Strands And Maintain Control Of Reasonable Accommodation Requests" - Kohler - September 21, 2018
  • Wisconsin Banking HR Professionals - "Sexual Harassment in the #MeToo Era" - Brookfield - May 22, 2018
  • ACC Annual Conference - "The Future Of Class Action Waivers: How Employers Can Best Leverage the Supreme Court Ruling in Murphy Oil" - Elkhart Lake - May 17, 2018
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - "Top 10 WARN Act Mind-Benders" - Phoenix - May 11, 2018
  • Private Client Training - "Sexual Harassment in the #MeToo Era" - May 10, 2018
  • Ogletree Deakins Employment Law Briefing - "The Only Constant is Change" - Appleton - April 3, 2018
  • Ogletree Deakins "Reel Ethics" Briefing - "Limits of Attorney—Client Privilege" - Waukesha - January 17, 2018
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - "To Arbitrate, or Not to Arbitrate: That is the Question" - Kohler - September 2017
  • Ogletree Deakins Briefing - "The Seasons of Employment Law – Summer: Active Employment and Winter: Claims and Charges" - Kenosha - June 20, 2017
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - "The Reduction in Force Toolkit—Managing the Risks" - San Diego - May 5, 2017
  • Madison Area Corporate Counsel Network - "Court Vacancies, Arbitration Agreements & Class Action Waivers" - Madison - March 9, 2017
  • Metro Milwaukee SHRM, Employment Law SIG - "Employment Law Update: Trump Administration and Other Developments" - Milwaukee - January 18, 2017
  • Ogletree Deakins "Reel Ethics" Briefing - "Dual Representation of Employer and Employee" - Waukesha - January 2017
  • Ogletree Deakins Webinar - "How to Design and Implement A Voluntary Termination Program" - December 7, 2016
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - "Having Fun with the New EEO-1? A Roundup of What’s New at the EEOC" - Milwaukee - September 29, 2016
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - "Lend a Helping Handbook" - Milwaukee - September 29, 2016
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - "Don’t Be a Non-Compliant Non Profit: Employment Law and Human Resources Issues for Non-Profit Organizations" - Milwaukee - September 27, 2016
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - "Making It Work At Work: Accommodating Religious Observances, Comfort Dogs, No Nuts, and Workplace Odors" - Kohler - September 16, 2016
  • EEOC Fox Valley Wisconsin Seminar - "When Worlds Collide: The Interplay of the FMLA, ADA and WC Laws" - Neenah - July 20, 2016
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - "Employment Law Update" - Milwaukee - May 24, 2016
  • Ogletree Deakins Briefing - "The Federal Alphabet Trilogy: An Update on Litigation and Regulatory Initiatives from the EEOC, NLRB, and DOL" - Appleton and Brookfield - March 2016
  • April 17, 2018 - SHRM Online - "When Should Employers Tell Employees That Layoffs Are Looming?"
  • March 23, 2018 - Bloomberg BNA - "Toys ‘R’ Us Layoff Warnings Showcase Trend for Store Closures"
  • Best Lawyers Award Badge
  • Ranked in Chambers USA
  • Best Lawyers in America (2018-present)
  • Leading Lawyer for Business, Chambers and Partners USA (2018)
  • Editor-in-Chief, Indiana Law Journal
  • Order of the Coif
  • Judicial Law Clerk, Hon. Jesse E. Eschbach, U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit

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