Dean F. Kelley

Of Counsel || Milwaukee

Exclusively representing employers in matters relating to OSHA and other health and safety laws; the full range of state and federal employment laws including relating to discrimination, retaliation, hostile work environment harassment, interference and wrongful discharge claims under state and federal laws; wage and hour compliance and litigation defense; independent contractor relationships and agreements; employment contracts; restrictive covenants including non-compete, confidentiality, non-solicitation and invention assignment agreements.

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Dean litigates cases, and counsels employers on legal compliance and dispute avoidance, on a full range of employment issues under state and federal employment laws, including:

Since 2001, Dean has successfully represented employers in hundreds of federal OSHA, and state-plan-state, Citation matters involving millions of dollars in aggregated proposed penalties. A great many of Dean’s litigated OSHA cases have involved alleged willful and/or repeat violations, fatalities, amputations, and explosions. His OSHA cases have covered the full range of general industry and construction safety and health issues including, but not limited to: combustible dust; process safety management; confined space; airborne lead, cadmium and a multitude of other airborne contaminants; lockout/tagout, machine guarding; hazard communication; personnel protective equipment; scaffolding; fall protection; and cranes and derricks in construction.

Examples of Dean’s recent OSHA related successes include:


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Professional Activities

  • Vice President and Board of Directors, Greater Milwaukee Safety Council
  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Milwaukee Bar Association


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