Kevin J. Kinney

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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.”


Experience

  • Representing clients in union avoidance campaigns
  • Representing clients in NLRB proceedings
  • Decertification and union elections
  • Numerous collective bargaining negotiations
  • Handled over 100 arbitrations
  • Class Action litigation
  • Federal and State court litigation involving non-compete, discrimination, harassment and retaliation allegations

Published Cases:

  • Morgan-Wightman Supply Company, WERC Decision No. 21048 (1983)
  • Carpenters District Council of Milwaukee v. Morgan-Wightman Supply Company, WERC Decision No. 20286-B (1983)
  • Accetta Millwork, Inc., 274 NLRB No. 141 (1985)
  • Geo A. Hormel & Co., 287 NLRB No. 693 (1987)
  • Roadmaster Corp. and Laborers International Union, Local 504, 89 LA 126 (1987)
  • Roadmaster Corp. v. NLRB, 288 NLRB No. 135 (1988)
  • G.A. Aalbers v. Iowa Dept. of Job Service, 431 NW2d 330 (Iowa Sup. Ct. 1988)
  • Geo A. Hormel & Co v. Randall D. Hair, 426 NW2d281 (Nebraska Sup. Ct. 1988)
  • Roadmaster Corp. v. NLRB, 874 F.2d 448 (7th Cir. 1989)
  • Local 504 v. Roadmaster Corp., 916 F.2d 1161 (7th Cir. 1990)
  • Xidek Corp. v. NLRB, 924 F.2d 245 (D.C. Cir. 1991)
  • Advance Products Corp., 304 NLRB No. 436 (1991)
  • Local 619 AIW v. NLRB, 924 F.2d 245 (D.C. Cir. 1991)
  • A&J Cartage, Inc., 309 NLRB No. 319 (1992)
  • Roadmaster Corp., 98 Lab. Arb. 847 (BNA 1992)
  • Richardson Brothers South, 312 NLRB No. 534 (1993)
  • Housey v. Canni Lincoln-Mercury, 817 F.Supp. 762 (E.D. Wis. 1993)
  • Briggs & Stratton Corp. v. Local 232, 36 F.3d 712 (7th Cir. 1994)
  • Ryder Dedicated Logistics, Inc., 22 AMR 32175 (1995)
  • Roark v. Walker Mfg., Inc., 1996 U.S. Dist. Lexis 16976 (N.D. Ind. 1996)
  • Bernhardt v. Labor and Industry Review Commission, 207 Wis. 2d 294 (Wis. Ct. App. 1996)
  • Briggs & Stratton Corp. and UPIU Local 7232, 107 LA 1023 (1997)
  • Hager v. Lutheran Hospital-LaCrosse, Inc., 1999 U.S. App. Lexis 31938 (7th Cir. 1999)
  • Ryder Integrated Logistics, Inc., 329 NLRB 1493 (1999)
  • R&D Trucking, Inc., 327 NLRB No. 531 (1999)
  • IBEW Local 494 v. NLRB, 332 NLRB No. 112 (2000)
  • NLRB v. Aluminum Casting & Engineering, Co., 230 F.3d 286 (7th Cir. 2000)
  • Gerald Nell Inc. v. NLRB, 274 F.3d 586 (D.C. Cir. 2001) reversing Gerald Nell, Inc., 332 NLRB No. 1223 (2000)
  • Podewils v. NLRB, 274 F.3d 536 (D.C. Cir. 2001)
  • CTS, Inc., 340 NLRB No. 904 (2003)
  • Curwood, Inc., 339 NLRB No. 1137 (2003)
  • Reigel Electric/Central Electric Services, 341 NLRB No. 3 (2004)
  • Reigel Electric/Central Electric Services, 342 NLRB No. 83 (2004)
  • Windward Roofing and Construction, Inc., 342 NLRB No. 70 (2004)
  • Gerald Nell, Inc., 341 NLRB no. 71 (2004) affirmed IBEW Local 494 v. NLRB et al. 161 Fed Appx. 16 (C.A.D.C. 2005) cert. denied 126 S. Ct. 557 (2005)
  • Towne Ford, Inc., WERC A-6171 (Burns 2005)
  • NLRB and GCU Local 77-P v. Curwood, Inc., 397 F.3d 548 (7th Cir. 2005)
  • UFCW Local 73A v. Hormel Foods Corp., 2006 WL 2591186 (E.D. Wis. 2006)
  • Bialoszynski v. Milwaukee Forge, 419 F.Supp 2.d 1045 (E.D. Wis. 2006)
  • Milprint, Inc. v. Randy L Flynn, 05-cv-222 (Wis. Cir. Ctr. Grant Co. June 28, 2006)
  • Eliot Washington, et al. v. James Krahn et al. and Rural Mutual Insurance Company (Case No. 05-cv-00673 Dec. 2006)
  • United Food and Commercial Workers v. Hormel Foods Corp., 2006 WL 2591186 (E.D. Wis. 2006)
  • Aluminum Casting & Engineering Co. Inc., 349 NLRB No. 18 9Jan. 31, 2007)
  • Aluminum Casting & Engineering Co., Inc., 352 NLRB No. 1 (2008)
  • Wolf v. Price Erecting Co., 591 F.Supp.2d 985 (E.D. Wis. 2008)
  • KSM Industries, Inc. v. NLRB, 353 NLRB No. 1124, 353 NLRB No. 117 (2009)
  • Electrical Workers UE v. NLRB, 580 F.3d 560 (7th Cir.  2009)
  • Temme, et al. v. Bemis Company, Inc., 651 F.Supp.2d 865 (E.D. Wis. 2009)
  • Fore v. Lakeside Buses of Wisconsin, Inc., 2009 WL 5205440 (E.D. Wis.) affirmed 7th Cir. (7/15/10)
  • Temme v. Bemis Co., 622 F.3d 730 (7th Cir. 2010)
  • Phillip Carerros v. Charter Manufacturing Co. (LIRC 2010)
  • Kohler Co. and Kevin Brewer, et al., (Case Nos. 26-CA-22733 and 22744)
  • Bemis Company, Inc. and Chicago Midwest Regional Joint Board Local 1426, 129 LA 24 (2011)
  • Temme v. Bemis Co., 2011 BL 110559 (E.D. Wis. 2011)
  • Bemis Co., 129 LA 24 (2011)
  • Aim Royal Insulation, Inc. and Jacobson Staffing, L.C. and International Association of Heat & Frost, 358 NLRB No. 91 (2012)
  • Alcan Packaging Co. v. Graphic Communications, et al. (U.S. Dist. Ct. S.D. Iowa, 8/2012)
  • Lacher et al. v. Review Board of the Indiana Dept. of Workforce Dev. And Bemis Company, Inc., 954 N.E. 2d 1098 (Ind. App. 2011), petition to transfer denied.  969 N.E.2d 606 (Ind. 2012
  • NLRB v. KSM Industries, Inc., 682 F.3d 537 (7th Cir. 2012)
  • Alcan Packaging Co. v. Graphic Communications Conference Local 77-P, 729 F.3d 839 (8th Cir. 2013)
  • Temme v. Bemis Co., 726 F.3d 544 (7th Cir. 2014)
  • Olson v. Bemis Co., 2014 BL 107621 (E.D. Wis. 2014)
  • ABC Supply Co. Inc., 133 LA 1090 (Arb. 2014)
  • Olson v. Bemin Company, Inc., 800 F.3d 296 (7th Cir. 2015) 204 L.R.R.M. (BNA) 365
  • Baines v. Walgreens, Case No. 15-CV-258 (ED WI 2016)
  • EEOC v. Orion Energy Systems, Inc., Case No. 1:14-CV-01019 (ED WI 2016)

Professional Activities and Speeches

Professional Activities:

  • State Bar of Wisconsin (Labor and Employment Section)
  • Milwaukee Bar Association
  • American Bar Association (Labor Law Section)
  • ABA NLRB Practice and Procedure Committee (Regional Co-Chair)
  • Executive Resource Group (Advisor)
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Milwaukee, Inc. (past Board Member)
  • Milwaukee Art Museum, Contemporary Art Society (past Board Member)

Speeches:

  • Labor and Employment Counsel Exclusive - ''Death by a Thousand Cuts: Managing Litigation on Multiple Fronts'' - Boca Raton - November 09, 2017
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - ''Labor Strategy From Scratch: Soup to Nuts Preparation'' - San Diego - May 03, 2017
  • Ogletree Deakins Managing a Workforce in 2017 - ''Disorganized Labor: NLRB Update for Union and Non Union Employers'' - Kohler - September 15, 2016
  • Management Resource Association - ''Annual Legal and Legislative Update'' - Milwaukee - September 2016
  • Ogletree Deakins Labor and Employment Counsel Exclusive Seminar - ''The Impact of the EEOC’s New Wellness Rules on Your Plan'' - Phoenix - November 2015
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''The Need For Speed'' - Kohler - June 2015
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''NLRB Update: Common Sense Has Left The Building!'' - Kohler - June 2015
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