Kevin J. Kinney

Shareholder || Milwaukee

Kevin J. Kinney has been practicing labor and employment law since his graduation from Marquette University Law School. He currently serves as a chair of the firm’s Mergers and Acquisitions Practice Group.

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, 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 the Top 100 Labor Attorneys in the United States as compiled by Labor Relations Institute, Inc., and has been selected for inclusion in the 2010 through 2020 editions of The Best Lawyers in America®, the 2015 edition of The Best Lawyers in America “Best Law Firms,” Wisconsin’s Best Lawyers in the specialty of Labor and Employment Law, and as 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 and Wisconsin Super Lawyers for over ten years.

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 and the U.S. Supreme Court. He has litigated cases in many state courts including Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois, Ohio, Nebraska, Indiana, New York; 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.”

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Admittance to Practice

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)


Best Lawyers Award Badge

Best Lawyers Award Badge

Lawyer of the Year Kevin Kinney 2017

Best Lawyers Award Badge

Ranked in Chambers USA