Timothy C. Kamin

Shareholder || Milwaukee

Timothy C. Kamin is a shareholder in the Milwaukee office of Ogletree Deakins.  He has a career-long focus on representing employers in all aspects of traditional labor relations.  Tim’s traditional labor practice is national in scope.  He has extensive experience representing management in collective bargaining negotiations, having served as lead spokesperson in the negotiation of dozens of labor contracts, including many successor agreements, first contract situations and closing agreements.  He has represented employers in more than one hundred labor arbitrations, including discipline / discharge cases as well as in complex, contract interpretation matters.  Tim has appeared on behalf of employers in numerous proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board, both in unfair labor practice cases and representation proceedings, including at the investigation stage, in litigation through hearing, exceptions before the Board in Washington, D.C., and federal circuit court review of Board decisions.  He also has significant experience in providing successful guidance through union organizing campaigns and elections.

Tim also has successfully counseled clients in a broad range of labor law issues, including long-range strategies, strike preparation and related injunction proceedings, advising and assisting in labor-related due diligence in complex business mergers and acquisitions, relocations, plant closings, corporate campaigns, and maintaining positive employee relations. He has developed and presented training programs for managers and supervisors regarding labor law compliance, effective collective bargaining, managing in a unionized environment, grievance handling, lawful communications with employees during contract negotiations and organizing campaigns, and other topics for human resources professionals.

He is admitted to practice in all Wisconsin state courts and in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin, as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

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  • Obtained state court injunction against international and local union (and all members and agents) prohibiting mass picketing activities that interfered with ingress and egress to client facilities and disrupted free use of public roadways.
  • Successfully assisted employers in union representation election campaigns in which employees voted to remain or to become union-free. Organizing campaigns include a Fortune 500 food processing company, an ice cream manufacturer, a trucking company, a cabinet manufacturer, construction contractors, a national wholesale roofing and siding material distributor, and a major soft drink distributor.
  • Prevailed in labor arbitrations on behalf of clients in industries including dairy processing and production, soft drink distribution, manufacturing, and construction. Matters included dismissal of a grievance regarding a $300,000 dispute over the proper method of calculation of variable overtime pay, as well as disputes over assignment of bargaining unit work, layoff and recall, elimination of job classification and reassignment, numerous discharges and other disciplinary actions, and distribution of weekend overtime.
  • Obtained dismissal of NLRB charges alleging retaliation for union activity and other protected concerted activities on behalf of numerous clients including food processing operations, construction industry employers, hard good manufacturing clients and a taxi company.
  • Represented employers in collective bargaining negotiations achieving significant labor cost controls and benefit cost reductions in many industries, including hard goods manufacturing, trucking, electronics, recycling, cabinet manufacturing, residential and commercial upholstered furniture manufacturing, and construction including plumbing, heating and cooling, and scaffolding.
  • Obtained dismissal of NLRB charges alleging failure to bargain in good faith on behalf of clients in the beverage production and distribution industry, metal fabrication and construction industry employers.
  • Defended a trucking company before the Equal Rights Division regarding claims of sexual harassment made by two former employees, and successfully defended that dismissal through appeals.
  • Won dismissal at a Worker’s Compensation Division hearing of a claim of unreasonable refusal to rehire a construction worker following a compensable injury.
  • Has provided clients with in-house training regarding collective bargaining negotiations; investigation, handling, resolution and arbitration of grievances; positive employee relations; maintenance of union free status; and vulnerability analyses for companies involved in union corporate campaigns.

Education

  • J.D., Marquette University Law School, 2001
  • B.A., University of Wisconsin - Madison, 1996

Admittance to Practice

  • Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit

Professional Activities

  • State Bar of Wisconsin (Labor and Employment Law Section)
  • Milwaukee Bar Association
  • Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce Young Professionals of Milwaukee
  • Waukesha County Business Alliance
  • Metro Milwaukee SHRM
  • Association of General Contractors (Labor and Employment Law Council)
  • Plumbing Mechanical Sheet Metal Contractors’ Alliance
  • Wisconsin Underground Contractors Association
  • Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce (Leadership Council)

Speeches

  • Ogletree Deakins Labor Law Solutions - "Interactive Campaign Workshop, Round 2: During the Campaign" - Las Vegas - December 6, 2018
  • Ogletree Deakins Managing a Workforce in 2019 - "Workplace Civility Is Back In Style: Employee Handbooks, Work Rules, And Codes Of Conduct" - Kohler - September 20, 2018
  • ACC - "Class Action Waivers and Practical Tips For Implementing Arbitration Agreements: An Epic Decision for Your Company" - Milwaukee - July 18, 2018
  • Ogletree Deakins "Reel Ethics" Briefing - "Inadvertent Disclosure of Privileged Documents" - Waukesha - January 17, 2018
  • Ogletree Deakins "Reel Ethics" Briefing - "Introduction - How Complicated Are Ethics, Really?" - Waukesha - January 17, 2018
  • Ogletree Deakins "Reel Ethics" Briefing - "Introduction - How Complicated Are Ethics, Really?" - Waukesha - January 17, 2018
  • Ogletree Managing a Workforce in 2018 - "The Trump NLRB—A Season of Change" - Kohler - September 2017
  • Wisconsin Chapter - Association of Corporate Council (ACC) & Ogletree Deakins - "What Laws Impact Employers’ Responsibilities In Connection With Domestic Violence?" - Milwaukee - June 2017
  • Ogletree Deakins Briefing - "The Seasons of Employment Law- Summer: Active Employment" - Brookfield and Appleton - April 4 - 6, 2017
  • Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce - "Top HR & Employment Law Issues for 2017" - Milwaukee - February 9, 2017
  • Ogletree Deakins "Reel Ethics" Briefing - "Limits of Attorney—Client Privilege and How Complicated Are Ethics, Really?" - Waukesha - January 2017
  • Wisconsin Defense Council Winter Conference - "Getting Even or Getting Ahead? Retaliation Claims in Employment" - Waukesha - December 9, 2016
  • Ogletree Managing a Workforce in 2017 - "Disorganized Labor: NLRB Update for Union and Non-Union Employers" - Kohler - September 2016
  • Ogletree Deakins Briefing - "When "Chilling" Isn't Cool: What Protected Concerted Activity Means For Non-Union Employers" - Madison - November 10, 2015
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - "NLRB Update: Common Sense Has Left The Building!" - Kohler - June 2015
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - "The Need For Speed" - Kohler - June 2015
  • AGC Labor Law Symposium - "Implications of the NLRB’s ‘Quickie Elections’” Rule and ‘Micro-Unit’ Decisions in the Construction Industry" - Washington, DC - May 8, 2015
  • Ogletree Deakins Briefing - "The NLRB: New Rules on "Quickie Elections"" - Brookfield - February 24, 2015
  • August 2015 - Currents Magazine - "Proposed Overtime Exempt Changes: What Employers Need to Know"
  • February 7, 2019 - SHRM Online - "How Should HR Set the Stage for Workplace Investigations?"
  • October 29, 2018 - Law360 - "NLRB OKs Employers Challenging Unions Before CBAs Start"
  • February 3, 2017 - Law360 - "GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week"
  • February 3, 2017 - SHRM Online - "Right-to-Work Efforts Gain Momentum"
  • February 2, 2017 - Law360 - "New National Right-To-Work Bill Has Real Chance"
  • Ranked in Chambers USA
  • Leading Lawyer for Business, Chambers and Partners USA (2018)
  • Wisconsin Super Lawyers Rising Star (2008-2010, 2013 and 2014)

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