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Overview

Skye understands that labor and employment matters are human issues, and each client’s case demands one-of-a-kind legal solutions.

As part of the firm’s Labor & Employment team, Skye counsels clients on day-to-day operations, proactive compliance and dispute resolution. A former teacher and nonstop volunteer, she is by nature an advocate and a skilled negotiator. Skye’s practice includes representing regional hospitals facing allegations of discrimination and advising K-12 schools on policies that mitigate exposure. She identifies goals with each client and ensures they understand the legal path ahead. Nonprofits, financial institutions, schools and healthcare clients trust Skye in a wide range of labor and employment matters including:

  • Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
  • Title IX
  • Title VII
  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

Skye continually monitors the highly regulated and rapidly changing space of labor and employment law, and has counseled clients on unemployment benefits during COVID-19, advised on improving diversity hiring amidst equity and inclusion initiatives, and drafted risk-mitigating policies regarding no recording, active shooters and social media. She believes all good client advocacy begins with due diligence and she is dedicated to client defense.


Services

Education

  • J.D., University of Wisconsin Law School
    • Wisconsin International Law Journal
    • Moot Court Board, President
    • Bruce Beilfuss Memorial Award
    • Mathys Memorial Award for Outstanding Service
    • Black Law Student Association, Executive Chair
    • Dean’s List
  • M.A., Loyola Marymount University
    • Kappa Delta Pi
  • B.A., Boston College
  • Alberto Hurtado University, Santiago, Chile

Admissions

  • Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin

Professional Memberships and Certifications

  • Dane County Bar Association
  • Wisconsin Association of African American Lawyers (WAAL)

Languages

  • Spanish, proficient


*Contact Skye to set up an in-person consultation by appointment in the Madison office.
Experience
  • Analyzed potential new-hire noncompete agreements on behalf of financial advisor client.
  • Managed discovery request for large healthcare client confronting age discrimination allegations.
  • Represented employers before Wisconsin Equal Rights Division (ERD) and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on allegations of race, age, disability and retaliation claims.
  • Represented transgender inmate in 1983 civil rights case seeking sexual reassignment surgery.
  • Served on legal team that represented sexual assault victim, assisting in discovery and various motions.
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Legal Considerations in Recruiting and Retaining Diverse Employees

Hiring to Firing and Everything in Between Webinar Series

Outside the Office

Skye loves to travel.

Skye has traveled to most South American countries, and lived in Colombia and Chile. She’s especially fond of Peru. At home, Skye enjoys cooking for friends and testing out family recipes. She remains ever hopeful of finding the perfect Bolognese sauce recipe.

Community Leadership

A history of advocacy.

In addition to her pro bono practice, Skye has mentored and tutored students in Watts, California, as a corps member of the City Year program. She also spent a year in Palmira teaching English to more than 100 vocational students as part of Colombia’s National Training Service.

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