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Bruce M. Davey

Bruce M. Davey

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Bruce M. Davey is an attorney at the law firm Davey & Goldman Law Firm located in Madison, Wisconsin. Bruce Davey has earned a stellar reputation as an attorney who specializes in labor and employment law. His reputation for effectively handling both civil and criminal trials has helped build his profile. He has made a name for himself as a lightning-fast litigator.

Bruce attended law school at the University of Wisconsin and graduated in 1968; he was subsequently inducted into the Wisconsin chapter of The Order of the Coif. When he was in school, he contributed to the Wisconsin Law Review.

Bruce is included in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers and has an AV Preeminent* peer-review rating from Martindale-Hubbell. From 1987 to the present, he has consistently been included in The Best Lawyers in America. He has been featured numerous times in Madison Magazine, named on its Top Lawyers list. Bruce Davey was recognized by both Law & Politics and Milwaukee Magazine and was included in their Super Lawyers lists from 2005 to 2011.

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  • University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin
    • J.D. - 1968
    • Honors: Order of the Coif
  • Colby College, Waterville, Maine
    • B.A. - 1965

Published Works

  • Wisconsin Law Review, 1968

Representative Cases

  • Chao v. Local 538 of the United Food & Commer. Workers Int’l Union, 307 F. Supp. 2d 1027 (W.D. Wis. 2004)
  • Jones v. Adams County, 297 F. Supp. 2d 1132 (W.D. Wis. 2003)
  • Radue v. Kimberley-Clark Corp., 219 F.3d 612 (7th Cir. 2000)
  • Sunny Indus. V. Rockwell Int’l Corp., 1999 U.S. App. LEXIS 15639 (7th Cir. 1999) (unpublished opinion)
  • Morrow v. Wal-Mart Stores, 152 F.3d 559 (7th Cir. 1998)
  • Florin v. Nationsbank of Ga., 60 F.3d 1245 (7th Cir. 1995)
  • Fedro v. Reno, 21 F.3d 1391 (7th Cir. 1994)
  • Hamrick v. Franklin, 931 F.2d 1209 (7th Cir. 1991)
  • Bank of Waunakee v. Rochester Cheese Sales, Inc., 906 F.2d 1185 (7th Cir. 1990)
  • Callaway v. Hafeman, 832 F.2d 414 (7th Cir. 1987)
  • Dash v. NLRB, 793 F.2d 1062 (9th Cir. 1986)
  • Tainter v. State of Wisconsin Dept. of Health and Family Services, 2003 WL 23200348 (W.D. Wis. 2003)
  • Meier v. Champ’s Sport Bar & Grill, Inc., 2001 WI 20, 241 Wis. 2d 605
  • German v. Wisconsin DOT, 2000 WI 62, 235 Wis. 2d 576
  • State ex rel. Friedrich v. Circuit Court, 192 Wis. 2d 1 (1995)
  • Local 257 of Hotel & Restaurant Employees & Bartenders Int’l Union v. Wilson St. East Dinner Playhouse, Inc., 126 Wis. 2d 284 (1985)
  • Reinke v. Personnel Board, No. 217, 53 Wis. 2d 123 (1971)
  • La Crosse Cty. Inst. Employees v. WERC, 52 Wis. 2d 295 (1971)
  • State v. Zien, 2008 WI App 153, 314 Wis. 2d 340
  • German v. Wisconsin DOT, 223 Wis. 2d 525 (Ct. App. 1998)
  • West Bend Mut. Ins. Co. v. Berger, 192 Wis. 2d 743 (Ct. App. 1995)
  • Oetzman v. Ahrens, 145 Wis. 2d 560 (Ct. App. 1988)
  • Graney v. Board of Regents, 92 Wis. 2d 745 (Ct. App. 1979)

Professional Associations

  • State Bar of Wisconsin, Member
  • State Bar of Wisconsin, Labor Law Section, Director
  • Dane County Bar Association, Member

Practice Areas

  • Employment Litigation
  • Personal Injury
  • Discrimination
  • ERISA Employee Benefit Disputes
  • Contract Disputes


  • "AV" Rating by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Named in Best Lawyers in America
  • Recognized as a Top Lawyer in Madison, Madison Magazine
  • Super Lawyer, Law & Politics and Milwaukee Magazine
  • All New England 1st Team (Hockey)
  • Listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers

Bar Admissions

  • Wisconsin, 1968
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit

Representative Clients

  • United We Stand/Ross Perot
  • Wisconsin State Employees Union
  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 965
  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 715
  • IATSE 251
  • Madison Teachers Inc.
  • United Food & Commercial Workers, Local 538


  • Honorable Harry A. Blackmun, Judge Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals

Past Positions

  • Hon. Harry A. Blackmun, Law Clerk

Current Employment Position

  • Attorney