Jeffrey S. Hynes

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Top Rated Employment & Labor Attorney in Elm Grove, WI

Hynes & Kuhn, S.C.
 | 740 Pilgrim Pkwy, Suite 300
Elm Grove, WI 53122
Phone: 262-505-5678
Fax: 262-788-5317
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1984
Practice Areas:
  • Employment & Labor: Employee (70%),
  • Employment Litigation: Plaintiff (30%)
    Attorney Profile

    Hynes & Kuhn, S.C. is a full-service, employment law firm providing strategic employment counsel, job transition negotiations/advice, and settlement, mediation, and litigation services to employees, managers, and executives who are facing treatment, discipline, or harassment at work, as well as potential demotion, termination, or an outright separation from their jobs due to termination, job elimination, layoff, quit, or similar circumstance.

    Jeffrey S. Hynes, founder of the Milwaukee, Wisconsin-area law firm of Hynes & Kuhn, S.C., has practiced in the field of labor and employment law for more than 35 years, advising clients in both the private and public sectors. Attorney Hynes has an outstanding reputation with his peers, as well as his adversaries. His credentials include being recognized in Wisconsin Super Lawyers – Labor and Employment Law (2005-2018) and Milwaukee Magazine's, "Best Lawyers" Edition (1999). Attorney Hynes is also President/Co-Chair of the Wisconsin Employment Lawyers Association, serves on the Board of Directors for the Wisconsin State Bar - Labor and Employment Section, and is a long-standing member of the National Employment Lawyers Association. A Wisconsin native, Jeff is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and obtained his Juris Doctorate of Law degree from the UW Law School in 1984. 

    The law firm provides legal advice, negotiation, mediation, and/or litigation services in the following areas:

    • Severance packages, separation agreements, positive employment references, health insurance benefits, and other matters relating to termination and job transitions;
    • Review/negotiation of non-compete, non-solicitation, confidentiality, retention and other employment agreements;
    • Responses to disciplinary warnings, performance improvement plans, poor performacne reviews, and other matters that may be harmful to the employee's career and/or reputation; 
    • Advice regarding disabilities, serious illnesses or medical conditions, medical leave, reasonable accommodation, and return to work issues;
    • Denials of raises, promotions or other employment opportunities;
    • Filings and reponses to Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, State Equal Rights Division, Department of Labor, and other governmental complaints, investigations, or inquiries;
    • Settlement negotiations, mediations, or meetings with employers; 
    • Hearing and litigation before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, State Equal Rights Division, Department of Labor, and related government agencies, as well as in the state or federal courts;
    • Advice/negotiations regarding job transfers, demotions or firings;
    • Claims for unpaid wages, commissions or bonuses;
    • Claims for health insurance, COBRA and related employee benefit matters; and
    • Unemployment insurance appeals.


    Our attorneys pride themselves on providing prompt, practical, and cost effective advice, with an emphasis on resolving workplace disputes through preventative legal counsel, and out-of-court settlement, where feasible. However, we will not hesitate to aggressively pursue litigation, if such option is in the best interest of our client.


    Attorney Hynes brings a strong and diverse background to the table. He served as Staff Counsel to National Labor Relations Board member Patricia Diaz Dennis in Washington, D.C., and practiced labor and employment law with the reputable law firms of Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue (Cleveland, OH) and Morgan Lewis & Bockius (Washington, D.C.), prior to returning to Wisconsin in 1988. His philosophy is to put the client's interests first, and to utilize the Firm's substantial legal skills and experience to obtain common sense, "win-win” resolutions for clients who are facing discipline, discrimination, termination, or other adverse consequences to their career, livelihood, good name or reputation. However, where voluntary resolution is not feasible, Attorney Hynes (and the other lawyers in the Firm) pledge to vigorously and forcefully pursue litigation and/or appeals to their logical conclusion, as the situation may require.



    Practice Areas
    • 70%Employment & Labor: Employee
    • 30%Employment Litigation: Plaintiff
    Focus Areas

    Employment Law - Employee, Unions, Wage & Hour Laws, Whistleblower, Sexual Harassment, Labor Law, Employment Discrimination, Wrongful Termination, Retaliation


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    Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2021

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    About Jeffrey Hynes

    Admitted: 1984, Wisconsin

    Professional Webpage:


    • Recognized as one of "Milwaukee's Best Lawyers" in Milwaukee Magazine® (October 1999)
    • Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, Graduation with Distinction (UW-Madison)
    • Profiled in Wisocnsin Law Journal article entitled "Early Jobs Left Hynes with Fire in His Belly for Labor Law" (1998)
    • Top Rating (AV) in Martindale-Hubbell®
    • Top 100 Lawyers, The National Advocates, 2018
    • Recognized in Wisconsin Super Lawyers®, Labor and Employment Law (2005-2010)
    • Certificates of Commendation (1985, 1986), for outstanding work as Legal Counsel to National Labor Relations Board Member, Patricia Diaz Dennis

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • President/Co-Chair, Wisconsin Employment Lawyer's Association, 1995 - Present
    • Member, National Labor Relations Board Liaison Committee, 2008 - Present
    • Member, National Employment Lawyer's Association, 1997 - Present
    • Member, Labor and Employment Research Association
    • Board of Directors, Wisconsin State Bar - Labor and Employment Section, 2009 - Present
    • Member, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Advisory Committee, 1998

    Educational Background:

    • University of Wisconsin Law School, J.D., 1984
    • University of Wisconsin, B.S. Economics, With Distinction, Phi Beta Kappa, 1981
    • Georgetown University, Washington D.C., Coursework in LLM - Labor Law Program, (1985-1986)

    Industry Groups

    • Labor And Employment Relations Association
    • National Employment Lawyers Association
    • Wisconsin Employment Lawyers Association
    • Wisconsin State Bar - Labor And Employment Law Section
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    Office Location for Jeffrey S. Hynes

    740 Pilgrim Pkwy
    Suite 300
    Elm Grove, WI 53122

    Phone: 262-505-5678

    Fax: 262-788-5317

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