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Thomas P. Godar
33 East Main Street, Suite 300
P.O. Box 1379
Madison, WI 53701-1379
Phone: (608) 234-6064
Fax: (608) 258-7138

Labor & Employment
Thomas Godar is a shareholder at Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C.’s Madison office and a member of the firm's Labor & Employment Team. Mr. Godar brings a 25 year passion for solving clients’ problems to his practice, which spans traditional labor law and all aspects of employment counseling and law. By learning a client’s culture, challenges and commitments for the future, Mr. Godar adds value with his proactive counseling that reduces risks of conflict, litigation, or government interference with business objectives. Mr. Godar has experience in nearly all forms of administrative and civil litigation, whether at the federal or state level. He has also been involved in areas as diverse as sexual harassment avoidance, wage and hour issues, advice regarding union relationships, executive compensation and contracts, and successful discipline of employees.


  • University of Wisconsin Law School, J.D., cum laude, 1981
  • University of Wisconsin, B.A, cum laude, 1977
  • Andhra University, Vishkaputnam, India (Telugu Diploma)


  • United States Supreme Court
  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

Awards & Distinctions

  • Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® in Labor and Employment Law (2009-2012), Employment Law - Management, Labor Law - Management and Litigation - Labor & Employment (2012-2014)
  • Named to the Wisconsin Super Lawyers list (2008-2013)
  • Rated AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell®

Representative Work

  • Successful summary judgment and subsequent defense of FLSA summary judgment at Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.
  • Successful appeal to California Court of Appeals reversing a million dollar verdict for employee.
  • Improve relationships with Union by use of Interest Based Bargaining.
  • Assist non-union employer in the purchase of unionized facilities, and dealt with ongoing collective bargaining obligations related to the purchase.
  • Provide human resources counsel to complex university related medical clinic.
  • Restructure relationship between orthopedic clinic and local hospital organization.
  • Engage in an investigation of employee misconduct, and counseled members of management regarding appropriate steps following completion of the investigation.
  • Draft employment, confidentiality, non-compete, consulting, independent contractor and sales representative agreements.
  • Represent clients before the National Labor Relations Board, the Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Madison Department of Civil Rights, the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, the U.S. Department of Labor, and other administrative agencies.
  • Develop policies and handbooks for employers.
  • Conducted seminars and training sessions for clients, as well as for Society for Human Resource Management, Lorman, National Business Institute, and the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Present training for trade organizations such as the Associated General Contractors of Wisconsin, Residential Services Association of Wisconsin, Wisconsin Builders Association, the Madison Builders Association, and others.

Professional Associations

  • Residential Services Association of Wisconsin, Advisory Board Member
  • Associated General Contractors of America
  • Associated General Contractors of Wisconsin, Associate Member Board and former member of General Contractor Board
  • Associated General Contractors of Greater Milwaukee
  • Society for Human Resource Management
  • Former Member and Chairman, Wisconsin State Elections Board

Articles and Presentations

  • Changes and Victories for Employers: The Supreme Court 2012 Term, Residential Services Association of Wisconsin, Inc. Newsletter, Issue 2 - 2013.
  • FLSA Class Action Waiver Enforced in Mandatory Arbitration Agreement, WHD Workplace Newsletter, Spring 2013.
  • Federal Court Kills "Quickie" Election Rules Adopted by NLRB, Residential Services Association of Wisconsin, Inc. Newsletter, Issue 3 - 2012.
  • Wage and Hour Issues Loom Large, Residential Services Association of Wisconsin, Inc. Newsletter, Issue 2 - 2012.
  • What, Me Discriminate? The Ins and Outs of Non-Discriminatory Hiring and Firing, Residential Services of Wisconsin Annual Conference, May 2012.
  • Title VII Protects Third Party From Retaliation, Residential Services Association of Wisconsin, Inc. Newsletter, Issue 2 - 2011.
  • NLRB Signals That Employees Facebook Comments Disparaging a Supervisor are Protected Activities, Residential Services Association of Wisconsin, Inc. Newsletter, Issue 1 - 2011.
  • Anti-Discrimination Laws Trump Residents' Racial Preference, Residential Services Association of Wisconsin, Inc. Newsletter, Oct. 2010, Issue 4 - 2010.
  • Pulling a "Favre": Lessons in Employee Relations, Residential Services Association of Wisconsin Inc. Newsletter, Issue 1 - 2009; Wisconsin Medical Journal Medigram, October 2008.
  • Recent Wisconsin Supreme Court Decision Impacts Noncompetition Agreements, Wisconsin Medical Journal, co-authored with Attorney Paul Cranley, December 2009, Vol. 108, No. 9.
  • Legal Considerations for Employing Physicians, Wisconsin State Bar, Panel Moderator, September 9, 2009.
  • Employee Free Choice Act, Union Organizing Reborn: Employer Response, FranMac News, Quarterly Magazine for Taco Bell Franchisees, Vol. 14, No. 1, April 2009.
  • Direct Evidence of Discrimination: Everything, Including the Kitchen Sink, Credit Union Newsletter, Spring 2009 Edition.
  • Disaster Recovery / Human Resource Issues, 2008 Wisconsin SHRM State Conference, October 16, 2008.
  • House Passes Amendment to ADA, WHD Workplace Newsletter, Summer 2008.
  • Employment Developments: Expansion of the FMLA to those Serving in the Military, Wisconsin Constructor, Issue I, 2008.
  • Developing and Implementing Wellness Programs that Work and are Legal, Lorman Seminar, March 12, 2008.
  • Disaster Recovery, Lorman Seminar on Human Resource Issues, February 13, 2008.
  • Employer/Employee Relations: From Good to Great, presentation, Wisconsin SHRM State Conference, October 11, 2007.
  • Covenants non-compete agreement: What good are they, anyhow?, Wisconsin Medical Journal, 2007, Volume 106, No. 3.
  • Wage and Hour Challenges: Are You Prepared?, Business Watch, March 2006.
  • “You’re Fired” Why Donald Trump Has It Easy Compared to You When It Comes to Terminating Employees, Wisconsin Badger Builder, March/April 2006.