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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

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Thomas Godar is a shareholder at Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C.’s Madison and Waukesha County offices and a member of the firm's Labor & Employment Team. Mr. Godar brings a decades-long 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 also 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, class action wage and litigation issues, bargaining and 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


  • Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

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 (2012-2016)
  • Named to the Wisconsin Super Lawyers list (2008-2015)
  • 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 proactive communication.
  • 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 both large and small health care organizations.
  • 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.
  • Defend against discrimination charges.
  • Counsel and litigate employee non-compete issues.

Professional Associations

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

Community Involvement

  • Board of Directors, The Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra
  • Secretary, Okauchee Lake Management District Board
  • Board of Directors, Kettle Moraine Curling Club

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