Michele Perreault is a Shareholder in the firm’s Madison office. Michele is a skilled and experienced trial attorney, representing business and individual clients in a wide range of civil litigation matters, administrative hearings, and employment matters. Michele has successfully represented clients in trial and appellate courts throughout Wisconsin, including cases to the Wisconsin Supreme Court. Additionally, Michele has helped guide clients through administrative enforcement and regulatory matters, ensuring that clients are able to continue to run their businesses or maintain their professional licensures.
Michele’s professional training and experience as a counselor adds an additional, personal dimension to her background which helps her assist clients in achieving positive results in an efficient and reasonable manner. In most cases, she is able to negotiate full resolution of disputes without the need for trial. However, if a matter can’t be resolved through negotiation or alternative dispute resolution such as mediation or arbitration, she has the skill and litigation experience you need in the courtroom or administrative hearings.
While in law school, she received numerous awards for academic achievement and leadership. Before joining DeWitt Ross & Stevens, Michele interned with Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Ann Walsh Bradley.
As co-counsel and as lead counsel, Michele has represented clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to individuals struggling with administrative or regulatory issues. She has also represented clients in complex family law cases, including international, multi-state, or matters involving millions of dollars and family businesses.
General Civil Litigation:
- Co-counsel representing a Fortune 500 company in complex multi-year challenge to excessive property tax assessments. The matter involved many weeks of trial, administrative hearings, and appellate work up to the Wisconsin Supreme Court. As a result of successful trial and appellate litigation, the client received several million dollars in immediate tax relief, along with future tax benefits.
- Lead counsel on matter related to maintaining ownership of family business that started with one truck and grew to a multi-million dollar business with 50 employees.
- Michele’s employment work includes addressing issues related to independent contractor status, responding to EEOC complaints.
- Representing school administrators throughout the state for contract negotiations, investigations of formal complaints, and when appropriate, negotiating resolutions regarding separation from employment.
- Review employment contracts to advise businesses and individuals regarding enforceability of issues such as non-compete/non-disclosure clauses.
- Representing professionals with licensure/regulatory matters involving state agencies.
- Representing businesses to ensure maintenance of necessary municipal licenses after such licenses have been threatened.
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In addition to her practice, Michele serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Wisconsin Law School.
Michele is frequently called on as a speaker for Continuing Legal Education courses for lawyers, judges and court commissioners.