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Employee or Independent Contractor?

June 27, 2019 | Categories: Firm News, Publications | Topics:Tags: , ,

Utilizing a mix of independent contractors and full-time employees offers organizations staffing flexibility and cost savings. In today’s “gig economy,” it’s not surprising that more and more companies are moving in this direction. However, there can be significant risks and penalties if workers are misclassified.   With independent contractors, organizations avoid paying the benefits that […]

The New Rules: One Year Later

April 10, 2019 | Categories: Firm News, Publications | Topics:Tags: , , ,

The apparent effects of the new Wisconsin Rules of Civil Procedure since being put in place.   Last year, KMK cautioned that sweeping changes were coming to the Wisconsin Rules of Civil Procedure through legislation passed by the Wisconsin legislature in April 2018 (see this feature article). As the one-year anniversary of the rule changes […]

KMK Attorneys Recognized as Super Lawyers

November 13, 2018 | Categories: Firm News | Topics:Tags: , , , ,

Three attorneys from Kohner, Mann & Kailas, S.C. (KMK) (Robert L. Gegios, Matthew P. Gerdisch, and Samuel C. Wisotzkey) were recognized as 2018 “Super Lawyers” in Wisconsin and one KMK attorney (Ryan M. Billings) was recognized as “Super Lawyers – Rising Stars.”   The annual Super Lawyers list, compiled by Thomson Rueters, recognizes no more […]

Wisconsin Supreme Court Affirms Need for Carefully Drafted Non-Compete Agreements

June 28, 2018 | Categories: Firm News, Publications | Topics:Tags: , ,

Under Wisconsin law, non-compete, non-disclosure and non-solicitation agreements between employers and employees are enforceable, but only if the agreements are narrowly tailored to protect the employer from unfair competition. A recent decision by the Wisconsin Supreme Court reiterates how important it is to make sure such agreements are meticulously drafted.   In Manitowoc Co., Inc. […]

KMK Article on New Civil Procedure Rules is Featured on Cover of Wisconsin Lawyer Magazine

June 28, 2018 | Categories: Firm News, Publications | Topics:Tags: , , , ,

Kohner, Mann & Kailas, S.C. litigation attorneys Robert L. Gegios, Ryan M. Billings, and Melinda A. Bialzik wrote the cover story for the June 2018 issue of Wisconsin Lawyer, published by the Wisconsin State Bar Association. The article, entitled “Sweeping Changes to Rules of Civil Procedure,” details the dramatic impact the revisions to the procedural […]

Recent Publications by KMK Attorneys

November 5, 2017 | Categories: Firm News | Topics:Tags: , ,

KMK is again providing judges and lawyers important scholarship to guide pretrial litigation discovery, though the State Bar of Wisconsin. Continuing their decades of work, Robert Gegios and Melinda Bialzik are authoring another edition of “Chapter 2 – Scope of Discovery” in Pinnacle Books’ Wisconsin Discovery Law and Practice. Robert and Melinda also authored, earlier […]

Good News: New Federal Law Allows Businesses to Use Federal Courts to Redress Theft of Trade Secrets

October 19, 2017 | Categories: Firm News, Publications | Topics:Tags: , ,

The Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (DTSA) allows parties to file suit in federal court even if the requirements of federal diversity jurisdiction are not met. As a result, most claims of misappropriation of trade secrets can now be filed in federal court (not the case previously). The federal court system has different procedures, […]

KMK Successfully Defends Corporate Client’s Constitutional Rights in Wisconsin Supreme Court

April 6, 2017 | Categories: Firm News | Topics:Tags: , , ,

KMK is pleased to announce its success in an important constitutional case before the Wisconsin Supreme Court.   The case involves a trial court’s delegation of broad authority to a “referee,” a private individual who was appointed by the court to act as a surrogate judge. The trial court empowered the referee to rule on […]

KMK Names New Shareholders

April 6, 2017 | Categories: Firm News | Topics:Tags: , ,

KMK congratulates Melinda A. Bialzik, Ryan M. Billings, and Zach Whitney on becoming shareholders of our firm!   Ms. Bialzik is a graduate of Harvard Law School. She began her legal career at Foley & Lardner in Milwaukee.   Mr. Billings is also a graduate of Harvard Law School. He began his legal career at […]



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