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Nola J. Hitchcock Cross Esq.
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
phone 414-224-0000 (Milwaukee Office)
262-548-0001 (Waukesha Office)
715-848-3084 (Wausau Office)
fax 414-273-7055
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Ms. Hitchcock Cross has been concentrating on employment, business, fraud and civil rights law for more than 30 years. Her clients include C-Suite and other executives, managers, and personnel directors; college administrators and professors, school administrators and teachers; judges, court commissioners, assistant district attorneys and public defenders; fire chiefs, police chiefs, police officers, chief deputies and deputy sheriffs; physicians, nurses, and health care administrators and workers; accountants and others with fiduciary responsibilities, such as stockbrokers; office workers, blue collar workers, truckers, service employees; and all other employees, both in the private and in the federal, state, and municipal public sectors; and consultants, entrepreneurs, and independent contractors.

In addition to litigation, she also focuses on counseling clients through pre-termination intervention, severance agreements, non-compete agreements and other restrictive covenants, employment contracts and key employee agreements, commission agreements and disputes, and job counseling, especially when “the handwriting is on the wall”.  Counseling and negotiation may include particular attention to reputation and career transition, restrictive covenants, deferred compensation, stock options and grants, special tax considerations for highly paid individuals, benefit transition, and consulting arrangements. She gives attention to issues of social media, press and internal announcements, and employment references.

Ms. Hitchcock Cross has a reputation for handling matters where extraordinary remedies are required, such as injunctive relief, declaratory judgments, mandamus, writs of prohibition, and other emergency equitable actions. Her communications background has led her to succeed in defamation, slander, and libel litigation and resolution.

Ms. Hitchcock Cross has a concentration in whistleblower actions. She recently completed a Federal False Claims Act qui tam action that resolved for over $25 million, her third False Claims Act recovery in less than a year. She frequently pursues Sarbanes-Oxley whistleblower actions and resolutions, either on a confidential settlement or a litigation basis.   Federal contracts, as well as compliance with federal laws and regulations including FARs, DFARs, ITAR, FOCI, SEC, IRS, Medicare, Dodd-Frank are primary areas of her legal practice.

She has decades of experience representing labor unions in both the private and public sector, including in law enforcement, healthcare, construction trades, industrial employees, service employees, etc.

Ms. Hitchcock Cross also chairs the Firm's Business Law Center. She advises on business start-ups, contract bids, personnel, key employee contracts, vendor and customer collection disputes, and all manner of commercial litigation. She also represents community organizations and co-operatives. She handles education law matters which involve special consideration of tenure, plagiarism, teacher and administrator contracts. She also represents community schools in start-up and on-going representation.

Attorney Hitchcock Cross is a frequent speaker and writer in areas of interest in employment, business, university law, community organizations and cooperatives, social media and employment law, retaliation, and qui tam, False Claims Act, SEC, IRS, OSHA and other whistleblower litigation.
 

Public Service

Small Business Venture Fund Committee of the City of Milwaukee City Council, review and approval of grant proposal for business start-ups and expansion for job creation and retention for more than a decade.

Milwaukee Public Schools: Taught classes on job rights for students entering the workforce.

Areas of Practice:
Employment Law & Litigation
Civil Rights & Constitutional Law
Employment Torts & Litigation
Job Counseling
School Law - Teacher Contracts & Discipline, Student Rights
Small Business Start-Up & Representation, Partnerships, Non-Profits, Cooperatives
Wrongful Discharge
Severance agreements
Sexual harassment
Whistleblowing - False Claims Act, Sarbanes-Oxley, NRA, SEC & IRS whistleblowers, OSHA
Whistleblowing - Healthcare Retaliation, Medicare fraud, pharmaceutical fraud, defense contracting fraud
Employment contracts-drafting, resolution & litigation
Employment discrimination
Bar Admissions:
Wisconsin, 1975
U.S. District Court Eastern District of Wisconsin
U.S. District Court Western District of Wisconsin
U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit
Education:
University of Wisconsin Law School, Madison, Wisconsin, 1975
Juris Doctor
Honors: Cum Laude
Honors: Law School Service Award


Washington State University, Edward R. Murrow School of Journalism, Pullman, Washington
Bachelor of Arts
Major:  Mass Communications


Merton College, Oxford University, BNA Comparative Industrial Relations Symposium, Oxford, England, 1983


Harvard University, Non-Matriculated Courses in International Banking and FInance, Spanish and Latin American Politics and Government
Non-Matriculated Courses


Published Works:
"The Duty to Bargain Collective" Chapter 3, (Co-Author) Employee and Union Member Guide to Labor Law, A Manual for Attorneys Representing the Labor Movement, Contributing Author, Chpt. 3, Nat'l Labor & Employment Comm., National Lawyers Guild eds.,


Classes/Seminars Taught:
Cooperatives/Cohousing/Condos: A Study in Comparative Housing Structures, Milwaukee CoLOG, February 8, 2011


Frequent Commentator, Various Labor Law Topics


Regular Commentator, Case of Figueroa v. Mayor Norquist and City of Milwaukee, Channel 58


Hiring & Firing, State Bar Of Wisconsin, Solo Practice Institute


Legal Issues in Personnel, UW-Milwaukee Small Business Institute


Lecturer, Collective Bargaining Course, Milwaukee Area Technical College


Sexual Harassment Sensitivity, City of Milwaukee, Trainer


Talks on SOX: Employment Provisions Under Sarbanes-Oxley, February, 2005; Wisconsin State Bar, Labor & Employment Section, 2005


Covenants Not to Compete: Trends and Developments, State Bar of Wisconsin Conference, Madison, Wisconsin, 2006 - Present


Guest Lecture, Mediation-Arbitration, UW-Wisconsin, UW-Wisconsin School for Workers


Stewards Schools for Teamsters, IBEW, UE, OPEIU, Hospital Workers, Public Health Nurses, Ironworkers, AFSCME, etc.


Speaker, Legal Issues for Housing Cooperatives, Wisconsin Cooperative Housing Conference


Speaker, Women and Employment: Challenge Amidst Change, YWCA Conference, Workshop Session


Speaker, Legal Issues Affecting Women in Employment, Broad Vocabulary Bookstore


Alexander v. Gardner-Denver and the Role of Arbitration in Title VII Cases, National Education Association Council, National Convention


Honors and Awards:
Listed in "Best of the Bar," Employment Law, Milwaukee Magazine, 1985


"Lead Attorney," Employment Law, CBS Channel 58, 2002 - 2003


Honorary Co-Chair, National Business Advisory Council


Professional Associations and Memberships:
American Bar Association, Labor & Employment Sections
Member


Wisconsin State Bar Association, Labor & Employment Sections
Member, Chairperson (Two Separate Terms) & Three- Term Board Member


Milwaukee Bar Association, Labor Law Section
Co-Chair


American Association for Justice (AAJ)
Member


Industrial Relations Research Association
Member


National Whistleblowers Association
Member and Attorney Referral Panel


National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA)
Member and Attorney Referral Panel


Wisconsin Employment Lawyers Association (WELA)
Member and Attorney Referral Panel


Milwaukee Forum
Former Member and Coordinator (Currently Coordinator Emeritus)


American Association of University Women
Member & Attorney Referral Panel


AFL-CIO Lawyers
Member, Coordinating Committee


Association for Union Democracy
Advisory Board


International Association of Democratic Lawyers
Member


Wisconsin Women Angel Investors


Past Employment Positions:
Murray & Cross, Managing Partner


Adelman, Adelman & Murray, S.C., Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Partner


Podell, Ugent & Cross, S.C., Managing Partner


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Milwaukee Office
Cross Law Firm, S.C.
845 N. 11th Street
Milwaukee WI 53233

414-224-0000
Fax 414-273-7055
Milwaukee Law Office

Waukesha Office
Cross Law Firm, S.C.
505 Arcadian Avenue
Waukesha WI 53186

Waukesha Law Office

Wausau Office
215 Grand Avenue
Wausau, WI 54403
715-848-3084
Fax 414-273-7055

Chicago Office
111 East Wacker
Suite 2600
Chicago, IL 60601
312-861-0606