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Nola J. Hitchcock Cross Esq.
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
phone 414-616-3229
fax 414-273-7055
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Ms. Hitchcock Cross has built her career by standing up for those who stand up or stand out while trying to make a living. She navigates highly confidential career transitions for high profile C-suite executives, professionals and public officials; she litigates retaliation claims for those who exercise their rights or oppose illegal discrimination or fraud; she takes on issues of fraud, whistleblowing and retaliation through qui tam actions, False Claims Act and SEC "relator" statutes; she is skilled in the negotiation of non-compete agreements and partnership issues; she litigates employment discrimination, wage & hour, and wrongful and retaliatory discharge claims; and she works with community organizations, cooperatives, consultants and micro-businesses in start-up and on-going representation.

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
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

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

Milwaukee Bar Association, Labor Law Section

American Association for Justice (AAJ)

Industrial Relations Research Association

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

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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845 North 11th Street
Lawyers' Building
Milwaukee, WI 53233
Fax 414-273-7055
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505 Arcadian Avenue
Waukesha WI 53186

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Wausau, WI 54403
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