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Wetzel, William

  • Attorney

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Practice Areas

  • Business and Employment Litigation
  • Severance Agreements
  • Non-Compete & Other Restrictive Covenants
  • Employment Discrimination
  • Unemployment Compensation


William Wetzel focuses his practice on business and employment litigation. Mr. Wetzel grew up in Appleton, Wisconsin, before going to college and then law school in Madison.

Although his focus is always on litigation as needed, Will attempts to resolve client’s matters whenever possible, knowing that most clients are looking for a career, not a law suit. 

His background in economics and business law make Will a strong advocate for those trying to “make a living” by starting up a business or as an independent contractor. To help clients “make a living,” he handles transactional work to set up micro-businesses, partnerships and LLCs and to navigate regulatory and contract requirements.  He also handles on-going needs for small businesses such as operating agreements, employment contracts, non-compete and confidentiality agreements, employee handbooks, vendor contracts and on-going legal advice as part of Cross Law Firm’s “in-house” counsel program. He also works on incorporations and on-going work with non-profits, community organizations, co-operatives and credit unions.

He helps clients involved in business litigation, such as partnership and LLC disputes, duty of loyalty and all business and employment torts, including business interference, libel and slander. He handles breach of contract claims.

Attorney Wetzel also assists clients with issues involving employment discrimination and discipline. He helps clients navigate through the process of disability accommodation, military leave and FMLA, and he litigates interference, violations and discrimination, particularly focusing in the areas of disability and FMLA, age discrimination, military status discrimination, and conviction record discrimination. He is experienced is race discrimination, sex discrimination and sexual harassment.

Will is a fighter against wage theft, including commissions, bonuses, executive compensation, off-the-clock and overtime violations, Equal Pay Act claims, class action wage & hour litigation, and retaliation related to attempts to enforce wage and hour laws.

Attorney Wetzel is also part of the CLF Whistleblower team, particularly with regard to the economic and business aspects and litigation, such as Sarbanes-Oxley, SEC and IRS whistleblowing and retaliation.

Attorney Wetzel is a member of the Wisconsin Employment Lawyers Association, the Waukesha County Bar Association, and the Milwaukee Young Lawyers Association.

In his free time, Will enjoys paddle-boarding on Lake Michigan and playing tennis.


  • University of Wisconsin Law School, Madison, Wisconsin
    • Juris Doctor
    • Honors: Dean's List
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin
    • Bachelor of Science
    • Major: Economics

Bar Admissions

  • Wisconsin

Professional Associations

  • Wisconsin Employment Lawyers Association, Member
  • Waukesha County Bar Association, Member
  • Milwaukee Young Lawyers Association, Member