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Hello

Welcome! I’m Bob Sanders, the founder of NextGen Legal. After spending over a decade in BigLaw, working with clients of all sizes across the US, I became acutely aware of the recurring barriers that deterred businesses from seeking proactive legal advice. Chief among these were shrinking legal budgets competing with escalating fees. This realization spurred me to create NextGen Legal, a firm designed to eliminate these barriers and provide clients with the high-quality legal advice they need, exactly when they need it.

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Our Story

At NextGen Legal, we're transforming the traditional law firm model. My extensive experience in labor and employment law has been instrumental in shaping a service that offers both day-to-day legal counsel and rapid response for emergent issues. We strive to empower our clients with the knowledge and strategies necessary to navigate the legal landscape effectively and make confident employment decisions, without the fear of unexpected costs.

Let's collaborate to ensure that your employment practices not only comply with the law but also support a dynamic and thriving workplace.

Representative Experience

Bob prides himself on delivering practical, straightforward legal advice that fits each client’s unique circumstances.

Clients call on Bob to collaboratively resolve challenging issues. He is a skilled trial attorney and negotiator, with a mediation and alternative dispute resolution background, whose first aim is to keep clients out of the courtroom.

 

Bob routinely counsels employers on best practices to avoid risk when handling employee discipline and discharge, leave and accommodation, anti-discrimination, wage and hour, worker safety, and other issues. Bob understands how high emotions can run in these matters and handles these situations thoughtfully.

When matters are litigated, Bob is well prepared. He has successfully tried cases before administrative agencies and state and federal courts, including federal jury trials.

These are some of the reasons Bob has been named to Super Lawyers’ Rising Star list every year since 2016, an honor awarded to only 2.5% of Wisconsin attorneys.

It is important to Bob that the legal system be accessible to all. He frequently engages in pro bono work and was named to the Wisconsin Pro Bono Honor Society every year since 2015 by the Wisconsin Access to Justice Commission and the State Bar of Wisconsin.

In 2021, Bob was appointed by Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers to serve a four-year term on Wisconsin’s Physician Assistant Affiliated Credentialing Board. Bob's appointment was confirmed by the Wisconsin State Senate by unanimous vote (31-0).

In his spare time, Bob volunteers as a little league coach and serves on a number of boards and in various industry groups.

Employment Law Advice and Counseling

  • Provided day-to-day counseling for c-suite, human resources, and other business leaders regarding recruiting and retention, leave and accommodation, compensation, employee relations, restrictive covenants, discipline and terminations, compliance matters (including wage and hour), workplace health and safety, worker’s compensation, and other employment law matters

    • Assisted multinational corporation in developing and executing a reduction in force plan involving employees in various states and countries including California, Colorado, Illinois, New York, Canada, Germany, Mexico, Singapore, and the United Kingdom

    • Conducted a post-acquisition audit of a multinational company’s legacy employment practices in each of its newly acquired international locations and the contractual obligations owed to its international employees; recommended changes to ensure compliance with international employment laws and regulations and revised employment agreements to meet company objectives; assisted the company in resolving international employment redundancies in compliance with local laws

    • Drafted international independent contractor agreements for a technology company

  • Collaborated with company leaders to develop and update policies, procedures, employee handbooks, and associated trainings, in compliance with international, federal, state, and local laws

    • Drafted comprehensive record retention manual, policy, and schedule for multinational conglomerate to ensure legal compliance within each operating jurisdiction including the U.S., Australia, Canada, China, Germany, India, Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Switzerland, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates

 

Litigation

  • Utilized legal project management principals to oversee client service teams handling multi-state litigation and administrative actions on behalf of my clients

    • Oversaw strategy, supervised work, prepared and monitored legal budgets

  • Defended companies in administrative actions and in state and federal court, from initial investigation through appeal, including drafting position statements or responsive pleadings, conducting discovery, drafting motions, trying cases, negotiating, mediating, drafting settlement agreements, and preparing and handling appeals

    • Single plaintiff litigation: discrimination, harassment, restrictive covenant, contract disputes

    • Class and collective action litigation: wage and hour

    • Administrative actions: discrimination, harassment, wage payment, OSHA, unemployment insurance, worker’s compensation

Training

  • Created and presented management training, anti-harassment/culture of respect training, and other trainings to be delivered in-person and remotely for national clients proactively and in response to identified risk

  • Distilled complex subject matter simply and understandably when communicating with stakeholders at all levels of a company from employees to the board of directors

 

Speeches/Seminars/Webinars

  • Associated Builders and Contractors of Wisconsin, Human Resources Fundamentals Web Series - "Laying the Foundation – Understanding the Interplay of the ADA, FMLA, and Worker’s Compensation" - September 15, 2021

  • Associated Builders and Contractors of Wisconsin, Human Resources Conference - "Best Practices Working from Home: Remote Working Arrangements" - October 22, 2020

  • National Association of Women in Construction - "3 Years Later: Lessons learned from the #MeToo Movement" - October 16, 2020

  • Midwest Food Processor Association Conference - "Marijuana, Hemp, CBD in the Workplace" - December 2019

  • Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. Human Resources Conference (four seminars) - "Mastering the HR Position"; "Understanding HR Basics"; "Developing Your Playbook: Employee Handbook Essentials" and "Leveraging Technology in the Workplace" - October 2019

  • ABC of Wisconsin - "Reducing Exposures – Strategies for Active Involvement in Your Employment Law Cases" - May 2019

  • The Wisconsin Credit Union League - "HR Hot Topics for 2019 and Beyond" - March 2019

  • The Wisconsin Credit Union League - "HR Roundtable" - November 2018

  • Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. Human Resources Conference (three seminars) - "Advanced HR Boot Camp"; "HR Boot Camp: Welcome to HR" and "Developing Your Playbook: Employee Handbook Essentials” - October 2018

  • Client Seminar - "2015 Wisconsin Act 180: Changes to the Workers’ Compensation Act" - April 2016

  • Client Seminar - "Don't Get Caught in a Pickle: Strategies to Reduce the Costs of Workplace Injuries" - November 2015

  • Client Seminar - "Preparing and Responding to Transportation Issues – “Strategies for Reducing Worker’s Compensation Costs in the Transportation Industry" - September 2015

  • University of Wisconsin Law School (guest lecturer) - "Negotiation and Mediation" - September 2015

  • Client Seminar - "Get in the Front Seat: Advantages for Employers to be Actively Involved in Their Employees' Workers’ Compensation Claims" - October 2014 and April 2015

 

Published Works

  • Winter 2021 - Merit Shop Contractor Wisconsin Magazine - "Get Organized: Creating an Effective Records Retention Policy and Schedule"

  • August 31, 2021 - ConstructionDive.com - "The Dotted Line: How to navigate mandates"

  • March 10, 2021 - Associated Builders and Contractors of Wisconsin, Human Resources Committee - "Measure Twice, Cut Once: Employee Handbook Essentials"

  • Fall 2020 - Merit Shop Contractor Wisconsin Magazine - "Building a Culture of Respect: Recruiting a Diverse Workforce in the Construction Industry"

  • May 7, 2020 - Associated Builders and Contractors of Wisconsin - "Cutting Costs: Strategies for Reducing Worker’s Compensation Expenses"

  • April 1, 2020 - National Association of Women in Construction - "COVID-19: Update for Employers"

  • December 2019 - Merit Shop Contractor Wisconsin Magazine - "Is Your Case Really Closed? Understanding Exposure After Injury Settlement"

  • September 2018  - Merit Shop Contractor Wisconsin Magazine - ""

  • June 28, 2018 - Associated Builders and Contractors of Wisconsin Blog - "The EEOC anticipates an increase in sexual harassment claims – are you prepared?"

Contact

Bob Sanders

CEO and Attorney

262-751-3896

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