Jon Anderson is the Madison office managing partner and a shareholder in the Labor & Employment Practice Group. He exclusively represents management in all aspects of human resource, labor, and employment law matters. Jon is also a member of the firm’s Health Care Practice Group, representing health care institutions and hospital systems in their employment and collective bargaining matters.
Jon brings years of experience, and a practical no-nonsense approach to advising employers in labor and employment matters, and in helping them defend decisions they make concerning their employees. Jon counsels employers on matters involving employee discipline, personnel administration, employment discrimination and wage/hour claims, and in resolving matters arising under a wide range of state, federal and local laws including the Wisconsin Fair Employment Act, Title VII, the ADEA and the ADA.
Jon has extensive experience advising both union and non-union employers concerning their rights and obligations under the National Labor Relations Act. He is frequently engaged to help employers define and attain their collective bargaining goals. On behalf of management he has negotiated over 200 labor contracts in a variety of industries working with the Teamsters, SEIU, OPEIU, IBEW, AFSCME and other unions. Jon also routinely counsels employers on union elections and labor contract administration matters and regularly represents management in grievance arbitration proceedings. Jon also represents management in mediation proceedings and unfair labor practice hearings arising in a union setting.
Jon is a native of Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, but practiced in Milwaukee and Sheboygan before joining Godfrey & Kahn as a shareholder. Jon serves on two charter school boards and is actively involved in a variety of other community activities. Jon is a frequent speaker at educational seminars and workshops on a variety of employment and labor law matters.
Admitted To Practice
United States Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
United States District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
United States District Court, Western District of Wisconsin
United States Supreme Court
American Bar Association
American Health Lawyers Association
American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration (ASHHRA)
Council of School Attorneys of the National School Boards Association
Education Law Association
National Association of College and University Attorneys
Society for Human Resource Management
State Bar of Wisconsin
Wisconsin School Attorneys Association (Past President)
Clark Street Community School - Board Member, Treasurer, Chair of Finance and Development Committee
Education Law Association - Chair, Development Committee
Madison Club - Board Member and Law Committee Member
National Association of College and University Attorneys - Audit and Finance Committee Member, Investments Subcommittee Member
State Bar of Wisconsin - Labor & Employment Law Section
Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra - Board of Directors
Listed in The Best Lawyers in America (Education Law, Employment Law - Management, Labor Law - Management, Litigation - Labor & Employment, 2006 - 2016; 2012 Employment Law - Management "Lawyer of the Year" in Madison; 2015 Education Law "Lawyer of the Year" in Madison; 2016 Labor Law "Lawyer of the Year" in Madison)
Recognized as a Wisconsin Super Lawyer (2005 - 2015)
Listed in Who's Who in American Law
Named a 2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Healthcare by Martindale-Hubbell™
Juris Doctor, Marquette University Law School, 1981, Alpha Sigma Nu
Bachelor of Arts, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Behavioral Science and Law