Attorney Arthur Heitzer has repeatedly been listed by Milwaukee Magazine among its “Best Lawyers” as well as in the national listings of “Super Lawyers” and “Who’s Who in American Law.” Since 1975 he has successfully litigated a full range of employment and housing discrimination cases, in addition to consulting and negotiating on other job-related matters, including employment and severance contracts, harassment and wrongful discharge. He has primarily represented employees, in both the private sector and public sectors.
Attorney Heitzer has won significant victories in some of the most challenging areas where few cases have prevailed, such as job discrimination based on sexual orientation, criminal conviction, and alcoholism. Employees he represented have won record settlements against Milwaukee Public Schools. With Attorney Brenda Lewison, he received the 2010 “Outstanding Decision of the Year” award from the Wisconsin Employment Lawyers Association for successfully suing the State of Wisconsin and proving that the head of its Equal Rights Division was guilty of race discrimination. He also represented the victims in two of the most publicized cases of alleged employment harassment in southeastern Wisconsin, and has appeared on national television, including the Oprah Winfrey Show.
Mr. Heitzer has served as chair of the Wisconsin Employment Lawyers Association and of the State Bar of Wisconsin Individual Rights and Responsibilities Section, as a director of the Labor Law Section of the State Bar, and a leader of the National Lawyers Guild, Milwaukee Chapter. He founded the NLG’s Economic Rights Taskforce and has been a member of its Labor & Employment Committee. He has authored or reviewed publications of the State Bar dealing with employment law.
Mr. Heitzer is an honors graduate of both Marquette University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School (1975). He clerked for the National Labor Relations Board in Washington, D.C. At MU, he helped found the nationally recognized Equal Opportunity Program, and served as president of the student body in 1968-69. The son of immigrant working class parents, he attended college on a scholarship from the Service Employees International Union. He has received many awards, including as “Civil Libertarian of the Year” in 2007 from the ACLU of Wisconsin.
Attorney Heitzer has lectured and chaired numerous programs and was invited by the UWM Departments of Sociology and Africology to design and teach courses on “The Relationship between the Black Liberation and Labor Movements” and on “The Constitution and African-Americans.”
He has served on many civic boards including Milwaukee Turners (President), Ko Thi Dance Company, Peace Action – Wisconsin, and the Wisconsin Coalition to Normalize Relations with Cuba.