Carmen Couden

Carmen N. Couden is a partner and litigation attorney with Foley & Lardner LLP and is a member of the firm’s Labor & Employment Practice and Automotive, Food & Beverage, and Manufacturing Industry Teams. Ms. Couden represents and counsels employers in all aspects of the employer-employee relationship, including but not limited to, compliance with complex statutory and regulatory requirements under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Executive Order 11246 and other affirmative action laws and regulations; union grievances, National Labor Relations Board charges, and labor arbitrations; employment litigation before federal, state, and local courts and administrative agencies; reductions in force; and various matters related to employee recruitment, hiring, performance, discipline, and discharge. Ms. Couden also provides clients with practical guidance and proactive counseling regarding best practices designed to help employers avoid labor and employment disputes and comply with the law.  Ms. Couden has been named to the Wisconsin Super Lawyers – Rising Stars® list (2012 - 2015), as well as the Wisconsin Law Journal’s list of “Up and Coming Lawyers” (2012). Ms. Couden serves as volunteer legal counsel to the Better Business Bureau of Wisconsin, serves on the board of directors for the Wisconsin Equal Justice Fund, and is a volunteer for the Milwaukee Bar Association’s Milwaukee Justice Center project providing counseling to low income persons in need of basic legal services. She has also served as pro bono litigation counsel in domestic violence injunction hearings and court-appointed civil rights cases in addition to representing various pro bono clients in employment matters. Ms. Couden’s civic involvement includes membership in the United Way’s Emerging Leaders, the Brain Injury Association of Wisconsin, the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse Alumni Association, and the University of Wisconsin-Richland Alumni Association.