Carmen N. Decot 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. Decot 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. Decot 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. Decot was recognized by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business in the practice area of labor and employment law (2019-2021) and has been named to the Wisconsin Super Lawyers – Rising Stars® lists (2012 – 2016), as well as the Wisconsin Law Journal’s list of “Up and Coming Lawyers” (2012).
Ms. Decot earned her law degree from the University of Iowa College of Law (with distinction, 2004), where she was awarded the College of Law’s Dean’s Achievement Award. While in law school, Ms. Decot served as a student writer and articles editor for the Journal of Corporation Law and held officer positions in various student organizations. Ms. Decot earned her Bachelor of Science degree in political science from the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse (1999).
Admissions and Professional Memberships
Ms. Decot is licensed to practice in the state of Wisconsin and is admitted to the bars of the Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin, the Northern and Southern Districts of Illinois, the Western District of Michigan, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court. She is also a member of the Wisconsin Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the Association for Women Lawyers, the Milwaukee Young Lawyers Association, the Hispanic National Bar Association, the Wisconsin Hispanic Lawyers Association, and the Hispanic Professionals of Greater Milwaukee. Ms. Decot currently serves on the board of the Labor & Employment Law Section for the State Bar of Wisconsin.
Ms. Decot 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. Decot’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.
Selected Publications and Presentations
Ms. Decot has written numerous articles and has presented on a variety of labor and employment topics. A sampling of Ms. Decot’s publications and presentations include: