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Mark P. Tilkens

Office Managing Principal

P 608-807-5271
F 608-260-0058


Mark P. Tilkens is the Office Managing Principal of the Madison and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, offices of Jackson Lewis P.C. The Madison and Milwaukee office teams are focused on providing immediate responsiveness to urgent client needs and around the clock coverage with multi-discipline practitioners who cover all labor and employment matters.

Mr. Tilkens has successfully represented clients before judges, juries, and administrative agencies throughout the country. He has tried more than 100 arbitrations through to final decisions and handles high-level strategy and trial decisions for clients in discrimination cases across various industries. Mr. Tilkens is often called upon to provide representation and strategic counsel in high-stakes labor and employment matters and other crisis situations.

Mr. Tilkens provides every client with individualized attention and the best responsiveness in the market by placing the needs of each employer above all other issues and with every action designed to strengthen the relationship with those employers who place their trust in the team.

Mr. Tilkens’ legal experience includes counseling and representing employers across the country in traditional labor law matters, including the most difficult collective bargaining, situations, arbitrations, strikes, union organizing campaigns, elections, acquisitions of unionized companies, and proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board.

Mr. Tilkens provides expert guidance for employers facing critical employment counseling issues, including employee discipline, reducing misappropriation of confidential information, protection from competition, managing employee misconduct before escalation, and personalized training systems for managers and HR in meeting their own capability-building goals.

Mr. Tilkens defends employers in cases before the U.S. Department of Labor and in federal court actions involving labor relations; investigating and defending the most complex employment discrimination claims and class action wage and hour cases, including donning and doffing, meal and rest break cases, and employee misclassification disputes. He also guides employers on all issues related to employee performance, disciplinary and discharge decisions, reductions in force, and enforceability of post-employment restrictive covenants, as well as advising employers in all aspects of the employer employee relationship, including wage and hour, employment contracts, workers’ compensation, disability issues, internal investigations, and policy formulation/review.

Mr. Tilkens began his labor and employment practice after a decorated career in law enforcement, during which he received specialized training in interviewing skills, spent hundreds of hours in the courtroom and gained labor relations experience as a union executive board member where he worked closely with management officials during the development of internal investigation policies. Mr. Tilkens was recognized annually by prosecutors for outstanding performance in the line of duty, including being awarded Top Cop of the Year, the Teamwork Award, and Investigator Commendation for a successful prosecution of street gang violence.

Honors and Recognitions

  • Chambers USA
  • Best Lawyers in America, Wisconsin Labor Lawyer of the Year
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August 15, 2017
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Best Lawyers in America© Honors Jackson Lewis Attorneys in Its 2018 Edition

August 15, 2017

WHITE PLAINS, NY (August 15, 2017) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to announce 193 attorneys, were recognized in the 2018 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©, a publication that has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. The Best Lawyers lists are... Read More

May 31, 2017
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Jackson Lewis Recommended in The Legal 500

May 31, 2017

WHITE PLAINS, NY (May 31, 2017) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to announce the firm and its attorneys have been recommended in The Legal 500 United States 2017 in the following practice areas falling under the Labor and Employment designation: Employee health and retirement plans,... Read More

August 15, 2016
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Jackson Lewis Attorneys Recognized in the Best Lawyers in America© 2017

August 15, 2016

WHITE PLAINS, NY August, 15, 2016 – Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to announce that more than 145 attorneys throughout the firm’s 57 locations have been named to the Best Lawyers in America© 2017. In addition, 13 attorneys were named “Lawyer of the... Read More

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March 22, 2016

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March 22, 2016

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