Amy F. Scarr
  • Solo Practitioner


Madison, WI





I am a solo practitioner with a passion for justice. I have been practicing law for over 20 years. I work hard on every case and approach each one, large or small, with a determination to get the best results possible. I relish representing the "Davids" against the "Goliaths" and have successfully taken on cases against large corporations, insurance companies, governments, and government officials, including police officers.

Communication between my clients and me is a priority, and I work together with my clients to master the details of their cases while always keeping the big picture in focus. I keep my clients informed at all stages of a case and take the time necessary to thoroughly prepare my clients and their witnesses for depositions and trial testimony.

Discriminatory treatment and harassment of employees, abuse by police and other governmental authorities, and negligent conduct that injuries others—these are the wrongful acts that motivate me to pursue justice for those whose rights have been violated and who have been injured.

Areas Of Practice

  • Employment Discrimination
  • Civil Rights
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Retaliation
  • Racial Discrimination
  • Police Misconduct

Bar Admissions

  • Wisconsin, 1989
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Wisconsin, 1989
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Wisconsin, 2014
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, 2016


  • University of Wisconsin Law School, Madison, Wisconsin
    • J.D. - 1989
  • University of Wisconsin - Madison, Madison, Wisconsin
    • B.A. - 1980
    • Honors: With Distinction
    • Honors: Dean's List
    • Major: Psychology
    • Major: French

Published Works

  • "Coming to Terms with the Politics of Discourse: A Critique of Robin West's 'Jurisprudence and Gender,'" Wisconsin Women's Law Journal, Vol. 5, pp. 147-59, 1990
  • Translation from the French, Yves Dezalay, Austin Sarat, Susan Silbey, "From Dissident Challenge to Meritocratic Knowledge: Elements for a Social History of American Legal Sociology," University of Wisconsin Institute for Legal Studies, Working Paper 4-7, 1989
  • "Work Time, Family Time," The Public Eye, Madison: Center for Public Representation, September, 1988
  • "I've Been Thinking About Race...," The Verdict, Fall 2015

Representative Cases

  • Markham, et al. v. White, et al. (class action sexual harassment/equal protection/Bivens case; interlocutory appeal of decision denying defendants qualified immunity), 172 F.3d 486, 1999, 7th Cir.
  • Jim Walter Color Separations v. LIRC (employment discrimination/sexual harassment case under Wisconsin Fair Employment Act), 226 Wis. 2d 334, 595 N.W.2d 68, 1999, Ct. App.
  • Kolden v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (employment discrimination/sexual harassment case under Title VII; summary judgment decision), No. 04-C-968-S, 2005 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 11410, 2005, W.D. Wis.


  • "Employment Discrimination: Strategies for Winning," Wisconsin Academy of Trial Lawyers Tort and Technique Update Seminar, October 21, 2005, Madison, Wisconsin
  • "Comments on Plaintiff and Defense Expert Reports," Wisconsin Association for Justice Tort and Technique Update Seminar, October 24, 2008
  • "Tips for Successful Employment Discrimination Cases," Wisconsin Association for Justice Women’s Caucus Seminar & Retreat, September 16, 2011

Honors and Awards

  • B.A., University of Wisconsin - Madison, graduated with distinction, 1980
  • Wisconsin Law Alumni Association Award (for significant contribution to life in the law school), 1989

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • State Bar of Wisconsin, Member
  • Dane County Bar Association, Member
  • State Bar of Wisconsin, Labor and Employment Law Section, Member; Board Member, 2004-14; Chairperson of the Board, 2012-13
  • State Bar of Wisconsin, Civil Rights and Liberties Section, Member; Board Member, 2002-10; Chairperson of the Board, 2005-06
  • Wisconsin Association for Justice, Member; Board of Directors, 2007-15; Chair, Women's Caucus, 2014-15
  • Western District of Wisconsin Bar Association, Member
  • Legal Association for Women, Member
  • National Employment Lawyers Association, Member
  • Wisconsin Employment Lawyers Association, Member
  • American Association for Justice, Member
  • American Constitution Society, Member

Past Employment Positions

  • Clifford & Reuter, S.C., 1991 to 1994
  • The Honorable Susan Steingass and The Honorable George Northrup, Dane County Circuit Court, Law Clerk, 1990 to 1991

Pro Bono Activities

  • Mentor, Legal Education Opportunities (LEO) Mentoring Program, University of Wisconsin Law School, 2003-05, 2006-09
  • Volunteer, Verona Area High School Career Days, 2015 to Present