Kirk D. Strang


Labor & Employment | School & Higher Education

Kirk has extensive experience in school and higher education law, as well as labor and employment issues.

Kirk is one of Wisconsin’s leading school and higher education attorneys, representing education institutions in all aspects of their operations and has been included in the Best Lawyers in America 2016 for Education Law as well as for Labor Law – Management. He advises education clients on all of the issues related to their status as governmental bodies, including open meetings, public records, search and seizure, and public contracting and bidding. He also advises schools and higher education institutions on the range of issues that are unique to educators and educational institutions, including pupil rights and discipline, pupil services, employment relations, administrator and teacher contracting, pupil transportation, regulation of co-curricular activities, open enrollment and residency, and other matters that are central to educational institutions’ day to day operations.

Kirk has also been recognized as a Wisconsin Super Lawyer in Employment and Labor Law. Kirk maintains an active labor and employment practice and advises employers on the full range of labor and employment relations issues, including collective bargaining and contract negotiations, claims of unfair and prohibited labor practices, family and medical leave, grievance and interest arbitration, employment policies and handbooks, unemployment and worker compensation, employment agreements, disability claims and accommodation, and other substantive areas that are central to human resources management and employment relations.

Kirk works with school districts, technical colleges, and other higher education institutions, as well as large and small private sector companies. In addition to Kirk’s transactional work, he continues to practice at the agency, circuit court and appellate court levels, and has made multiple appearances before our Wisconsin Supreme Court.

Kirk regularly presents legal information to groups around the state on education and labor and employment law issues. Kirk provides regular programming and training for the Wisconsin Association of School District Administrators (WASDA), the Association of Wisconsin School Administrators (AWSA), the Wisconsin Association of School Business Officials (WASBO), the Wisconsin Association of School Superintendents Assistants (WASSA), the Wisconsin School Attorneys Association (WSAA), and the Wisconsin Technical College District Boards Association (WTCDBA). He also actively and regularly participates in programs and seminars sponsored by our firm for clients and friends, and also frequently provides programs and training for clients at their request.

Kirk is a contributing author of the State Bar of Wisconsin’s treatise on “Public Sector Labor Law Relations in Wisconsin.” He has also advised the state Chamber of Commerce and the School Administrators’ Alliance on legislation and legislative issues affecting business and public schools. Kirk also chaired the State Bar of Wisconsin’s annual employment law program for 13 consecutive years.

Education & Training

B.A., University of Wisconsin Madison

J.D., University of Wisconsin Madison

Practice Areas

  • Labor and Employment
  • School and Higher Education Law


  • Best Lawyers® in America – Education Law and Labor Law-Management (2016-2021)
  • 2013 Leader in the Law, Wisconsin Law Journal
  • Wisconsin Super Lawyer (2012-present)
  • Member, State Bar of Wisconsin (Continuing Legal Education Committee, 1999-2005)
  • Member, State Bar of Wisconsin (Board of Directors, Labor & Employment Law Section, 1998-2001)
  • Wisconsin Academic Decathlon Board of Directors
  • CESA Foundation Board of Directors
  • Former President, Wisconsin School Attorneys Association
  • General Counsel to the Wisconsin Technical College Boards Association