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James E. Panther

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"The leading rule for the lawyer,
as for the man of every other calling, is diligence.”
- Abraham Lincoln

James Panther

Professional Experience

James E. Panther is an attorney representing insurers and self-insured employers in the defense of worker’s compensation claims throughout Wisconsin. In addition to his litigation practice, he is also a frequent presenter on common issues in the claims handling environment as well as best practices for successfully managing claims from the initial report to the final compromise.

Mr. Panther received his law degree from Marquette University Law School and his undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. During law school, Mr. Panther served on the Moot Court Board, interned at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and was a research assistant in Marquette’s nationally-recognized Legal Analysis, Writing & Research Program.

He is a member of the State Bar of Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Association of Worker’s Compensation Attorneys.


Bar admissions:

  • Wisconsin, 2014
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, 2015


  • Marquette University Law School, J.D., 2014
  • University of Wisconsin – Madison, B.A., 2011

Memberships and activities

  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Wisconsin Association of Worker’s Compensation Attorneys (WAWCA)

Recent Publications

  • James’ article, co-authored with Lindner & Marsack, S.C. colleague Daniel J. Finerty, provides an introduction to and background regarding Wisconsin’s Unreasonable Refusal to Rehire Statute, Wis. Stat. §102.35(3), the claimant’s prima facie claim, common employer defenses to establish the central reasonable cause defense and best practices for an economical and cost-effective defense. © 2021 Wisconsin Defense Counsel. All rights reserved. James E. Panther and Daniel J. Finerty, Defending Unreasonable Refusal to Rehire Claims Filed Against Wisconsin Businesses, Wisconsin Civil Trial Journal (Summer 2021).

Recent Presentations

  • Common Defense to Workplace Slip & Falls – 2021 Lindner & Marsack Annual Compliance and Best Practices Seminar
  • Managing the Millennial Workforce – 2022 Lindner & Marsack Annual Compliance and Best Practices Seminar