Attorney Glenn M. Stoddard

Glenn M. Stoddard is the owner and principal attorney of Stoddard Law Office. Mr. Stoddard is an experienced civil rights and environmental lawyer who represents clients in state and federal courts and before governmental bodies in all aspects of civil litigation and alternative dispute resolution. He brings a rare depth of creativity, experience, and insight to his work, and he has successfully represented clients in high profile civil rights cases, including constitutional challenges to government regulations on music and expression under the First Amendment. He has a distinguished reputation as an environmental lawyer, and he has substantial experience in matters relating to land use law, property rights, water law, zoning, and regulation of metallic and non-metallic mining and processing operations, utility and wind energy projects, and large-scale agricultural operations.

Mr. Stoddard received his J.D. degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1994. He has been admitted to practice by the Wisconsin Supreme Court and all Wisconsin state courts, the United States District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. He holds a M.S. degree in Urban & Regional Planning from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (1984), and a B.S. degree from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (1980). Prior to establishing Stoddard Law Office in 2005, Mr. Stoddard practiced law in Madison, Wisconsin, where he was a shareholder in the law firm of Garvey & Stoddard, S.C. He is a member of the State Bar of Wisconsin and the American Bar Association. He has served on the State Bar of Wisconsin’s Environmental Law Section Board, and on the boards of other public interest organizations. He has received several awards for his public interest work as a lawyer, and he has been listed in Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in American Law. In 2006, Mr. Stoddard was named a Super Lawyer by Wisconsin Super Lawyers Magazine.
Representative Civil Rights Cases:

Martha (“Molly”) Otis Scheer v. City of Hayward, et al., Case No. 10-cv-447-slc, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin. Mr. Stoddard represented the plaintiff in this case, which successfully challenged the City of Hayward’s outdoor music ordinance under the First and Fourteenth Amendments of the U.S. Constitution. Liability issues were decided for the plaintiff on summary judgment and a jury trial on damages was held from January 9-11, 2012. On January 11, 2012, the jury awarded the plaintiff a total $401,400 in combined compensatory and punitive damages and judgment was entered for that amount on January 12, 2012. The Court later upheld the verdict and awarded the plaintiff an additional $224,531.31 in attorney fees and costs on July 23, 2012. The defendants then appealed the case to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, where it was referred to mediation. A settlement was reached through mediation on December 5, 2012, for a total of $628,000, including all damages awarded by the jury as well as plaintiff’s attorney fees and costs.

Erin M. Gunderson v Chippewa Falls Area Unified School District, Case No. 13-cv-80-slc, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin. Mr. Stoddard represented the plaintiff in this case under Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (“ADA”) and Title I of the Civil Rights Act of 1991, to correct alleged unlawful employment practices on the basis of disability and to provide appropriate relief to the plaintiff. The plaintiff alleged that the defendant violated the ADA by terminating her because of disability or because it regarded her as disabled. Through mediation the parties reached a settlement in early 2014, which provided that plaintiff would be reinstated to her teaching position and receive a total of $125,000, including attorney fees and costs.

John B. Graves, et al. v. Village of Lake Nebagamon, et al., Case No. 11-cv-309-slc, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin. Mr. Stoddard represented the plaintiffs in this case, which successfully challenged the Village of Lake Nebagamon’s cabaret and noise ordinances under the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. Liability was decided for the plaintiffs on summary judgment and the cabaret ordinance and part of the noise ordinance were declared unconstitutional on November 13, 2012. The case was later settled on January 17, 2013 for a total of $80,000, including attorney fees and costs.

Jones ‘El, et al. v. Berge, et al, 374 F.3d 541 (7th Cir. 2004). Mr. Stoddard represented the plaintiffs as co-counsel in this class action civil rights case, which successfully challenged practices and policies at the State of Wisconsin’s former Supermax prison under the Eighth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

Lemon, et al. v. International Union of Operating Engineers, Local No. 139, AFL-CIO, 216 F.3d 577 (7th Cir. 2000). Mr. Stoddard successfully represented the plaintiffs as co-counsel in this class-action employment discrimination case, which was eventually settled.

Representative Environmental Cases:

The Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians. Since 2011, Mr. Stoddard has worked with other a number of other attorneys as part of the legal team representing The Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians in opposing a proposed open-pit taconite mine in the Penokee Hills near the Bad River Indian Reservation in northern Wisconsin.

Town of Cooks Valley, Chippewa County, Wisconsin. Mr. Stoddard has represented the Town of Cooks Valley on issues relating to regulation of nonmetallic mining, including frac sand mining. He drafted and assisted in defending the Town of Cooks Valley Nonmetallic Mining Ordinance, which was upheld by the Wisconsin Supreme Court on February 8, 2012, in Zwiefelhofer v. Town of Cooks Valley, 2012 WI 7, 338 Wis.2d 488, 809 N.W.2d 362. Mr. Stoddard has since drafted three permits for frac sand mines which have been approved by the Town Board pursuant to the Town’s Nonmetallic Mining Ordinance. He has also represented numerous other town governments, individuals, and citizen groups on issues relating to nonmetallic mining and processing regulation.

Friends of L.O.G. Greenway, Inc., v. Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Polk County Circuit Court, Case No. 07-CV-177. Mr. Stoddard represented the plaintiffs in this case, which successfully challenged a Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources decision to allow motorized all-terrain vehicles on a designated State Trail.

Summit Ridge Energy, LLC v. Town of Ridgeville, et al., Monroe County Circuit Court, Case No. 07-CV-204. Mr. Stoddard represented the intervening defendant citizens’ group, “Focus on Monroe County’s Future,” in successfully challenging the approval of an industrial wind energy project as a conditional use under the Monroe County Zoning Ordinance.

Magnolia Township Citizens Against Factory Farming, et al. v. Town of Magnolia, 2005 WI App 119, 701 N.W.2d 60 (2005). Mr. Stoddard represented the plaintiffs in this zoning case, which successfully challenged the approval of large scale agricultural operation by the Town of Magnolia, Rock County, Wisconsin.

Step Now Citizens Group, et al. v. Town of Utica Planning & Zoning Committee, et al., 2003 WI App 109, 264 Wis. 2d 662, 663 N.W.2d 833 (2003). Mr. Stoddard represented the plaintiffs in this case, which challenged the rezoning of land for an ethanol plant as illegal spot zoning. The circuit court decided the case on summary judgment in favor of the plaintiffs but the Court of Appeals reversed the circuit court and upheld the rezoning.

State of Wisconsin v. EPA and Sokaogan Chippewa Community, 266 F.3d 741 (7th Cir. 2001). Mr. Stoddard represented the Sokaogan Chippewa Community as co-counsel in this case, in which the court rejected the State of Wisconsin's challenge to the EPA’s grant of Treatment as a State status to the Sokaogon Chippewa Community Indian Tribe for purposes of setting water quality standards under the Clean Water Act. In doing so, the court confirmed that Indian tribes with Treatment as a State status are co-equal sovereign regulatory bodies of the same class as individual states under the Clean Water Act.

Town of Nashville, Forest County, Wisconsin. Mr. Stoddard represented the Town of Nashville from 1996 through 2002 in efforts to oppose development of a proposed metallic mining operation near Crandon, Wisconsin. This included representation of the town in two cases. The first case was State ex rel. Ward v. Town of Nashville, 2001 WI App. 224, 247 Wis. 2d 988, 636 N.W.2d 26, in which the court declined to void a local mining agreement under Wis. Stat. § 293.41, which had been approved in an open meeting but was the product of three years of unlawfully closed meetings of the former town board and the mining company. The second case was Nicolet Minerals Co. v. Town of Nashville, 2002 WI App. 50, 250 Wis. 2d 831, 641 N.W.2d 497, in which the court upheld the same local mining agreement under Wis. Stat. § 293.41, after it was rescinded by the town board.

Concerned Citizens of Newport, Inc., et al. v. Department of Natural Resources, Columbia County Circuit Court, Case No. 00-CV-304. Mr. Stoddard represented the plaintiffs in this case, which successfully challenged a Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources decision to approve a high capacity well permit that would have allowed Nestle (f/k/a Perrier) to develop a spring water bottling plant adjacent to a trout stream near Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin. The company subsequently abandoned the project.

Sierra Club, et al. v. Ashley Furniture Industries, Inc., et al., Trempealeau County Circuit Court, Case No. 99-CV-178. Mr. Stoddard represented the plaintiffs in this case, which successfully challenged a private law on state constitutional grounds and stopped Ashley Furniture Industries, Inc. from constructing buildings in wetlands within the Village of Arcadia, Wisconsin.

Zink v. Khwaja, 2000 WI App 58, 233 Wis. 2d 691, 608 N.W2d 394 (2000). Mr. Stoddard represented the plaintiff in this case, which alleged that the plaintiff’s property had been flooded by an adjacent cranberry marsh causing a private nuisance. The case was decided in favor of the defendant.



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