Saveon D. Grenell
When complex and sensitive matters arise, clients deserve assurance that their concerns will be heard and attended to in a timely fashion. Saveon provides a personal and attentive level of support to the clients he represents.
Saveon’s practice is focused on advising public and private employers including non-profits on a variety of labor and employment legal matters. He assists employers with issues such as discrimination and harassment complaints, employee discipline and discharge, wage & hour disputes, employee misclassification, labor negotiations, contract interpretation, employment and severance agreements, grievance arbitration, conducts personnel and anti-harassment/discrimination investigations, and advises on other labor and employment matters. Saveon has successfully defended employers in various labor and employment disputes before state and federal agencies as well as federal and state courts in matters related to wage & hour disputes, discrimination and harassment complaints, and retaliation. Saveon also counsels public and private schools on issues such as public records/open meetings, school board policies, general business affairs, and other school law matters.
Saveon earned his law degree from Thurgood Marshall School of Law, and his bachelor’s degree in international business from Bethune-Cookman University. He is a member of the State Bar of Wisconsin and State Bar of Texas. Saveon is also a member of the American Bar Association’s Federal Labor Standards Legislation Committee and is editor of the Wisconsin chapter for Bloomberg Law’s State Wage & Hour Treatise. Saveon previously worked for the City of Milwaukee as an Assistant City Attorney and for Milwaukee Public Schools, advising on labor, employment, and school law matters.
- JD, Thurgood Marshall School of Law
- BS – International Business, Bethune-Cookman University
- Member, State Bar of Wisconsin
- Member, State Bar of Texas
- Bar admission, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
- Member, State Bar of Wisconsin, Labor and Employment Law Section
- Member, Wisconsin Association of African American Lawyers
- Past Member, Former Board Director, State Bar of Wisconsin, Government Lawyers Division
- Member, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
- State Bar of Wisconsin Leadership Academy
- Member, Milwaukee Urban League Young Professionals
- Board Member and Chair of Economic Development Committee, The 30th Street Industrial Corridor
- Board Member, St. Anthony School
- Member, Task Force on Wisconsin Lawyer Well-Being
- Board Member and Education Committee Member, Jewish Museum Milwaukee
- Fellow, Wisconsin Law Foundation
- Member, American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section
- Member, American Bar Association, Federal Labor Standards Legislation Committee
- Member, Wage & Hour Defense Institute
- Member, Wisconsin School Attorneys Association
- Editor, Bloomberg Law Wisconsin State Wage & Hour Treatise (2021 – Present)
- Member, Wisconsin Judicial Council
Up Close & Personal
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Interacting with clients and helping them solve problems. In our profession, you have to be an active listener, so being able to really pay attention to a client's needs and help them navigate complex issues is fulfilling.
Q: What is your favorite thing about living in Wisconsin?
A: I get to experience all the seasons. Although it sometimes feels like we skip from winter to summer. And, it is beautiful here in the summer time.
Q: What music would we find on your playlist?
A: Some of everything. I'm talking anything from Prince and Dave Matthews Band to Kanye West and Jesus Culture. Honestly, if it sounds good, I'll probably listen to it.
Q: If you could take a six-month sabbatical, what would you do?
A: I would likely move to Japan and immerse myself in the culture. While there, I would try to learn as much Japanese as I could.
Q: What do you do for fun?
A: I read, travel, exercise, golf when I get the chance, and hang out with family and friends.
Q: Name one of your athletic accomplishments.
A: I currently hold the 4th fastest time in Wauwatosa West school history for the 110-meter hurdles.
Q: What is your favorite quote and why?
A: "If I had the gift of prophesy, and if I understood all of God's secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn't love others, I would be nothing. 1 Corinthians 13:2. This is my favorite quote because it embodies a core value of mine, which is to truly love and respect others to the best of my ability because if I can do that, I really have accomplished something meaningful.