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Mr. Norrie is a Minnesota State Bar Association Board Certified Labor and Employment Law Specialist. His practice is focused on employment law and litigation. First and foremost, Mr. Norrie helps employers anticipate and avoid problems in the workplace. He provides counsel on a range of risk-management issues, including the development of appropriate policies and procedures, employee training, disciplinary actions, investigations, severance agreements, and workforce reductions. Mr. Norrie also routinely advises employers on issues relating to trade secrets and restrictive covenants.
Mr. Norrie represents clients in a variety of employment-related litigation, including discrimination and harassment, leave and accommodation, whistleblower and qui-tam, non-compete and non-solicitation agreements, defamation, fiduciary duty, and ERISA. He has successfully litigated employment-related claims in state and federal courts and private arbitration, and has obtained dozens of “no probable cause” determinations from state and federal enforcement agencies.
In addition, Mr. Norrie has significant experience defending schools, churches, and non-profit organizations in difficult sexual abuse litigation. His work in the non-profit sector also involves representing colleges and universities in Title IX and student misconduct litigation.
Finally, as a qualified neutral under Rule 114, Mr. Norrie has successfully mediated multiple employment disputes.
Successfully resolved litigation involving $2.5 million in claimed damages for former employees’ breach of duty of loyalty and new employer’s tortious interference with confidentiality agreement. (2022).
Defended corporate directors and successfully resolved litigation with the United States Department of Labor involving $39 million sale to ESOP. (2016-2022).
Obtained summary judgment on whistleblower and disability discrimination claims in favor of large public school district. (2021).
Successfully represented private college in OCR investigation involving claims of disability discrimination and retaliation. (2020).
Obtained early dismissal of qui tam lawsuit seeking multi-million dollar recovery under the Minnesota False Claims Act. (2020).
Summary judgment on Title VII/MHRA race and national origin discrimination claims upheld on appeal. Findlator v. Allina Health, 960 F.3d 512 (8th Cir. 2020).
Represented private college, obtaining dismissal of student’s tort claim. (2020).
Served as local counsel for Fortune 5 company in class/collective wage and hour litigation. (2018-2020).
Secured a complete defense verdict in a three-week trial involving over $20 million in claimed damages for breach of a non-compete agreement and duty of loyalty. (2018). Verdict upheld on appeal. (2019).
Represented a private college in litigation challenging student discipline. While a motion to dismiss was pending, the case settled without payment of money or modification to student discipline. (2019).
Rule 12 dismissal of 1983 civil rights and defamation claims upheld on appeal. Peschong v. Children’s Healthcare, 917 F.3d 656 (8th Cir. 2019).
Won summary judgment in favor of healthcare provider on MHRA pregnancy discrimination claim. (2019).
Represented a national restaurant chain in arbitration, obtaining a favorable resolution of a case involving alleged sexual harassment. (2018).
Defended a private college in a lawsuit involving alleged hazing. Following a successful partial motion to dismiss, Plaintiff voluntarily dismissed the remaining claim at the close of discovery. (2018).
Represented a private university in Title IX litigation. The Complaint was dismissed on a Rule 12 motion. (2017).
Represented a Fortune 500 company, obtaining a favorable resolution of a case involving alleged sexual abuse by a former employee. (2017).
Represented the former chairman, chief executive officer, and selling-shareholder in class-action ESOP litigation. The District Court granted summary judgment for the firm’s client on the eve of trial. (Following separate trials on liability and damages, the plaintiff class was awarded more than $15 million in relief. Judgment in favor of the firm’s client was unchallenged on appeal.) Chesemore v. All. Holdings, Inc., 276 F.R.D. 506 (W.D. Wis. 2011); 886 F. Supp. 2d 1007 (W.D. Wis. 2012); aff'd sub nom. Chesemore v. Fenkell, 829 F.3d 803 (7th Cir. 2016).
Represented a religious institution, obtaining a favorable resolution of a case involving alleged sexual abuse by a former employee. (2016).
Represented a private secondary school, obtaining a favorable resolution of a case involving a former student’s sexual abuse claims. (2016).
In case involving ESOP appraisal, successfully resolved contribution and indemnity claims against third-party defendants relating to alleged breach of fiduciary duties under ERISA. (2015).
Represented a school in district court and on appeal, winning summary judgment in an employment dispute involving the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Minnesota Human Rights Act. Fischer v. Minneapolis Pub. Schs., 16 F. Supp. 3d 1012 (D. Minn. 2014), aff’d, 792 F.3d 985, 986 (8th Cir. 2015).
Represented a Fortune 500 company at trial, obtaining a jury verdict in a breach of contract case. (2012).
Represented an international corporation, successfully resolving duty-of-loyalty and tortious interference claims; Cenveo Corp. v. S. Graphic Sys., Inc., 784 F. Supp. 2d 1130 (D. Minn. 2011).
Honors & Awards
Frequent presenter on various employment issues including harassment prevention, FMLA compliance, conducting employment investigations, and employee discipline and discharge.