Practice Group | Bassford Remele


From Fortune 500 Companies to non-profit organizations, and every type of employer in between, we provide practical advice and seasoned representation in all matters of employment law. Bassford Remele’s employment-law team is led by attorneys recognized as leading practitioners in the field. The accomplishments of these lawyers include service as an adjunct professor of employment law, selection as faculty of the Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute, authorship in leading treatises, and identification by The Best Lawyers in America®, Super Lawyers, and Rising Stars.

Representative Cases

Trials and Arbitrations

Obtained a defense verdict for a Fortune 150 company in an ADA retaliation case.

Obtained defense verdict for a Fortune 150 company in an ADA discrimination case.

Obtained defense verdict for a health-care system at trial in a defamation case.

Defended a health-care system at trial, obtaining a defense jury verdict in a defamation case.

Defended broadcasting company at arbitration, obtaining a complete defense order in breach of employment contract case.

Successfully obtained judgment as a matter of law for manufacturing client after week-long trial on claims for breach of non-compete agreement and tortious interference brought against terminated employee and his new employer.

Obtained defense verdict for international food company, as well as a $90,000 judgment against plaintiff, in employment discrimination case.

Summary Judgment and Similar Successes

Obtained summary judgment for employer in a disability-discrimination case.

Obtained summary judgment for Fortune 150 company in an ADA discrimination case.

Obtained summary judgment for health-care system in a public-accommodations case.

Obtained summary judgment and affirmance of summary judgment order for health-care provider in a whistleblower case.

Obtained summary judgment for employer in a disability-discrimination case.

Obtained affirmance of summary judgment order for health-care provider in a whistleblower case.

Obtained summary judgment for professional sports team in age-discrimination case.

Obtained summary judgment for travel company on claims for disability discrimination, sexual harassment, reprisal and marital-status discrimination.

Obtained summary judgment for residential management company on claims for sexual harassment and negligence.

Obtained temporary restraining order for transportation client against accounting manager who sought to work for a competitor in violation of her non-compete agreement.

Defended insurance company by obtaining Rule 12(b)(6) dismissal on former employee’s claims for tortious interference and defamation.

Other Representative Matters

Obtained favorable settlement for a financial institution in an unfair-competition case.

Obtained favorable settlement for an individual in a whistleblower case.

Obtained favorable settlement for an individual in a race-discrimination case.

Obtained favorable settlement for an individual in an unpaid-commissions case.

Obtained settlement in unpaid-commissions case.

Defended temporary staffing company against claims of religious discrimination and failure to accommodate religious beliefs regarding prayer breaks.

Defended dental supply company against claims of age and sex discrimination, reprisal, and violation of the Equal Pay Act.

Defended international food company against claims for sex-plus discrimination, reprisal and marital status discrimination.

Defended employer and its owner against claims of disability discrimination, reprisal, aiding and abetting discrimination, violation of Minnesota's whistleblower statute, negligence and intentional interference with economic advantage.

Defended philanthropic organization against former employee’s allegations that he was wrongfully discharged in violation of the parties’ lifetime employment agreement.

Defended surgeon in hospital’s internal investigation related to claims for sexual harassment.

Defended real estate company and its employees against claims by competitor for breach of confidentiality and breach of the duty of loyalty.

Represented numerous school administrators in employment contract negotiations, school board investigations and various workplace issues.

Defended hospice care provider against claims for breach of non-competition agreement and misappropriation.

Defended biotech company against former employees’ claims for age discrimination, breach of contract, promissory estoppel, fraud, civil conspiracy, and tortious interference.

Represented publicly held company in investigating sexual harassment allegations against C-suite employee and defended client against claims for sexual harassment and sex discrimination.

Represented the former chairman, chief executive officer, and selling-shareholder in a class-action ESOP litigation, winning summary judgment from the district court 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).

Comments from clients and the legal community:

Dan Olson at Bassford Remele has been great to work with. He stepped in a difficult situation, made recommendations and was always available to answer questions. (Vice President, Operations, Credit and Collections Industry)

Dan Olson of Bassford Remele was a pleasure to work with: effective, personable, responsive, and helpful. We had a very positive outcome, and I give Dan much of the credit for that. (President, Bank)

I have relied on Bassford Remele for legal support for many years and have been extremely satisfied. My experience working with their attorneys has been positive in many ways, including their responsiveness, knowledge, professionalism and caring attitude.

Bassford Remele has provided expert legal counsel and representation to our organization. Their advice is practical and wise.

Bassford Remele's employment attorneys are excellent. We had the opportunity to work with them multiple times in the past year as we managed personnel issues related to the pandemic and they were extremely responsive and helpful in guiding us to decisions even when there were no clear answers. I appreciate that they take into consideration the practical side of any issue and consider the business implications, as well as the legal ones. I would highly recommend Bassford Remele. (General Counsel, Health Care Provider)

Bassford Remele's labor and employment law team provides exceptional value to our institution. Their lawyers have deep expertise in both employment law and litigation in general. In addition, they are genuinely enjoyable to work with and exceedingly professional. (General Counsel, Education Provider)

Bassford Remele is a terrific partner for us. They drive strong results, are exceptionally responsive, and cost-effective. I highly recommend them. (Senior Vice President, Bank)

We use Bassford Remele for multiple labor and employment needs. They are extremely responsive, knowledgeable, and aware of the budget for a given project. As a non-profit, I appreciate that tremendously. In addition, they provide training and other "value adds" that help me in my work within the organization. They've taken a true interest in *** which makes it that much easier when we have a matter we need them to assist with because they already know the people and the culture. (General Counsel, Health Care Provider)

These comments were collected as part of the U.S. News - Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms" research process.

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