Practice Groups

Employment Litigation/Advice

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. With more than two decades of experience spanning both the state and federal courts, we navigate non-compete disputes, whistleblower claims, discrimination and harassment complaints, wage and hour disagreements, Employee Retirement Income Security Act litigation, and more.

Beyond the courtroom, we help employers draft employee policies, negotiate separation agreements, conduct internal employment investigations, and provide important training designed to keep clients up to date on changes in employment law. Some recent successes include representation of a health care system client facing defamation charges and a local school fighting a wrongful-discharge claim. We regularly win summary judgments in our clients’ favor in Title VII, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and Minnesota Human Rights Act (MHRA) cases. We also defend many companies against EEOC/MDHR charges, regularly obtaining dismissals with no probable cause.

Representative Cases

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

Represented a school, winning summary judgment in an employment discrimination case involving alleged claims of wrongful discharge, discrimination, and reprisal.

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. Sch., 792 F.3d 985 (8th Cir. 2015).

Represented a skilled nursing facility, winning summary judgment on the former employee’s defamation claim.

Represented a global waste service company in district court and on appeal, winning summary judgment in a case alleging discrimination, harassment, and retaliation under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Senter, 564 F. App'x 273 (8th Cir. 2014).

Represented the Board of Pensions of a large religious denomination, obtaining a voluntary dismissal of a disability benefits lawsuit.

Represented a former company owner and chief executive officer, winning summary judgment in an ESOP class action on plaintiffs’ breach of fiduciary duty claims. Chesemore v. All. Holdings, Inc., 948 F. Supp. 2d 928 (W.D. Wis. June 4, 2013); 886 F. Supp. 2d 1007 (W.D. Wis. July 24, 2012); 276 F.R.D. 506 (W.D. Wis. Sept. 22, 2011).


2020 Metropolitan Tier 1 Firm in the area of Labor and Employment Litigation
2020 Metropolitan and National Litigation-ERISA Firm