Brian Rochel enjoys the “theater of litigation.” But representing employees in retaliation, whistleblower, wrongful-termination and other employment cases has a deeper meaning for him.
“The ability to be involved in trial and appellate work and Supreme Court-level work … that helps individual clients and communities and society as a whole were the two big interests I had and they coalesced quite well in representing employees,” Rochel said.
His courtroom results include a $361,000 award in a court trial in favor of a disabled employee and a $360,000 jury verdict in a retaliation claim.
Rochel, a partner at Teske, Micko, Katz, Kitzer & Rochel since 2014, began his legal career in 2010 after graduating from what is now Mitchell Hamline School of Law, where he also is an adjunct faculty member.
Rochel is vice president of the Minnesota chapter of the National Employment Lawyers Association, a board member of the Federal Bar Association’s (FBA) Young Lawyers Division and co-chair of the FBA Labor & Employment Section’s Publications and Public Relations Committee.
“The passion to try to help people drives wanting to get involved more in the community as well as through leadership positions,” Rochel said.