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Jillian Kornblatt
Jillian Kornblatt

2020 Up & Coming Attorneys: Jillian Kornblatt

Employment attorney Jillian Kornblatt believes she is living in a time when her position rarely has been more challenging. From new laws to working at home and collaborating with colleagues across the country, it feels “like all parts of this job, times 100,” she said.

Kornblatt works with employers on various employment law issues such as sexual harassment and disability accommodation advice and litigation. In addition she has been involved in independent investigations, including Dorsey’s probe a few years ago into how the University of Minnesota handled sexual allegations involving several football players.

Sexual harassment remains a prominent issue. The Minnesota Supreme Court agreed with applying to sexual harassment cases the current societal and workplace standards. What may have been acceptable 20 years ago or five years ago will no longer pass muster for treatment of employees, Kornblatt said.

With an expertise in disability law, the attorney points out that this year is the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). “We still have a lot to do.  There’s still a lot of stigma around disability,” she said.

Earlier in her career, Kornblatt worked as a human resource professional in Seattle, where she attended an employment law seminar held by Dorsey’s Seattle office. The idea of becoming a labor lawyer was cinched. Years later, Kornblatt and her family moved to Minneapolis and she pursued her goal of becoming an attorney and after graduation and coincidentally liked Dorsey & Whitney’s offer the best and took it.

What do you find the most rewarding or love best about working in the legal profession?

I like the opportunity to learn new things. Everything is always changing in employment law. I like to be part of keeping up on with that change and putting it into action.

What’s the best piece of advice that you ever received?

Everything always changes. Nothing stays the way it is.

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