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Employment Law

Sheila Engelmeier, Engelmeier & Umanah, P.A.
Apr 26, 2021

The POWER 30: Sheila Engelmeier

Sheila Engelmeier works both sides of the line in employer-employee disputes, trying to help the employees find common ground. You can make a difference on the defense side while being sympathetic to plaintiffs, she said.

V. John Ella, Trepanier MacGillis Battina P.A.
Apr 26, 2021

The POWER 30: V. John Ella

Home to a highly competitive medical device industry as well as other Fortune 500 companies, Minnesota has its fair share of employee noncompete agreements. Especially lately.

Dyan Ebert, Quinlivan & Hughes, P.A.
Apr 26, 2021

The POWER 30: Dyan Ebert

Dyan Ebert represents public and some private entities in employment litigation, but like many lawyers, right now she is spending a lot of time counseling clients through the daily challenges of operating a workplace during a pandemic.

Apr 26, 2021

The POWER 30: Justin Cummins

Employment law in Minnesota has been marked recently by more robust federal agency enforcement, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Department of Labor. At the same time, that isn’t “that new” in Minnesota which has enforced the Minnesota Human Rights Act and other laws protecting employees, said Minneapolis employment attorney Justin Cummins of Cummins & Cummin[...]

Apr 26, 2021

The POWER 30: Brendan D. Cummins

The new acting general counsel for the National Labor Relations Board is Peter Sung Ohr and he is not a potted plant, according to Minnesota lawyer Brendan Cummins, of the eponymous law firm Cummins & Cummins. “He’s going to be active in protecting employee rights.”

Apr 26, 2021

The POWER 30: Celeste Culberth

Celeste Culberth sees systemic gender imbalance in society as a whole, but also sees that society is full of blind spots about the issue, and some will bend over backward to avoid confronting it.

Apr 26, 2021

The POWER 30: Gregg Corwin

Minnesota teachers went on strike in 1970, spurring the passage of the Public Employees Labor Relations Act in 1971. It’s been amended over the years, with the assistance of Hopkins attorney Gregg Corwin, of Gregg Corwin and Associate. Corwin was admitted to practice in 1972 and has been representing employees since then, starting with AFSCME members. He continued to represent organized labor an[...]

Douglas Christensen, Littler Mendelson P.C.
Apr 26, 2021

The POWER 30: Douglas Christensen

Littler-Mendelson, a global law firm, states on its website that as of March 12 there were 1,982 lawsuits (including 157 class actions) filed against employers due to alleged labor and employment violations related to the coronavirus. California has 472, Minnesota has 19. Minnesota has 13 state cases, California, 409.

Apr 26, 2021

The POWER 30: Ellen Brinkman

Neither COVID-19, nor facial masks, nor plexiglass could keep Minneapolis attorney Ellen Brinkman from her jury trial. Neither could three continuances of the trial during the court closure.

Cynthia Bremer, Ogletree Deakins
Apr 26, 2021

The POWER 30: Cynthia Bremer

Cynthia Bremer is among many employment attorneys whose practice is moving away from litigation to counseling, training and investigations — more advice work, coincidentally while people are working in disparate locations and courts are closed because of COVID.

Jeannette Bazis, Greene Espel
Apr 26, 2021

The POWER 30: Jeanette Bazis

Federal employment law took a sharp turn last year when the U.S. Supreme Court decided Bostock v. Clayton County.

Frances Baillon, Baillon Thome Jozwiak & Wanta LLP
Apr 26, 2021

The POWER 30: Frances Baillon

The pandemic has made most of us feel that we’re living in a new world, but for Frances Baillon, that’s because it has created new ways in which employers can run afoul of the law and new whistleblower lawsuits by allegedly ill-treated employees.

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