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The POWER 30: Dyan Ebert

Dyan Ebert, Quinlivan & Hughes, P.A.

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.

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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 & Cummins.

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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.”

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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 and ended up with special expertise in PELRA litigation, as well as working with the Legislature drafting amendments to the law.

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The POWER 30: Douglas Christensen

Douglas Christensen, Littler Mendelson P.C.

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.

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The POWER 30: Cynthia Bremer

Cynthia Bremer, Ogletree Deakins

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.

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The POWER 30: Frances Baillon

Frances Baillon, Baillon Thome Jozwiak & Wanta LLP

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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