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David Schlesinger is a passionate advocate for employees.  He has had success as first chair trial counsel, winning in trial and arbitration. He has effectively litigated claims for discrimination, retaliation, breach of contract, unpaid wages and shareholder rights. David has represented thousands of employees throughout the country in collective actions under the Fair Labor Standards Act.  He has successfully defended employees from employer claims involving non-competes and trade secrets.  For the past several years, David has taught Law in Practice at the University of Minnesota Law School.


Practice areas


  1. Sexual Harassment: 20%
  2. Litigation: 20%
  3. Discrimination: 20%
  4. Employment & Labor: 20%
  5. Class Action: 20%

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Nichols Kaster, PLLP

80 S Eighth St #4600
Minneapolis, MN, 55402-2242


AZActive 200705/27/2015
MNAuthorized to practice200607/31/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2013
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2012
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Federal Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Minnesota State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Hennepin County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
National Employment Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
National Employment Lawyers Association (Minnesota chapter)Vice PresidentN/A
Publication nameTitleDate
Bench & Bar of MinnesotaCoauthor, "The Canary Sings Again: New Life for the Minnesota Whistleblower Act"2013
USA TodayQuoted in “More American Workers Sue Employers for Overtime Pay,”2012
Minnesota LawyerMuslim Bias Claims Growing2010
Bench & Bar of MinnesotaThe Magically Disappearing Defendant: Successor Liability Under Minnesota Law2010
Marie Claire MagazineQuoted in "Getting Paid for Booting Up"2009
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Minnesota Law SchoolCum LaudeJD - Juris DoctorN/A
University of Mary WashingtonCum LaudeBA - Bachelor of ArtsN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Minnesota National Employment Lawyers AssociationWage and Hour 301: Wage and Hour Cases in Minnesota and Developing Trends2014
Solutions for Solo and Small Firms Conference20 Tips to Make Litigation Practice Just a Little Easier2013
Strategic Solutions for Solo and Small FirmsYour Boss Did What? Employment Law 101 and the ABC's of Finding a Good Case2012
National Employment Lawyers Association Annual ConventionTop 10 Tips to Maximize Economic & Compensatory Damages in Employment Cases2012
National Academey of Arbitrators PanelThe Voice of Experience in Employment Arbitration2012
Minnesota State Bar AssociationReligious Discrimination and Accommodation in the Workplace2012
Minnesota Employment Law Series CLE WebcastMental Health, Chemical Dependency and Employment – Returning to Work2012
CBS Los Angeles News RadioGuest on Money 101 with Bob McCormic2012
Thomson Reuters Webinar PanelKasten: The New FLSA Retaliation Standard2011
Minnesota CLE Webcast PanelAppeals in Employment Law Cases2011
2010 Minnesota CLE ConferenceHot Issues in Debtor-Creditor Practice: Successor Liability and Fraudulent Transfer, Risks for the Successor Business2010
2010 Hennepin County Bar AssociationLitigating Against the Magically Disappearing Defendant: Successor Liability Under State and Federal Law2010
Spark Radio ShowWage and Hour Claims and Computer Boot-up and Log-in Time2008