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Frances E. Baillon is a recognized advocate for those who have been victimized by the unfair and illegal practices of employers.  A founding partner of Baillon Thome Jozwiak & Wanta LLP, Frances litigates and tries employment cases in state and federal court involving sexual harassment, discrimination and retaliation. She has also successfully argued cases before the Minnesota state and federal district courts, the Minnesota Court of Appeals, the Minnesota Supreme Court, and the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.  

Frances has consistently been named a Super Lawyer and Rising Star by her peers. She is a certified employment law specialist and a graduate of William Mitchell College of Law where she was both a competitor and board member of the Rosalie E. Wahl Moot Court Competition. She currently serves as Vice President of the Minnesota Chapter of the National Employment Lawyers Association, as well as chair of its Amicus Committee, and is a member of the MSBA’s Civil Jury Instruction Committee on Employment Law.


Practice areas


  1. Discrimination: 50%
  2. Sexual Harassment: 50%

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Baillon Thome Jozwiak & Wanta, LLP

100 South Fifth Street.
Suite 1200
Minneapolis, MN, 55402


MNAuthorized to practice199807/31/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2015
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2014
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2013
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2012
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2011
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2009
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2008
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2005
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2004
Board Certified Specialist, Labor and EmploymentMinnesota State Bar AssociationN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerBaillon Thome Jozwiak & Wanta LLP2011 - Present
AttorneyHalunen & Associates2006 - 2011
AttorneyReinhardt Wendorf & Blanchfield2003 - 2006
AttorneyJeff Anderson & Associates2002 - 2003
AttorneyReinhardt & Anderson1998 - 2002
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Employment Lawyers Association, Minnesota ChapterVice PresidentN/A
Minnesota State Bar AssociationCivil Jury Instruction Committee on Employment LawN/A
Federal Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Gilbert v. MetLife Auto and Home, Civ. No. 09-1990 (March 14, 2011 and Oct. 7, 2011)N/A
Bahr v. Capella Unviersity, 788 N.W.2d 76 (Minn.2010)N/A
Kaufenberg v. Schwan's Home Service, Inc., 2009 WL 234014, (Minn.Ct.App. 2009)N/A
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Publication nameTitleDate
Federal Bar Association Labor and Employment Law SectionIs McDonnell Douglas Too Burdensome? Circuits Question the Utility of the Decades Old Burden-Shifting Model2015
Minnesota LawyerWho's the boss?2014
Fordham Urban Law Journal, Vol. 31The First Amendment: Churches Seeking Sanctuary for the Sins of the Fathers2004
American Association for JusticeWhen Clergy Fail Their Flock - Innovative Strategies for Prevention, Healing and Justice2003
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
William Mitchell College of LawN/AJD - Juris Doctor1998
Drake UniversityEnglishBA - Bachelor of Arts1995
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Eighth Circuit NELA ConferenceThe Changing Landscape of Retaliation Claims: Applying the “But-For” Causation Standard after Gross and Nassar2014
Upper Midwest Employment Law InstituteCutting Edge Issues in Discrimination: Marital Status, Caregiver and Appearance2013
Upper Midwest Employment Law InstitutePerspectives on FMLA Litigation Developments From Both Sides Pitfalls to Avoid and Opportunities to Seize2013
Labor & Employment Law SectionSexual Harassment Update2013
Labor & Employment Law SectionMinnesota Marital Status - March Madness?2012
Going Solo or Small Boot CampStarting a solo or new law firm2011
RetaliationHow to Litigate Whistleblower and Retaliation Cases Post Bahr and Kidwell2010
National Employment Lawyers Association (Minnesota chapter)How to Litigate Whistleblower and Retaliation Cases Post Bahr and Kidwell2010