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Named to the Minnesota Super Lawyers list for each of the last ten years, Steven Andrew Smith brings a high level of trial experience, attention to detail, and personal service to each of his cases. Steve’s devotion to his client’s cause and open-mindedness have earned him wide respect in the legal community.


With multiple plaintiffs’ verdicts in each of the last three decades, Steve is both familiar with and comfortable in the courtroom. Steve’s trial experience includes trials to verdict in sexual harassment, whistleblower, reprisal/retaliation, commission, contract, gender discrimination, marital status discrimination, disability, and wage and hour claims. In addition to his trial successes, Steve has litigated several notable cases having substantial effect on employees’ rights under state and federal employment laws.


Steve is often invited to lecture on employment issues both nationally and locally because of his easy-going demeanor and professionalism. He has also authored a number of articles on employment law issues such as sexual harassment in the workplace.


Practice areas


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



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  • Christopher Robert Walsh

    I endorse this lawyer. Like me, Mr. Smith has handled all types of employment law cases for many years. As a sole practitioner, I love to associate with larger firms with more resources in complex group or class actions. Steve Smith is on my short list, of attorneys I will co-counsel with.


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Contact info

Nichols Kaster, PLLP

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


MNAuthorized to practice199507/31/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2013
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2012
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2011
Distinguished Pro Bono Service AwardUnited States District Court - District of Minnesota2011
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2010
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2009
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2008
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2007
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2006
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2005
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2004
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2003
Top LawyerMinneapolis/St. Paul MagazineN/A
Top 100 Minnesota Super LawyersSuper Lawyers MagazineN/A
Top 40 Employment Law LawyersMinnesota Law & Politics MagazineN/A
AV RatedMartindale-HubbellN/A
Who's Who in Employment LawMinnesota Law & Politics MagazineN/A
Named to Best Lawyers in America ListBest Lawyers in AmericaN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerNichols Kaster, LLP1995 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
National Employment Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
National Employment Lawyers Association (Minnesota chapter)MemberN/A
Hennepin County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Minnesota State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
William Mitchell College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1995
Concordia CollegeN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1990
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
West LegalEdcenterUnlawful Deductions on Wages in the Service Industry: A Case Study2013
Upper Midwest Employment Law InstituteEmployment Law Mediation From All Sides2013
Upper Midwest Employment Law InstituteWhen the Interactive Process Fails: The Fight Over ADA Reasonable Accommodation2013
Pro Se Project SeminarExiting Your “Comfort Zone” and Entering the “Employment Zone”2013
Minnesota CLEEmployment & Labor Law: Federal and Minnesota2013
Fulbright ForumAvoiding Litigation: Preventing Blunders in Employment Terminations2013
Federal Bar Association Pro Se Project SeminarEmployment and Civil Rights Seminar2013
Upper Midwest Employment Law InstituteTop Ten Mistakes Employers Make When Dealing with Pregnant Employees2012
Upper Midwest Employment Law InstituteEighth Circuit Update2012
Minnesota CLEAge Discrimination – The Current Legal Landscape in a Nutshell2012
Minnesota CLEEmployment Law Series: Top 10 Mistakes Employers Make When Dealing With Pregnant Employees2012
Dorsey & Whiteney PresentationMediation of Employment Cases2012
ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law, Annual ConferenceShow and Tell: Best Practices for Handling Government Investigations2012
Upper Midwest Employment Law InstituteADA Litigation-Panel2011
Upper Midwest Employment Law InstituteEighth Circuit Update2011
Minnesota CLEThe New ADAA and the Proposed Regs: The Effect of ADA Amendments on Litigation: Putting Theories into Practice.2011
ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law 5th Annual ConferenceDrafting Noncompete Agreements: The Employee Perspective2011
Upper Midwest Employment Law InstitutePleading Strategies in Employment Law Cases-Panel2010
Upper Midwest Employment Law InstituteEighth Circuit Update2010
Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services, Inc.: Senior Legal FairSenior Legal Fair2010
Minnesota CLE: Advanced Employment IssuesWhat the Employment Attorney Needs to Know About Bankruptcy2010
Minnesota CLEWhat the New "ADA Shift" Means for Your Clients: The ADA Amendments, the “New” ADA Regulations and Stepped-up Enforcement2010
Minnesota CLEEmployment and Labor Law for specialist examination2010
Labor and Employment Law at the U of MLHow to Take the Depo of an HR Director2010
EEOC Investigator TrainingInvestigator Training2010
Upper Midwest Employment Law InstituteChoosing the Claims, the Court and the Defendants- Panel2009
Upper Midwest Employment Law InstituteEighth Circuit Update2009
Minnesota CLEFrieler v. Carlson Marketing Group, Inc. – Minnesota Now Accepts the Ellerth and Faragher Defense in Sexual Harassment Cases2008
Upper Midwest Employment Law InstituteEighth Circuit Update2007
Minnesota CLEWhistle Blower and Retaliation Law2007
Annual Labor & Employment Law InstituteWage and Hour Class and Collective Panel2007
Annual FBA SeminarClass Actions, Emotional Distress Claims, Santions2007
Upper Midwest Employment Law InstituteValuing Damages and Analyzing Mitigation Efforts2006
Upper Midwest Employment Law InstituteCan I Fire Her? Working Through 3 Tough Fact Scenarios2005
Upper Midwest Employment Law InstituteWhen a Current Employee Accuses Your Company of Wrongdoing - Managing the Situation and Avoiding Unlawful Retaliation2005
Upper Midwest Employment Law InstituteHot Topics in Employment Law for Employment Law Litigators2005
National Employment Lawyers Association (Minnesota chapter)Witness Prep, Cross Examination, Trial Technology, Objections and Using Exhibits to Strengthen Your Case2005
National Employment Lawyers AssociationPennsylvania State Police v. Suders: What is a Tangible Employment Action?2005
EEO Committee Midwinter MeetingAn In Depth Look at an Infrequently Used Claim2005