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Craig William Trepanier

Craig William Trepanier

Practice areas:

Employment & Labor, Commercial, Business, Corporate & Incorporation

About Me

I grew up in the Twin Cities, attended the University of Minnesota Law School and graduated magna cum laude in 1994.  Since then, I began practicing law in Minneapolis.


 


I began my career at Popham Haik Schnobrich & Kaufman Ltd. and later joined Hinshaw & Culbertson, both national law firms.


 


In December 2001, I formed my own law firm, Trepanier Law Office, in St. Paul, Minnesota. In October 2003, I formed Trepanier & MacGillis P.A. with Jim MacGillis and moved the office to Minneapolis. In November 2013 Jim and I welcomed Bryan R. Battina as a new shareholder and renamed the firm Trepanier MacGillis Battina P.A.


 


My partners and I are proud of the law firm we have built and welcome the opportunity to discuss your legal situation, whether you are corporate in-house counsel, a business owner, within the management group of your company, the HR Director, or a business executive looking for legal advice regarding a business or employment law situation. 


 


We handle all aspects of corporate law, business law, incorporating in Minnesota, LLCs, commercial litigation, business litigation, employment law, employment litigation, shareholder rights litigation, non-compete agreements, trade secrets law, and sales rep law. 


 


Our firm is conveniently located in downtown Minneapolis in the historic Flour Exchange Building adjacent to the federal courthouse, two blocks from the Hennepin County Government Center, and close to many government agencies.


 


Several parking ramps are within one block and our office has easy access to most freeways (35W, 94, 394).


 


We serve as local litigation counsel to attorneys outside of the State of Minnesota. 


 


For new clients, we offer an initial two (2) hour consultation for the flat fee of $500.  We welcome the opportunity to discuss your legal issue. 


 


Sincerely,

Craig W. Trepanier


 


Minnesota Corporate Attorney


Minnesota Business Attorney


Minnesota Commercial Litigation Attorney


Minnesota Business Litigation Attorney


Minnesota Shareholder Rights Attorney


Minnesota Employment Attorney


Minnesota Non-compete Attorney


Minnesota Trade Secrets Attorney


Minnesota Sales Representative Lawyer


Minnesota FMLA Attorney


Minnesota Drug Testing Attorney


Minnesota Discrimination Attorney


Minnesota Wrongful Termination Attorney


Minnesota Separation Agreement Attorney


Minnesota Severance Agreement Attorney

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1994

  1. Employment & Labor: 50%
    21 years
  2. Commercial: 30%
    21 years
  3. Corporate & Incorporation: 10%
    21 years
  4. Business: 10%
    21 years

Payment

Fees:

Hourly ($300-325/hour), Contingent (33-40%), Fixed (Sometimes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

10 total 

  • Robert E. Bellin

    I endorse this lawyer. I have known Craig for more than 20 years and know that he is one of the brightest and hard working lawyers I have ever met. I will never hesitate to refer a client, friend or family member to him.

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    Robert Bellin Car Accidents Attorney
    Relationship: Friend

  • Russell Beck

    Craig was local counsel for me on several noncompete matters. I cannot say enough positive things about him. He did an outstanding job in every respect, from advice, to drafting, to editing, to strategy. And, he was very efficient and quick to return calls and emails. I will absolutely use him again and recommend him to anyone looking for a lawyer in Minnesota.

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    Russell Beck Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact Info

Trepanier MacGillis Battina P.A.

8000 Flour Exchange Building
310 Fourth Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN, 55415

Resume

License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
MNAuthorized to practice199404/19/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2013
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2012
SuperLawyerSuper Lawyers2011
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2010
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2009
Rising StarSuperLawyers2008
Rising StarSuperLawyers2007
Rising StarSuperLawyers2006
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Rising StarSuperLawyers2003
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Rising StarSuperLawyers2001
Rising StarSuperLawyers2000
Order of the CoifOrder of the Coif1994
Phi Beta KappaPhi Beta Kappa1991

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Co-Founder, President, and AttorneyTrepanier MacGillis Battina P.A.2013 - Present
Co-Founder, President and AttorneyTrepanier & MacGillis P.A.2003 - 2013
Founder and AttorneyTrepanier Law Office2001 - 2003
Associate AttorneyHinshaw & Culbertson1997 - 2001
Associate AttorneyPopham Haik Schnobrich & Kaufman1994 - 1997
Law ClerkUniversity of Minnesota Hospital Counsel's Office1992 - 1993
Law ClerkGrossman & Millard1992 - 1994

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
MSBA Labor & Employment Law SectionGoverning Council2013 - 2014
MSBA Labor & Employment Law SectionGoverning Council2012 - 2013
Hennepin County Bar AssociationCLE Committee Member2012 - 2013
Manufacturers' Agents National Association (MANA)Associate Member2011 - Present
Minnesota Transport Services AssociationCorporate Secretary2003 - Present
Minnesota Construction Management AssociationAssociate Member2000 - 2003
Minnesota Transport Services AssociationAssociate Member1995 - Present
Minnesota State Bar AssociationMember1994 - Present
Hennepin County Bar AssociationMember1994 - Present

Publications
Publication NameTitleDate
Trepanier MacGillis Battina WebsiteMinnesota's 'Ban the Box' Legislation Causes Confusion2014
Trepanier MacGillis Battina WebsiteFCRA Class Action Lawsuits: What Employers Need to Know2014
Trepanier MacGillis Battina WebsiteDepartment of Transportation Releases Random Testing Rates for 20142014
Trepanier MacGillis Battina WebsiteMinnesota's 'Ban the Box' Legislation Goes into Effect2014
Trepanier MacGillis Battina WebsiteNon-Compete Litigation Is on the Rise2013
Trepanier MacGillis Battina WebsiteSix-Year Statute of Limitations Applies to Wrongful Termination Claims Under DATWA2013
Trepanier MacGillis Battina WebsiteHow to Collect Unpaid Wages and Commissions in Minnesota2013
Trepanier MacGillis Battina WebsiteMinnesota House Bill 506 : Banning Non-Compete Agreements2013
Trepanier MacGillis Battina WebsiteMinnesota Court of Appeals Analyzes Statute of Limitations for Wrongful Termination Claims Under DATWA2012
Trepanier MacGillis Battina WebsiteCourt Limits Aiding and Abetting Claims Under Minnesota Human Rights Act2012
Trepanier MacGillis Battina WebsiteMinnesota Conciliation Court Jurisdictional Limit Increases to $10,0002012
Trepanier MacGillis Battina WebsiteAgreements Not to Contest Unemployment Claims Are Now Unlawful2012
Trepanier MacGillis Battina WebsiteOverview of the Minnesota Drug and Alcohol Testing in the Workplace Act2012
Trepanier MacGillis Battina WebsiteUnpaid Internships Pose Legal Traps for Employers2012
Trepanier MacGillis Battina WebsiteGuidelines for Executives to Follow When Departing Their Employer2012
Trepanier MacGillis Battina WebsiteCourt Dismisses Challenge to Positive Marijuana Drug Test2012
Trepanier MacGillis Battina WebsiteTrade Secret Law: The Inevitable Disclosure Doctrine2010
Trepanier MacGillis Battina WebsiteThe Dodd-Frank Act: Expansion of Whistleblower Protections2010
Trepanier MacGillis Battina WebsiteMinnesota Drug and Alcohol Testing in the Workplace2010
Upper Midwest Employment Law InstituteIntroduction to Drug and Alcohol Testing2010
The Hennepin LawyerNon-Compete Agreements: Can They Be Assigned Under Minnesota Law?2009
Ridgeview Medical Center NavigatorTo Test or Not to Test for Drugs and Alcohol?2009
Trepanier MacGillis Battina WebsiteNon-Compete Agreements: Are They Assignable Under Minnesota Law?2009
Trepanier MacGillis Battina WebsiteMinnesota Supreme Court Allows Employers to Limit Payment of Accrued PTO to Discharged Employees2007
Trepanier MacGillis Battina WebsiteAgreements to Agree: Are They Enforceable?2003
Trepanier MacGillis Battina WebsiteSeventh Circuit Expands Protection of Confidential Information2002
Trepanier MacGillis Battina WebsiteCourt Rules That Employer Did Not Regard Plaintiff as 'Disabled' Under ADA Despite Erroneous IME2001
Trepanier MacGillis Battina WebsiteThe Women's Restroom Line Just Got Shorter2001
Trepanier MacGillis Battina WebsiteCourt Says "Stay Home" to Employees on FMLA Leave Who Cannot Do Their Jobs2001
Employee Relations Law JournalUntangling the Intellectual Property Rights of Employers, Employees, Inventors, and Independent Contractors"1997
Employee Relations Law JournalEvolution of the Paperless Office: Legal Issues Arising Out of Technology in the Workplace -- Part II. Electronic Administration of Personnel Records, Benefit Plans, and Direct Payroll Deposit1996
The Hennepin LawyerUpdate on Mandatory Drug and Alcohol Testing1996
The Hennepin LawyerIt's Not Just for Truckers Anymore: Mandatory Drug and Alcohol Testing1996
Constructive Comment (Associated General Contractors)Mandatory Drug and Alcohol Testing Now Required1996
Courier MagazineNew Drug and Alcohol Testing Regulations Take Effect January 1, 19961996
Specifics Magazine (Construction Specification Institute)Mandatory Drug and Alcohol Testing1996
Employee Relations Law JournalEvolution of the Paperless Office: Legal Issues Arising Out of Technology in the Workplace -- Part I. E-Mail and Voicemail Systems1995
Minnesota Employment Laws and Regulations (Minnesota Chamber Business Services, 1st EditionDrug and Alcohol Testing in the Workplace1995
Minnesota Law ReviewTrading Places: Employer Strategies to Avoid Mandatory Awards of Interest, Liquidated Damages, and Attorney's Fees Under the MPPAA1993

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Minnesota Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1994
Augustana CollegePolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1991
Apple Valley High SchoolN/AHigh School Diploma1987

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
MSBA Solo and Small Firm SectionClearing the Way to a Happier Practice: What’s Standing in Your Way, and What You Can Do2015
MoreLaw CLEHow to Protect Your Corporate Assets in the Digital Age2015
Minnesota Safety & Health ConferenceProtecting Your Corporate Assets in the Digital Age2015
Minnesota Safety & Health ConferenceMinnesota Drug and Alcohol Testing in the Workplace2015
Minnesota Safety & Health ConferenceMotor Carrier Liability for Trucking Accidents: Avoiding Negligent Entrustment Claims2014
Minnesota CLEWorking as (or Hiring) a Freelance Attorney2014
Employment Law 60: The 60 Cases Every Employment Lawyer Must Know Inside and OutIndependent Contractors v. Employees2014
Business Law Series: Advancing and Protecting Your Business CLE WebinarHow to Protect Your Corporate Assets in the Digital Age through Non-Compete Agreements, Company Policies, and Effective Enforcement Strategies2014
Minnesota Safety CouncilNegligent Entrustment -- The Hidden Fleet2013
Minnesota Safety & Loss Control ConferenceMotor Carrier Liability for Trucking Accidents: Avoiding Negligent Entrustment Claims2013
Minnesota State Bar Association, Labor and Employment LawUnderstanding Minnesota Sales Representative Laws2012
Minnesota CLEUnderstanding Minnesota Sales Representative Laws2011
Minnesota Association of Plumbing-Heating-Cooling ContractorsAn Overview of Minnesota Laws Covering Sales Representatives2011
Upper Midwest Employment Law InstituteIntroduction to Drug and Alcohol Testing in the Workplace2010
The Christensen GroupIntroduction to Drug and Alcohol Testing in the Workplace2010
Ridgeview Business Health - Business Health InstituteIntroduction to Drug and Alcohol Testing in the Workplace2009
Hennepin County Bar Association Section MeetingNon-Compete Agreements: Can They Be Assigned Under Minnesota Law?2009
Boys & Girls Club of AmericaTop Ten Employer Mistakes: How to Avoid Them and Stay Out of Court2006
Minnesota Safety CouncilMotor Carrier Liability: Avoiding Negligent Entrustment Claims2003
Minnesota Construction AssociationEmployment Law Horror Stories2003
Minnesota Alcohol Traffic Safety Administration (MATSA)Drug and Alcohol Testing in the Workplace2003
Ridgeview Business HealthIntroduction to Drug and Alcohol Testing in the Workplace2002
Minnesota Association of Occupational Health NursesDrug & Alcohol Testing: What Every Occupational Health Nurse Should Know2001
Human Resource Managers of Cultural OrganizationsAvoiding Million Dollar Employment Mistakes2001
North Dakota Safety CouncilLegal Implications of Drug and Alcohol Testing in the Workplace2000
Minnesota Safety CouncilUntangling the ADA, MHRA, FMLA, Workers' Compensation and Drug and Alcohol Testing Issues2000
Human Resource Managers of Cultural OrganizationsApplying Leave Policies in Light of the ADA, FMLA, and FLSA2000
Employment Law InstituteAvoiding Million Dollar Mistakes, Employment Law Update 2000: Guiding Employers Through the New Millennium2000
WestGroup In-House Continuing Legal Education ProgramThe New Definition of Disability After the October, 1998 Term1999
South Dakota Safety CouncilLegal Implications of Drug and Alcohol Testing in the Workplace1999
Minnesota Safety Council and Fairview-University HospitalLegal Implications of Drug and Alcohol Testing in the Workplace1999
Minnesota Safety CouncilUntangling the ADA, FMLA, and Drug and Alcohol Testing Issues in the Workplace1999
Minnesota Safety CouncilLegal Implications of Drug and Alcohol Testing in the Workplace1999
Minnesota Continuing Legal EducationElectronic Ethics: Professional Responsibility, Confidentiality, and the Attorney-Client Privilege1999
Medford Area Safety CouncilIntroduction to Drug and Alcohol Testing in the Workplace1999
Trucking Industry Defense AssociationPost-Accident Drug and Alcohol Testing: What Happened to Sample B?1998
Public Risk Management AssociationDrug and Alcohol Testing1998
Public Risk Management AssociationDrug and Alcohol Testing and the Law1998
Minnesota Safety CouncilUntangling the ADA, MHRA, FMLA, Workers' Compensation, and Drug and Alcohol Testing Issues1998
Minnesota Safety CouncilSupervisor Liability for Safety and Health Risks1998
Minnesota Department of Economic Security, Job Service Employer Committee, Fall ConferenceIntroduction to Drug and Alcohol Testing in the Workplace1998
The Araz GroupDealing With Employees With Substance Abuse Problems: An Explanation of Reasonable Accommodation Under the Americans With Disabilities Act and the Family & Medical Leave Act1997
The Araz GroupAn Explanation of Reasonable Accommodation Under the Americans With Disabilities Act and the Family & Medical Leave Act1997
Southern Motor CarriersUpdate on Drug and Alcohol Testing for Motor Carriers1997
Minnesota Workforce CenterIntroduction to Drug and Alcohol Testing in the Workplace1997
Minnesota Transport Services Association, 1997 Annual ConventionTop Ten Employer Mistakes: How to Avoid Employment Litigation1997
Minnesota Safety CouncilBreakfast With the Experts: Drug and Alcohol Testing in the Workplace1997
Minnesota Safety CouncilSupervisor Liability for Safety and Health Risks1997
Minnesota Safety CouncilUntangling the ADA, MHRA, FMLA, Workers' Compensation, and Drug and Alcohol Testing Issues1997
Minnesota Safety CouncilHot Topics Regarding Drug and Alcohol Testing in the Workplace1997
Minnesota Safety CouncilIntroduction to Drug and Alcohol Testing in the Workplace1997
Minnesota Safety CouncilMotor Carrier Liability: Avoiding Negligent Entrustment Claims1997
Minnesota Project InnovationUntangling the Intellectual Property Rights of Employers, Employees, Inventors, and Independent Contractors1997
Minnesota Department of Economic SecurityReducing 5% of Your Payroll Costs Through a Drug and Alcohol Testing Program1997
Minnesota Department of Economic SecurityDrugs in the Workplace: Your Legal Rights as an Employer1997
Minnesota Construction Management AssociationTop Ten Employer Mistakes: How to Avoid Employment Litigation1997
Medical Educational Services, Inc.How to Draft a Policy for Your Employee Handbook1997
Medical Educational Services, Inc.Employee Drug Testing1997
American Public Works AssociationWorkplace Violence: The Problem, Sources of Employer Liability, and Suggestions for Management1997
American Public Works AssociationSubstance Abuse in the Workplace1997
Allina Medical Systems and Minnesota Chamber of CommerceIntroduction to Drug and Alcohol Testing in the Workplace1997
Allied Charities of MinnesotaIntroduction to Drug and Alcohol Testing in the Workplace1997
Allied Charities of MinnesotaEmployee Handbooks: Why Have One1997
Minnesota Transport Services Association, 1996 Annual ConventionContracts of Transportation in the Deregulated Industry1996
Minnesota Society of Association ExecutivesWhat Association Executives Need to Know About Drug and Alcohol Use in the Workplace1996
Minnesota Safety CouncilIntroduction to Drug and Alcohol Testing in the Workplace1996
Minnesota Department of Economic SecurityDrugs in the Workplace and Your Rights1996
Allied Charities of MinnesotaAn Ounce of Prevention Beats a Pound of Cure – How to Prevent Employment Problems in Your Gambling Organization1996
Minnesota Transport Services Association, 1995 Annual ConventionTo Test or Not to Test: Mandatory Drug and Alcohol Testing1995
Minnesota Plumbing, Heating and Cooling Contractors AssociationComplying With New Federal Drug and Alcohol Testing Regulations1995
Eighth Annual Popham Haik Labor and Employment SeminarMandatory Drug and Alcohol Testing1995
Seventh Annual Popham Haik Labor and Employment SeminarBonuses, Partial Days Off, and Other Hot Wage and Hour Topics1994