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About me

I represent employers and executive and professional employees in labor and employment law matters.  My goal is to keep you and your company out of legal conflict by preventing it from happening or, when possible, resolving issues before they expand into war.  If you are already at war or appear to be heading that way, I am experienced in litigation, mediation, arbitration, admistrative and investigative proceedings.   


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Practice areas


  1. Employment: 60%
    28 years
  2. Litigation: 25%
    28 years
  3. Business: 10%
    28 years
  4. Debt Collection: 5%
    9 years



Hourly ($310/hour)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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  • Michael J Patera

    I endorse this lawyer. Pat has a remarkable knowledge of the law. He provides efficient and effective representation to every client.


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    Relationship: Co-worker

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    I endorse this lawyer. He works hard and provides smart, sound counsel.


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    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Smith Paulson O'Donnell & Erickson, PLC

201 W 7th Street
Monticello, MN, 55362


MNAuthorized to practice198808/14/2016
TXInactive 198808/17/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Labor & Employment Law CertificationMinnesota State Bar Association2011
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2011
Pro Bono Service AwardCentral Minnesota Legal Services2007
Certificate of RecognitionState of Minnesota2004
Young Lawyer of the Year NomineeGalveston County Young Lawyers1990
Student Award of MeritWilliam Mitchell College of Law1988
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerSmith, Paulson, O'Donnell & Associates, PLC1999 - Present
PartnerGranath & O'Donnell, PA1994 - 1999
AssociateMcLeod Alexander Powel & Apffel, PC1988 - 1994
Association namePosition nameDuration
Society for Human Resource ManagementLegislative Director2014 - Present
10th Judicial District Equal Justice CommitteeCommittee Member2009 - Present
Central Minnesota Legal Services BoardDirector2004 - Present
Minnesota State Bar AssociationMember1994 - Present
Minnesota State Bar Association, 18th District Bar AssociationMember1994 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
DNS Sales, Inc. v. Hamond, Minnesota Dist. Court, Wright CountyPrevailed for client to defeat former employer's attempted Temporary Restraining Order; case settled with modifications to allow Client to obtain suitable employment.
Follett v. Cleaning Crew, Minnesota Dist. Court, Carlton CountyDefeated by Summary Judgment Plaintiff's claim to being employee of Client, and prevailed against Plaintiff's Motion to Compel discovery, winning attorney's fee award for Client.
Temroc Metals, Inc and United Auto Workers, NLRB, 18th Dist., MinnesotaRemoval of Local Steward; drop in ULP filings against client from numerous to few.
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
William Mitchell College of LawLawJuris Doctor1988
St Cloud State UniversityMass Communication & Social ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1981
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
SHRM North Star Chapter MeetingChanges and More Changes: New Laws; Different Directions2015
Monticello Chamber of Commerce & IndustryUnemployment Compensation: Being Ready for Claims Before, During and After They Arise2012