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Brendan leads the firm’s labor law practice. He has handled numerous judicial, administative, and arbitration proceedings, including many high-profile appellate cases. Brendan also has drafted legislation and policies adopted by State and Local governments, and he routinely develops cutting-edge organizing strategies for the firm’s union clients.


Languages spoken: Spanish, English

Practice areas


  1. Employment: 65%
  2. Arbitration: 25%
  3. Appeals: 10%



Contingent (33-40%)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

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Cummins & Cummins LLP

920 Second Avenue South
1245 International Centre
Minneapolis, MN, 55402-3318


MNAuthorized to practice199707/15/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top LawyerMinneapolis St. Paul Magazine2016
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2015
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2014
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2013
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2012
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2011
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2006
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2004
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Adjunct Professor of Labor LawUniversity Of Minnesota Law School2013 - Present
PartnerCummins & Cummins, LLP2012 - Present
PartnerMiller O'Brien Cummins, PLLP1997 - 2012
Law ClerkUnited States Court Of Appeals, 11th Circuit1996 - 1997
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Minnesota State Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Hennepin County Bar AssociationN/AN/A
AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating CommitteeN/AN/A
American Bar Association, Labor & Employment Law, Litigation, and Trial Practice SectionsN/AN/A
Minnesota State Bar Association, Labor & Employment Law and Civil Litigation Sections and Human Rights CommitteeN/AN/A
Hennepin County Bar Association, Labor & Employment Law SectionN/AN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Gerhardson v. Gopher News Co., 698 F.3d 1052 (8th Cir. 2012)Affirmed summary judgement for the union
Sandoval v. Am. Bldg. Maint. Indus., Inc., 578 F.3d 787, rhrg. and rhrg. en banc denied 578 F.3d 787 (8th Cir. 2009)Reversed summary judgment for the employer.
Fiend, Inc. v. International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, 827 F.Supp.2d 1030 (D. Minn. 2011)Denied the employer's motion.
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Publication nameTitleDate
Minnesota TrialThe Significant Expansion Of Rights And Remedies Under State Law For Public Employees2015
Minnesota TrialThe Intersection Of Social Media And Employment Rights In the Workplace2013
ABA Journal of Labor & Employment LawThe Law of the Land in Labor Arbitration2010
Minnesota TrialHot Public Sector Employment Issues Amidst The Great Recession2010
29 Wm. Mitchell L. Rev. 1069Taking The Fork In The Road2003
Yale Law JournalThe Thorny Path to Thornhill1996
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Yale Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1996
Brown UniversityEnglish Literature/ Hispanic Literature & CultureBA - Bachelor of Arts1993
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Metropolitan State UniversityMasters in Advocacy and Political Leadership2016
Curtis L. Carlson School of ManagementLabor Law2016
Public Sector Labor & Employment Law InstituteDevelopments under Federal and State law2015
Labor & Employment Law InstituteCutting-edge developments in labor law2015
Public Sector Labor & Employment Law InstituteThe latest developments in, and future of, public-sector labor law2014
Minnesota State Bar AssociationThe Harris Case: The Beginning of the End for Public Sector Fair Share Fees?2014
Minnesota CLEJob Applicant Screening: Special Considerations for the Unionized Workplace2014
Labor & Employment Law InstituteOne Step Forward and Two Steps Back? - The Impact of Recent Legislative Amendments and Supreme Court Precedent on the Public Sector2014
Executive Council of the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied CraftworkersResponsible Contractor Laws and Fair Contracting2014
Employment Law InstituteCutting-edge legal issues in public sector labor & employment law2014
AFL-CIOLegal strategies and policy initiatives to address wage theft by employers2014
World Premiere of NellieLabor & Civil Rights2013
William MItchell College of LawLaw and Practice of Lockouts2013
University of Minnesota, Duluth SeminarLabor and Effective Organizing Strategies2013
Public Sector Labor & Employment Law InstituteRegulation of Social Media & Electronic Surveillance in the workplace2013
National AFL-CIO Building and Construction Trades Department Attorneys ConferenceUpdate on Eighth Circuit Case Affecting Construction Industry Labor Law2013
Minnesota CLE WebinarPublic Sector Labor & Employment Law2013
Employment Law InstituteLatest Legal Developments under Labor Law2013
Annual Employment Law InstituteIssues in Labor Law2013
NLRB ConferenceLatest Developments in Labor Law2012
Labor & Employment Law InstituteTrends in National Labor Relations Board Case Law2012