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Having founded what is now known as Nichols Kaster, PLLP in 1974, Don Nichols has over 35 years of experience in the practice of law. Don is committed to his client’s best interests and is relentless in achieving remarkable results for his clients. 

His representation set the example for others in the firm to follow: taking all possible measures to professionally represent his clients, taking risks against large, better-financed opponents, and not allowing the financial limitations of clients to impede his zealous advocacy.

Don is a Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA) Certified Trial Specialist and has tried over 100 cases to verdict. He has litigated close to 50 overtime and minimum wage class and collective actions on behalf of thousands of clients and has obtained over $50 million dollars for those clients.

Don’s national reputation has provided him the opportunity to lecture at over 100 seminars involving a myriad of legal topics, including electronic discovery, class action litigation strategies, wage and hour litigation, and recent developments in the law.


Practice areas


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

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  • Nicole Anlauf Kettwick

    Don is my dad and has been a pioneer in every field of law he has explored. Nepotism aside, my dad is one of the best lawyers in the country. He is an author of a series of books on DWIs that are still used and relevant today. As a child I met many people who told me that my dad changed his/her life. He is a hard worker and believes in what he does. His work has made this country and Minnesota a better place. I am proud to "name drop" my father's name as I begin my legal career.


    Nicole Kettwick Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Family member

Contact info

Nichols Kaster, PLLP

80 South Eighth Street
Minneapolis, MN, 55402

4600 Ids Center
80 S 8th St
Minneapolis, MN, 55402



MNAuthorized to practice197106/15/2016
GAResigned Membership 200807/15/2016
NYResigned 200703/07/2016
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Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2013
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Top 40 Employment Law LawyersMinnesota Law & Politics MagazineN/A
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Certified Trial SpecialistMinnesota State Bar AssociationN/A
Who’s Who in Employment LawMinnesota Law and PoliticsN/A
The Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers in AmericaN/A
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Federal Labor Standards LegislationCommittee MemberN/A
College of Labor and Employment LawyersFellowN/A
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Minnesota Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1971
Augsburg CollegeN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1968
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
38th Annual Labor & Employment Law InstitutePanelist, Professionalism: What Is It and Why Should It Matter to You2011
14th Annual ADR InstitutePanelist, What Lawyers Love and Hate About Mediators and Arbitrators2011
Upper Midwest ELI ConferencePlaintiff's Panel for Winning FLSA Cases2008
American Bar AssociationTechnology in the Practice & Workplace2008
Upper Midwest ELIAdvanced Trial Practice: Impact Litigation2006
National Employment Lawyers AssociationA Starting Point - Helpful FLSA Cases for Plaintiffs' Lawyers2006
National Employment Lawyers AssociationAdvanced Issues in Handling FLSA Collective Actions2006