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James H. Kaster has been widely recognized by the legal community for his abilities as both a trial lawyer and an employment lawyer. He was ranked by Chambers USA as number one among plaintiff’s employment lawyers in the state of Minnesota. He has also been named to the Super Lawyers list in Minnesota year after year and was selected as one of the Top 100 Lawyers in the state by the Minnesota Journal of Law and Politics.


Jim was also selected as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, the premier professional trial organization in America whose membership is limited to 1% of the trial lawyers in any state or province. Finally, he was selected to be a Fellow in the prestigious National College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, an organization with an exclusive membership of leading labor and employment lawyers nationwide.


Jim is an eloquent and persuasive speaker with the unique ability to present his arguments in a manner that is easily understood by juries and judges. He has tried well over 100 cases to verdict or decision, including representing Kevin Kasten in the successful U.S. Supreme Court case, Kasten v. Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics Corporation, which set a new standard for retaliation under the Fair Labor Standards Act. His success in the courtroom includes earning many million dollar and multi-million dollar recoveries. He has also lectured frequently in front of local, state, and national organizations on damage recovery and trial skills, as well as many other legal topics.


Jim has been involved in a wide variety of individual and class action cases. His remarkable combination of skills as a trial lawyer gives him a unique edge in effectively representing individuals and groups of employees


Practice areas


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

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Contact info

Nichols Kaster, PLLP

80 S 8th St # 4600
4600 Ids Ctr
Minneapolis, MN, 55402-5305

80 S 8th St Ste 4600
Minneapolis, MN, 55402



MNAuthorized to practice198006/15/2016
WIGood Standing197903/01/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Lawyer of the Year-Litigation Labor and EmpoymentBest Lawyers2012
Lawyer of the Year in Labor & Employment LawBest Lawyers in America2011
2nd Top Point Getter - Minnesota Law and PolitiicsSuper Lawyers2008
AV RatedMartindale-HubbellN/A
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers MagazineN/A
The Top 100 Lawyers in MinnesotaSuper LawyerN/A
AV RatedMartindale-HubbellN/A
Who's Who in Employment LawMinnesota Law & Politics MagazineN/A
Top LawyerMinneapolis/St. Paul MagazineN/A
Top 40 Employment Law LawyersSuper LawyersN/A
The Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers in AmericaN/A
Association namePosition nameDuration
Law and Leading AttorneysMemberN/A
Minnesota Trial Lawyers AssociationBoard of Governors and Executive Committee MemberN/A
State Bar of CaliforniaMemberN/A
College of Labor and Employment LawFellowN/A
Wisconsin Asian Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Hennepin County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Minnesota State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
National Employment Lawyers Association (Minnesota chapter)MemberN/A
National Employment Lawyers AssociationBoard MemberN/A
Academy of Certified Trial Lawyers of MinnesotaMemberN/A
American College of Trial LawyersMemberN/A
College of Labor and Employment LawyersMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Kevin Kasten v. Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics Corp., 131 S. Ct. 1325,563 U.S.C.(2011)N/A
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Publication nameTitleDate
Minnesota Trial Lawyer (co-author)United We Stand: Immigrant Labor and Law2006
Minnesota Trial LawyerRule 35 Mental Health Evaluation in Sexual Harassment Cases2006
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Marquette University Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1979
Marquette University Law SchoolN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1976
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law and Center for Professional Development WebinarWhistleblowing and Retaliation: New Claims and Expanding Risk2013
Upper Midwest ELIThe Prima Facie Case for Retaliation and Whistleblower Claims: Analyzing Case Law Trends Since 20062011
NELA ConferenceCombatting Retaliation and Other Efforts to Chill Participation in Wage & Hour Litigation2011
NELA ConferenceStory Telling on Closing Arguments: Proper Use for Logos, Ethos, and Pathos2011
MN CLEPutting up with Dukes: Class Action Fights the Remain After Dukes v. Wal-Mart2011
MN CLEKasten v. Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics Corporation: The New FLSA Retaliation Standard2011
Minnesota NELA PresentationThe Nuts and Bolts of Mock Trials2011
ACI ConferenceWage and Hour Caselaw Primer: Staying Abreast of Current Cases that Have Major Implications on the Litigation Landscape2011
ACI ConferenceRisk Factors for Employers in FLSA Cases2011
Upper Midwest ELIStrategic Case and Trial Planning2010
New Lawyers Experience Convention Keynote SpeakerMaking and Building Your Reputation in the Practice of Law2010
NELA Annual ConventionDiscovery in a Plaintiff's Employment Practice2010
Labor & Employment Law InstituteCutting-Edge and Re-emerging Disparate Impact Issues2010
American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law SectionPerfect Witness - But for the Witness, I would Have Won the Case2010
Upper Midwest ELI ConferencePlanning the Case, Choosing the Theme2009
Upper Midwest ELIClosing the Deal2009
Labor and Employment Law InstituteNegotiating and Litigating with the EEOC2009
Upper Midwest ELI ConferenceAdvanced Trial Practice: Panel on Wining the Retaliation Case2008
Upper Midwest ELI ConferenceBringing and Defending Age Discrimination Claims2008
NELA Trial Practice SeminarOpening Statements2008
Upper Midwest ELI ConferenceConfessions of a Plaintiffs' Lawyer2007
NELA Annual ConventionA View from the Bench2007
NELA Annual ConferenceThe Discovery Exchange2007
Lorman Education ServicesEveryday Ethics2007
Upper Midwest ELI ConverenceAdvanced Trial Practice - The Strategic Litigator2006
Upper Midwest ELI ConventionAdvanced Trial Practice - Impact Litigation2006
NELA Spring SeminarSetting the Stage and Closing the Deal: Opening and Closing Statements2006
17th Annual NELA ConventionGetting and Keeping Punitive Damages2006
Upper Midwest ELI ConferenceAdvanced Trial Practice - Focus on How the Harassment Case Is Won or Lost2005
Upper Midwest ELI ConferenceAdvanced Trial Practices - Focusing on the Secrets for Winning or Losing at Trial2005