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Paul J. Lukas's aggressive and creative litigation strategies enable him to successfully represent his clients. Paul has been recognized by his peers as one of the "Top 40 Employment Law Lawyers" in Minnesota and is consistently named to the Super Lawyers list. Courageous and persistent, Paul is a committed advocate for employee and consumer' rights.


Having tried nearly fifty cases, Paul is also a trial veteran with proven results. Early in his career, Paul tried a wide variety of criminal cases, including the nationally renowned State v. Porter case. Winning that case at the Minnesota Supreme Court, Paul helped set the standard for prosecutorial misconduct in criminal cases. After honing his trial skills in the criminal arena, Paul focused his practice on employment litigation, obtaining favorable verdicts for employees in overtime, age, race, national origin, sex discrimination, sex harassment, whistleblower, sexual assault, retaliation, and minority shareholder cases. Paul is a member of Nichols Kaster's National Class and Collective Action Litigation Team and the firm's Consumer Class Action Team. Paul is currently litigating numerous wage and hour and consumer class and collective actions. He has represented thousands of employees and consumers in these practice areas, obtaining well over 100 million dollars for those clients.


Paul's energy and charisma have made him a nationally recognized lecturer on topics such as wage and hour law, employment law, and civil litigation strategies


Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 19%
  2. Employment: 19%
  3. Sexual Harassment: 19%
  4. Discrimination: 19%
  5. Other: 24%
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Nichols Kaster, PLLP

80 S Eighth St #4600
Minneapolis, MN, 55402-2242


NYCurrently registered 200703/07/2016
MNAuthorized to practice199107/15/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2013
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2012
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2011
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2010
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2009
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2008
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2007
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2006
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2005
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2004
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2003
AV RatedMartindale-HubbellN/A
Who's Who in Employment LawMinnesota Law & Politics MagazineN/A
Top LawyerMinneapolis/St. Paul MagazineN/A
Top 40 Employment Law LawyersMinnesota Law & Politics MagazineN/A
Association namePosition nameDuration
Federal Labor Standards LegislationCommittee MemberN/A
National Employment Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Minnesota State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
New York State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
National Association of Consumer AdvocatesMemberN/A
American Association for JusticeMemberN/A
Minnesota Association for JusticeMemberN/A
National Employment Lawyers Association (Minnesota chapter)MemberN/A
Publication nameTitleDate
Minnesota CLE, IncCo-Editor to the Wage and Hour Handbook: Federal and Minnesota.2011
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
William Mitchell College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1991
St John's UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1988
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Practicing Law Institute Wage & Hour Litigation and Compliance Challenges 2014Panelist for ”To Arbitrate or Not to Arbitrate? Good Question!”2014
Minnesota Continuing Legal EducationThe New Lawyer Experience: Conducting Effective and Efficient Written Discovery2014
Maine State Bar Association, 13th Annual Employment Law UpdatePanelist for "Wage and Hour Litigation"2014
Conference Institute’s 20th National Conference on Wage & Hour Claims and Class ActionsPanelist for ”Views from The Plaintiff’s Bar: Adapting Your Strategies to New and Innovative Techniques and Tactics.”2014
American Conference Institute’s 20th National Conference on Wage & Hour Claims and Class ActionsModerator for ”Judges Panel.“2014
American Conference Institute’s 20th National Conference on Employment Practices Liability InsuranceWage & Hour and EPLI: Assessing How the Market Has Responded to Coverage Needs and Best Practices for Mitigating Exposure to Claims2014
ACI 21st National Conference on Wage & Hour Claims and Class ActionsPanelist for "Views from The Plaintiff's Bar"2014
ABA, Section of Labor and Employment Law, Federal Labor Standards Legislation CommitteePanelist for "Class Communications and Settlement that Judges Will Tolerate"2014
Upper Midwest Employment Law InstituteModerator for "FLSA – Conditional Certification and Judicial Notice"2013
Upper Midwest Employment Law InstitutePanelist for "Trying the FLSA Case"2013
Upper Midwest Employment Law InstitutePanelist for "2013 FLSA Case Update"2013
Preventing Wage Theft: A Two-Day Guide to Litigating Cases Involving Wage, Hours & WorkPanelist for "Trying Wage & Hour Class and Collective Actions"2013
Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s 3rd Annual Wage & Hour SymposiumPanelist for " Best Practices for Reclassifying Employees" and "Hot Topics in Wage and Hour"2013
Ohio Association for Justice - Trial Tactics & Advanced Wage & Hour ConferenceUsing Arbitration Agreements to Your Tactical Advantage2013
Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association’s 2013 Annual ConferencePanelist for "Tried and True Effective Deposition Techniques"2013
Law Institute’s Managing Wage and Hour Risks ConferencePanelist for "To Arbitrate or Not to Arbitrate? Good Question!"2013
American Conference Institute’s 18th Annual Conference on Employment Practices Liability InsurancePanelist for The Evolution of Wage and Hour and EPLI: Offering and Obtaining Coverage for and Reducing Exposure to Wage and Hour Claims2013
American Conference Institute’s 17th National Forum on Wage & Hour Claims and Class ActionsPanelist for View From the Plaintiffs’ Bar: Adapting Your Defense Strategies to New and Innovative Techniques and Tactics2013
William Mitchell College of Law Hachey InitiativeFace Time Speaker2012
Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute2012 FLSA Case Update – In-Depth; FLSA Off the Clock Litigation – The Hottest Issues in the Hottest Cases2012
Tennessee Employment Lawyers AssociationUnique Opportunities with the FLSA in the Post-Dukes and Concepcion World2012
Strafford Publications WebinarEffective Discovery Strategies in Class Action Litigation: Leveraging Trends and Best Practices for Depositions, Expert Witnesses and E-Discovery2012
Ohio Association for Justice & Workers’ Injury Law and Advocacy Group Wage and Hour SeminarThe Counter Intuitive Wage & Hour Trial, Lessons Learned in 20112012
National Employment Lawyers Association Annual ConventionThe Whistleblower Laws You Need to Know2012
National Employment Lawyers Association (Minnesota chapter)Wage and Hour Opportunities in the Post-Dukes and Concepcion World2012
Minnesota CLE’s Wage and Hour ConferenceCommon Employer Mistakes in the Wage-Hour Area – A Plaintiffs’ Attorney Perspective.2012
Minnesota Association for Justice Annual MeetingExpanding Your Practice: The Big Employment Cases You Don't Even Know You Have2012
Maine Employment Lawyers AssociationFair Labor Standards Act Cases: Overview and Best Practices2012
Illinois Employment Lawyers AssociationUsing Dukes and Concepcion to Your Advantage in Wage and Hour Cases2012
American Conference Institute’s 15th National Forum on Wage & Hour Claims and Class ActionsPanelist for Views from the Plaintiffs’ Bar: Adapting Your Defense Strategies to New and Innovative Techniques and Tactics2012
17th Annual Conference on Employment Practices Liability InsurancePanelist for "Wage & Hour and EPLI: Coverage Options and Best Practices for Minimizing Your Exposure to Claims."2012
Upper Midwest Employment Law InstituteFLSA Case Update – In-Depth; FLSA Litigation – The Procedural Battles2011
Minnesota CLEConducting Effective and Efficient Written Discovery2011
American Conference Institute’s 12th National Forum on Wage & Hour Claims and Class ActionsPanelist for “View from the Plaintiffs’ Bar: Adapting Your Defense Strategies to New and Innovative Wage and Hour Claims"2011
American Conference InstituteView from the Plaintiff's Bar: The Newest and Most Innovative Wage Claims Being Brought2011
Upper Midwest ELI ConferenceSpotting and Preventing FLSA Landmines Before They Explode2010
Upper Midwest ELI ConferenceThe Hottest Issues in the Hottest Cases2010
Upper Midwest ELI ConferenceIn-depth2010
Minnesota CLE - The New Lawyer ExperienceEverything But the Kitchen Sink? Conducting Effective and Efficient Written Discovery2010
American Conference Institute ForumAdapting Your Litigation Strategies in Light of New and Innovative Claims2010
9th National Forum - New York, NYAdapting Your Litigation Strategies in Light of New and Innovative Claims II2010
Minnesota CLECritical Employment Issues in Difficult Times2009
FLSA Update 2009Highlights of the 2009 Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute2009
American Bar AssociationKitchen Sink: Conducting Effective and Efficient Written Discovery2009
American Bar Association2009 FLSA Update: In-depth2009
American Bar AssociationWinning Before Trial Starts2009
7th Annual ForumWage & Hour Claims2009
Upper Midwest ELI ConferenceWinning FLSA Cases2008
Upper Midwest ELI ConferenceHow to Bring and Defend the FLSA Case2008
NELA ConventionEverything You Wanted to Know about Discovery But Were Afraid to Ask2008
NELA ConferenceDiscovery: How to Achieve Constant Pounding2008
Annual ConferenceTurning the Table on Defendants in FLSA Cases2008
American Bar AssociationThe New Lawyer Experience2008
American Bar AssociationCritical Employment Issues in Difficult Times2008
6th National ForumWage & Hour Claims2008
6th Annual National ForumCurrent and Future Targets of Wage & Hour Claims2008
Upper Midwest Employment Law InstituteCutting Edge Isues in FLSA Litigation2007
NELA Spring SeminarIt Isn't Just About Tittle VII2007
NELA ConferenceStrategy and Tactics in Employment Litigation2007
NELA ConferenceCollective Actions2007
MN Federal District Court Bar Annual SeminarThe E-Discovery Amendments2007
Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association ConferenceConducting Effective and Efficient Discovery2007
Hennepin County Bar AssociationHot Topics in Employment Law2007
American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law SectionLitigating Wage and Hour Class Cases from A to Z2007
American Bar AssociationConducting Effective and Efficient Written Discovery2007
4th Annual National ForumWhat is Coming Down the Pike?2007
Upper Midwest ELI ConferenceRecent Developments in the Eighth Circuit2006
NELA Mid-YearWhy Let them Up for Air?2006
NELA ConventionDiscovery in Employment Cases2006
NELA ConferenceA Starting Point - Helpful FLSA Cases2006
Hennepin County Bar AssociationWage and Hour Claims in the Shadow of the New Regulation2006
17th Annual NELA ConventionDeveloping and Implementing and Effective Discovery Plan2006
Upper Midwest ELI Conference8th Circuit and Federal District Court Updates2005
Upper Midwest ELI ConferencePlaintiff Counsels’ Love/Hate Relationship with the FLSA2004
Minnesota State Bar AssociationWelcome to the New Mud Puddle - New Regulations2004
Hennepin County Bar AssociationRecent Developments in the FLSA2004
American Bar AssociationThe Ultimate Arbitration Update2004
Minnesota State Bar AssociationA Plaintiff Lawyer's Perspective of FLSA2003
Minnesota State Bar AssociationADA/FMLA Tough Issues2003
Lorman Institute SeminarWorkers' Compensation Meets Employment Law2003