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I represent employees in severance negotiations, unlawful terminations, and whistleblower claims.
|MN||Authorized to practice||2009||04/04/2017|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Rising Star||Minnesota Super Lawyer||2016|
|Rising Star||Minnesota Super Lawyers||2015|
|Up & Coming Attorney||Minnesota Lawyer||2015|
|Rising Star||Minnesota Super Lawyers||2014|
|Rising Star||Minnesota Super Lawyers||2013|
|Rising Star||Minnesota Super Lawyers||2012|
|Partner||Teske, Micko, Katz, Kitzer & Rochel||2014 - Present|
|Attorney||Schaefer Halleen||2013 - 2014|
|Attorney||Halunen & Associates||2009 - 2013|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Federal Bar Association||Co-Chair L&E Section CLE & Planning Committee||2015 - Present|
|Federal Bar Association||Diversity Committee Member||2015 - Present|
|Federal Bar Association||Member||2011 - Present|
|Hennepin County Bar Association||Member||2011 - Present|
|Minnesota State Bar Association||Member||2010 - Present|
|National Employment Lawyers Association - MN Chapter||Member||2009 - Present|
|National Employment Lawyers Association (Minnesota Chapter)||Ex Officio||2014 - 2015|
|National Employment Lawyers Association (8th Circuit)||Secretary/Treasurer||2012 - 2014|
|National Employment Lawyers Association (Minnesota chapter)||President||2011 - 2014|
|National Employment Lawyers Association (Minnesota chapter)||Board member||2010 - 2015|
|Robinson v. All Kind Painting||Award in favor of employee|
|Schmitz v. U.S. Steel Corp.||Reversed/Remanded to Trial|
|Hampton v. Boisclaire Corp.||Defeated Defendant's motion of summary judgment, and the case settled before trial|
|See all legal cases|
|Federal Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Section||Is McDonnell Douglas Too Burdensome? Circuits Question the Utility of the Decades Old Burden Shifting Model (with Frances Baillon and Brian Rochel)||2015|
|Hennepin Lawyer||The Jury's Still Out: Assessing the Constitutionality of the MHRA's Ban on Jury Trials||2013|
|University of Minnesota Law School||Law||JD - cum laude||2009|
|FBA National Convention||Race and Religious Discrimination in the Workplace||2016|
|Advanced Employment Issues for Public Entities||"The Intersection of Disability, FMLA and Workers' Compensation Retaliation Laws||2016|
|Minnesota CLE||Employment Law Series: The Intersecction of Disability, FMLA and Workers' Compensation Retaliation Laws||2015|
|8th Circuit NELA Conference||The Changing Landscape of Retaliation Claims: Applying the "But-For" Causation Standard after Gross & Nassar||2014|
|MAJ Workers' Compensation Seminar||Civil Causes of Action Related tot he Minnesota Workers' Compensation Act: §176.82||2012|
|Continuing Legal Education Program||Winning Civil Damages for Retaliation in Workers' Compensation Claims||2012|
Posted by anonymous
I highly recommend Phillip Kitzer for legal counsel regarding employment.
Phillip was referred to me by a personal friend who is an attorney when I found myself unexpectedly needing review of a separation agreement with an out of state organization. I was impressed from our initial exchange and quickly scheduled follow up call how knowledgeable, thorough, and insightful Phillip is. He helped me obtain additional information from my former employer to guide how to proceed. With his counsel, I received additions and important clarifications to the agreement.
I feel that I came out of a difficult situation in a very good position ready to engage in new employment. My thanks to Phillip. I hope to employ him again soon to review a new employment contract!
Posted by E
No one wants to find themselves in a situation where they need to seek legal counsel. That said, I am very thankful to have found such a dedicated, tenacious, supportive, and compassionate lawyer to represent me.
When I first requested a consult with him, I was very impressed with just how responsive he was. I was able to speak to him within 24 hours of submitting a request. After speaking to him, I knew he was the right person to have in my corner. Throughout the entire process, he was able to strike the delicate balance between fighting hard on my behalf and keeping my best interest in mind at all times.
Phil is extremely knowledgeable and adept at explaining "legalese" in layman's terms. I was kept up-to-date on important information regarding my case, and Phil was always available to answer any of my questions and give me a realistic picture of potential outcomes (which many times meant easing my fears).
I have nothing but good things to say about him. Phil is an awesome person who left quite a wonderful impression on me during a very stressful time. I can't say enough about what an amazing job he did as my advocate.
Posted by Nathan
After experiencing an unlawful termination, I was referred to Phil Kitzer by a highly reputable attorney within the Twin Cities. After retaining Mr. Kitzer, I was astounded by his incredibly genuine demeanor and his remarkable expertise. Mr. Kitzer was always (quite literally, always) mindful of my distress and made it a point to ensure that I felt as if I was the highest priority. Mr. Kitzer is an expert in his discipline and is without question the best attorney I could have retained.
Because of Mr. Kitzer (and his colleague), I found a successful resolution.
It was a true honor to work with the best of the best!
Brian Rochel, Employment and labor Attorney
I have had the pleasure and fortune of working with Phillip Kitzer since beginning practice as a lawyer. Phillip is a dedicated advocate, committed to advancing the rights of employees; a hard worker, spending as much time as necessary to make sure he serves his clients; and a great lawyer. I look forward to continuing working with Phillip and strongly endorse him as an outstanding attorney who any employee would be lucky and well-served to have represent her or him.