I focus my practice on employment litigation and represent clients in both state and federal courts, as well as before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Minnesota Department of Human Rights, the United States Department of Labor and other federal, state and local agencies. I have successfully defended employers against wage and hour claims as well as claims involving workplace discrimination; harassment; retaliation; drug and alcohol testing; and breach of contract, including claims involving non-compete and non-solicitation agreements and other common law tort claims. In addition, I was selected to the 2015 Minnesota Rising Stars list, a designation received by no more than 2.5% of attorneys within the state.
I grew up in North Dakota and while attending college worked with my father in the construction trade to help pay for tuition, primarily performing roofing and siding work. I earned his Juris Doctor magna cum laude from Hamline University School of Law, where I was both an associate editor of the Hamline Law Review and participant in the American Bar Association Mediation Moot Court. I earned my Bachelor of Arts degree from Saint Cloud State University.
After graduating law school, and prior to joining Wessels Sherman, I gained valuable experience working for the Saint Paul City Attorney's Office by successfully representing clients in over 200 administrative proceedings as well as in state court. I also try to maintain a network of referral relationships with other attorneys, accountants and business professionals in order to act either as local counsel, or to provide valuable resources for clients.