Kurt J. Erickson: Lawyer with Jackson Lewis P.C.

Kurt J. Erickson

Minneapolis,  MN  U.S.A.
Phone(612) 341-8131

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Practice Areas

  • Class Actions and Complex Litigation
  • Disability, Leave and Health Management
  • General Employment Litigation
  • Non-Competes and Protection Against Unfair Competition
University University of Minnesota, B.A., summa cum laude, 1981
Law SchoolUniversity of Minnesota, J.D., cum laude, 1984
Admitted1984, Minnesota; 1985, U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota; 1997, U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit; 2009, U.S. District Court, District of North Dakota

Bar & Professional Association Memberships
American Bar Association
Federal Bar Association
Hennepin County Bar Association
Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association
Minnesota State Bar Association


Kurt J. Erickson is a Shareholder of the Minneapolis, Minnesota office of Jackson Lewis P.C.

He has represented both public and private employers in state courts, federal courts, and in administrative proceedings before state administrative tribunals. His experience also includes litigating class action cases brought by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), as well as negotiating resolutions of discrimination charges, including class action discrimination charges, prosecuted by the EEOC.

He joined Jackson Lewis after practicing law as an assistant attorney general in the Minnesota Attorney General's Office, as an in-house corporate counsel providing employment advice and litigation management, and as the head of the employment section for a medium-sized law firm in Minneapolis.

As a former Assistant Attorney General, Mr. Erickson handled various employment and labor disputes, including representing the Minnesota Departments of Corrections, Transportation, Commerce, Employee Relations, Revenue, and state colleges and universities in a variety of employment matters. Mr. Erickson represented the Corrections Department in a department-wide/statewide class action race discrimination in employment lawsuit, and also represented the Corrections Department in complex sex discrimination and disability discrimination lawsuits.

As an in-house corporate counsel for a corporation, Mr. Erickson managed employment litigation on a nationwide basis, and also provided employment advice for business operations occurring on nationwide basis.

Mr. Erickson is a member of the American Bar Association (Litigation, and Tort and Insurance Sections), Defense Research Institute (Labor and Employment Section), Federal Bar Association (Labor and Employment Section), Hennepin County Bar Association (Labor and Employment, Tax Law, and Criminal Law Sections), Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association (Labor and Employment Section), and Minnesota Bar Association (Public Law, Labor and Employment, Civil Litigation, and Construction Law Sections). He is admitted to practice in Minnesota, as well as before the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals and the District Courts for the District of Minnesota and the District of North Dakota.

Through Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services, Mr. Erickson has provided volunteer pro bono legal advice to people unable to afford an attorney. He has done so for the last 20 years. This last year he was recognized by the Minnesota Bar Association as “North Star” lawyer, meaning he donated 50 hours of work time to pro bono representation of indigent clients.

Mr. Erickson earned his B.A., summa cum laude, from the University of Minnesota and his J.D., cum laude, from the University of Minnesota Law School. Mr. Erickson was Appellate Advocacy Finalist in Law School, and subsequently a legal writing instructor at the Law School.

Mr. Erickson is certified by the Minnesota State Bar Association as a Labor and Employment Law Specialist.

Published Works


“Minnesota Employers May See Fewer Retaliation Claims Following U.S. Supreme Court Decision If State Courts Follow Suit”
Published on the Jackson Lewis Website (July 2, 2013)

New Minnesota Law Lessens Criteria for Employee Whistleblower Claims
Published on the Jackson Lewis Website (June 20, 2013)

“Minnesota Court of Appeals Clarifies What Constitutes Sexual Harassment Under Minnesota Law”
Published on the Jackson Lewis Website (September 25, 2012)

“Supreme Court Rules ADEA Plaintiffs Are Not Entitled to 'Mixed Motive' Instruction”
Published on Jackson Lewis Website (June 25, 2009)

“Are You Being Served?”
Published on Jackson Lewis Website (November 24, 2008)

“No Need to Walk on Eggshells When Reprimanding an Employee Who Has Claimed Discrimination”
Published on Jackson Lewis Website (July 27, 2007)

Public Sector Employment Law Issues
Ramsey County Bar Association (October 2000) [Co-Author]

25 Differences Between Public and Private Sector Employment Law
(May 2000) [Co-Author]

Summary Guidance to Differences Between Public Sector and Private Sector Employment
Minnesota State Bar Association (May 2000) [Co-Author]

Employment Law Update for Public Sector Employment Education
Minnesota Institute of Legal Education (January 2000) [Author]

Employment Law Update for Minnesota Attorney General's Office
(January 1999) [Co-Author]

Honors, Awards and Pro Bono Activity

•YMCA Youth Baseball Coach
•Edina Girls Softball Coach
•Edina Girls Softball Board of Director, Member
•20 years Volunteer Attorney with Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services providing pro bono legal services to the people who cannot otherwise afford an attorney


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Employers Cannot Apply Tougher Policies Retroactively to Employee Covered by CBA
Gregg E. Clifton,Kurt J. Erickson,Gina K. Janeiro,Philip B. Rosen, March 27, 2015
Sending employers a strong message, a federal court in Minnesota has ruled that even an arbitrator’s award may be overturned where the employer seeks to enforce a disciplinary policy that was not in place when the employee’s alleged misconduct took place. National Football League...

Minnesota Statutory Whistleblower Claims Subject to Six-Year Limitations Period, Court Rules
Kurt J. Erickson,Gina K. Janeiro, February 26, 2015
Effectively tripling the amount of time in which aggrieved employees may sue their employers in statutory whistleblower suits, the Minnesota Court of Appeals holds that claims under Minnesota’s Whistleblower Act (Minnesota Statute section 181.932) are not subject to the two-year statute of...

Minnesota Supreme Court: Workers’ Compensation Retaliation Claims Can Result in Jury Trial, But Employers Have No Defense Based on Complaint Resolution Procedure
Kurt J. Erickson, September 5, 2014
An employee claiming workers’ compensation retaliation under Minnesota’s workers’ compensation retaliation statute, Minnesota Statute Section 176.82, has a right to a jury trial, the Minnesota Supreme Court has held. Schmitz v. U.S. Steel, No. A12-709 (Minn. Aug. 27, 2014). The...

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Kurt J. Erickson

225 South Sixth Street, Suite 3850
MinneapolisMN 55402


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