Mankato State University, B.A., summa cum laude, 1991
University of Minnesota, J.D., cum laude, 1995
1995, Minnesota; 1996, U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota; 2001, U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit; 2009, Iowa; 2011, U.S. District Court, Northern and Southern Districts of Iowa; 2014, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
Federal Bar Association (Board of Directors, Minnesota Chapter, 2000-2011; President 2011-2012; Co-Chair of Federal Prisoner Transportation, 2007-2010; Vice President of Membership, 2006-2007; Vice President of Legal Education - 2005-2006; Vice President of Special Events - 2004-2005); Minnesota State Bar Association (Labor and Employment Section, Board of Governors, 1998-1999); Hennepin County Bar Association (Governing Council, 1998-1999); Iowa State Bar Association.
Listed: "Top 100 Minnesota Super Lawyers"; "Super Lawyer" in Employment Litigation (2003-2014); "Top 40 Employment Super Lawyer"; Listed in Chambers and Partners; AV Preeminent Rating - Martindale Hubbell; President for the Minnesota Chapter of the Federal Bar Association (2011-2012) (second largest chapter in the country); Federal Bar Association Minnesota Chapter (Board of Directors, 2000-2010; Co-Chair of Federal Prisoner Transportation - 2007-2010; Vice President of Membership - 2006-2007; Vice President of Legal Education - 2005-2006; Vice President of Special Events - 2004-2005); frequent lecturer at Minnesota and ABA CLEs and conferences (2000-2014); Minnesota State Bar Association (Labor and Employment Section, Board of Governors, 1998-1999); Hennepin County Bar Association (Governing Council 1998-1999); Iowa State Bar (2009-2014); Varsity Hockey at Mankato State University (now Minnesota State Mankato) (1987-1991), including playing on the 1991 Mavericks team that finished second in the NCAA tournament for Division II and III hockey and being voted the "Best Hustle Award" winner for three of four years; youth hockey coach for Roseville Area Youth Hockey Association (2004-2011).
Cases in 2014 include: Baker v. Life Time Fitness, Inc., 0:12-cv-02444 (PJS/JSM) (D. Minn. 2014) (summary judgment granted in race discrimination case in the District of Minnesota for national fitness center company concerning tennis pros); Glaser v. GKN Armstrong Wheels, Inc., et al., 3:12-cv-03035-DEO (N.D. IA 2014) (summary judgment granted in Title VII retaliation case in the Northern District of Iowa for international production company where plant manager reported inappropriate comments made by area manager and was fired 11 days later; court held that "reporting of a single, profane phrase, without context, does not constitute protected activity" under Title VII); Allied Sales Drivers and Warehousemen, Local No. 289, et al. v. Sara Lee Bakery Group, et al., 0:10-cv-04975 (MJD/LIB) (D. Minn. 2012) (summary judgment granted in the District of Minnesota (affirmed on appeal by Eighth Circuit) for a large, national bakery and food services company in an outsourcing breach of contract case against the Teamsters, which involved a $1.5 million pension claim and 161 pleadings on file); Williams v. TA Operating LLC, 1:11-cv-00042-HDV-TJS (S.D. IA 2012) (summary judgment in the Southern District of Iowa for a national rest stop company in a case alleging FMLA, public policy, contract, and other claims); Sharp v. Moore Wallace North America, Inc. d/b/a R.R. Donnelley, 3:12-cv-00064-RP-CFB (S.D. IA 2012) (summary judgment in the Southern District of Iowa for an international manufacturer in a case alleging public policy and other claims).
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