Dorsey & Whitney LLP

Practical Law State Contributor: Labor & Employment

Dorsey & WhitneyBeginning in Minneapolis in 1912, Dorsey has grown into a firm of more than 650 attorneys with 19 offices on four continents, with over 50 practice areas. The firm prides itself on working with its clients to create innovative solutions built on service, collaboration and a determination to deliver outstanding results. Over the years, Dorsey alumni have included US Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun, noted law professor and scholar William Prosser, former US Vice President and Ambassador to Japan Walter Mondale (currently practicing with the firm), and Senator Amy Klobuchar. Dorsey's diverse client base includes businesses of all types and sizes, including some of the largest publicly and privately held corporations, as well as individuals, non-profits and other entities.

Dorsey's labor and employment (L&E) department comprises approximately 50 lawyers, who are focused on solving every imaginable workforce-related problem. In addition, where appropriate, our L&E attorneys collaborate with our employee benefits lawyers (approximately 25 more attorneys who concentrate on benefits issues), or lawyers in other specialties (for example, health law, intellectual property, mergers and acquisitions, tax, venture financing and white collar crime, and so on) where their particular expertise is needed. Our employment litigation practice includes class, multiparty, and individual claims, over diverse substantive areas, including federal and state wage and hour disputes, discrimination claims (including, age, disability, gender, race, religion, and so on), and the numerous common law claims typically pled in connection with these statutory claims. We also have extensive experience in both the prosecution and defense of claims involving post-employment restrictive covenants (non-competes, non-solicits, non-disclosure), trade secret claims, breach of fiduciary claims and breach of contract claims. Further, Dorsey has a broad-based management-side labor practice extending to union organizing, NLRB practice, contract negotiation, and labor arbitration.

In addition to our litigation activities, our L&E attorneys have an active advice and guidance practice (including extensive client-training programs), designed to avoid litigation altogether, or to position clients advantageously when a lawsuit is unavoidable.

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