Beth E. Bertelson

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Employment Litigation Attorney in Minneapolis, MN

Bertelson Law Offices, P.A.
 | 333 Washington Avenue North, Union Plaza, Suite 402
Minneapolis, MN 55401
Phone: 612-278-9832
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2003 - 2004, 2008 - 2017
Licensed Since: 1987
Practice Areas:
  • Employment Litigation: Plaintiff (80%),
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (10%),
  • Employment & Labor: Employee (10%)
Attorney Profile

Beth E. Bertelson is the founder of Bertelson Law Offices, P.A., located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Focusing her practice on labor and employment law, she represents employees in the Twin Cities metropolitan area and throughout Minnesota in litigation and pre-litigation negotiations in matters involving severance, employment and noncompete agreements, and related issues. Certified as a specialist in labor and employment law by the Minnesota State Bar Association, Ms. Bertelson also mediates employment disputes and has been designated as a "qualified neutral" under Rule 114 of the Minnesota General Rules of Practice for the District Courts. She also assists clients in a variety of employment law issues, including auditing company policies and procedures for legal compliance, discrimination and harassment training, and job coaching.

A 1984 graduate of St. Olaf College, where she received a Bachelor of Arts, Ms. Bertelson then attended William Mitchell College of Law and was awarded her Juris Doctor in 1987. Admitted to practice in Minnesota, she is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit and the Supreme Court of the United States. Highly regarded by her peers, Ms. Bertelson has received a 10.0 "Superb" rating from Avvo.

Ms. Bertelson stays abreast of current developments in her field through her active participation in the Minnesota State and Hennepin County bar associations, the National Employment Lawyers Association and Minnesota Women Lawyers. She has written several articles on employment matters and is frequently asked to speak before groups of fellow professionals. Active in her community, Ms. Bertelson has served on the boards of Youthworks and the Linden Hills Neighborhood Council, and has provided pro bono services to the Minnesota Department of Human Rights.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Employment Litigation (80%): Employment Discrimination, Wrongful Termination, Retaliation, Employment Law - Employer

Alternative Dispute Resolution (10%): Mediation

Employment & Labor (10%): Employment Law - Employee, Whistleblower, Sexual Harassment

Focus Areas

Employment Litigation: Employment Discrimination, Wrongful Termination, Retaliation, Employment Law - Employer

Alternative Dispute Resolution: Mediation

Employment & Labor: Employment Law - Employee, Whistleblower, Sexual Harassment

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 12 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2003 - 2004, 2008 - 2017

Certificates and Credentials

MSBA Board Certified Specialists

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About Beth Bertelson

Admitted: 1987, Minnesota

Professional Webpage: http://www.bertelsonlaw.com/beth-e-bertelson-3/

Honors and Awards:

  • The Expert Network, 2017
  • America's Top 100 Attorneys/Lifetime Achievement, 2016
  • Best Attorney Lifetime Charter Member, Rue Rating, 2016
  • Karla Wahl Advocacy Award, MN NELA, 2016
  • Best Lawyers, Minnesota Monthly, 2016
  • Best Lawyer, Minnesota Monthly, 2015
  • 10.0 "Superb" rating from Avvo

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Beth is a Qualified Neutral under Rule 114 and mediates employment law cases and serves as a Volunteer Mediator with the Minnesota Department of Human Rights and the Minneapolis Civil Rights Commission.  Beth also serves as an mediator with the National Arbitration Forum., 2000
  • Certified Specialist, Labor and Employment Law, Minnesota State Bar

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Member, ELA/UM
  • Board Member - MN Chapter of the National Employment Lawyers Association
  • State Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Member, Minnesota State Bar Association, Alternative Dispute Resolution Section
  • Planning Committee, Upper Midwest Employment Institute, 2011
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court
  • The State of Minnesota
  • Member, Hennepin County Bar Association
  • Member, Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Member, National Employment Lawyers Association

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • MSBA North Star Lawyer Program-exceeded 50 hours of Pro Bono legal Services, 2015
  • District of Minnesota's Thurgood Marshall Open Doors Project, 2015
  • Member of the Board of the Employment and Labor Committee of the MSBA, 2007
  • Member of the Board of Civil Society., 2007
  • Volunteer, Federal Pro Se Project, 2012 - 2017
  • Served on the Hennepin County Speaker's Bureau
  • Served on the Council for the Lake Harriet Methodist Church
  • Served on the Board of Directors of the Linden Hills Neighborhood Council
  • Served on the Board of Directors of YMCA - Youth and Government
  • Served on the Board of Directors for Youthworks

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • Speaker, Views From The Plaintiffs’ Bar: Adapting Your Strategies to New and Innovative Techniques and Tactics, ACI's Views From The Plaintiffs’ Bar: Adapting Your Strategies to New and Innovative Techniques and Tactics, 2017
  • Speaker, ADA in Real Time II, Hennepin County Bar Association, 2017
  • Speaker, Cutting Edge ADEA Litigation Issues, Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute, 2016
  • Speaker, ADA in Real Time I, Hennepin County Bar Association, 2016
  • 8th Annual Forum on Defending and Managing Employment Discrimination Litigation in Chicago, IL., Presenter , Views from the Plaintiffs’ Bar: Adapting Your Strategies to New and Innovative Techniques and Tactics, 2016
  • Presenter, Avoiding, Defending, and Turning the Tables on Common Employer Counterclaims, Eighth Circuit NELA Conference, 2016
  • Resign or be fired?/Unemployment and Severance, December newsletter, 2015
  • Presenter, Pregnancy Discrimination: Life After Young v. UPS, Minnesota State Bar Association, 2015
  • Presenter, Investigator Training: Pregnancy Leave and Accomodation, Minnesota State Bar Association, 2015
  • Speaker, Catching Up on Workplace Law Developments that are Breaking New Ground, 2014
  • The presentation discussed the discoverability of Plaintiff's medical records, social media, unemployment and tax records., Speaker, Excluding Discovery of Irrelevant and Private Information, MN-NELA, 2014
  • Panelist, Federal Pro Se Project, MN-NELA, 2013
  • Speaker, Cutting-Edge and Re-Emerging Disparate Impact Issues, Minnesota CLE-Upper Midwest Employment Seminar, 2011
  • Beth spoke to investigators of the EEOC, MHRD, Minneapolis and St. Paul Civil Rights Department and addressed questions about the ADEA and age discrimination under the MHRA., Speaker, MSBA Employment Law Section, 2010
  • Beth facilitated a round table discussion where questions about the impact of the ADA amendments on disability claims investigations were addressed., Moderator, "Investigating Disability Claims after the ADA Amendments", 2010
  • Beth offered a practical look at layoffs and reductions in force from the employee's perspective; including possible claims stemming from the loss of a job, including discrimination claims., Speaker, Layoffs & Reductions in Force, Ramsey County Bar Association, 2010
  • New and emerging argumenrs that plaintiff's counsel are using , Panelist , Views from the Plaintiff's bar: Adapting Your Strategies to New and Innovative Techniques and Tactics
  • New and emerging arguments that plantiff's counsel are using, the latest trends in discrimination claims and class actions, Panelist, Views from the Plaintiff's bar: Adapting Your Strategies to New and Innovative Techniques and Tactics , American Conference Institute
  • Speaker, Ethics: Turning Discovery Abuses Into Sanctions That Benefit Clients, Eighth Circuit Conference-NELA
  • Speaker, Challenging Releases-OWBPA complexities, Minnesota CLE-Age Discrimination In Employment
  • MSBA Labor & Employment Law Section Investigator Training: Retaliation Update, May 1, 2013, Speaker
  • Panels, Negotiation, Motion Practice-Discovery, Spoliation, Age Discrimination, Disability Discrimination, and Sexual Harassment, Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Speaker, Bureau, Labor & Employment Law Section, Minnesota State Bar Association

Verdicts and Settlements:

  • Peterson, et. al. v. Seagate US LLC, et. al., Civil No. 07-2502, granting Plaintiffs' motion for partial summary judgment as to the invalidity of the SIRP (retirement) releases (D. Minn. February 8, 2011), 2011
  • Peterson, et. al. v. Seagate US LLC, et. al., Civil No. 07-2502, denial of Defendants' motion for decertification as to RIF-terminated group members (D. Minn., August 15, 2011), 2011
  • Carvel v. Beth El Synagogue-summary judgment denied on age discrimination claim, 2010
  • Peterson, et. al. v. Seagate US LLC, et. al., Civil No. 07-2502, granting Plaintiff's motion for conditional certification (D. Minn. October 24, 2008), 2008
  • Peterson, et. al. v. Seagate US LLC, et. al., Civil No. 07-2502, granting Plaintiffs' motion for partial summary judgment as to the invalidity of RIF releases (D. Minn. May 28, 2008), 2008
  • Peterson, et. al.  v. Seagate US, LLC, et. al., Civil No. 07-2502, Defendants' motion to dismiss denied re: signed releases and age discrimination collective action claim (D. Minn. November 20, 2007), 2007
  • Heisler v. Metropolitan Council, 339 F.3d 622 (2003) summary judgment reversed as to retaliation claim., 2003
  • Peterson v. Seagate U.S. LLC, Civil No. 07-2502, Motion for Decertification denied as to plaintiff's terminated through RIF; they may proceed as a collective action.
  • Eckman v. Kmart-summary judgment denied on sexual harassment claim.
  • Kult v. Deluxe Corporation-summary judgment denied on age discrimination claim.
  • Cook v. Albert Lea Medical Center-summary judgment denied on age discrimination and whistleblower claims.
  • LaCanne v. AAF McQuay Industries-summary judgment denied on sexual harassment and retaliation claims.
  • White v. JC Penny - just cause found in arbitration agreement.
  • Ritacca v. KSTP-TV - just cause found in arbitration agreement.
  • Klyuch v. Freightmaster-summary judgment on race and age discrimination claim denied.
  • Schurmeier v. Nash Finch-summary judgment on sex discrimination claim denied.

Newsletters:

  • This Spring/Summer 2006 newsletter discusses interpretation of just cause provisions in employment arbitration agreements and the admissibility of unemployment decisions in federal court., Spring/Summer 2006 Workplace News
  • This Summer/Fall 2015 newsletter discusses do's and don'ts at a termination meeting., Summer/Fall 2015 Workplace News
  • This Fall 2014 newsletter discusses reasonable accommodaations and requirements of the interactive process., Fall 2014 Workplace News
  • This Winter 2013 issue discusses responding to employer criticism (Minn. Stat. § 181.962); employer references (Minn. Stat. §181.976); and checking personnel files (Minn. Stat. §181.961)., Winter 2013 Workplace News
  • The Fall/Winter 2007 newsletter discusses restrictive covenants and employee obligations, as well as separation agreement checklists., Fall/Winter 2007 Workplace News
  • This Fall 2012 newsletter discuss mandatory requirements for releases under the OWBPA.  The newsletter also discusses Election Day Rights for Employees., Fall 2012 Workplace News
  • This Winter 2012 newsletter contains information related to controversial practices such as background and credit checks., Winter 2012 Workplace News
  • This Spring 2012 newsletter provides information related to workplace bulllying., Spring 2012 Workplace News

Educational Background:

  • St. Olaf College B.A., 1984
  • William Mitchell College of Law, J.D.
Office Location for Beth E. Bertelson

333 Washington Avenue North
Union Plaza, Suite 402
Minneapolis, MN 55401

Phone: 612-278-9832

 

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Last Updated: 9/13/2017

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