Charles V. Firth

Charles V. Firth

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Employment & Labor Attorney in Minneapolis, MN

Engelmeier & Umanah, P.A.
 | 706 Second Ave S, Suite 1100
Minneapolis, MN 55402
Phone: 612-455-7724
Fax: 612-455-7740
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1995
Practice Areas:
  • Employment & Labor: Employee (50%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (30%),
  • Class Action/Mass Torts: Plaintiff (20%)
Attorney Profile

Charlie's employment law expertise is broad, as he has successfully represented clients in matters involving trade secrets, non-competes, shareholder disputes, federal and state Fair Labor Standards Act wage and hour collective and class actions, sexual harassment, gender, race, disability and sexual orientation discrimination, retaliation, whistleblower, workers' compensation retaliation, and FMLA retaliation.  Notably, Charlie has fought for his clients' rights in high-profile cases of a national scope, including being appointed as class co-counsel in Dukes, et al. v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., a national gender discrimination class action, working to recover over $300 million from the oil industry in a Federal False Claims Act case, U.S. ex rel. Johnson v. Shell Oil Co., and bringing cases that resulted in the recovery of more than $30 million under the Federal Fair Labor Standards Act.  Charlie is also Of Counsel with Kenney & McCafferty, P.C., a law firm nationally recognized for its False Claims Act (qui tam) practice.

Charlie's international legal experience includes directly advising the Cambodian government, non-governmental organizations and private sector clients in efforts to strengthen the rule of law, assist in rebuilding Cambodia's judicial system and prepare legislation relating to the management of the country's natural heritage, including its national parks and other protected areas.  In particular, Charlie advised and counseled multinational corporations on their compliance with Cambodian and international law with regard to labor, employment, commercial, corporate and contract matters.

Charlie achieved a strong trial result in Broten v. Boston Health Care Systems, Inc., where he represented the plaintiff who won on her claims of disability discrimination, failure to accommodate disability and retaliation/reprisal pursuant to the Minnesota Human Rights Act, including double damages, punitive damages, and attorney's fees and costs.

About Charles Firth

Admitted: 1995, Minnesota

Professional Webpage: http://www.e-ulaw.com/Attorney-Profiles/charles-firth.html

Honors/Awards:

  • AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell.
  • Cancer Legal Care Volunteer Attorney of the Year, 2018

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • YMCA Camp Ihduhapi Community Board Member
  • Charlie served as the Vice Chair of the City of Hopkins Zoning and Planning Commission. Charlie has been a Member of the Board of Directors for Hopkins Area Little League. Charlie has volunteered on Committees of the Board of Directors for the International Spanish Language Academy.
  • Volunteer attorney for Cancer Legal Line.

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Potential Ethical Issues Arising Out of Counsel Representing the Union and Individuals, United Food and Commercial Workers International Union Attorneys’ Conference, October, 2000 (co-author). Respectful Workplace or Hostile Environment?  What Does Your Team Look Like and What Must the Employer Do?, Minnesota Symposium on Terrorism and Emergency Preparedness, November, 2009 (co-presenter). After the Crash, Minnesota School Bus Operators Association and Minnesota Association for Pupil Transportation Winter Conference, January, 2010 (presenter). Returning to Work, University of Minnesota Medical School Survivorship Series, Moving Beyond Cancer, April, 2010 (presenter). It’s Not Just About Sex Anymore: Effective Employment Law Training – 2011 and Beyond, St. Thomas University Multicultural Forum on Workplace Diversity, March, 2011 (co-presenter).  Employment Issues After Cancer, Cancer Legal Line, November, 2012 (presenter).

Verdicts/Settlements:

  • In December, 2011, Charlie achieved a strong trial result in Broten v. Boston Health Care Systems, Inc., where he represented the plaintiff who won on her claims of disability discrimination, failure to accommodate disability and retaliation/reprisal pursuant to the Minnesota Human Rights Act, including double damages, punitive damages, and attorney's fees and costs.

Educational Background:

  • B.A. from Northwestern University, 1991
  • J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School, cum laude , 1995
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Office Location for Charles V. Firth

706 Second Ave S
Suite 1100
Minneapolis, MN 55402

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Last Updated: 12/11/2019

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