Darren M. Sharp

Darren M. Sharp

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Employment Litigation Attorney in Minneapolis, MN

Schaefer Halleen, LLC
 | 412 South 4th Street, Suite 1050
Minneapolis, MN 55415
Phone: 612-294-2604
Fax: 612-294-2640
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2021
Selected To Rising Stars: 2014 - 2017
Licensed Since: 2007
Practice Areas:
  • Employment Litigation: Plaintiff
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • Spanish
    Attorney Profile

    When I work with my clients I bring intelligent compassion, combined with a strong attention to detail. I focus on serving my clients as unique individuals, one-on-one, in my office. My clients know I am going to solve their problem. I listen closely and pay sound attention to the details. I use my head and my heart in advocating for them. After I wrap up a case, I also judge my success by having added value to their lives.

    About Darren Sharp

    Admitted: 2007, Minnesota

    Professional Webpage: http://www.schaeferhalleen.com/team-view/darren-sharp/


    • Rising Star, Super Lawyer, 2017

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Board Member and Vice President, Minnesota Chapter of National Employment Lawyers Association Member of Outreach Committee Organized 3 CLE luncheons, 2019
    • Member, National Employment Lawyers Association, 2020
    • Member, Dakota County Bar Association, 2007
    • Member, Hennepin County Bar Association, 2020
    • Member, Minnesota State Bar Association, 2020
    • Member, National Employment Lawyers’ Association, Minnesota Chapter, 2020

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Youth Soccer Coach - Fuller Soccer Club, 2019
    • Volunteer - "La Red" and "Linea Legal" (Volunteer Lawyers' Network) - Bi-weekly screening and advising Spanish-speaking individuals with employment-related legal needs, 2011

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Presentation to Mitchell Hamline students, Speaker, Being an Employment Lawyer, 2017
    • Presentation at NALS luncheon, Speaker, Hey Boss, I Need to Leave!, 2020
    • Presentation at the 2019 MPA Annual Convention, Speaker, Hey Boss, I Need to Leave!, 2019
    • Presentation at the University of St. Thomas Law School, Speaker, Protecting Both LGBT and Religious Members in the Workplace, 2018

    Representative Clients:

    • The Client: Healthcare workerProblem: Co-worker bullied client and put patients’ health at risk; employer ignored client’s reports of illegal and inappropriate conductApproach: While the employee continued to work for the employer, approached employer and negotiated client’s separationSolution: Negotiated substantial exit package for client which included provisions designed to enhance client’s ability to find replacement work
    • The Client:  48 year-old executive Problem:  Harassed and terminated by new board members because of religious beliefs Approach: Aggressively pursued litigation against former employer Solution: Achieved settlement in an amount the client was very satisfied with
    • The Client: Experienced saleswomen Problem: Former employer attempted to enforce non-compete agreements against clients Approach: Advised clients and new employer in negotiations against former employer; directly negotiated with former employer Solution: Non-compete dispute resolved; clients allowed to take their books of business to new employer and retain new employment
    • The Client:  Condo AssociationProblem: Condominium Association was facing bankruptcy because no financial reserves had been set up by the developersApproach: Prosecute a groundbreaking case under Minnesota law against the developerSolution:  Settled claims against developer during discovery for significant monetary relief and received a favorable jury verdict and award against developer at trial, allowing the Association to repair the common areas, begin to establish adequate reserves, and avoid bankruptcy
    • The Client: 55 year-old IT consultant Problem: Fortune 500 company terminated employee due to client’s cancer diagnosis and his missing work due to cancer treatment Approach: Analyzed strengths and weaknesses of potential case and negotiated directly with company Solution: Privately negotiated over 600% increase in severance offered by company
    • The Client: 33 year-old nurse and mother of five Problem: State denied unemployment benefits after resigning from physically violent workplace Approach: Appealed denial of unemployment benefits Solution: Minnesota Court of Appeals reversed state’s denial; client received full unemployment benefits

    Educational Background:

    • J.D., with honors, Concentration in Labor and Employment Law, University of Minnesota Law School, 2007
    • Bachelor of Art’s Degree, Political Science and Spanish, University of Missouri; spent two semesters studying at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, in Mexico City, Mexico, 2000
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    Office Location for Darren M. Sharp

    412 South 4th Street
    Suite 1050
    Minneapolis, MN 55415

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    Last Updated: 4/27/2021

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