David E. Schlesinger

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Employment Litigation Attorney in Minneapolis, MN

Nichols Kaster, PLLP
 | 4600 IDS Center, Minneapolis, MN 55402
Phone: 612-256-3277
Fax: 612-338-4878
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2020
Selected To Rising Stars: 2012
Licensed Since: 2006
Practice Areas:
  • Employment Litigation: Plaintiff (60%),
  • Employment & Labor: Employee (30%),
  • Business Litigation (10%)
    Attorney Profile

    David E. Schlesinger is a partner at Nichols Kaster, PLLP, located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Certified as a specialist in labor and employment law by the Minneapolis State Bar Association, he provides representation to employees throughout the state who have been the victims of discrimination, harassment, retaliation or wrongful termination. Mr. Schlesinger also has experience in litigation resulting from business disputes, including breach of fiduciary duty and trade secret claims.

    Mr. Schlesinger attended what was then known as Mary Washington College and received a Bachelor of Arts in 2001. He then enrolled at the University of Minnesota Law School and was awarded his Juris Doctor cum laude in 2006. While in law school, Mr. Schlesinger served a clerkship with the office of the Hennepin County attorney. Admitted to practice in both Minnesota and Arizona, he is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, the U.S. District Court for the District of North Dakota, the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona, and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.

    Mr. Schlesinger is frequently asked to deliver presentations on employment law matters to groups of fellow attorneys. Topics have included employment agreements, equal pay rights, religious discrimination, hostile work environments, and wage and hour violations. His fellow professionals have taken note of his successes on behalf of his clients and have awarded him a 10.0 "Superb" peer review rating through Avvo. An active participant in a variety of legal organizations, Mr. Schlesinger is a past president of the Minnesota chapter of the National Employment Lawyers Association and a member of the Federal, American and Minnesota State bar associations.

     
    Practice Areas
    • 60%Employment Litigation
    • 30%Employment & Labor
    • 10%Business Litigation
    Focus Areas

    Employment Discrimination, Wrongful Termination, Retaliation, Wage & Hour Laws, Whistleblower, Sexual Harassment, Trade Secret, Non-Compete Agreements

    Selections

    Selected to Super Lawyers for 8 yearsmiddle-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 1 years

    Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2020 Rising Stars: 2012

    Certificates and Credentials

    MSBA Board Certified Specialists

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    About David Schlesinger

    Admitted: 2006, Minnesota

    Professional Webpage: http://www.nka.com/lawyer/david-schlesinger/

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    • Certified Labor and Employment Law Specialist, Minnesota State Bar Association, 2016

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • 11th Circuit Court of Appeals
    • National Employment Lawyers Association (“NELA”), Governance Committee, Member
    • 10th Circuit Court of Appeals
    • Minnesota NELA, Vice President, 2013
    • U.S. District Court – Eastern District of Michigan
    • Minnesota Supreme Court
    • Minnesota State Bar Association, Member
    • American Bar Association, Member
    • Eighth Circuit NELA, Treasurer
    • U.S. District Court – District of Minnesota
    • 8th Circuit Court of Appeals
    • National Employment Lawyers Association, Member
    • Federal Bar Association, Member
    • Minnesota NELA, President, 2015
    • U.S. District Court – District of North Dakota
    • U.S. District Court – District of Arizona
    • Arizona Supreme Court

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Co-presenter, “Practical Overview: Sexual Harassment Claims and Complaint Policies, Training and Response,” 2018 Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute, St. Paul, Minnesota, May 2018.
    • "Elimination of Bias: Understanding Chronic Illness," Minnesota CLE Webcast, July 2018.
    • Co-presenter: Outside-The-Box Discovery Tools: Getting Creative With Discovery In The Era Of Proportionality,” National Employment Lawyers Convention, Chicago, June 2018.
    • Co-presenter, “Elimination of Bias: Understanding Chronic Illness,” Minnesota CLE, Minneapolis, August 2017.
    • Co-presenter, “Winning the Harassment Case – Strategies and Tactics,” 2018 Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute, St. Paul, Minnesota, May 2018.
    • Co-presenter, “Rectifying Representation and Wrongdoing: Ethical Obligations and Aspirations of Whistleblowing,” Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis, Minnesota, May 2018.
    • Co-presenter, “How to Manage Chronic Illnesses in the Legal Workplace,” Workers’ Compensation Institute, Minneapolis, April 2018.
    • Co-presenter, “Eighth Circuit Employment Law Update,” Eighth Circuit NELA Conference, Minneapolis, April 2018.
    • Co-Presenter, “New Developments in Pay Equity Law,” ABA Federal Labor Standards Legislation Committee Midwinter Meeting, Nassau, Bahamas, February 2018.
    • “The Art of Trial Preparation” National Employment Lawyers Association Annual Convention, Atlanta, Georgia, 2015
    • “The Art of Trial Preparation”, Eighth Circuit National Employment Lawyers Association Conference, 2014
    • “Mental Health and the Legal Workplace”, Minnesota Employment Law Series CLE Webcast, 2014
    • “Equal Pay Act Update”, American Bar Association, Midwinter Conference of the Federal Labor Standards Legislation Committee, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, 2015
    • “How NELA Affiliates Operate”, National Employment Lawyers Association Affiliate Leader Training, Atlanta, Georgia, 2015
    • “The Art of Trial Preparation,” Eighth Circuit National Employment Lawyers Association Conference, 2014
    • “Federal Litigation 101”, National Business Institute Video Webcast, 2015
    • “The Art of Trial Preparation”, National Employment Lawyers Association Annual Convention, Atlanta, Georgia, 2015
    • Moderator/Presenter, “Employment Agreements 101: The Tips and Tricks Every Lawyer Should Know”, ABA Webinar, July 2017
    • Co-Presenter, “Title VII & The Equal Pay Act: Dynamic Duo When Challenging Sex Discrimination in Compensation”, National Employment Lawyers Association, Annual Convention, San Antonio, Texas, June 2017
    • “Wage and Hour 301: Wage and Hour Cases in Minnesota and Developing Trends”, Minnesota National Employment Lawyers Association, 2014
    • Co-Presenter, “The Evolving Landscape of Equal Pay Legislation, Litigation and Regulation”, 2017 Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute, May 2017
    • “Pay Equity: Increasing Enforcement and Emerging Issues”, ABA Federal Labor Standards Legislation Committee Midwinter Meeting, Playa del Carmen, Mexico, 2017
    • “Remembering my father, and the struggle for civil rights in 2017”, MinnPost, January 18, 2017
    • “Fair Pay or Comparable Worth? California’s New Fair Pay Act”, PLI’s Seminar: Cutting-Edge Employment Law Issues 2016: The California Difference, San Francisco, California, 2016
    • Co-author of “Joint Employer and Independent Contractor Issues”, published in The FMLA Handbook, Second Edition, 2016 (Minnesota Continuing Legal Education)
    • “Turning the Tables on Employer Counterclaims”, Eighth Circuit NELA Conference, Kansas City, Missouri, 2016
    • “Equal Pay Act Collective Actions”, American Bar Association, Midwinter Conference of the Federal Labor Standards Legislation Committee, San Juan, Puerto Rico, 2016
    • "Labor and Employment Law Section: Litigating Against the Magically Disappearing Defendant: Successor Liability Under State and Federal Law", Hennepin County Bar Association, 2010
    • “Top 10 Tips to Maximize Economic & Compensatory Damages in Employment Cases”, National Employment Lawyers Association Annual Convention, San Diego, CA, 2012
    • “Mental Health, Chemical Dependency and Employment – Returning to Work”, Minnesota Employment Law Series CLE Webcast, 2012
    • "Your Boss Did What? Employment Law 101 and the ABC's of Finding a Good Case", Strategic Solutions for Solo and Small Firms Conference, Duluth, MN, 2012
    • The Voice of Experience in Employment Arbitration, National Academy of Arbitrators Panel, 2012
    • "Hot Issues in Debtor-Creditor Practice: Successor Liability and Fraudulent Transfer: Risks for the Successor Business", Minnesota CLE, 2010
    • "Kasten: The New FLSA Retaliation Standard", Thomson Reuters Webinar Panel, 2011
    • The Magically Disappearing Defendant: Successor Liability Under Minnesota Law, Bench & Bar of Minnesota (July 2010, Vol. LXVII, No. VI at 30 - 34, 2010)
    • "Appeals in Employment Law Cases", Minnesota CLE Webcast Panel, 2011
    • “Top 10 Tips to Maximize Economic & Compensatory Damages in Employment Cases”, National Employment Lawyers Association Annual Convention, San Diego, CA, 2012
    • Co-Presenter, “Elimination of Bias: Understanding Chronic Illness,” Minnesota CLE, Minneapolis, August 2017.
    • "Religious Discrimination and Accommodation in the Workplace", MSBA Program, 2012
    • "20 Tips to Make Litigation Practice Just a Little Easier", Strategic Solutions for Solo and Small Firms Conference, Duluth, MN, 2013
    • “Wage and Hour 301: Wage and Hour Cases in Minnesota and Developing Trends”, Minnesota National Employment Lawyers Association, 2014
    • Co-author of “The Canary Sings Again: New Life for the Minnesota Whistleblower Act”, Bench & Bar of Minnesota (September 2013, Volume LXX, Number VIII at 14-18)

    Verdicts/Settlements:

    • Hargrove v. Ryla Teleservices, Inc., 2012 WL 463442 (E.D. Va. February 13, 2012)
    • Schwartz v. Virtucom, Inc., 2009 WL 1311816 (Minn. App. May 12, 2009)
    • Russell v. Illinois Bell Telephone Co., 575 F. Supp. 2d 930 (N.D. Ill. 2008)
    • Jenkins v. University of Minnesota and Ted Swem, 2013-cv-01548 (D. Minn. 2017)
    • Russell v. Illinois Bell Telephone Co., Inc., 721 F.Supp.2d 804 (N.D. Ill. 2010)
    • Haliye v. Celestica Corp., 717 F.Supp.2d 873 (D. Minn. 2010)
    • Cox v. Boehringer Ingelheim Pharm., Inc., Civ. No. 13-CV-1138, 2014 WL 2197031 (D. Minn. May 27, 2014)
    • LaMont v. Independent School Dist. No. 728, 814 N.W.2d 14 (Minn. May 16, 2012)
    • Swarthout v. Ryla Teleservices, Inc., 2011 WL 6152347 (N.D. Ind. December 12, 2011)
    • Johnson et al. v. Links on the Mississippi, Inc., and William C. Doebler, 82-cv-15-4079 (Minn. Dist. Ct. 2017)  
    • Knaak v. Armour-Eckrich Meats, LLC, 991 F. Supp. 2d 1052, 1053 (D. Minn. 2014)
    • Bertrang v. Wisconsin Cent., Ltd., Civ. No. 14-0133, 2014 WL 4199710 (D. Minn. Aug. 22, 2014)
    • Rasmussen v. Two Harbors Fish Co., N.W.2d., 2013 WL 2221487 (Minn. May 22, 2013)
    • Teed v. Thomas & Betts Power Solutions, L.L.C., 711 F.3d 763, 764 (7th Cir. 2013)
    • Robinson v. Ryla Teleservices, Inc., 2012 WL 505856 (S.D. Ala. January 19, 2012)
    • Garamella v. Intrepid U.S.A., et al. (Minn. Dist. Ct. 2007)
    • Bishop v. AT & T Corp., 256 F.R.D. 503 (W.D. Pa. 2009)
    • Genesis 10 v. ValueWise, et al., (Minn. Dist. Ct. 2011)
    • Schlief v. Nu-Source, Inc., 2011 WL 1560672 (D. Minn. April 25, 2011)
    • Swanson v. State, 2009 WL 671039 (Minn. Ct. App. March 17, 2009)

    Educational Background:

    • Mary Washington College, B.A., Honors: cum laude
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    4600 IDS Center
    Minneapolis, MN 55402

    Phone: 612-256-3277

    Fax: 612-338-4878

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