Gerald T. Laurie

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Employment & Labor Attorney in Minneapolis, MN

Laurie Law & ADR
 | 5901 Cedar Lake Rd South, Minneapolis, MN 55416
Phone: 952-738-9120
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2003 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1967
Practice Areas:
  • Employment & Labor: Employee (60%),
  • Business Litigation (30%),
  • Civil Rights (10%)
Attorney Profile

Attorney Gerald T. Laurie has practiced law for many decades in two firms he founded. Over the years, he has built a reputation as one of the leading attorneys in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area. Today, both individuals and business clients from throughout Minnesota seek his assistance when facing legal challenges that fall under the following practice areas:

• Employment law, including discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination and whistleblowing
• Civil litigation, including professional malpractice, personal injury and negligence
• Business law, including noncompete adherence, breaches of contract and general business litigation

Mr. Laurie began his legal career in 1967 after earning his law degree from the University of Minnesota Law School and his approval to practice law in the state of Minnesota. Since beginning his career, he has focused his efforts on employment law and civil litigation. The Minnesota State Bar Association recognizes him as a dual board-certified Civil Trial Specialist and as a Labor and Employment Law Specialist, one of very few lawyers to have both of these certifications. In 1996, he was elected a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers after a long and distinguished practice in that area.

Over the course of his nearly 50-year legal career, Mr. Laurie's countless courtroom successes have earned him a number of honors and awards. Among the most recent are an AV Preeminent peer review rating* and a Preeminent client review rating, both of which are from Martindale-Hubbell. Additionally, the National Association of Distinguished Counsel lists him as among the Nation's Top One Percent.

When Mr. Laurie is not in the courtroom, he is often found at legal functions. He is an active member of the legal community through membership in a number of organizations, including the Academy of Certified Trial Lawyers of Minnesota, where he has been a member of the board of directors since 2004. He was co-chair of the Commercial Litigation section of the Minnesota Trial Lawyers Association for almost ten years. He has argued a number of high-publicity cases.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Employment & Labor (60%): Employment Law - Employee, Unions, Wage & Hour Laws, Whistleblower, Sexual Harassment, Labor Law

Business Litigation (30%): Trade Secret, Non-Compete Agreements

Civil Rights (10%): Americans with Disabilities Act, Police Misconduct, Race Discrimination, Disability, Discrimination, Native Peoples Law

Focus Areas

Employment Law - Employee, Unions, Wage & Hour Laws, Whistleblower, Sexual Harassment, Labor Law, Trade Secret, Non-Compete Agreements, Americans with Disabilities Act, Police Misconduct, Race Discrimination, Disability, Discrimination, Native Peoples Law


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About Gerald Laurie

Admitted: 1967, Minnesota


  • "Who's Who in American Law," Millennium Edition
  • Minnesota's Top 40 Employment Litigation Super Lawyers
  • Minnesota's Top 40 Labor & Employment Super Lawyers
  • Highest AV rating by the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory
  • Recognized as a Super Lawyer by Minnesota Law and Politics magazine
  • Leading Minnesota Attorney in Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • TOP 40 Employment Super Lawyer as published by Minnesota Law and Politics

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Certified as a Diplomate, Court Practice Institute, August 28, 1976
  • Board Certified by Minnesota State Bar Association as a Civil Trial Specialist. 2004-Present
  • Board Certified by Minnesota State Bar Association as a Labor and Employment Law Specialist

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • The International Society for Labor and Social Security Law
  • Mentor Program, University of St. Thomas, School of Law
  • Hennepin County Bar Association, MTLA Employment Law Section
  • Chairman, Hennepin County Bar Association, Community Relations Committee, 1973- 1974
  • American Bar Association, Section of Labor and Employment Law
  • American Bar Association
  • Hennepin County Bar Association
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Former Member, Part-time Federal Public Defender Panel
  • The Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Employment Rights Section
  • The Association of Trial Lawyers of America for 25 years
  • Formerly on Board of Directors, National Employment Lawyers Association, Minnesota Chapter
  • Member, Board of Governors, Minnesota Trial Lawyers Association, 1981-1988
  • Co-Chairman, Minnesota Trial Lawyers Association, Commercial Litigation Section, 1979-1985
  • Fellow Emeritus, Litigation Counsel of America (LCA)
  • Member, The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, Eighth Circuit Credentials Committee, 2006-2009
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, 1987
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit, 1971
  • U.S. Tax Court, 1970
  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota, 1967
  • Minnesota Bar, 1967

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • "Minnesota Trade Secrets Law - A Litigator's Viewpoint," Minnesota CLE, 1981
  • "Employment and Trade Secret Litigation," Minnesota Continuing Legal Education, 1984 and 1988
  • "Causes of Professional Negligence in the Business and Commercial Practice," Minnesota Trial Lawyers, 1984
  • "Litigating Trade Secret and Non-Compete Cases," Minnesota Trial Lawyers Association, 1985
  • "Wrongful Discharge - The Plaintiff's Case From The Horse's Mouth," Chair, Minnesota CLE Seminar, Minnesota Trial Lawyers Association, 1987
  • "How to Handle the Plaintiff's Employment Case," Minnesota CLE, 1989
  • "Sexual Harassment and Sex Discrimination," Minnesota CLE, 1990
  • "Sexual Harassment for the Defense," Minnesota Institute of Legal Education, 1990
  • "Whistleblower, Retaliation and Reprisal Claims," Minnesota Trial Lawyers - CLE, 1991
  • "The Price is Right - Evaluating Damages in Wrongful Termination Cases," Minnesota Trial Lawyers - CLE, 1991
  • "Whistleblower Law and Other Tort Claims," Minnesota Institute of Legal Education - CLE, 1992
  • "ADA Mock Trial: How Will a Jury Decide on 'Reasonable Accommodation'?", Personnel Law Update Seminar - CLE, 1993
  • "Representing Employees Who Don*t Want to Litigate: Voices of Experience," panel member, Minnesota CLE, 1995
  • "Pleading and Other Strategies to Defeat an Employer's Motion for Summary Judgment," panel member, 22nd Labor and Employment Law Institute, 1995;
  • "How to Handle the Employer's Allegation of a Breach of Covenant Not to Compete," Minnesota Trial Lawyers - CLE - 1996
  • "Negotiating Severance and Separation Packages for Highly-Paid Executives and Managers," National Employment Law Attorneys - 1996
  • "The Do*s and Don*ts of Hiring & Firing," Minnesota Institute of Legal Education, 1996
  • "Getting the Most Out of Settlement: Representing Employees in Litigation," Minnesota Trial Lawyers - CLE - 1996
  • "Client Screening and Intake," Sexual Harassment Seminar, Minnesota Trial Lawyers CLE - 1997
  • "Expert Panel on Depositions," National Employment Law Attorneys - 1997
  • "Firing - Employee Terminations," CLE, 1998
  • "Restrictive Covenants: Attacking the New Servitude" National Employment Law Attorneys - 1999
  • Academy of Certified Trial Lawyers of Minnesota ACTLM CLE, March 14 and 16, 2000, Dominican Republic, "Ethics: LA Law on Trial" and "Age Discrimination"
  • 2/15/01 Lecture on "Winning Final Arguments", Douglas K. Amdahl Inn of Court
  • National Employment Lawyers Association, April 12, 2002, Eighth Circuit Conference, Practicing Employment Law in a Changing World on panel discussing, "Settlement: Getting to a Number and Dealing with the Aftermath"
  • Minnesota Institute of Legal Education seminar on Hiring and Firing, February 7, 2003
  • "Closing Argument, Instructions, Special Verdicts," Panel, Minn. NELA, April 27, 2005; "The Anatomy of a Sexual Harassment Case,"
  • "Covenants Not to Compete in Minnesota - An Enlightened Approach," 49 Hennepin Lawyer 10, 1979
  • "The Assault on the Civil Jury," 4 Minnesota Trial Lawyer, 17, 1979
  • "Trade Secrets Unveiled - Minnesota Enacts the Uniform Trade Secrets Act," Minnesota Trial Lawyer, Vol. 5, No. 9, p. 12, 1980
  • "Non-Compete Agreements: Are They Valid?" Minnesota Business Journal, July, 1983
  • Co-Author, "The Latest Look at Wrongful Termination," Minnesota Trial Lawyer, Vol. 10, No. 2, p. 6, 1985
  • Co-Author, "Negligent Wrongful Termination," Bench & Bar of Minnesota, Vol. 43, No. 1, January, 1986
  • Co-Author, "Hanging Copycats By Jury: A Remedy for *Knock-Offs*," Bench & Bar of Minnesota, Vol. 45, No. 1, January, 1989 and reprinted in Trial Magazine, March, 1990
  • Co-Author, "Court Rules That Employment Discrimination Claims Survive the Claimants Death," Minnesota Trial Lawyers, Spring, 1990
  • Co-Author, "Whistle While You Work, The Law of Whistleblowing in Minnesota," The Hennepin Lawyer, Vol. 61, No. 1, September-October 1991
  • "Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress," 1994 and 1995 Employment Law Handbook
  • "Balancing Business Protection with Freedom to Work: A Review of Noncompete Agreements in Minnesota," William Mitchell Law Review, Vol. 23, No. 1, p. 107 (1997)


  • Sappa v. Strite-Anderson Manufacturing Company, 221 N.W.2d 660 (Minn. 1974)
  • Schug v. Michael, 245 N.W.2d 587 (Minn. 1976)
  • Levin v. C.O.M.B. Co., 469 N.W.2d 512 (Minn. App. 1991)
  • Kottschade v. Lundberg, 160 N.W.2d 135 (Minn. 1968)
  • Eklund v. Vincent Brass and Aluminum Co., 351 N.W.2d 371 (Minn. App. 1984) (a leading case inemployment law establishing several legal theories available for a terminated employee)
  • Devane v. Sears Home Improvement Products, Inc., et al. (Dec 23, 2003 unpublished MinnesotaCourt of Appeals) (substantial sexual harassment verdict upheld)
  • Commissioner of Taxation v. Brun, 174 N.W.2d 120 (Minn. 1970)
  • Cherne Indus., Inc. v. Grounds & Associates, 278 N.W.2d 81 (Minn. 1979) (a leading case in tradesecret law and remedies, cited about 800 times, in cases, secondary authority, briefs, etc.)
  • Bond v. Charlson, 374 N.W.2d 423 (Minn. 1985)
  • Black v. Snyder, 471 N.W.2d 715 (Minn. App. 1991) (a case of first impression permitting aminister to sue the church in civil court for sexual harassment)
  • American National Bank and Trust Co. v. Logan, 176 N.W.2d 91 (Minn. 1970)

Educational Background:

  • University of Minnesota, B.A. in Accounting, Political Science, and Humanities, Cum Laude, 1964
Office Location for Gerald T. Laurie

5901 Cedar Lake Rd South
Minneapolis, MN 55416

Phone: 952-738-9120

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Last Updated: 1/22/2019

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