Howard L. Bolter

Top rated employment litigation attorney in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Bolter Law, LLC
Howard L. Bolter
Bolter Law, LLC

Practice Areas: Employment litigation, Employee benefits, Employment & labor; view more

Licensed in Minnesota since: 1988

Education: William Mitchell College of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2002 - 2022 Selected to Rising Stars: 2001
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Bolter Law, LLC

412 S. 4th Street
Suite 1050
Minneapolis, MN 55415 Visit website


Howard L. Bolter founded of Bolter Law LLC in 2014 after practicing 20 years with his former law firm where he was hired to establish its employment law practice. He brings more than 30 years of experience to each employment law case he handles in Minneapolis, St. Paul and the surrounding areas. His employment law practice now includes coronavirus rights for employees who might be directly affected by the pandemic.

Mr. Bolter is Certified Labor and Employment Law Specialist.  He is a frequent lecturer on employment law topics and has authored chapters in various employment books and edited employment publications.

Mr. Bolter uses his extensive experience tackling both state and federal litigation to protect employees. He has also advised and defended a small number of employers.  In 2001, Mr. Bolter had the very rare privilege of arguing one of his cases before the United States Supreme Court.

Mr. Bolter is active outside of the courtroom and prioritizes giving back to the community. He has established two pro bono programs at the MSBA Labor and Employment Law Section. His work also includes serving as a committee member and of the Labor & Employment Law Specialist Certification from 2009 to 2011. He then served as a board member from 2011 to 2016.  Mr. Bolter is a current board member for Cancer Legal Care and is a past board member for several other non-profit organizations. 

Practice areas

Employment litigation: plaintiff, Employee benefits, Employment & labor: employee

Focus areas

Employment discrimination, Employment law - employee, Whistleblower, Sexual harassment

  • 60% Employment litigation: plaintiff
  • 30% Employee benefits
  • 10% Employment & labor: employee

First Admitted: 1988, Minnesota

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Educational Background:
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison, B.A. Political Science (May 1985)
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Raygor v. University of Minnesota, 534 U.S. 533 (2002) - Successfully petitioned United States Supreme Court to review Minnesota Supreme Court decision on states’ rights. Case argued before United States Supreme Court which clarified application of supplemental jurisdiction to state entity under the 11th Amendment.
  • Engfer v. General Dynamics, 869 NW2d 295 (Minn. 2015) Howard secured a victory in the Minnesota Supreme Court preserving client’s benefits based on first impression argument for ERISA preemption of particular unemployment compensation laws.
  • Bean v. Greater Minnesota Federal Credit Union, 2010 WL 1029581, (Minn. App., March 23, 2010); and McCutchan v. Sylvan Learning Systems, Inc., 2000 WL 272010 (Minn. App., March 14, 2000) - Obtained rare and difficult reversals of unemployment decisions on behalf of two employees.
  • Wayne v. Mastershield, 597 N.W.2d 917 (Minn. App. 1999) - Case of first impression in which Court of Appeals held real property provision of Minnesota Human Rights Act (MHRA) does not protect tenants' guests, and apartment complex is not “public accommodation” within meaning of MHRA.
  • Raygor v. University of Minnesota, 604 N.W.2d 128 (Minn. App. 2000) and Regents of University of Minnesota v. Raygor, 620 N.W.2d 680 (Minn. 2001) - Cases of first impression leading to the United States Supreme Court decision.
  • Avvo Rating Superb 10.0: Top Attorney Sexual Harassment, Discrimination, Employment, Employee Benefits
  • A/V rated by Martindale Hubbell
  • Super Lawyer from 2002-2018
  • Rising Star by Minnesota Law and Politics in 2001
  • Award given for dedicated advocacy on behalf of employees., Karla Wahl Dedicated Advocacy Award, National Employment Lawyers Assoc. MN Chapter, 2002
  • Awarded for outstanding contributions to pro bono service in employment law., Hon. Michael J. Davis Pro Bono Award, Minnesota State Bar Assoc. Labor and Employment Section, 2015
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Volunteer Lawyers Network
  • VOLUNTEER COACHING – Edina coach for baseball, softball and basketball (1999 – 2006)
  • EDINA LACROSSE ASSOCIATION – Board member (2007 – 2009)
  • MSBA HIGH SCHOOL MOCK TRIAL PROGRAM – Judge (2010 – present)
  • Walk In Counseling Center – Board member (May 2009 – 2015); provides free psychological counseling; Development Committee (2012-13); Executive Committee (2013-15)
  • University of St. Thomas Law School mentorship program
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Minnesota 1988
  • Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers Board – Board member (July 2013—present): Current chair elect; executive committee; past secretary; Provides counseling services to the legal community 
  • Labor and Employment Certification Board for the Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Minnesota Board of Legal Certification
  • National and Minnesota Employment Lawyers Association
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Labor and Employment Law Sections of the Hennepin County Bar Association
  • United States Supreme Court
  • 8th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Federal District of Minnesota 1990
  • Member of Governing Council of Minnesota State Bar Association Labor and Employment Section. Past Chair of the Section., 2010
Other Outstanding Achievements:
  • Argued before the United States Supreme Court in Raygor v. Board of Regents of Univ. of MN., 2001
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Certified Labor and Employment Law Specialist by the Minnesota State Bar Association., 2010

Office location for Howard L. Bolter

412 S. 4th Street
Suite 1050
Minneapolis, MN 55415

Phone: 612-294-2630


21 Years Super Lawyers
1 Year Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2002 - 2022
  • Rising Stars: 2001

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