James H. Kaster

James H. Kaster

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Employment Litigation Attorney in Minneapolis, MN

Nichols Kaster, PLLP
 | 4600 IDS Center, 80 South Eighth Street
Minneapolis, MN 55402
Phone: 612-256-3202
Fax: 612-338-4878
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2003 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1980
Practice Areas:
  • Employment Litigation: Plaintiff (90%),
  • Class Action/Mass Torts: Plaintiff (10%)
Attorney Profile

James H. Kaster has been widely recognized by the legal community for his abilities as both a trial lawyer and an employment lawyer. He was ranked by Chambers USA as number one among plaintiff’s employment lawyers in the state of Minnesota. He has also been named to the Super Lawyers list in Minnesota year after year and was selected as one of the Top 100 Lawyers in the state by the Minnesota Journal of Law and Politics.

Jim was also selected as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, the premier professional trial organization in America whose membership is limited to 1% of the trial lawyers in any state or province. Finally, he was selected to be a Fellow in the prestigious National College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, an organization with an exclusive membership of leading labor and employment lawyers nationwide.

 Jim is an eloquent and persuasive speaker with the unique ability to present his arguments in a manner that is easily understood by juries and judges. He has tried well over 100 cases to verdict or decision, including representing Kevin Kasten in the successful U.S. Supreme Court case, Kasten v. Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics Corporation, which set a new standard for retaliation under the Fair Labor Standards Act. His success in the courtroom includes earning many million dollar and multi-million dollar recoveries. He has also lectured frequently in front of local, state, and national organizations on damage recovery and trial skills, as well as many other legal topics.

 Jim has been involved in a wide variety of individual and class action cases. His remarkable combination of skills as a trial lawyer gives him a unique edge in effectively representing individuals and groups of employees.


Certificates and Credentials

MSBA Board Certified Specialists

About James Kaster

Admitted: 1980, Minnesota

Professional Webpage: http://www.nka.com/lawyer/james-h-kaster/


  • Named to the “Who’s Who in Employment Law” list, Minnesota Law and Politics
  • Named to “The Best Lawyers in America” list
  • Named Lawyer of the Year 2011 in Labor & Employment Law Best Lawyers in America®
  • Named to the “Top Lawyer” list, Mpls./St. Paul Magazine
  • A.V. Rating, Martindale Hubbell
  • Named to the “Top 40 Employment Law Lawyers” list

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Certified Civil Trial Specialist

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Hennepin County State Bar Association Member
  • Minnesota State Bar Association Member
  • Academy of Certified Trial Lawyers Association Member
  • U.S. District Court – Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court – Central District of California
  • Wisconsin Supreme Court
  • United States Supreme Court
  • Wisconsin State Bar Association Member
  • California State Bar Association Member
  • Law and Leading Attorneys Members
  • American College of Trial Lawyers Member
  • U.S. District Court – Eastern District of California
  • 7th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • California Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court – Western District of Wisconsin
  • College of Labor and Employment Lawyers Member
  • Minnesota National Employment Lawyers Association Member
  • Minnesota Trial Lawyers Association, Board of Governors and Executive Committee Member
  • U.S. District Court – Northern District of California
  • 8th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Minnesota Supreme Court

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • 2010 New Lawyers Experience Keynote Speaker: Making and Building Your Reputation in the Practice of Law
  • 2010 Upper Midwest ELI: Strategic Case and Trial Planning
  • 2010 NELA Annual Convention: Discovery in a Plaintiff’s Employment Practice
  • 2010 ABA Labor & Employment Law Conference: Perfect Witness—But For the Witness, I Would Have Won The Case
  • 2010 Labor & Employment Law Institute: Cutting-Edge and Re-emerging Disparate Impact Issues
  • 2011 NELA Conference, Story Telling on Closing Arguments: Proper Use for Logos, Ethos, and Pathos
  • 2011 Upper Midwest ELI, The Prima Facie Case for Retaliation and Whistleblower Claims: Analyzing Case Law Trends Since 2006
  • 2011 MN CLE, Kasten v. Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics Corporation: The New FLSA Retaliation Standard
  • 2011 ACI Conference, Risk Factors for Employers in FLSA Cases
  • 2011 ACI Conference, Wage and Hour Caselaw Primer: Staying Abreast of Current Cases that Have Major Implications on the Litigation Landscape
  • 2011 MN CLE, Putting up with Dukes: Class Action Fights the Remain After Dukes v. Wal-Mart
  • 2011 NELA Conference, Combatting Retaliation and Other Efforts to Chill Participation in Wage & Hour Litigation
  • 2011 Minnesota NELA Presentation, The Nuts and Bolts of Mock Trials
  • Rule 35 Mental Health Evaluation in Sexual Harassment Cases, Minnesota Trial Lawyer, Vol. 31, No. 2, Spring 2006, Author
  • United We Stand: Immigrant Labor and the Law, Minnesota Trial Lawyer, Vol. 31, No. 3, Summer 2006, Co-Author
  • 2013 ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law and Center for Professional Development Webinar, “Whistleblowing and Retaliation: New Claims and Expanding Risk.”
  • 2005 Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute: Advanced Trial Practice—Focus on how the Harassment Case is Won or Lost
  • 2005 Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute: Advanced Trial Practice—Focusing on the Secrets for Winning or Losing at Trial
  • 2006 NELA Spring Seminar, Accommodating Disabilities & Family and Medical Leaves in the Workplace:Setting the Stage and Closing the Deal: Opening & Closing Statements, National Employment Lawyers Association
  • 2006 Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute: Advanced Trial Practice—The Strategic Litigator
  • 2006 Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute: Advanced Trial Practice-Impact Litigation
  • 2006 17th Annual National NELA Convention: Employment Rights Section, Getting and Keeping Punitive Damages, Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • 2007 Upper Midwest ELI: Confessions of a Plaintiffs' Lawyer
  • 2007 Lorman Education Services: Everyday Ethics
  • 2007 NELA Annual Convention: The Discovery Exchange
  • 2007 NELA Annual Convention: A View from the Bench: Trial & Appellate Advocacy
  • 2008 NELA Trial Practice Seminar: Opening Statements
  • 2008 Upper Midwest ELI: Advanced Trial Practice: Plaintiff’s Panel on Winning the Retaliation Case
  • 2008 Upper Midwest ELI: Bringing and Defending Age Discrimination Claims
  • 2008 Labor & Employment Law Institute: Negotiating and Litigating with the EEOC
  • 2009 Upper Midwest ELI: Closing the Deal
  • 2009 Upper Midwest ELI: Planning the Case, Choosing the Theme
Office Location for James H. Kaster

4600 IDS Center
80 South Eighth Street
Minneapolis, MN 55402

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Last Updated: 1/10/2019

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