James H. Kaster

James H. Kaster

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Employment Litigation Attorney in Minneapolis, MN

Nichols Kaster, PLLP
 | 80 S 8th St, Suite 4700
Minneapolis, MN 55402
Phone: 612-256-3202
Fax: 612-338-4878
Selected To Super Lawyers: 1994, 1996 - 2021
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.


    MSBA Board Certified SpecialistsNational Board of Trial Advocacy

    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
    • President of the National Employment Lawyers Association
    • 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:

    • United States Supreme Court
    • California Supreme Court
    • Minnesota Supreme Court
    • Wisconsin Supreme Court
    • 1st Circuit Court of Appeals
    • 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals
    • 5th Circuit Court of Appeals
    • 7th Circuit Court of Appeals
    • 8th Circuit Court of Appeals
    • 9th Cirucit Court of Appeals
    • U.S. District Court – Central District of California
    • U.S. District Court – Eastern District of California
    • U.S. District Court – Northern District of California
    • U.S. District Court – Southern District of California
    • U.S. District Court - District of Colorado
    • U.S. District Court – Eastern District of Wisconsin
    • U.S. District Court – Western District of Wisconsin
    • Hennepin County State Bar Association Member
    • Minnesota State Bar Association Member
    • Academy of Certified Trial Lawyers Association Member
    • Wisconsin State Bar Association Member
    • California State Bar Association Member
    • Law and Leading Attorneys Members
    • American College of Trial Lawyers Member
    • College of Labor and Employment Lawyers Member
    • Minnesota National Employment Lawyers Association Member
    • Minnesota Trial Lawyers Association, Board of Governors and Executive Committee Member

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Co-Presenter, “Learn Important Lessons Watching These Mock Trials” 2018 Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute, May 2018
    • Co-Presenter “Federal Rail Safety Act,” Academy of Rail Labor Attorneys, May 2016.
    • Co-Presenter “Incorporating Deposition Testimony Into a Winning Trial Strategy,” National Employment Lawyers Association webinar, November 2016
    • Co-Presenter “Learn by Watching These Mock Juries – See How They Decide Cases,” Solo & Small Firms 2016 Conference, Minnesota Continuing Legal Education, August 2016.
    • Co-Presenter “The Key Discovery Battles in Employment Law Litigation,” National Employment Lawyers Association, June 2016.
    • Co-Presenter “Watch and Learn from New Mock Trials and the Jury Reactions,” 2016 Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute, May 2016.
    • Co-Presenter “Compensatory Damages in Employment Law Cases – the Legal Backdrop and Practice Strategies,” 2016 Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute, May 2016.
    • Co-Presenter “Enhanced Damages (Punitive and Liquidated) in Employment Law Litigation,” 2016 Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute, May 2016.
    • "Federal Whistleblower Claims and Litigation – Protections for Workers and Defenses for Employers," Moderator, 2015 Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute, May 2015.
    • Co-Presenter “Litigating Employment Claims: Strategies From Both Sides of the Aisle,” NBI, Inc., November 2015.
    • Trial Boot Camp Presenter and Trial Team Leader, "Opening Statements: Setting the Stage for Your Client’s Story,” National Employment Lawyers Association Trial Boot Camp, October 2015.
    • “Trial Strategies,” Nebraska NELA Employment Law Conference, September 2015.
    • "Lessons Learned in 38 Years of Plaintiff Practice – a One-on-One With Mike Fox," 2015 Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute, May 2015.
    • "The Key Discovery Battles in Today’s Employment Law Litigation – Where the Rubber Meets the Road," Moderator, 2015 Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute, May 2015.
    • "Mock Trials – Watch and Learn From Actual Mock Trials and Jury Reactions", Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute, 2014
    • "Doing Well by Doing Good: Fulfilling the Promise of the FLSA", NELA Conference, March 2013
    • "It Isn’t Just About Title VII: Retaliation Claims Under Other Federal Statutes", NELA Conference, October 2013
    • "Lessons Learned from Mock Trials", NELA Conference, June 2013
    • "The Lessons of Mock Trials", Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute, 2013
    • 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
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    Office Location for James H. Kaster

    80 S 8th St
    Suite 4700
    Minneapolis, MN 55402

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