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John A. Klassen

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Top Rated Employment Litigation Attorney in Minneapolis, MN

John A. Klassen, P.A.
310 Fourth Avenue South, Suite 5010
Minneapolis, MN 55415
Phone: 612-470-9965
Fax: 612-204-4534
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2003 - 2022
Selected to Rising Stars: 2001 - 2002
Licensed in Minnesota Since: 1994
Practice Areas: Employment Litigation: Plaintiff, Civil Rights, Employment & Labor: Employee
Attorney Profile

Focusing his practice on employment and civil rights law matters, John A. Klassen is the founder of his eponymous law firm. Based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, he provides representation to clients throughout the state. Admitted to practice in Minnesota since 1994, Mr. Klassen is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit.

In his employment law practice, Mr. Klassen furnishes advice and counsel to current, former and prospective employees in a variety of matters. Many of his cases have involved claims of discrimination that are prohibited by several federal laws, including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act. Mr. Klassen has also represented victims of workplace sexual harassment and wage and hour violations, and he has worked with whistleblowers as well as with people who have been wrongfully terminated or who have been retaliated against in other ways. He also reviews noncompete and severance agreements, and he has handled employment contract disputes. Mr. Klassen received widespread press coverage when he prevailed in trials in 2006 and 2007 that involved sexual harassment and retaliation on the part of the Minneapolis Fire Department and its fire chief.

Mr. Klassen's civil rights practice has involved his representation of victims of police misconduct in cases involving unlawful strip searches, false arrest, unjustified shootings, illegal searches and seizures, and excessive force. His successful track record in all of his professional endeavors has earned him an "Excellent" peer-review rating through Avvo. After receiving a Bachelor of Laws from what was then known as the University of British Columbia Faculty of Law, he enrolled at Seattle University School of Law, and he was awarded his Juris Doctor in 1993.

Practice Areas
  • 60%Employment Litigation: Plaintiff
  • 20%Civil Rights
  • 20%Employment & Labor: Employee
Focus Areas

Employment Discrimination, Wrongful Termination, Retaliation, Americans with Disabilities Act, Police Misconduct, Race Discrimination, Discrimination, Employment Law - Employee, Wage & Hour Laws, Whistleblower, Sexual Harassment


20 Years Super Lawyers
2 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2003 - 2022
  • Rising Stars: 2001 - 2002

Certificates and Credentials

About John A. Klassen

First Admitted: 1994, Minnesota

Professional Webpage:

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Hennepin County Bar Association, Member
  • U.S. District Court District of Minnesota, 1994
  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Member
  • Minnesota, 1994
  • Member, National Employment Lawyers Association, 1999 - 2019
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit, 1997

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Sigma Alpha Epsilon


  • Who's Who of Minnesota Employment Law, 2005
  • Minnesota Super Lawyer, 2003 - 2014
  • I have been nominated as a Super Lawyer every year since 2003 for my work as an employment lawyer., Super Lawyer
  • Who's Who of Minnesota Employment Law 2007 (Top 40)
  • Who's Who of Minnesota Employment Law, 2002
  • Who's Who of Minnesota Employment Law, 2006
  • Minnesota Rising Star in Employment Law, 2001

Representative Clients

  • Predzik v. Shelter Corporation, Inc., Slip Copy, 2006 WL 2794368, 12 Wage & Hour Cas. 2d (BNA) 13, D.Minn., (JRT/FLN) Sept. 27, (2006)
  • Stanina v. Blandin Paper Co., 2006 WL 2069203, D.Minn., (JRT/FLN) July 26, (2006)
  • Jensen v. AstraZeneca, LP, 2004 WL 2066837, D.Minn., (JRT/FLN), (2004)
  • Modtland v. Mills Fleet Farm, Inc., 2004 WL 2730100, D.Minn., (PAM/RLE) Nov. 28, (2004)

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Race, Color and National Origin Discrimination, Employment Law Handbook, Minnesota Trial Lawyers Association, February, 2002
  • Human Resources Class, University of St. Thomas MBA Program
  • Employment Law Clinic, University of Minnesota
  • Defamation in Discipline and Discharge, Minnesota Trial Lawyers Magazine, Spring, 2003
  • Discovery Issues in Employment Litigation, Minnesota Trial Lawyers Magazine, Fall, 2003
  • The Duty of Loyalty - What Employees Owe to Their Employers, Minnesota Trial Lawyers Magazine, Summer, 2004
  • The Accidental Federal Court Litigator, Minnesota Trial Lawyers Magazine, Fall, 2004
  • Sexual Harassment Cases After Duncan v. GMC, Minnesota Trial Lawyers Magazine, Spring, 2005
  • Public Employee Protections Against Retaliation for Free Speech - The Right to Speak About Matters of Public Concern, Minnesota Trial Lawyers Magazine, Spring, 2006
  • Negotiating and Drafting Severance Agreements, Minnesota Trial Lawyers Magazine, Winter, 2006
  • Statute of Limitations Issues in Hostile Work Environment Cases, Minnesota Trial Lawyers Magazine, Winter, 2007
  • Cutting Edge Topic in Sexual and Racial Harassment, Hennepin County Bar Assoc., 2006 - 2007
  • Settlement Agreements in Employment Law Cases, Minnesota Trial Lawyers Assoc., 2005 - Present

Educational Background

  • University of British Columbia, Faculty of Law, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, LL.B., 1992, 1992
  • University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, International Relations, Member of the Honors Division


  • Settled claims of age discrimination on behalf of a banking executive in the amount of $880,000.  , 2011
  • Settled claims against a foster parent for sexual abuse of a minor foster child in the home in the amount of $150,000., 2015
  • Settled a sexual harassment case on behalf of a female employee in the amount of $1,000,000, which is one of the highest single plaintiff settlements for sex harassment in Minnesota history.  , 2007
  • Settled claims involving the sexual abuse of a female vulnerable adult with cognitive disabilities who was assaulted by her licensed male care provider, in the amount of $250,000., 2017
  • Settled a physical abuse, assault and sexual harassment case on behalf of a male employee in the amount of $550,000., 2014
  • Settled a sexual harassment claim on behalf of a female investment banking employee in the amount of $325,000., 2017
  • Settled a multiplaintiff race discrimination case against the City of Minneapolis Police Department on behalf of five high ranking black officers in the amount of $850,000.  , 2009
  • False Claims Act whistleblower settlement against Target Pharmacy in the amount of $3,000,000., 2018
  • Jury trial verdict in retaliation claim against Minneapolis Fire Department, including attorneys' fees settlement in the amount of $590,000. The jury awarded our client $300,000 in punitive damages against the City of Minneapolis and its former fire chief for a retaliatory demotion of our client in violation of the 1st Amendment., 2012
  • False Claims Act settlement against Walmart Pharmacy in the amount of $875,000.  , 2018

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • MSBA Certified Labor & Employment Law Specialist, 2014

Other Outstanding Achievements

  • Awarded the Karla Wahl Dedicated Advocacy Award by the Minnesota National Employment Lawyers Association for my legal work on behalf of employees., 2018
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Office Location for John A. Klassen

310 Fourth Avenue South
Suite 5010
Minneapolis, MN 55415

Phone: 612-470-9965

Fax: 612-204-4534

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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