Mary L. Knoblauch

Mary L. Knoblauch

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Employment Litigation Attorney in Minneapolis, MN

Anthony Ostlund Baer & Louwagie P.A.
 | 3600 Wells Fargo Center, 90 South Seventh Street
Minneapolis, MN 55402
Phone: 612-349-6969
Fax: 612-349-6996
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2003 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1984
Practice Areas:
  • Employment Litigation: Defense (40%),
  • Employment & Labor: Employer (30%),
  • Business Litigation (30%)
Attorney Profile

Mary Knoblauch is a labor and employment and business litigator with more than 25 years of experience of enthusiastically representing her clients dealing with business and employment-related disputes and problems. 

Mary provides service-oriented and practical advice and counsel to clients, as well as zealous experienced representation in court, arbitration and labor settings.  Her clients are from a wide range of industries including medical device, consumer goods, financial services, health care, manufacturing and food processing.  She has a particular emphasis on non-competes, unfair competition, employment contract disputes and employment discrimination.

Mary's experience includes many jury and bench trials, and arbitrations, as well as appeals and motion practice.  In complex business disputes, Mary effectively manages and conducts multi-party and multi-state discovery.  At every turn, Mary works closely with and strategizes with her client to reach their desired outcome.

She also counsels employers on a full range of employment and labor law issues including wage and hour compliance, leave laws, drug testing, development of employee handbooks and personnel policies, legal developments under the National Labor Relations Act, and situations involving the discipline and discharge of an employee.

About Mary Knoblauch

Admitted: 1984, Minnesota

Professional Webpage:


  • Peer Reviewed as "AV® Preeminent™ 5.0" (highest possible rating), Martindale Hubbell

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Member, MSBA Civil Litigation Section Council   
  • Former Member, Federal Practice Committee of the U.S. States District Court, District of Minnesota   
  • Member and Former Chapter President, Minnesota Chapter of the Federal Bar Association   
  • Member and Former Vice-President for the Eighth Circuit, Federal Bar Association
  • Member, Minnesota Management Attorneys Association   
  • Member, American Bar Association, Developing Labor Law Committee
  • Contributing Editor, The Developing Labor Law: The Board, the Courts and the National Labor Relations Act
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation  
  • Member, Minnesota Women Lawyers
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Board Member and Former Chair, The Fund for Legal Aid  
  • Member, Lake of the Isles Lutheran Church  
  • Co-Founder, Former Co-Chair and Steering Committee Member, The DFL Lawyers Committee
  • Fourth District Member, Minnesota Commission on Judicial Selection
  • Received 2013 Best Alley Garden Award from Metro Blooms  Read More.   

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:


  • Confidential AAA Arbitration Pursued significant accounting malpractice claims against a Big Four accounting firm on behalf of a group of individual clients. After months of discovery and a two-week arbitration hearing, Anthony Ostlund was able to negotiate a settlement for its clients.
  • Successfully Prevented a Former Executive of Mayo Medical Laboratories From Working for a Competitor Obtained a temporary restraining order for Mayo Clinic and Mayo Medical Laboratories (MML) preventing a former physician/executive from working for a competitor of MML. The case later settled when the former executive agreed not to work for MML’s largest competitors for two years, and returned all confidential information. The former executive also made a significant payment toward the litigation expenses Mayo had incurred.  
  • Misappropriation and Breach of Fiduciary Duty DefenseSuccessfully represented a medical device company and several of its sales representative employees against claims of misappropriation of confidential information and trade secrets, breach of fiduciary duty and tortious interference.
  • Asset Manager DefenseDefended asset managers against claims of “corporate raiding,” misappropriation of trade secrets, and violation of Lanham Act.
  • Enforcing Non-Compete and Confidentiality AgreementsRepresented a manufacturing company in lawsuit against former employee for breach of non-compete and confidentiality agreement and successfully received a temporary restraining order and temporary injunction prohibiting ongoing violation of non-compete agreement and further misappropriation of trade secrets and confidential information and a favorable monetary judgment following trial.
  • ESOP LitigationSuccessfully represented the trustee of an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (“ESOP”) and the ESOP-owned company in federal district court asserting claims against a former officer and former shareholders and directors of the company that arose out of the defendants’ sale of company stock to the ESOP and the company.
  • Antitrust DefenseDefended a large U.S. medical equipment rental company against claims of antitrust and tortious interference in federal district court in Texas and successfully settled the case after favorable discoverable and pretrial motions.
  • Defended Bank Against Former EmployeeObtained summary judgment for publicly-traded national bank against former employee’s claims of violation of the Minnesota Whistleblower statute, a violation of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act ("ERISA"), and a violation of Minnesota’s wage statute.
  • Disability Discrimination DefenseObtained summary judgment for employer in federal district court on former employee’s claim of disability discrimination.
  • Racial Discrimination and Harassment DefenseObtained summary judgment for employer and individual supervisor on employee’s claims of racial discrimination, racial and sexual harassment, aiding and abetting by supervisor, reprisal and retaliation, defamation, and negligent retention and supervision.
  • Family and Medical Leave ActAppeared on behalf of employer in one of the first Eighth Circuit appeals involving a claim under the Family and Medical Leave Act.
  • General Employer DefenseNumerous successful defenses of employers in various settings: state court, federal court, arbitration, grievance proceedings and administrative proceedings. Advice and counsel to clients daily in need of practical approaches to working through workplace issues and disputes.
  • Asylum SuccessSuccessfully represented an Ethiopian woman seeking asylum in the United States.

Educational Background:

  • J.D., cum laude, University of Minnesota Law School
  • B.A. Economics, summa cum laude, College of St. Benedict
Office Location for Mary L. Knoblauch

3600 Wells Fargo Center
90 South Seventh Street
Minneapolis, MN 55402

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Last Updated: 1/29/2019

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