Matthew A. Frank

Matthew A. Frank

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Employment Litigation Attorney in Minneapolis, MN

Nichols Kaster, PLLP
 | 4600 IDS Center, 80 South Eighth Street
Minneapolis, MN 55402
Phone: 612-256-3220
Fax: 612-338-4878
Selected To Rising Stars: 2019 - 2020
Licensed Since: 2013
Practice Areas:
  • Employment Litigation: Plaintiff (90%),
  • Civil Rights (10%)
    Attorney Profile

    Matthew Alan Frank is a trial lawyer. Fighting for the Little Guy (or Gal) is Matt’s mission. In the long run, this mission means working hard to shape the law to better protect the civil rights of vulnerable individuals from the whims of prejudice and power that too often pervade our workplaces. In the short run, Matt’s mission is to seek justice on behalf of his clients. He cares about and comforts them, listens to their stories, and works hard to make sure their voices are heard.

    Matt pursues his mission with zeal as a member of the firm’s individual practice group. He represents people who are suffering the indignities of discrimination, retaliation, or harassment. Often they’ve been wrongfully terminated because of who they are: their race, sex, pregnancy, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, or another protected identity like marital or familial status. Other times they’ve been wrongfully terminated because of their courage to do the right thing: whether blowing the whistle on illegal activity; opposing discrimination, retaliation, or harassment; or otherwise exercising their workplace rights. At all stages of representation—whether early settlement negotiations, motion practice, trial, or appeal—Matt has a track record of success on behalf of his clients.

    Matt went to the University of Michigan Law School where he graduated with honors and was a Clarence Darrow Scholar. During law school, he vindicated the rights of vulnerable clients in a variety of legal settings, including: the Michigan Law School Human Trafficking Clinic; the Washtenaw County Public Defender’s Office; the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC); and the Michigan Unemployment Insurance Project (MiUI). At graduation, Matt received the law school’s Robert S. Feldman Award for outstanding work in labor and employment law. Following law school, Matt clerked for the Honorable Susan N. Burke in Hennepin County District Court.

    In a former life, he spent several years teaching and pursuing a Ph.D. in moral and political philosophy at the University of Minnesota. Matt grew up dreaming of social justice and Olympic glory in Aberdeen, South Dakota. He still dreams of both.

    About Matthew Frank

    Admitted: 2013, Minnesota

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    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • President, Minnesota NELA, 2018 to Present
    • Minnesota State Bar Association
    • Hennepin County Bar Association
    • Fellow, American Bar Foundation
    • National Employment Lawyers Association Member
    • American Association for Justice
    • Federal Bar Association
    • U.S. District Court - District of North Dakota
    • U.S. District Court - District of Minnesota
    • Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals
    • Minnesota Supreme Court

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Moderator, “How #MeToo Is Impacting Employment Law Today,” MSBA, October 2018
    • Moderator, “Settlement Agreements,” Minnesota NELA, October 2017
    • Panelist, “Friedlander: The Canary Does, In Fact, Sing Again,” HCBA, Labor and Employment Section, November 2017
    • Co-Author, “Public Employees’ Right to First Amendment Free Speech,” Hennepin Lawyer, July-August 2017
    • Panelist, “Lawyers as Employers: Employment Law Primer for Solos & Small Firms,” Minnesota State Bar Association Solo/Small Firm Section, February 2016
    • Author, “Protecting Veterans in the Workplace,” Hennepin Lawyer Magazine, July/August 2016
    • Panelist, “Adverse Actions after Burlington v. White,” Minnesota NELA, March 2016

    Educational Background:

    • B.A. University of Colorado, Boulder (2002), summa cum laude
    • J.D. University of Michigan Law School (2013), cum laude
    • M.A.; Ph.D. (ABD) in philosophy at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
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    Office Location for Matthew A. Frank

    4600 IDS Center
    80 South Eighth Street
    Minneapolis, MN 55402

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    Last Updated: 4/9/2020

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