Paul J. Lukas

Paul J. Lukas

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Employee Benefits Attorney in Minneapolis, MN

Nichols Kaster, PLLP
 | 4600 IDS Center, 80 South Eighth Street
Minneapolis, MN 55402
Phone: 612-256-3205
Fax: 612-338-4878
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2003 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1991
Practice Areas:
  • Employee Benefits (70%),
  • Consumer Law (20%),
  • Employment Litigation: Plaintiff (10%)
Attorney Profile

 

For more than 25 years, Paul’s aggressive and creative litigation strategies have enabled him to successfully represent his clients. Paul's energy, charisma and fondness for the practice of law, and those who practice it, have made him not only a nationally recognized litigator, but also a popular lecturer on employment and consumer law related issues and civil litigation strategies.  Paul has been recognized by his peers as one of the "The Best Lawyers in America” and is consistently named to the Super Lawyers list. Courageous and persistent, Paul is a committed advocate for employee and consumer rights.

Having tried over fifty cases, Paul is also a trial veteran with proven results. Early in his career, Paul tried a wide variety of criminal cases, including the nationally renowned State v. Porter case. Winning that case at the Minnesota Supreme Court, Paul helped set the standard for prosecutorial misconduct in criminal cases. After honing his trial skills in the criminal arena, Paul focused his practice on employment and wage and hour litigation, obtaining favorable verdicts for employees in overtime and minimum wage, age, race, national origin, sex discrimination, sex harassment, whistleblower, sexual assault, retaliation, and minority shareholder cases.

Starting with the firm as a law clerk during law school, Paul has worked his entire career at Nichols Kaster.  Although his current role is co-leader of Nichols Kaster's ERISA Class Action Litigation Team, Paul is often found working on a wide variety of the firm’s cases.

 

About Paul Lukas

Admitted: 1991, Minnesota

Professional Webpage: http://www.nka.com/lawyer/paul-j-lukas/

Honors/Awards:

  • Received Martindale Hubble, A.V. rating
  • Named one of "The Best lawyers in America", 2018-2019
  • Named to the “Top 40 Employment Law Lawyers” list, Minnesota Law and Politics
  • Named to the “Who’s Who in Employment Law” list, Minnesota Law and Politics
  • Named to the “Top Lawyer” list,  Mpls./St. Paul Magazine

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Minnesota Supreme Court
  • New York Supreme Court
  • United States Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court – District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court – District of Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court – Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court – Western District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court – Western District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court – Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court - North Dakota
  • U.S. District Court – Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court – Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court – Northern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court – Western District of Oklahoma
  • U.S. District Court – Western District of New York
  • U.S. District Court – Western District of Tennessee
  • U.S. District Court – Western District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court – Western District of Wisconsin
  • American Bar Association Member
  • American Association for Justice
  • Federal Labor Standards Legislation Committee Member
  • Minnesota Association for Justice Member
  • Minnesota National Employment Lawyers Association Member
  • Minnesota State Bar Association Member
  • National Association of Consumer Advocates Member
  • National Employment Lawyers Association Member
  • New York State Bar Association Member

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • “Trying a Wage and Hour Case: Strategies and Views from the Jurors’ Eyes.” Panelist, American Bar Association 12th Annual Section of Labor and Employment Law Conference, San Francisco, CA, 2018.
  • "The New Lawyer Experience; Everything But the Kitchen Sink? Conducting Effective and Efficient Written Discovery." Minnesota CLE, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 2018.
  • “Trial Strategies in Wage and Hour Cases,” Speaker, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Philadelphia, PA, 2017.
  • “Five Things That Really Matter in FLSA Litigation,” Speaker, Minnesota CLE, St. Paul, MN, 2017
  • “The Pros and Cons of Arbitration in Employment Cases.” PBI’s 22nd Annual Employment Law Institute, Philadelphia, PA, 2016.
  • “DOL Final Rule on FLSA Exemptions", Speaker, American Bar Association, 2016.
  • "The New Lawyer Experience; Everything But the Kitchen Sink? Conducting Effective and Efficient Written Discovery." Minnesota CLE, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 2016.
  • "New FLSA Overtime Eligibility Rules." Co-Chair and Speaker, Minnesota CLE, Minneapolis, MN, 2016.
  • 2010 Adapting Your Defense Strategies to New and Innovative Wage and Hour Claims. American Conference Institute’s 9th National Forum on Wage & Hour Claims and Class Actions, From the Plaintiffs’ Bar (New York, New York)
  • 2006 Wage and Hour Claims in the Shadow of the New Regulations. eHnnepin County Bar Association (Minneapolis, Minnesota)
  •  Panelist for ”To Arbitrate or Not to Arbitrate? Good Question!” Practicing Law Institute Wage & Hour Litigation and Compliance Challenges 2014 (New York City, New York)
  • 2010 Panelist for View from the Plaintiff’s Bar Adapting Your Litigation Strategies in Light of New and Innovative Claims. American Conference Institute’s 10th Advanced Forum on Wage & Hour Claims and Class Actions (San Francisco, California)
  • 2006 A Starting Point – Helpful FLSA Cases for Plaintiffs’ Lawyers. 8th Circuit NELA Conference (Des Moines, Iowa)
  •  Moderator for ”Judges Panel.“ American Conference Institute’s 20th National Conference on Wage & Hour Claims and Class Actions (Miami, Florida)
  • 2011 Panelist for View from the Plaintiff's Bar: The Newest and Most Innovative Wage Claims Being Brought. American Conference Institute's 11th National Forum on Wage & Hour Claims and Class Actions (Miami, Flordia)
  • 2006 Recent Developments in the Eighth Circuit. Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute (St. Paul, Minnesota)
  •  Panelist for ”Views from The Plaintiff’s Bar: Adapting Your Strategies to New and Innovative Techniques and Tactics.” American Conference Institute’s 20th National Conference on Wage & Hour Claims and Class Actions (Miami, Florida)
  • 2011 The New Lawyer Experience; Everything But the Kitchen Sink? Conducting Effective and Efficient Written Discovery. Minnesota CLE. (Minneapolis, Minnesota)
  • 2006 Developing and Implementing an Effective Discovery Plan. 17th Annual National NELA Convention (San Francisco, California)
  • 2014 “Wage & Hour and EPLI: Assessing How the Market Has Responded to Coverage Needs and Best Practices for Mitigating Exposure to Claims.” American Conference Institute’s 20th National Conference on Employment Practices Liability Insurance (New York City, New York)
  • 2011 Wage and Hour Handbook: Federal and Minnesota. MN CLE, Inc. Co-Editor
  • 2007 Hot Topics in Employment Law & Litigation. Hennepin County Bar Association (Minneapolis, Minnesota)
  • 2014 “The New Lawyer Experience: Conducting Effective and Efficient Written Discovery." Minnesota CLE (Minneapolis, Minnesota)
  • 2011 Panelist for “View from the Plaintiffs’ Bar: Adapting Your Defense Strategies to New and Innovative Wage and Hour Claims. American Conference Institute’s 12th National Forum on Wage & Hour Claims and Class Actions (New York, New York)
  • 2007 Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association, Conducting Effective and Efficient Discovery in Employment Cases (Washington D.C.)
  • 2011 In-Depth FLSA Litigation -- Procedural Battles. Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute. (St. Paul, Minnesota)
  • 2007 Strategy & Tactics, Strategy & Tactics in Employment Litigation – Tentative Steps Toward a Unified Theory. 6th Annual 7th Circuit NELA Conference (Chicago, Illinois)
  • 2011 EPLI Litigation Strategies – Perspective from Plaintiff’s Counsel and Defense Counsel. Employment Practices Liability Insurance Seminar (Minneapolis, Minnesota)
  • 2007 It Isn't Just About Title VII - Retaliation Claims Under the ADEA, FLSA and ERISA. NELA Spring Seminar, (Chicago, Illinois)
  • 2012 Panelist for Wage & Hour and EPLI: Coverage Options and Best Practices for Minimizing Your Exposure to Claims. 17th Annual Conference on Employment Practices Liability Insurance (New York, New York)
  • 2007 From the Plaintiffs’ Bar: What is Coming Down the Pike. American Conference Institute’s 4th National Forum on Wage & Hour Claims and Class Actions (New York, New York)
  • 2012 Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute: “2012 FLSA Case Update – In-Depth; FLSA Off the Clock Litigation – The Hottest Issues in the Hottest Cases.” (Saint Paul, MN)
  • 2007 Cutting Edge Issues in FLSA Litigation. Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute (St. Paul, Minnesota)
  • 2007 The E-Discovery Amendments: What Standards Are Developing? Minnesota Federal District Court Bar Annual Seminar (Minneapolis, Minnesota)
  • 2012 Minnesota CLE’s Wage and Hour Conference: "Common Employer Mistakes in the Wage-Hour Area – A Plaintiffs’ Attorney Perspective." (Minneapolis, MN)
  • 2007 Everything but the Kitchen Sink? Conducting Effective and Efficient Written Discovery. Minnesota State Bar Association Basics of Civil Litigation (Minneapolis, Minnesota)
  • 2012 American Conference Institute’s 15th National Forum on Wage & Hour Claims and Class Actions: Panelist for “Views from the Plaintiffs’ Bar: Adapting Your Defense Strategies to New and Innovative Techniques and Tactics.” (New York, NY)
  • 2007 Representing Workers in Individual and Collective Actions Under the FLSA, Advanced Issues in Collective Actions. National Employment Lawyers Association (New Orleans, Louisiana)
  • 2012 Tennessee Employment Lawyers Association: “Unique Opportunities with the FLSA in the Post-Dukes and Concepcion World.”  (Nashville, TN)
  • 2007 Litigating Wage and Hour Class Cases from A to Z from Class Certification through Appeal. American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
  • 2012 Ohio Association for Justice & Workers’ Injury Law and Advocacy Group Wage and Hour Seminar: “The Counter Intuitive Wage & Hour Trial, Lessons Learned in 2011.” (Cleveland, OH)
  • 2008 The New Lawyer Experience. Minnesota State Bar Association (Minneapolis, Minnesota)
  • 2012 National Employment Lawyers Association Annual Convention: “The Whistleblower Laws You Need to Know.” (San Diego, CA)
  • 2008 An Employment Case from Soup to Nuts, Discovery: How to Achieve Constant Pounding. 7th Annual 7th Circuit NELA Conference (Chicago, Illinois)
  • 2012 Minnesota Association for Justice Annual Meeting: "Expanding Your Practice: The Big Employment Cases You Don't Even Know You Have." (Alexandria, MN)
  • 2008 Panelist for The View from the Plaintiffs’ Bar Current and Future Targets of Wage & Hour Claims. 6th Annual National Forum on Wage & Hour Litigation (Miami, Florida)
  • 2012 Illinois Employment Lawyers Association: "Using Dukes and Concepcion to Your Advantage in Wage and Hour Cases." (Chicago, IL)
  • 2012 Maine Employment Lawyers Association: "Fair Labor Standards Act Cases: Overview and Best Practices." (Wayne, ME)
  • 2008 Panelist for Advanced Trial Practice, Plaintiff's Panel for Winning FLSA Cases. Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute (St. Paul, Minnesota)
  • 2012 William Mitchell College of Law Hachey Initiative Face Time Speaker (Saint Paul, MN)
  • 2008 Turning the Table on Defendants in FLSA Cases. National Employment Lawyers Association, Annual Conference (Atlanta, Georgia)
  • 2012 Minnesota Employment Lawyers Association: “Wage and Hour Opportunities in the Post-Dukes and Concepcion World.” (Minneapolis, MN)
  • 2008 Everything You Wanted to Know About Discovery But Were Afraid to Ask. Indiana NELA (Indianapolis, Indiana)
  • 2012 Strafford Publication Webinar: “Effective Discovery Strategies in Class Action Litigation:  Leveraging Trends and Best Practices for Depositions, Expert Witnesses and E-Discovery.” 
  • 2008 American Conference Institute's 6th National Forum on Wage & Hour Claims and Class Actions (San Francisco, California)
  • 2013 American Conference Institute’s 17th National Forum on Wage & Hour Claims and Class Actions: Panelist for “View From the Plaintiffs’ Bar: Adapting Your Defense Strategies to New and Innovative Techniques and Tactics.” (Miami, FL)
  • 2008 Critical Employment Issues in Difficult Times. Minnesota CLE (Minneapolis, Minnesota )
  • 2003 A Plaintiff Lawyer’s Perspective of the FLSA. Minnesota State Bar Association (Minneapolis, Minnesota)
  • 2013 Panelist for " Best Practices for Reclassifying Employees" and "Hot Topics in Wage and Hour". Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s 3rd Annual Wage & Hour Symposium (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 2009 The New Lawyer Experience; Everything But the Kitchen Sink? Conducting Effective and Efficient Written Discovery. Minnesota CLE (Minneapolis, Minnesota)
  • 2003 ADA/FMLA Tough Issues – The ADA and Undue Hardship. Minnesota State Bar Association (Minneapolis, Minnesota)
  • 2013   American Conference Institute’s 18th Annual Conference on Employment Practices Liability Insurance: Panelist for “The Evolution of Wage and Hour and EPLI: Offering and Obtaining Coverage for and Reducing Exposure to Wage and Hour Claims.” (New York, NY)
  • 2009 American Conference Institute's 7th National Forum on Wage & Hour Claims and Class Actions (New York, New York)
  • 2003 Workers’ Compensation Meets Employment Law. Lorman Institute Seminar (St. Paul, Minnesota)
  • 2013 Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association’s 2013 Annual Conference: Panelist for “Tried and True Effective Deposition Techniques.” (Washington, D.C)
  • 2009 FLSA Update- In-Depth. Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute (St. Paul, Minnesota)
  • 2004 Welcome to the New Mud Puddle – How the New Regulations Impact FLSA Litigation. Minnesota State Bar Association (Minneapolis, Minnesota)
  • 2013 Practicing Law Institute’s Managing Wage and Hour Risks Conference: Panelist for “To Arbitrate or Not to Arbitrate? Good Question!” (New York, NY)
  • 2009 Advanced Civil Litigation Institute: Winning Before Trial; Secrets of Case-Changing Depositions. Minnesota CLE (Minneapolis, Minnesota)
  • 2004 The Ultimate Arbitration Update. ABA Annual Meeting ( San Francisco, California)
  • 2013  National Employment Lawyers Association’s Preventing Wage Theft:  A Two-Day Guide to Litigating Cases Involving Wage: Panelist for “Trying Wage & Hour Class and Collective Actions.” (Chicago, IL)
  • 2009 Critical Employment Issues in Difficult Times. Minnesota CLE (Minneapolis, Minnesota)
  • 2004 Recent Developments in the FLSA. Hennepin County Bar Association (Minneapolis, Minnesota)
  • 2013 Association for Justice - Trial Tactics & Advanced Wage & Hour Conference: “Using Arbitration Agreements to Your Tactical Advantage.” (Steamboat Springs, CO)
  • 2009 FLSA Update. Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute (Minneapolis, Minnesota)
  • 2004 Plaintiff Counsels’ Love/Hate Relationship with the FLSA. Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute (St. Paul, Minnesota)
  • 2013 Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute: Panelist for “2013 FLSA Case Update,” and “Trying the FLSA Case.” Moderator for “FLSA – Conditional Certification and Judicial Notice.” (Saint Paul, MN)
  • 2010 The New Lawyer Experience: Everything But the Kitchen Sink? Conducting Effective and Efficient Written Discovery. Minnesota CLE (Minneapolis, Minnesota)
  • 2010 Panelist for Spotting and Preventing FLSA Landmines Before They Explode. Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute (St. Paul, Minnesota)
  • 2005 8th Circuit and Federal District Court Updates. Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute (St. Paul, Minnesota)
  • 2014 Panelist for “Views from The Plaintiff's Bar.” ACI 21st National Conference on Wage & Hour Claims and Class Actions (New York, New York)
  • 2010 The Hottest Issues in the Hottest Cases. Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute: Panelist for FLSA Litigation (St. Paul, Minnesota)
  • 2005 Efficient Discovery in Employment Cases. 16th Annual National NELA Convention (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
  • Panelist for ”Wage and Hour Litigation.” Maine State Bar Association, 13th Annual Employment Law Update (Freeport, Maine)
  • 2010 Panelist for 2010 FLSA Update – In-Depth. Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute (St. Paul, Minnesota)
  • 2006 Why Let Them Up For Air? NELA Mid-Year (San Diego, California)
  • Panelist for ”Class Communications and Settlement that Judges Will Tolerate.” ABA, Section of Labor and Employment Law, Federal Labor Standards Legislation Committee (Miami, Florida)
Office Location for Paul J. Lukas

4600 IDS Center
80 South Eighth Street
Minneapolis, MN 55402

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Last Updated: 3/12/2019

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