Peter G. Christian

Peter G. Christian

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Employment Litigation Attorney in Minneapolis, MN

Schaefer Halleen, LLC
 | 412 South 4th Street, Suite 1050
Minneapolis, MN 55415
Phone: 612-294-2619
Fax: 612-294-2640
Selected To Rising Stars: 2014 - 2020
Licensed Since: 2011
Practice Areas:
  • Employment Litigation: Plaintiff (60%),
  • Civil Rights (40%)
    Attorney Profile

    Peter Christian is an employment litigator providing high-quality legal representation to individuals in the workplace.  As an advocate who takes pride in representing a wide range of clients - from top level executives to blue collar employees - Peter has secured significant victories for his clients in all areas of employment related litigation, and against some of the biggest corporations in the world.  He is an aggressive and fearless litigator committed to protecting the basic rights of employees. 

    About Peter Christian

    Admitted: 2011, Minnesota

    Professional Webpage:


    • Univeristy of Minnesota Law School Oral Argument Competition, Best Oralist Award, , University of Minnesota Law School, 2009
    • The Robina Public Policy Fellowship is awarded to distinguished advocates committed to representation of traditionally underrepresented populations., Robina Pubic Policy Fellowship, Robina Foundation, 2011

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    • Teaching License, K-8, Arkansas Department of Education

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Minnesota State Bar Association; United States District Court; National Employment Lawyers Association: Minnesota National Employment Lawyers Association

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Keynote Speaker, Teach for America Closing Ceremony, Mississippi Delta.  Presentation entitled, “Go Forth and Set Fire.” 

    Representative Clients:

    • The Client: Successful electrical lineman who left job for a new opportunity. Problem: Former employer actively attempted to prevent client from securing employment with competitors. Approach: Filed lawsuit in state court for tortious interference and blacklisting, and aggressively litigated matter, winning all initial motions Solution: After successfully defeating defendant’s motions to dismiss and to remove matter to federal court, negotiated and secured a substantial monetary settlement for client, including additional contractual agreement by former employer to cease obstructive behavior   , 2013
    • The Client: 63 year old, female Director of large corporation Problem: After over four decades of outstanding performance for corporation, client began to receive sham negative performance reviews and was subjected to ageist comments by younger boss.  Client suspected that leadership was setting her up to fail in order to replace her with someone far younger. Approach: Approached corporation’s in-house counsel directly while client was still employed. Solution: Secured substantial six-figure severance package, including full retirement benefits, allowing client to comfortably transition into retirement.    , 2012
    • The Client: Founder and Principal of charter school Problem: Terminated by School Board after refusing to participate in an illegal operating practice of school. Approach: Drafted detailed and powerful demand letter and engaged in mediation Solution: Secured a significant six-figure settlement at mediation., 2012
    • The Client: 57 and 58 years old Truck Driver & Warehouse Manager for a manufacturing corporation.Problem: Terminated after nearly four decades with employer after new leadership took over company and began to instate a younger workforce.  Clients were not offered any severance beyond an insulting one month of health care.  Company claimed that jobs were eliminated but there was evidence to suggest their job duties were taken on by new younger hires.Approach: Strategically approached company pre-litigationSolution: Negotiated and quickly secured substantial settlement, thereby allowing one client to transition into retirement and allowing the other to conduct a comprehensive and ultimately successful search for a new position without the pressure of having to accept the first thing that came his way.    , 2012
    • The Client: Deaf female analyst Problem: After years of outstanding performance, client was transferred to a different branch/location.  However, her new management was hostile to her due to client’s need for significant accommodations, such as an ASL interpreter and a Cap-Tel phone.  The new management ultimately refused to implement the same accommodations client had previously received, making it impossible for client to perform job effectively.  Client sought to return to her old position, but was rebuffed. Approach: Pre-litigation negotiation – drafted lawsuit but gave employer the opportunity to come to table before filing. Solution: Negotiation resulting in offer by employer to return to old position, which client ultimately turned down in favor of a substantial severance package which allowed her to transition to a more trustworthy employer.  , 2013

    Other Outstanding Achievements:

    • Kenneth Conrad v. Northern States Power Company d/b/a Xcel Energy and Xcel Energy Services, Inc., Civil File No.: 0:12-cv-02819-PJS-FLN (defeated partial Rule 12 dismissal motion and motion to remand) , 2013
    • Through appeal, secured unlikely reversal of insurance company's denial of long term disability benefits to long-time analyst of large corporation who had been diagnosed with PTSD and an anxiety disorder, resulting in tens of thousands of dollars in back pay and future benefits for client., 2013

    Educational Background:

    • Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI, Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Communication Studies, Magna Cum Laude, 2006; Honors:Commencement Ceremony Speaker, Student Government Senator, 2006
    • University of Minnesota Law School, Minneapolis, MN, Juris Doctor, May 2011  Honors: Best Oralist, 2009 Legal Writing Program Oral Arguments Dean’s List (“A” average), 2010-2011 Robina Fellowship Recipient; Journal of Law and Inequality, Articles Editor, 2011

    Industry Groups

    • National Employment Lawyers Association; Minnesota State Bar Association
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    Office Location for Peter G. Christian

    412 South 4th Street
    Suite 1050
    Minneapolis, MN 55415

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    Last Updated: 7/24/2020

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