Sheila Engelmeier

Top rated Employment & Labor attorney in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Engelmeier & Umanah, P.A.
Sheila Engelmeier
Engelmeier & Umanah, P.A.

Practice Areas: Employment & Labor, Alternative Dispute Resolution; view more

Licensed in Minnesota since: 1986

Education: University of Minnesota Law School

Selected to Super Lawyers: 1999 - 2005, 2014 - 2024

Engelmeier & Umanah, P.A.

121 S 8th St
Suite 1300
Minneapolis, MN 55402 Visit website


Focusing her practice exclusively on labor and employment law matters, Sheila Engelmeier is an attorney at Engelmeier & Umanah PA. From the firm's office in Minneapolis, Minnesota, she provides representation to clients throughout the state. Ms. Engelmeier has been admitted to practice in Minnesota since 1986, and she has been certified as a specialist in labor and employment law by the Minnesota State Bar Association.

The primary portion of Ms. Engelmeier's practice consists of her furnishing advice and counsel to companies on a variety of legal issues. The cases that she has handled have included allegations of discrimination that is prohibited by various state and federal laws, including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Americans with Disabilities Act, among others. Her experience has also including claims of sexual harassment as well as wrongful termination and other acts of retaliation. In addition to her prowess in the courtroom, Ms. Engelmeier also is a trained mediator, and this allows her to often help her clients reach an accord on some of these matters without having to resort to litigation.

Ms. Engelmeier regularly conducts training programs for management on risk avoidance, disabled employees, diversity in the workplace, and termination strategies. Her litigation experience has also encompassed employment agreement disputes, trade secrets, noncompete agreements, and employee theft. Ms. Engelmeier's clients also include executives, and she helps to negotiate employment, compensation, and termination agreements on their behalf.

Ms. Engelmeier has written numerous articles on topics related to her practice areas. As an undergraduate, she majored in political science and Middle Eastern studies at Hamline University and received a Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude. Her legal education was obtained at the University of Minnesota Law School, and she was awarded her Juris Doctor in 1986.

Practice areas

Employment & Labor: Employee, Alternative Dispute Resolution

Focus areas

Arbitration, Employment Law - Employee, Labor Law, Mediation, Sexual Harassment, Unions, Wage & Hour Laws, Whistleblower

  • 70% Employment & Labor: Employee
  • 30% Alternative Dispute Resolution

First Admitted: 1986, Minnesota

Professional Webpage:

  • Top 40 Employment Super Lawyer
  • Selected by the Business Journal as a "Woman to Watch" in the Twin Cities' business community
  • Top 100 Super Lawyer by Minnesota Law & Politics
  • Top 50 Woman Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyer
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Presenter, Changing Culture of Business: Workplace Lawyers’ Perspectives, May 2018
  • Transfer on Death Deeds A Useful Tool in the Right Places
  • Improving Law Firm Culture: The beginning of the discussion
  • Supporting Transgender Employees
  • The 2019 Proposed Pro-Employee Bills
  • Minnesota Supreme Court Determines “Resident Trusts” Statute Unconstitutional in Assessing Income Taxes Against Four Irrevocable Trusts
  • Two Racing Commission Officials Being Investigated by State
  • Racing Commission Officials Say They're Being Unfairly Targeted
  • Advice to Use Before a Life Ends
  • Everyone Can Fit a Gift Into Their Monthly Plan
  • Paid Leave: Expansion of Workers' Rights in the Twin Cities Faces Challenges
  • Norwegian Consulate Sued Over Claim of Unequal Pay
  • March 2011 Update on Two Aspects of the Law on Harassment: (1) What is Severe or Pervasive Enough to State a Claim and (2) What Suffices as Training that Effectively Avoids Harassment and/or Discrimination
  • Judge: Norway Law Applies in Minneapolis Job-Bias Lawsuit
  • Managing (Mis) Behaviour in Executives Key Employees and Board Members
  • Don’t Yap if You Agreed to Shut Your Trap!
  • How Will The New Overtime Law Affect You
  • U.S. Supreme Court Hands Unionized Employers a Victory in FLSA Cases, But Legal Landscape for Non-Unionized Employers Remains Unsettled
  • Paid Sick Leave in Minnesota
  • Employers MUST Consider Job Restructuring as a Reasonable Accommodation
  • Blowing the Whistle on Fraud Against the Government
  • Kmart pays over $100,000 to settle discrimination lawsuit over inflexible drug testing policy
  • "Mark of the Beast" hand-scanner costs employer $150,000 in religious accommodation lawsuit 
  • Data Detective Helps Solve Legal Cases
  • Minnesota Lawyer Selects Four From E&U for Attorney of the Year 2015!
  • Blast From the Past: An Old Cause of Action Finds New Life in Minnesota Courts
  • You and the Law: I Know the World is Flat - My Client Told Me So
  • Planning Personal Legal Needs: Seven Ways to Take Care of Yourself
  • What To Do When You Believe Your Employee May Be Committing Crimes or Other Bad Acts While Employed By You
  • Quick Tips for Legally Interviewing and Hiring the Right Candidate
  • The Joker's Wild: Understanding, Preventing and Responding to Harassment
  • Effectively Executing the Termination Process: A Step by Step Guide
  • Discovery 101: The Strategy and Practice of Information Gathering in the Employment Lawsuit
  • Discrimination and Harassment Training
  • The Deepening Divide: Minnesota and Federal Employment Laws
  • Top 10 Mistakes Employers Make
  • Top 10 Don'ts for Employers Who Want to Avoid Litigation: A Practical, Common-Sense Guide to Staying Out of Court
  • The 10 Biggest Mistakes Made by Employment Lawyers on Both Sides of the Aisle
  • Jobs Bill
  • Terminating the "Disabled" Employee Who is Not Performing Without Inviting Lawsuits
  • Recent Developments in the Law on Retaliation Against Employees
  • Recent Developments in Retaliation Law
  • DOL Releases New Model FMLA Forms
  • 7th Circuit Holds That Cat's Paw Theory Supports Individual Liability Under §1981
  • E & U Wins Trial and Recovers $456,000 in Disability Case!
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Minnesota
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • MSBA Certified Labor and Employment Law Specialist
  • Qualified Neutral Under Rule 114 of the Minnesota General Rules of Practice

Office location for Sheila Engelmeier

121 S 8th St
Suite 1300
Minneapolis, MN 55402

Phone: 612-455-7720

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