Steven Andrew Smith

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Employment Litigation Attorney in Minneapolis, MN

Nichols Kaster, PLLP
 | 4600 IDS Center, 80 South Eighth Street
Minneapolis, MN 55402
Phone: 612-256-3206
Fax: 612-338-4878
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2003 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1995
Practice Areas:
  • Employment Litigation: Plaintiff
Attorney Profile

Named one of “The Best Lawyers in America” for the last six years and named to the Minnesota Super Lawyers list for each of the last 17 years, Steven Andrew Smith brings a high level of trial experience, attention to detail, and personal service to each of his cases. Steve’s devotion to his client’s cause and open-mindedness have earned him wide respect in the legal community.

With multiple plaintiffs’ verdicts in each of the last three decades, Steve is both familiar with and comfortable in the courtroom. Steve’s trial experience includes trials to verdict in discrimination, whistleblower, reprisal/retaliation, commission, contract, disability, sexual harassment, and wage and hour claims. In addition to his trial successes, Steve has litigated several notable cases having substantial effect on employees’ rights under state and federal employment laws.

Steve is often invited to lecture on employment issues both nationally and locally because of his easy-going demeanor and professionalism. He has also authored a number of articles on employment law issues. Steve was honored as the recipient of the 2014 Karla Wahl Dedicated Advocacy Award, given for “ceaseless and courageous efforts” to protect and advance the rights of Minnesota employees.

 
Practice Areas
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Employment Litigation (100%): Employment Discrimination, Wrongful Termination, Retaliation, Employment Law - Employer

Focus Areas

Employment Discrimination, Wrongful Termination, Retaliation, Employment Law - Employer

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Super Lawyers: 2003 - 2019

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About Steven Smith

Admitted: 1995, Minnesota

Professional Webpage: http://www.nka.com/lawyer/steven-andrew-smith/

Honors/Awards:

  • Received Martindale Hubble, AV® Preeminent™  rating
  • Recipient of "2011 Distinguished Pro Bono Service Award" from the United States District Court - District of Minnesota
  • 2014 Recipient of Karla Wahl Dedicated Advocacy Award from MN NELA
  • Named to the Who’s Who in Employment Law list, Minnesota Law and Politics
  • Named a “Top Lawyer,” Mpls./St. Paul Magazine
  • “Super Lawyer,” Minnesota Super Lawyers, Minneapolis/St. Paul Magazine, and Twin Cities Business, 2002-2019
  • Named to the Top 40 Employment Law Lawyers list, Minnesota Law and Politics
  • Named one of "The Best Lawyers in America" 2014-2019, Best Lawyers.
  • “Top 100: 2016 Minnesota Super Lawyers” Minneapolis/St. Paul Magazine, and Twin Cities Business 2007, 2016, 2018 and 2019.

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Federal Bar Association
  • U.S. District Court – District of North Dakota
  • Minnesota Supreme Court
  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Member
  • U.S. District Court – Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • United States Supreme Court
  • 8th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Minnesota National Employment Lawyers Association, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • U.S. District Court – Western District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court – District of Minnesota
  • National Employment Lawyers Association, Member
  • Hennepin County Bar Association, Member
  • U.S. District court 7th Circuit Court of Appeals

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • “Case Studies – The Jokester, the Gossip, the Bad Attitude:  How To Move A Difficult Employee From Problematic To Productive.” Minnesota CLE, 2019.
  • “Employment A to Z: How to Litigate an Employment Discrimination Case.” Minnesota CLE, 2019.
  • “#metoo: The Plaintiff’s Attorney’s Perspective.” Fredrikson & Byron Annual Employment Law Seminar, 2018.
  • “Top 7 Reasons Employers Get Sued.” Minnesota CLE, 2018.
  • Sexual Harassment Panelist. Mitchell Hamline College of Law, 2018
  • “2018 Retaliation Update – The Effect of Key Federal and State Cases.” Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute, 2018.
  • Testified before Minnesota House of Representatives on Sexual Harassment, March 26, 2018.
  • Panelist, Appellate Practice, Minnesota Employment Lawyers Association, 2018.
  • “Employment & Labor Law: Federal & Minnesota Specialist Examination Course.”  Minnesota CLE, 2017.
  • "Harassment: Plain Talk About the How, the Why, the What and the How."  Dorsey & Whitney, 2017.
  • Panelist, Minnesota Supreme Court Cases, National Employment Lawyers Association, 2017.
  • “What to Expect When Your Employees Are Expecting: How to Avoid Common Employer Mistakes.” Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute, 2017.
  • “2017 Retaliation Update – The Effect of Key Federal and State Cases.” Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute, 2017.
  • “Civil Litigation A to Z - Initial Pleadings and Service of Process in Federal Court.” Minnesota CLE, 2017.
  • "Federal District of Minnesota Civil Practice Deskbook 2017 Update. Chapter Author.  Minnesota CLE, 2017.
  • Pregnancy Accommodation and Non-Discrimination.  Editor.  Minnesota CLE, 2017.
  • The Complete Employment Lawyer. Chapter Editor.  Minnesota CLE, 2017.
  • “Pregnancy Accommodation and Discrimination 5 Tough Cases.” Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute, 2016
  • “Problem Employees – Pitfalls and Solutions.” Minnesota CLE, 2016.
  • Mock Trial. Strategic Solutions for Solo and Small Firms, 2016.
  • “The Complete Employment Lawyer - Title VII, the Minnesota Human Rights Act, ADEA, and Discrimination.” Minnesota CLE, 2016.
  • “2016 Retaliation Update – The Effect of Key Federal and State Cases.” Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute, 2016.
  • Mediation simulation. University of Minnesota, 2016.
  • “Employment & Labor Law: Federal & Minnesota Specialist Examination Course.”  Minnesota CLE, 2015.
  • “View from the Plaintiffs’ Bar – What Makes a Claim Attractive or Unattractive and Common Mistakes Employers Make.” American Conference Institute, 2015.
  • “Ethical Issue Spotting: Mock Mediation and Settlement Approval Hearing for Exotic Dancer Class & Collective Action.” Practicing Law Institute,2015.
  • “2015 Retaliation Update – The Effect of Key Federal and State Cases Plus Changes to the Minnesota Whistleblower Law.” Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute, 2015.
  • “What to Expect When Your Employees Are Expecting: How to Avoid Common Employer Mistakes When the Stork Arrives in the Workplace.” Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute, 2015.
  • “Continuing Developments in Disability Litigation: The Impact of Mental Health Diagnosis on Accommodation and Related Issues.” Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute, 2014.
  • “2014 Retaliation Update – The Effect of Key Federal and State Cases Plus Changes to the Minnesota Whistleblower Law.” Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute, 2014.
  • “Employment & Labor Law: Federal & Minnesota Specialist Examination Course.”  Minnesota CLE, 2014.
  • 2012  “Top Ten Mistakes Employers Make When Dealing with Pregnant Employees.” Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute.
  • Chapter Four: The Complaint and Commencing the Action. Federal District of Minnesota Civil Practice Deskbook, 2014.
  • 2012 “Employment Law Series: Top 10 Mistakes Employers Make When Dealing With Pregnant Employees.” Minnesota CLE.
  • 2012 “Mediation of Employment Cases.” Dorsey & Whitney.
  • 2013  “Avoiding Litigation: Preventing Blunders in Employment Terminations.” Fulbright Forum.
  • 2005 NELA Sixteenth Annual National Convention: Pennsylvania State Police v. Suders: What is a Tangible Employment Action?
  • 2013 “Exiting Your “Comfort Zone” and Entering the “Employment Zone”.” Federal Bar Association, Pro Se Project Seminar.
  • The Effect of Key Federal and State Cases Plus Changes to the Minnesota Whistleblower Law.” Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute, 2015
  • 2013 “Employment and Civil Rights Seminar.” Federal Bar Association, Pro Se Project Seminar.
  • 2005 31st Annual Federal Practice Seminar: Hot Topics in Employment Law for Employment Law Litigators
  • 2013 “When the Interactive Process Fails: The Fight Over ADA Reasonable Accommodation.” Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute.
  • 2013 “Employment Law Mediation From All Sides.” Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute.
  • 2005 Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute: When a Current Employee Accuses Your Company of Wrongdoing – Managing the Situation and Avoiding Unlawful Retaliation
  • 2013 "Unlawful Deductions on Wages in the Service Industry: A Case Study." West Legal Edcenter
  • 2005 Minnesota NELA: Part II of a Three-Part Trial Skills Workshop: Witness Prep, Cross Examination, Trial Technology, Objections and Using Exhibits to Strengthen Your Case.
  • 2013 "Employment & Labor Law: Federal and Minnesota". Minnesota CLE.
  • 2005 EEO Committee Midwinter Meeting: FLSA Retaliation Cases: An In Depth Look at an Infrequently Used Claim
  • "What to Expect When Your Employees Are Expecting: How to Avoid Common Employer Mistakes When the Stork Arrives in the Workplace," Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute, 2015
  • 2005 Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute: Can I Fire Her? Working Through 3 Tough Fact Scenarios
  • Retaliation Update – The Effect of Key Federal and State Cases Plus Changes to the Minnesota Whistleblower Law.” Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute, 2014
  • 2006 Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute: Valuing Damages and Analyzing Mitigation Efforts
  • “Labor & Employment Specialist Exam Prep Course - Employment & Labor Law: Federal & Minnesota.” Minnesota CLE, 2014
  • 2007 Minnesota CLE: Whistleblower and Retaliation Law
  • 8th Circuit Update, Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute, 2007
  • 2007 Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute: 8th Circuit Update
  • Part II of a Three-Part Trial Skills Workshop: "Witness Prep, Cross Examination, Trial Technology, Objections and Using Exhibits to Strengthen Your Case." Minnesota NELA, 2005
  • 2007 33rd Annual FBA Seminar: Recent Developments in Employment Law Panel – Class Actions, Emotional Distress Claims, Sanctions
  • "How to Take the Depo of an HR Director." Labor and Employment Law at the U of ML, 2010
  • 2007 34th Annual Labor & Employment Law Institute: Wage and Hour Class and Collective Panel
  • “Problem Employees – Pitfalls and Solutions: When the Problematic Behavior Stems from a Mental Health Condition.” Minnesota CLE, 2013
  • 2008 Minnesota CLE: Frieler v. Carlson Marketing Group, Inc. – Minnesota Now Accepts the Ellerth and Faragher Defense in Sexual Harassment Cases
  • “ADA Compliance: Getting It Right – ADA Reasonable Accommodation and the Interactive Process.” Minnesota CLE, 2013
  • 2009 Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute: “Eighth Circuit Update”
  • “Employment Law Series: Minnesota Law on Unlawful Deductions - Karl v. Uptown Drink.” Minnesota CLE, 2013
  • 2009 Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute: “Choosing the Claims, the Court and the Defendants” Panel
  • 2010 Minnesota CLE: Advanced Employment Issues: “What the Employment Attorney Needs to Know About Bankruptcy”
  • “Continuing Developments in Disability Litigation: The Impact of Mental Health Diagnosis on Accommodation and Related Issues.” Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute, 2014
  • 2010 EEOC Investigator Training
  • 2010 Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute: “Eighth Circuit Update”
  • 2010 Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute: “Pleading Strategies in Employment Law Cases” Panel
  • 2010 Minnesota CLE: "Employment and Labor Law" for specialist examination
  • 2010 Minnesota CLE: What the New "ADA Shift" Means for Your Clients: The ADA Amendments, the “New” ADA Regulations and Stepped-up Enforcement
  • 2010 Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services, Inc.: Senior Legal Fair
  • 2011 Minnesota CLE: The New ADAA and the Proposed Regs: “The Effect of ADA Amendments on Litigation: Putting Theories into Practice.”
  • 2011 Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute: “Eighth Circuit Update”
  • 2011 Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute: “ADA Litigation” Panel
  • 2011 ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law 5th Annual Conference: “Drafting Noncompete Agreements: The Employee Perspective”
  • 2012 ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law: "Show and Tell: Best Practices for Handling Government Investigations."
  • 2012 “Age Discrimination – The Current Legal Landscape in a Nutshell.” Minnesota CLE.

Educational Background:

  • Concordia College, B.A., 1990
Office Location for Steven Andrew Smith

4600 IDS Center
80 South Eighth Street
Minneapolis, MN 55402

Phone: 612-256-3206

Fax: 612-338-4878

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Last Updated: 3/21/2019

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