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Employment Litigation

Businesses, public institutions, and individuals seek out Greene Espel for representation in a wide range of employment-litigation matters. 

We regularly defend both private and public sector clients when current or former employees accuse them of discrimination based on sex, race, disability, or other protected-class status. Often these cases involve allegations of retaliation in response to the underlying discrimination actions or whistleblower and other similar claims. We work with our clients defending personnel decisions when they are challenged before various administrative agencies, such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Department of Economic Security, the Department of Labor, and the Minnesota Department of Human Rights. We routinely secure agency determinations in the employers' favor. And when opposing parties initiate litigation, we stand with our clients to defend such actions in state and federal court.  

Our attorneys have tried cases to verdict—in state and federal court, and arbitration forums—and handled appeals in courts around the country in a full range of employment disputes. 

Michelle Erickson
Amran Farah
Holley Horrell
Gina Tonn

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Jeanette M. Bazis

Related Practices

  • Employment Investigations

    Employers rely on Greene Espel to conduct internal investigations about their most sensitive and high-stakes workplace issues. 

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  • Employment Counseling

    Greene Espel partners with employers to foster diverse and inclusive workplaces, to develop and implement employment policies, and to advise about the myriad of employment issues that may arise daily. 

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  • Non-Compete Disputes and Litigation

    Employees come and go. When their departures implicate legal obligations, Greene Espel can help. Greene Espel mobilizes immediately when clients must seek, or defend against, expedited injunction motions that may arise when employees move from one job to another.  

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  • Trade Secret Litigation

    From burgeoning high-tech companies to established international manufacturers, healthcare giants, and established financial services and insurance institutions, clients regularly turn to Greene Espel to represent them in disputes involving trade secrets.

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  • Commercial Litigation

    Our business litigation practice embraces the wide variety of commercial disputes facing private and public companies today. Areas of particular expertise include intellectual property, antitrust, securities, employment, professional liability, and construction disputes.

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Events & Presentations

  • June 13, 2024. Amran Farah to Present on Elimination of Bias for Workers' Compensation Claims Read More
  • May 20, 2024. Sybil Dunlop, Jenny Gassman-Pines, and Davida Williams to Present at Minnesota CLE's 2023 Employment Law Institute Read More
  • February 20, 2024. Kate Swenson to Present on Pre-Trial Preparation for Minnesota CLE Read More


Greene Espel Attorneys Recognized on the 2024 Minnesota Super Lawyers and Rising Stars Lists

Only a small percentage of attorneys in each state are named each year to these annual lists—no more than 5 percent to the Super Lawyers list and no more than 2.5 percent to the Rising Stars list.

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Chambers USA Recognizes Greene Espel for Litigation in Minnesota; Jeanette Bazis, Sybil Dunlop, Surya Saxena, Kate Swenson, and X. Kevin Zhao Named Notable Practitioners

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Client Win: Jury Rules in Favor of Greene Espel Client, Olmsted County, in Discrimination Suit

On Greene Espel was honored to represent Olmsted County, one of the firm’s long-standing public-sector clients, and we are proud of this result for our client.

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Greene Espel fights for employers in every forum to defend their employment practices so they can focus on what matters: their business. 

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