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Colleen represents clients in employment and business matters, together with workers’ compensation claims and disputes. She also serves as outside general counsel. Colleen strongly believes in helping employers/businesses keep pace with the changing workplace to prevent problems from incurring in the first place. And, when problems do arise, she defends or institutes lawsuits and administrative actions using mediation and arbitration as appropriate to quickly resolve disputes. Early dispute resolution is key for her clients.

Colleen works closely with her clients in providing counseling and representation in all areas of employment law, including FMLA, employment discrimination (including gender, age, religion, disability, national origin, and race), defamation, non-competes, breach of contract, wage and hour, whistleblower, alcohol and drug testing, wrongful discharge, and workers’ compensation injuries.  She advises employers on personnel and policy issues, drafting employment agreements, restrictive covenants, company policies, confidentiality and trade secret agreements, and handbook provisions.  Colleen also investigates complaints of employee misconduct (including harassment and offensive behavior).

Her business consulting and litigation practice ranges from company formation and corporate governance, to contract disputes, and litigating business tort claims.

Practice Areas

  • Employment Law
    • Counseling and Representation of Employers in Litigated and Non-Litigated Matters
    • Personnel, Policy, and Compliance
    • Wage and Hour Advice and Assessments
    • Discrimination, Reprisal, Whistleblower, FLSA
    • ADA, ADE, FMLA
    • Non-Compete and Confidentiality Agreements
    • Investigations—Employee Misconduct Complaints
    • Breach of Contract
    • Wrongful Discharge
  • Business Consulting and Litigation
    • Formation and Corporate Governance
    • Contract Matters
    • Contracts/Disputes
    • Shareholder/Member Disputes
    • Business Tort Claims
    • Trade Secret Claims
    • Unfair Competition Claims
    • Fraud/Misrepresentation Claims
    • Tortious Interference Claims
    • Breach of Fiduciary Duty Claims
    • Insurance Disputes/Coverage
  • Workers’ Compensation Claims and Disputes

Related Experience

  • Attorney since 1987 in the areas of Employment, Business, Worker’s Compensation, and Civil Litigation
  • Senior Associate, Hamline Law Review, 1987
  • Associate, Hamline Law Review, 1986

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota State Bar, 1987
  • United States District Court, Minnesota, 1987

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Hennepin County Bar Association
  • Ramsey County Bar Association
  • Minnesota Women Lawyers

Education

  • J.D., Hamline Law School, cum laude, 1987
  • B.A., St. Mary’s College, Winona, Minnesota, magna cum laude, 1984
  • Team Organizer for Twin Cities BT5K Breakthrough for Brain Tumors, American Brain Tumor Association, 2017—Present
  • School Board Member, Epiphany Catholic School, Coon Rapids, 2001-2011

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