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Dennis Merley’s 30-plus years of employment law practice has concentrated on counseling and risk prevention. He advises management on a broad range of work place issues to help his clients maintain compliance, avoid liability and manage effectively.

Dennis is the founder and Editor of Minnesotaemploymentlawreport.com, an award winning blog on critical employment law issues.  Dennis is also a co-editor of the “Minnesota Employment Law Letter,” a monthly review of new and important legal developments affecting Minnesota employers.

Dennis also directs the Felhaber Larson social media program and seminar activities to maintain and expand the Firm’s long-standing reputation as a thought leader in the employment community.

Practice Areas

  • Labor & Employment Law
    • Counseling and Risk Prevention
    • Employment Discrimination Claims
    • Harassment Claims
    • Accommodation Concerns
    • Wrongful Termination
    • Minimum Wage and Overtime
    • Downsizing and Severance Agreements
    • Unemployment Compensation
    • Drug and Alcohol Testing
    • Family and Medical Leave Act Matters
    • Employee Handbooks
    • Supervisor Development and Training

Professional Certifications, Awards and Designations

  • Certified Labor and Employment Specialist in Minnesota by the MSBA
  • Included in “Best Lawyers in America” annually since 2003
  • Named a Super Lawyer ® 2003 – 2007
  • Rated “AV Preeminent” (highest rating) by Martindale Hubbell Legal Directory

Bar Admission

  • Minnesota, 1982


  • J.D., University of Minnesota, cum laude, 1982
  • B.A., Grinnell College, 1977


  • Baseball Commissioner and Board Member, Highland Groveland Recreation Association in St. Paul, 1999 – 2017
  • President, Highland Groveland Recreation Association in St. Paul, 2018-present
  • WCCO Radio “Good Neighbor Award” Dec. 14, 2001


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