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Randi Winter practices commercial and employment litigation. In addition, she represents clients with respect to utility, employee benefits, health law, and labor matters. Randi has represented clients before the Minnesota District and Appellate Courts, Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, Federal District Courts, United States Tax Court, Minnesota Public Utilities Commission, Minnesota Department of Labor, and in labor arbitrations, among others. During her tenure with Felhaber, Randi has helped clients obtain trial victories from juries and judges in both federal and state court.

For Randi, one of the most enriching aspects of her work is the opportunity to develop relationships with the people behind each client’s business or organization. She enjoys the energy and flexibility required to represent clients in all aspects of litigation, ranging from negotiating to briefing to oral argument. She has found that successful client advocating requires preparedness, enthusiasm, and a willingness to think outside the box.

Randi has served on several firm committees, including her current role on the firm’s recruiting committee.

Practice Areas

  • Employment and Public Accommodation Litigation
    •  Discrimination, Reprisal, Whistleblower
    •  ADA, FLSA, FMLA, MHRA
    •  Non-Compete and Severance Agreements
    •  Unemployment Compensation Appeals
    •  Reductions in Force
  • Business and Commercial Litigation
    • Fraud/Misrepresentation
    • Tortious Interference
    • Trade Secret
    • Defamation
    • Contract Disputes
    • Mortgage Lender/Servicing
    • Defects and Warranties
  • Utility Law
    • Service Territory Disputes
    • Net Metering
    • Territory Annexation Negotiations
    • Rate Cases
  • Employee Benefits
    •  ERISA Litigation
    • Qualified Domestic Relations Orders
  • Health Law
    • HIPAA Compliance
    • Minnesota Health Records Act
    • False Claims Act, Anti-Kickback, Stark
  • Tax Litigation



Representative Cases 

  • March 2016: Successfully briefed and argued summary judgment dismissal in state court of a whistleblower claim brought by a 20+ year employee against a Minnesota nonprofit organization employing over 22,000 individuals.
  • February 2016: Obtained a favorable verdict for a condominium association in a contract dispute with a neighboring property owner following a bench trial.
  • December 2015: Following a trial before an administrative law judge over a service territory dispute, negotiated a settlement whereby an electric cooperative utility client will receive compensation for allowing another utility to serve a large customer located in the client’s service territory.
  • August 2015: Obtained summary judgment dismissal of defamation and discrimination claims brought by a personal care attendant against a nonprofit senior housing, health care and community-based services organization in federal court.
  • August 2015: Following a five-day arbitration, obtained a decision in favor of the defense on all claims brought by a physician against a medical clinic, including claims for breach of contract, whistleblower retaliation, defamation, and sex discrimination.
  • February 2015: Obtained a complete defense verdict following a bench trial on claims brought by a long-term employee against a large Minnesota health care system.
  • February 2014: Obtained a complete defense verdict from a federal jury on claims of disability discrimination and failure-to-accommodate brought by an employee against a large Minnesota employer.
  • December 2013: Obtained a complete defense verdict on claim of age discrimination following a two-week jury trial in federal court.

 

Professional Certifications, Awards and Designations

Named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers®, 2014 – 2017.

Bar Admissions

United States Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit, 2012

United States Tax Court, 2011

United States District Court, Minnesota, 2011

Minnesota, 2010

Education

J.D., University of Minnesota Law School, magna cum laude, member of Order of the Coif(Top 10%), 2010

B.A., Hamline University, Legal Studies and East Asian Studies,summa cum laude, 2007

Articles

  • Contributing Author, The ADA Handbook: Employment Practices Under the Americans with Disabilities Act, “Interplay with Other Laws and with Company Policies” (Set to be published May 2013)
  • Contributing Author, The FMLA Handbook, First Edition (Minnesota CLE, 2012)
  • Contributing Author, Minnesota Employment Law Report (2012)
  • Co-Author, Summary Guide to Construction Defect Claims(Minnesota CLE, 2011)
  • Co-Author, Revisiting Tri-State and Bayview’s Skeletons: The Legal Lessons Learned From Two Outrageous Examples of Crematory Misconduct, Co-Author (2010)

Presentations

  • “Payroll Answers You Never Need Until You Do,” (Felhaber Employment Seminar, 2011)
  • “9 Strategies for Succeeding in Your Next Deposition,” Minnesota CLE, December 2014
  • “Religious Accommodation: A Testament to the Modern Workplace,” (Felhaber Employment Seminar, 2015)
  • Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services, Volunteer Attorney
  • Hamline University Mock Trial, Volunteer Judge
  • Co-Director of the Ramsey County Bar Association’s Judges’ Dinner Committee
  • Member of the Hamline University Paralegal Advisory Board

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