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Richard Voelbel primarily practices in the areas of commercial litigation and employment litigation. Naturally collaborative and client-centric, Rich uses his legal training and work experiences to assist clients in resolving their disputes and litigating cases. He has represented clients in state and federal court as well as administrative hearings on matters involving non-compete/non-solicitation agreements, collections, breach of contract, construction defects, tenant/landlord disputes, business torts, mortgage repurchase litigation and workers’ compensation claims.

Practice Areas

  • Civil/Commercial Litigation
  • Employment Litigation
  • Real Estate Litigation
  • Workers’ Compensation

Representative Cases

  • Tapemark v. E-Z Cleaners, No. 10-CV-813, (D. Minn. 2012) – Obtained summary judgment on cross-motions in a business litigation matter
  • Carlson v. Bloomington Housing Partners II, 2011 WL 2672258 (Minn. Ct. App. July 11, 2011)
  • Werner v. Medical Professionals, LLC, 782 N.W.2d 840 (Minn. Ct. App. 2010)

Professional Certifications, Awards and Designations

  • Named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers, 2014-2016 ®

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota State Bar, 2006
  • United States District Court – District of Minnesota, 2006
  • United States Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit

Professional Activities and Memberships

  • DRIVE Emerging Leaders – Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce


  • J.D., William Mitchell College of Law, 2006, magna cum laude(Top 10% of class)
  • Assistant Editor, William Mitchell Law Review, 2005-2006
  • Staff Member, William Mitchell Law Review, 2004-2005
  • B.A., DePauw University, 2001


  • “Termination Based on Fear of Swine Flu Not Actionable Under the ADA,” Employment Law Report
  • “Manager’s Comments about Needing to Choose Work over Family Leaves Employer with Sex Discrimination Lawsuit,” Employment Law Report
  • “E-mails Doom Individual Employees in Tortious Interference Case,” Employment Law Report


  • “Employer’s Obligation to Retain and Preserve Written and Electronic Documents,” Paramount Seminar, Minneapolis
  • “Employment Law Update,” Paramount Seminar, Minneapolis
  • “Mechanic’s Liens 101,” Builder Developer Seminar, St. Paul
  • Proposed Minneapolis Condominium Ordinance
  • Special Assistant Attorney, City of Minneapolis – Prosecuted criminal violations – 2011
  • National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA) – Completed National Session Program – Advanced training in trial and advocacy techniques – 2010


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