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Tom Trachsel’s practice is primarily devoted to representing employers in all matters before the National Labor Relations Board, in collective bargaining negotiations with labor unions, and in grievance-arbitration hearings. He also counsels employers on employee relations issues, interpretation of collective bargaining agreements, and compliance with state and federal labor and employment laws.

Tom is co-chair of the Firm’s Labor & Employment Law Section.

Prior to joining the firm, he was employed as an attorney by the Minneapolis Regional Office of the National Labor Relations Board.

Tom is an Associate Adjunct Professor teaching Labor Law at the University of Minnesota Law School (2015, 2016).

Tom is a recent past Chair of the Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA) Labor and Employment Law Section.

Practice Areas

  • Labor & Employment

Professional Certifications, Awards and Designations

  • Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA) Certified Labor and Employment Law Specialist
  • Appointed as a Leader in his Field by the Chambers USA Guide, 2013

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota State Bar
  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court

Professional Activities and Memberships

  • University of Minnesota Law School, Adjunct Associate Professor, Labor Law (2015, 2016)
  • University of Minnesota Law School Wagner Labor Law Moot Court program, Instructor (2006–2009)
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Minnesota State Bar Association Labor & Employment Law Section, Governing Council (2011–2012 Chair; 2010–2011 Vice Chair; 2009–2010 Secretary-Treasurer)
  • The Developing Labor Law, Contributing Editor
  • The Complete Employment Lawyer’s Quick Answer Book, Chapter Author – Chapter 11, The National Labor Relations Act
  • Crisis Connection, Board of Directors (2008–2010)

Education

  • J.D., University of Minnesota Law School (cum laude), Minneapolis, MN, 1997
  • B.S., Marquette University (magna cum laude), Milwaukee, WI, 1994, Major – Business Administration (Human Resources Management Specialization), Minor – Philosophy

Presentations

  • The National Labor Relations Act.  Minnesota CLE The Complete Employment Lawyer, 2/4/16.
  • Important “Under-the-Radar” Board Decisions.  Minnesota CLE Labor and Employment Law Institute, 11/19/15.  Panel presentation, which included NLRB Chairman Mark G. Pearce.
  • Federal and State Private-Sector Labor Laws.  Minnesota CLE Employment and Labor Law:  Federal and Minnesota, 10/13/15.
  • New NLRB Rules & Developments in Representation Cases.  Felhaber Larson seminar program.  Panel presentation for approximately 50 attorneys and business professionals, 3/4/15.
  • General Counsel Initiatives Impacting Unionized Employers and Employees.  Minnesota CLE Labor and Employment Law Institute, 11/21/14. Panel presentation, which included NLRB General Counsel Richard Griffin, Jr.
  • Labor Relations Issues in Connection with Contemplated Operational or Organizational Changes.  Presentation for approximately 100 business professionals, 10/1/14.
  • Recent Board Decisions:  Implications for Employers, Unions and Workers.  Minnesota CLE Labor and Employment Law Institute, 11/22/13. Panel presentation, which included Board Member Nancy Schiffer.
  • 2013 Hot Topics in Business Law—Employment Law.  Hamline University School of Law Business Law Institute, 9/27/13.  Panel presentation for approximately 90 attorneys and business professionals.
  • Capsizing Port Side or Righting the Ship?  What is Being Pursued Before the Board, and What Can We Expect?  Minnesota CLE Labor and Employment Law Institute, 11/30/12.  Panel presentation, which included NLRB Deputy General Counsel Celeste Mattina.
  • 2012 Hot Topics in Business Law—Employment Law.  Hamline University School of Law Business Law Institute, 10/1/12.  Panel presentation for approximately 90 attorneys and business professionals.
  • What’s Up Doc?  Medical Conundrums in Arbitration.  National Academy of Arbitrators Annual Meeting, 6/8/12.  Plenary panel presentation for approximately 200 labor arbitrators and practitioners.
  • NLRB Update:  New Procedures in Representation Cases and More.  Minnesota State Bar Association CLE program, 5/1/12.
  • A Practical Primer on Key Statutes, Relevant Agencies, and the Lingo of Labor Law.  Minnesota CLE Labor Law for the Employment Lawyer, 1/18/12.
  • Regional Office Implementation of New GC Initiatives.  Minnesota CLE Labor and Employment Law Institute, 11/17/11.  Panel presentation, which included NLRB Acting General Counsel Lafe Solomon.
  • Labor Law Update.  Private seminar for approximately 250 human resources professionals, 11/4/11.
  • NLRB and Labor Relations Update.  Private seminar for approximately 100 human resources professionals, 11/5/10.
  • NLRB Casehandling Miscellany.  Minnesota State Bar Association CLE program, 4/8/10.
  • Hot Topics in Grievance Arbitration:  Issues in a Distressed Economy.  Minnesota CLE Labor and Employment Law Institute, 11/19/09.
  • The Employee Free Choice Act.  Private seminar for approximately 100 business professionals, 2/27/09.
  • Employer Efforts to Withdraw Recognition or to Avoid Unionization When Purchasing Unionized Businesses.  Minnesota CLE Labor and Employment Law Institute, 11/20/08.
  • Labor Law Update.  Private seminar for approximately 150 human resources professionals, 10/10/08.
  • Union Organizing Campaigns & the Employee Free Choice Act.  Private seminar for members of a multi-employer association, 8/20/08.
  • Just Cause, Investigations, and Documentation.  Private client seminar for approximately 100 supervisors and managers, 1/30/08.
  • Union and Employee Appeals to Third Parties or the Public.  Minnesota CLE Labor and Employment Law Institute, 11/15/07.
  • Union Organizing Trends, Corporate Campaigns, and Labor Law Update.  Minnesota Society for Human Resource Management SHRM State Conference, 10/16/07.
  • Union Organizing Trends, Corporate Campaigns, and Labor Law Update.  Wisconsin SHRM State Conference, 10/12/07.
  • Mergers, Acquisitions, Consolidations and Relocations.  National Labor Relations Act seminar sponsored by the ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law, 4/24/07.
  • Hot Topics in Collective Bargaining:  Lengthy Information Requests and Permissible Unilateral Changes During Bargaining.  Minnesota CLE Labor and Employment Law Institute, 11/16/06.
  • Hot Topics in Labor Law.  Minnesota State Bar Association CLE program, 6/21/05.
  • Bargaining Issues in the Healthcare Industry.  FMCS training program for mediators, 6/15/05.

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