Kurt J. Erickson is a Shareholder of the Minneapolis, Minnesota office of Jackson Lewis P.C.
He has represented both public and private employers in state courts, federal courts, and in administrative proceedings before state administrative tribunals. His experience also includes litigating class action cases brought by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), as well as negotiating resolutions of discrimination charges, including class action discrimination charges, prosecuted by the EEOC.
He joined Jackson Lewis after practicing law as an assistant attorney general in the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office, as an in-house corporate counsel providing employment advice and litigation management, and as the head of the employment section for a medium-sized law firm in Minneapolis.
As a former Assistant Attorney General, Mr. Erickson handled various employment and labor disputes, including representing the Minnesota Departments of Corrections, Transportation, Commerce, Employee Relations, Revenue, and state colleges and universities in a variety of employment matters. Mr. Erickson represented the Corrections Department in a department-wide/statewide class action race discrimination in employment lawsuit, and also represented the Corrections Department in complex sex discrimination and disability discrimination lawsuits.
As an in-house corporate counsel for a corporation, Mr. Erickson managed employment litigation on a nationwide basis, and also provided employment advice for business operations occurring on nationwide basis.
Mr. Erickson is a member of the American Bar Association (Litigation, and Tort and Insurance Sections), Defense Research Institute (Labor and Employment Section), Federal Bar Association (Labor and Employment Section), Hennepin County Bar Association (Labor and Employment, Tax Law, and Criminal Law Sections), Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association (Labor and Employment Section), and Minnesota Bar Association (Public Law, Labor and Employment, Civil Litigation, and Construction Law Sections). He is admitted to practice in Minnesota, as well as before the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals and the District Courts for the District of Minnesota and the District of North Dakota.
Through Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services, Mr. Erickson has provided volunteer pro bono legal advice to people unable to afford an attorney. He has done so for the last 20 years. This last year he was recognized by the Minnesota Bar Association as “North Star” lawyer, meaning he donated 50 hours of work time to pro bono representation of indigent clients.
Mr. Erickson earned his B.A., summa cum laude, from the University of Minnesota and his J.D., cum laude, from the University of Minnesota Law School. Mr. Erickson was Appellate Advocacy Finalist in Law School, and subsequently a legal writing instructor at the Law School.
Mr. Erickson is certified by the Minnesota State Bar Association as a Labor and Employment Law Specialist.
“Minnesota Employers May See Fewer Retaliation Claims Following U.S. Supreme Court Decision If State Courts Follow Suit”
"Published on the Jackson Lewis Website (July 2, 2013)
New Minnesota Law Lessens Criteria for Employee Whistleblower Claims
Published on the Jackson Lewis Website (June 20, 2013)
“Minnesota Court of Appeals Clarifies What Constitutes Sexual Harassment Under Minnesota Law”
Published on the Jackson Lewis Website (September 25, 2012)
“Supreme Court Rules ADEA Plaintiffs Are Not Entitled to ‘Mixed Motive’ Instruction”
Published on Jackson Lewis Website (June 25, 2009)
“Are You Being Served?”
Published on Jackson Lewis Website (November 24, 2008)
“No Need to Walk on Eggshells When Reprimanding an Employee Who Has Claimed Discrimination”
Published on Jackson Lewis Website (July 27, 2007)
"Public Sector Employment Law Issues"
Ramsey County Bar Association (October 2000) [Co-Author]
"25 Differences Between Public and Private Sector Employment Law"
(May 2000) [Co-Author]
"Summary Guidance to Differences Between Public Sector and Private Sector Employment"
Minnesota State Bar Association (May 2000) [Co-Author]
"Employment Law Update for Public Sector Employment Education"
Minnesota Institute of Legal Education (January 2000) [Author]
"Employment Law Update for Minnesota Attorney General's Office"
(January 1999) [Co-Author]
Honors, Awards and Pro Bono Activity
- YMCA Youth Baseball Coach
- Edina Girls Softball Coach
- Edina Girls Softball Board of Director, Member
- 20 years Volunteer Attorney with Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services providing pro bono legal services to the people who cannot otherwise afford an attorney