Kurt J. Erickson is a Partner of the Minneapolis, Minnesota office of Jackson Lewis. 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 the employment section for a medium-sized law firm in Minneapolis.
Mr. Erickson earned his B.A. degree 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.
As a former Assistant Attorney General, Mr. Erickson handled a wide variety of 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 has represented the Corrections Department in complex sex discrimination and disability discrimination lawsuits.
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.
As an in-house corporate counsel for a corporation, Mr. Erickson has managed employment litigation on a nationwide basis, and also provided employment advice for business operations occurring on nationwide basis.
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 twenty years.
Mr. Erickson still plays slow-pitch softball and coaches girls’ softball.
|"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