Search form

Brian T. Benkstein

Principal
Minneapolis

P 612-359-1772
F 612-341-0609
Brian.Benkstein@jacksonlewis.com

Biography

Brian T. Benkstein is a Principal in the Minneapolis, Minnesota, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. He is certified as a Labor and Employment Law Specialist through the Minnesota State Bar Association.

Mr. Benkstein exclusively represents employers in matters that arise from employment and labor laws and he defends claims filed against them with state and federal administrative agencies and in the Minnesota state and federal courts.

Mr. Benkstein is an experienced, hands-on litigator. In addition to a successful motion practice, he has litigated multiple jury, bench and arbitration matters to verdict or decision. He defends companies in cases involving a single plaintiff and also complex collective and class action cases involving hundreds of plaintiffs, and he has particular expertise in defending businesses involved in collective and class action litigation related to wage and hour issues.

Mr. Benkstein combines his legal training with eight years of management experience in the health care industry. Prior to his law firm experience, he served in a variety of management positions for a health care corporation that operated healthcare facilities in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. In his legal practice, Mr. Benkstein uses this business experience when litigating cases and when helping clients navigate complicated legal issues.

Mr. Benkstein rounds out his active litigation practice by providing employment law and business law advice and counsel to clients on employment matters and general business issues ranging from employee performance issues to legal compliance to overall business strategy. He works with his clients in responding to everyday problems and, most importantly, developing legal and practical solutions to avoid such problems.

He is a regular lecturer on employment law and litigation topics, presenting statewide in Minnesota and Wisconsin at conventions for the Society for Human Resource Management, Care Providers of Minnesota, Aging Services of Minnesota, and the Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute.

Honors and Recognitions

Pro Bono and Community Involvement

  • Chanhassen Athletic Association, President

 

Published Works

  • "Karma, Dogma, Dilemma: Religious Accommodation at Work in Minnesota,” published by Bench & Bar of Minnesota

See AllPublications

Advanced Filtering
Showing 1-3 of 10
Newest
Most Read
November 2, 2017

Class Action Trends Report Fall 2017

November 2, 2017

Our quarterly report discusses new developments in class action litigation and offers strategic guidance and tactical tips on how to defend such claims. This issue covers the following topics: Minimum wage traps Prevention pointer The legislation (Not) Only in California Regulatory roundup Class action trends—the top ten... Read More

July 12, 2017

Class Action Trends Report Summer 2017

July 12, 2017

Our quarterly report discusses new developments in class action litigation and offers strategic guidance and tactical tips on how to defend such claims. This issue covers the following topics: Wage and hour claims: the class and collective behemoth The legislation Prevention pointer Only in California Regulatory roundup Read More

March 29, 2017

Class Action Trends Report Spring 2017

March 29, 2017

Our quarterly report discusses new developments in class action litigation and offers strategic guidance and tactical tips on how to defend such claims. This issue covers the following topics: Rule 23 maps out the terrain Changes on the horizon The case law Regulatory roundup Practice pointer What’s trending? On... Read More

Showing 1-3 of 10

See AllBlog Posts by Brian T. Benkstein

Continued Employment Isn’t Always Sufficient – Minnesota Requires Additional Consideration For Non-Compete With Current Employee
October 17, 2017

The Minnesota federal district court recently refused to enforce a non-compete agreement, in part, because the employer failed to establish that the agreement was supported by valuable consideration.  The decision, issued on October 6, 2017 in Mid-America Business Systems, v. Sanderson et. al., Case No. Read More