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Kurt J. Erickson


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Kurt J. Erickson is a Principal in 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.

Mr. Erickson's 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 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.

Honors and Recognitions

  • Minnesota Bar Association “North Star” Lawyer, in recognition of his donation of 50 hours of work time to pro bono representation of indigent clients

Professional Associations and Activities

  • American Bar Association
  • DRI
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Hennepin County Bar Association
  • Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association
  • Minnesota State Bar Association

Pro Bono and Community Involvement

  • Edina Girls Softball, Coach and Board of Directors
  • Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services, providing pro bono legal services to the people who cannot otherwise afford an attorney for the last 20 years
  • YMCA Youth Baseball Coach

Published Works

  • "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]

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June 10, 2015
Minnesota Daily

Kurt Erickson Comments on The Minnesota Advantage Program

June 10, 2015

Kurt Erickson comments on The Minnesota Advantage Program in "LSAT optional for J.D. hopefuls," published in Minnesota Daily. Subscription may be required to view article. Read More

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March 3, 2015

Employers Cannot Apply Tougher Policies Retroactively to Employee Covered by CBA

March 3, 2015

Sending employers a strong message, a federal court in Minnesota has ruled that even an arbitrator’s award may be overturned where the employer seeks to enforce a disciplinary policy that was not in place when the employee’s alleged misconduct took place. National Football League Players Association (on behalf of Adrian... Read More

December 16, 2014

Minnesota Statutory Whistleblower Claims Subject to Six-Year Limitations Period, Court Rules

December 16, 2014

Effectively tripling the amount of time in which aggrieved employees may sue their employers in statutory whistleblower suits, the Minnesota Court of Appeals holds that claims under Minnesota’s Whistleblower Act (Minnesota Statute section 181.932) are not subject to the two-year statute of limitations in Minnesota Statute section... Read More

August 28, 2014

Minnesota Supreme Court: Workers' Compensation Retaliation Claims Can Result in Jury Trial, But Employers Have No Defense Based on Complaint Resolution Procedure

August 28, 2014

An employee claiming workers’ compensation retaliation under Minnesota’s workers’ compensation retaliation statute, Minnesota Statute Section 176.82, has a right to a jury trial, the Minnesota Supreme Court has held. Schmitz v. U.S. Steel, No. A12-709 (Minn. Aug. 27, 2014). The Court also held that an employee may sue... Read More

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The Long-Arm of Minnesota Law Reaches Out to Adjudicate Claims Against an Out-of-State Employee
September 16, 2016

In Patterson Dental Supply, Inc. v. Vlamis (Sept. 6, 2016), the Minnesota Court of Appeals reminded that employees who reside and work outside of Minnesota may still be hailed into Minnesota courts to defend their actions. Patterson Dental Supply (“Patterson”) is a corporation with its principal place of business in Minnesota. Read More

July 29, 2014

  The Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) has announced that it has entered into a cease and desist order with gun manufacturer Smith & Wesson for violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) by allegedly bribing representatives of international buyers with gifts of products or money, in the hope of obtaining sales Read More