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  • Basic Information

  • Company
    Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart, PC
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  • What is your "why"? Why do you do what you do?
    I enjoy helping businesses of all sizes, in all industries, avoid, solve and respond to legal issues relating to their employees. These issues can involve anything that relates to the employment relationship: hiring, discipline, handbooks and policies, accommodation and leave, wage and hour, discrimination and harassment, immigration, benefits, non-compete, labor law, etc. I advise employers on these issues, and represent and defend them against administrative complaints and lawsuits filed by employees. I have 35 years of experience in this area of law, based in Minneapolis. As a shareholder in an international law firm with 55 offices and 950 attorneys, all focused on labor/employment law, I have colleagues who specialize in specific sub-areas of employment law (e.g., immigration, benefits, background checks, Affirmative Action Plans, union issues), which is something that a small law firm or large "general practice" law firm with a handful of employment lawyers cannot offer. With offices throughout the United States and elsewhere, we also advise and represent employers who have employees in multiple states -- all of which (as well as many cities and counties) have their own distinct employment laws. To sum it up, I love being a valuable resource and trusted business partner for my clients on all issues employment-related.
  • About me
    I grew up in St. Louis Park, Minnesota in a blue collar family. I have a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from the University of Minnesota (1983) and graduated from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1986. After clerking for a judge for one year, I began my career as an employment lawyer -- initially representing mostly individual employees and, for the past 20 years, representing businesses.

    I live in Minnetonka with my wife, who is a psychotherapist, and daughter, who works in food service, and two rag doll cats (Louie Armstrong and Charlie Parker).
  • Profession
    Employment/HR Lawyer
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  • Hobbies and interest
    Much of my non-work time is devoted to music, sports and friends. Since 1988, I have been a member of a community wind ensemble called Grand Symphonic Winds. I play the contrabass clarinet (an instrument you have never heard of) and also have arranged several classical pieces that our group has played. We have toured China (2010), Brazil (2014) and Spain (2017) and have played throughout the midwest. While attending law school, I performed at Carnegie Hall as a member of the University of Minnesota Wind Ensemble.

    When I'm not playing music or attending a concert, you'll probably find me at a Twins' game, or watching my fantasy football team fail to live up to its potential every year.

    We are also fortunate to have many good friends, dating back to our childhoods (my wife is from Sauk Centre, MN), college and grad/law school, and we enjoy joining them for dinners, concerts, and assorted mischief.
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  • Unique Selling Proposition
    Businesses of all sizes rely on Andy and his firm for expert advice and representation on HR/employment issues arising anywhere in the world.
  • Education

  • College / University
    University of Minnesota
  • Graduation Year
    BS 1983; JD 1986
  • Qualifying Questions: What are three questions we can ask clients to help pave the way for a referral? List them here.
    1. Are there any employment or HR issues that are keeping you up at night?
    2. When is the last time you had an employment lawyer review your employee handbook?
    3. Is your business in compliance with all of the laws specific to Minnesota businesses and, if your business is in Minneapolis or St. Paul, specific employment-related ordinance for those cities?
  • Describe How You Would Like To Be Introduced Via Email
    Andy advises business of all sizes, in all industries, on Human Resources legal issues, and defends them in court and other agencies when employees bring legal claims against them. He has been doing that here in Minnesota for 35 years and works at a big firm that focuses just on labor/employment issues, representing companies on those issues throughout the world.