About Craig A. Brandt

craigCraig Brandt is a trial attorney with 20-plus years’ experience representing Minnesota businesses and individuals in employment and commercial matters in federal and state courts. Named repeatedly as a Minnesota “SuperLawyer,” Craig was selected in 2010 as one of the Top 40 Employment Law Attorneys in Minnesota. As a former Chair of the Governing Council of the Minnesota State Bar Association’s Labor & Employment Law section (2007-08), Craig is well known for his employment law work.

In the recent past, Craig has represented employers in cases involving discrimination, retaliation, non-compete, breach of contract and misappropriation of trade secrets claims. Craig also frequently represents clients in pay or commission disputes and in matters involving severance arrangements and employee benefits. Craig also advises business clients about employment law and compliance issues.

Before joining Snyder & Brandt, P.A., in the fall of 2010, Craig practiced for years with major Twin Cities law firms Gray, Plant, Mooty, Mooty & Bennett, P.A. (2001-2010) and Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A. (1990-2001).

Over the course of his career, along with colleagues including Stephen J. Snyder, Craig has represented numerous individuals in job discrimination cases. Client recoveries in these matters have exceeded $100 million.

Craig also has substantial experience representing business clients in litigation of commercial disputes, such as contract and shareholder matters.

Outside of the workplace, most of Craig’s free time is spent with his wife and three sons. Craig regularly coaches youth athletic teams, serves as a Scouts leader, and as a board member at his church.

Further information about Craig’s experience and background is set forth below:

Representative Cases

  • Vaidyanathan v. Seagate US LLC (2011) (representation on appeal of employee who prevailed at trial on an employment-related claim under Minn. Stat. § 181.64)
  • Hageman, et al. v. Accenture LLP (2011) (co-counsel for 29 plaintiffs pursuing age discrimination claims arising from group terminations)
  • Fogarty v. The John Roberts Company (2011) (defense counsel for employer in lawsuit involving Americans with Disabilities Act and retaliation claims)
  • ev3 Inc., et al. v. Cardiovascular Systems, Inc., et al. (2007-09) (defense counsel for medical device company in misappropriation of trade secrets and unfair competition case)
  • Northern PCS Services, LLC v. Sprint Nextel Corp., 2007 WL 951546 (D. Minn. 2007) (represented regional affiliate in contract dispute with Sprint Corporation)
  • Gottermeyer v. Norstan, Inc., 2006 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 46969 (N.D. Ohio 2006) (obtained summary judgment for defendant/employer on age discrimination, ERISA and related claims arising from reduction-in-force; successfully represented employer on appeal before Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals)
  • Craig v. Pillsbury Non-Qualified Pension Plan, 458 F.3d 748 (8th Cir. 2006) (successfully represented former company executive on ERISA claim under “top hat” pension plan; upheld client victory on appeal to the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals)
  • Gleich v. Tastefully Simple, Inc., 2006 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 21706 (N.D. Ill. 2006) (successfully obtained order enforcing forum selection clause in contract used by one of the nation’s leading direct sales companies)
  • Yates v. Rexton, Inc., 267 F.3d 793 (8th Cir. 2001) (argued winning appeal to the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals on age discrimination claim)
  • Energy Solutions Int’l v. Tastad, 1999 Minn. App. LEXIS 1120 (Minn. App. 1999) (successfully obtained order defeating opposing party’s motion for an injunction seeking enforcement of a non-compete contract against his client, a former executive of the plaintiff, and upheld the victory on appeal)
  • Gatzmeyer v. Goebel Fixture Co., 1996 Minn. App. LEXIS 458 (Minn. App. 1996) (briefed and argued successful appeal concerning job discrimination claims of multiple plaintiffs)
  • Flavel, et al. v. Svedala Indus., Inc., U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin 1994 (co-trial counsel for the plaintiff class in a seven-week trial on age discrimination pattern or practice claim arising from reductions in force)

Presentations

  • Gross v. FBL Financial Services, Inc. – How are Courts Applying the “But-For” Standard in ADEA and Other Cases?”, Minnesota CLE on Age Discrimination in Employment, October 2012
  • “Age Discrimination Issues That Arise From Reductions in Force,” The 2012 Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute, May 2012
  • “The Double-Edged Sword: Noncompetition Covenants and Trade Secrets,” Gray Plant Mooty Employment Law Seminar, April 2010
  • “You’re Kidding: That’s Retaliation?”, Hennepin County Bar Association Labor and Employment Section, November 2009
  • “E-Discovery for the In-House Lawyer,” Gray Plant Mooty Corporate Counsel Breakfast Group, September 2007
  • “Requesting E-Discovery,” South Dakota State Bar Association Annual Meeting, June 2007
  • “Waivers & Releases: Validity and Effect,” Training for investigators and employees of human rights agencies, presented by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Minnesota State Bar Association Labor & Employment Law Section, June 2007
  • “Employment Law Update,” Ramsey County Bar Association, Solo and Small Firm Section, April 2007
  • “Age Discrimination in Employment Act,” Minnesota Employment Law Institute, June 2004
  • “Current Topics in Age Discrimination Litigation,” Minnesota Department of Human Rights, Human Rights Day Conference, December 2002

Publications

  • “Age Discrimination in Employment Act,” co-author, MSBA Labor and Employment Law News, Vol. 25, No. 1, December 2011, and many earlier editions
  • “Crackdown looms for misclassifying employees as contractors,” Minnesota Employment Law, November 2009
  • “New Federal Report Highlights Increasing Risk to Employers from Improperly Classifying Employees as Independent Contractors,” Gray Plant Mooty Employment Edge, 105th Edition, September 2009
  • “Minnesota Supreme Court Confirms: Whistleblower Statute Only Protects Employees Who Report Conduct That Violates a Statute or Rule,” GPM Employment Edge, 103rd Edition, August 10, 2009

Education

  • University of Iowa College of Law, Iowa City, Iowa, J.D., with distinction, 1990
  • Luther College, Decorah, Iowa, B.A. 1987

Bar Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, 2006
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado, 2002
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin, 2001
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit, 2000
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin, 1992
  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota, 1990
  • Minnesota, 1990

Professional Activities

  • American Bar Association
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Hennepin County Bar Association
  • Minnesota State Bar Association Labor & Employment Law Section Governing Council, member (2003-08), chairman (2007-08)

Honors and Distinctions

  • “Super Lawyer,” Minnesota Super Lawyers (2005-11)
  • Named one of the “Top 40 Employment Law Attorneys,” Minnesota Law & Politics (April/May 2010)
  • AV Peer Review rating by Martindale-Hubbell (“very high to preeminent legal ability”)

Community Involvement

  • Member, Board of Directors, Minnesota Justice Foundation, whose mission is to promote pro bono work by law students in the Twin Cities (2010-present)
  • Hennepin County Housing Court, volunteer attorney (2006-present)
  • Hennepin County Fourth District Ethics Committee, member (2002-08)
  • Scouts leader (2006-11)
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