Phillip Kitzer Participates on #MeToo Panel at FBA National Conference

On September 14, 2018, TKKR Employment Attorney Phillip Kitzer spoke on a panel sponsored by the Labor & Employment Section of the FBA at the Federal Bar Association’s National Conference in New York City. The panel, titled “#MeToo: Implementation and Administration of an Effective Anti-Harassment Policy,” discussed various legal issues arising out of the #MeToo movement, including addressing complaints in the workplace, effective training of employees and management, responding to EEOC charges, and recent tax law changes involving settlements of claims involving sexual harassment and abuse. The panel was moderated by Donna Currault of Gordon, Arata, Montgomery, Barnett LLC in New Orleans, LA, and included the Hon. Lisa M. Smith, U.S. Magistrate Judge for the Southern District of New York, and Mary A. Smith, Principal at Jackson Lewis, P.C. 

Brian Rochel Named to 2017 Up and Coming Attorneys List

Teske Katz Kitzer & Rochel is proud to announce that partner Brian Rochel has been named to Minnesota Lawyer’s list of 2017 Up & Coming Attorneys. Mr. Rochel was among one of only 23 honorees this year, all chosen by an outside panel consisting of past Honorees. Attorneys were selected based on their professional accomplishments, leadership and service to their community and profession, and achievements in their first 10 years of practice.

Mr. Rochel practices on behalf of employees in employment-related legal disputes. He has held numerous leadership roles in the legal community, including Vice President of the Minnesota chapter of the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA), a board member of the 8th Circuit NELA Chapter, a board member of the Federal Bar Association’s (FBA) national Younger Lawyers Division, and co-chair of the FBA Labor and Employment Section’s Publications and Public Relations Committee. Mr. Rochel has written and spoken on a wide variety of topics in employment law and has been instrumental in organizing several employment law conferences throughout the country. Mr. Rochel also contributes to his community by serving as a volunteer facilitator and board member of the Seward Longfellow Restorative Justice Partnership since 2011. This program is a pioneering non-profit organization that utilizes restorative justice to address the harm caused by juvenile offenders through South Minneapolis by facilitating meetings between victims and offenders as an alternative to traditional juvenile justice. Mr. Rochel has been named a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers every year since 2012, and most recently was selected as “Author of the Year” by the Federal Bar Association’s Labor & Employment Section for his outstanding work.

Please join Teske Katz Kitzer & Rochel in congratulating Brian on this wonderful achievement! If you would like to consult with Brian or another of our attorneys, please contact us ( today.



Phillip Kitzer Moderates Panel on Race and Religious Discrimination at Federal Bar Association National Conference

On September 16, 2016, Teske Katz Kitzer & Rochel attorney Phillip Kitzer moderated a panel on discrimination at the Federal Bar Association’s annual national conference in Cleveland, Ohio.  The program, entitled “Race and Religious Discrimination in the Workplace,” addressed the history of race and religious discrimination claims over the past 40 years. The panelists also discussed Nobach v. Woodland Village Nursing Home Center, Inc. one of the first religious discrimination cases to reach an appellate court after EEOC v. Abercrombie & Fitch Stores.  Finally, the panel discussed the various types of discrimination currently faced in the workplace by the American Muslim community.  The panel included attorney Danielle Brewer, The Brewer Law Firm, Craig Cowart, Jackson Lewis, and Roula Allouch, the current chair of the board of directors for the Council For American-Islamic Relations (“CAIR”).


If you believe you have experienced race or religious discrimination at work, please contact our firm to learn about your rights.