Brian Rochel provides winning results for employees and whistleblowers. Brian is an experienced trial lawyer who is certified by the Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA) as an Employment Law Specialist.
Brian wins for his clients. At trial, at mediation, or in settlement negotiations, he fights to win the best result for his client. His successes include millions of dollars in awards for employees who have experienced discrimination, retaliation, sexual harassment, hostile work environments, Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) violations, and much more.
Brian currently serves as the President of the Minnesota Chapter of the National Employment Lawyers Association (MN-NELA). He served on the Board from 2014-2017 (including as Vice President) and again from 2021-2024. In addition, Brian serves as the Eighth Circuit representative for NELA’s Amicus Advisory Council, a committee which guides NELA’s national brief-writing priorities.
Brian regularly presents and writes on issues impacting employees’ rights and is a member of several organizations. He was recognized as “Outstanding Author of the Year” by the Federal Bar Association’s (FBA) Labor & Employment Section. He has also served on the boards of the National Employment Lawyers’ Association’s (NELA) Eighth Circuit and Minnesota chapters, as well as the FBA Labor & Employment Section and Younger Lawyers’ Division.
Brian has received numerous awards and recognitions and is very active in his community, in federal, state and local bar associations, and particularly in the labor and employment field advocating for workers’ rights. Here are some examples:
-Certified by the Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA) as an Employment Law Specialist
-Named a “Super Lawyer” by Super Lawyers, Minneapolis/St. Paul Magazine (2022)
-Named a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers, Minneapolis/St. Paul Magazine (2012-2020)
Brian has appeared on radio, served as a regular contributor to anational employment publication, presented on many panels, and has been published in national and local legal periodicals regarding employment law issues. Following are examples of Brian’s presentations and published workSaves.
Title: Employment Law Survey & Protecting Employee Rights
Organization: The Legal Journal
Type: Radio Broadcast
“Is McDonnell Douglas Too Burdensome? Circuits Question the Utility of the Decades Old Burden-Shifting Model,” The Labouring Oar, Federal Bar Association, Spring 2015 (coauthored with Phillip M. Kitzer & Frances E. Baillon)
“Universal Governmentality: A Critical Take on ‘Universal’ Human Rights and the Right to Education in Sri Lanka,” 3 INT’L J. CIV. SOC’Y L. 1 ( 2010)
Dubiel v. G&K Services, File No. 27-CV-10-5234 (Minn. Dist. Ct. May 9, 2011) (jury verdict of $361,000 in workers’ compensation retaliation case);
Abrahamson v. National Pawn Co. of Minnesota, (Minn. Dist. Ct. Apr. 2014) (jury verdict of $133,000 for sexual harassment and retaliation);
Fleck v. FMMI, (Minn. Dist. Ct. April 1, 2013) (win at trial, award of $357,000 in discrimination case–case involved two trials);
Sletten v. CPS, No. A12-2210 (Minn. Ct. App. June 3, 2013) (court of appeals victory reversing summary judgment on fraud and tortious interference claims and remanding for trial);
Helmeid v. Bd. Phys. Therapy, (Minn. Dist. Ct. Aug. 2021) (summary judgment denied in whistleblower and MHRA retaliation claims);
Oliver v. MCTC, (Minn. Dist. Ct. Jan. 2015) (summary judgment denied in disability and workers’ compensation retaliation claims);
Lindner v. Donatelli Bros. of White Bear Lake, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 110268, 1 (D. Minn. Aug. 11, 2014) (summary judgment denied on FMLA and disability claims);
Gordon and Haggins v. The New French Bakery, File No. 27-CV-11-16306 (Minn. Dist. Ct. 2012) (court denied both of Defendant’s motions for summary judgment in their entirety).
Supreme Court of Minnesota
U.S. District Court District of Minnesota
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
Juris Doctorate Degree, summa cum laude, Hamline University School of Law, St. Paul, Minnesota; Dean’s List and Articles Editor, Hamline Journal of Public Law & Policy
Certificate in Advocacy & Problem Solving, Hamline University School of Law, St. Paul, Minnesota, Dispute Resolution Center
Bachelor of Art’s Degree, magna cum laude, Hamline University, St. Paul, Minnesota
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