Jeremy D. Robb

Associate

Jeremy is a determined litigator who represents Fortune 100 companies in the health care and retail industries, among others. He has been an integral part of trial and arbitration teams defending employers against whistleblower claims under both state law and the Sarbanes-Oxley Act; FMLA discrimination and retaliation claims; and religious, national origin, and disability discrimination claims. As a key member of NJL’s national FLSA/wage-and-hour practice, Jeremy also defends employers against wage and misclassification claims and conducts compliance audits.

His ability to write cogently, think on his feet, and meticulously argue on behalf of his clients helps drive lawsuits and arbitrations to a favorable resolution. In addition, Jeremy’s understanding of his clients’ needs and objectives enables him to provide timely, thoughtful, and practical guidance to help them advance their business goals.

When Jeremy is not devoting his time to his clients, you can find him outside—usually running, golfing, playing with his dog, traveling, or cheering on Minnesota’s local sports teams.

  • Key Practice and Industry Experience
  • Representative Matters
  • Recognitions and Honors
  • Publications and Presentations
  • Community Involvement

Representative Matters

Wage and Hour

Defend employers in wage-and-hour and misclassification claims; conduct wage-and-hour compliance audits; advise companies on wage-and-hour policies and practices.

  • Speer, et al. v. Cerner Corporation: Defended Cerner Corporation against a nationwide FLSA claim arising out of payments under the fluctuating work week. This matter is still in litigation.
  • Lopez, et al v. YourPeople, Inc, d/b/ Zenefits FTW Insurance Services (FLSA misclassification wage and hour class action). This matter is still in litigation.
  • Performed compliance review for technology company following audits by California and Arizona offices of the Department of Labor.
  • Performed exemption analyses of key job positions for technology client.

Whistleblower Litigation

Defend employers in single-plaintiff whistleblower lawsuits and administrative investigations, hearings, and appeals before the United States Department of Labor.

  • Defended Fortune 10 company against Sarbanes-Oxley claim in an administrative trial before the United States Department of Labor. Successfully tried the case to conclusion and prevailed on all claims (2017).
  • Defended Fortune 10 company against claims of wrongful termination under the Minnesota Whistleblower Act before the AAA. Successfully tried the case to conclusion and prevailed on all claims (2016).
  • Honeyman v. American Academy of Neurology (Minnesota Whistleblower Act claim). This matter is still in litigation.

Discrimination Defense

Defend and advise companies facing individual and class discrimination claims in private litigation and in agency charges, including recommendations for business changes after litigation.

  • Abdel-Ghani v. Target Corporation (MHRA and Title VII race and national origin discrimination): secured summary judgment on all claims (2016); argued appeal before 8th Circuit, which affirmed summary judgment (2017).
  • Sanchez v. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota (race discrimination). This matter is still in litigation.
  • Defended Fortune 10 company against claims of wrongful termination under the Minnesota Whistleblower Act and FMLA discrimination and retaliation before the AAA. Successfully tried the case to conclusion and prevailed on all claims (2016).
  • Defended Fortune 10 company against claims of FMLA, retaliation, and religious discrimination before the AAA. Successfully tried the case to conclusion and prevailed on all claims (2016).
  • Defended Fortune 10 company against claims of FMLA discrimination. Helped client reach favorable settlement of claims (2015).
  • Defended major produce supplier against claims of sex discrimination. Helped client reach favorable settlement of claims (2014).
  • Represented companies at local state and federal agencies, including the EEOC and MHRA.
  • Represented companies at mediations and settlement conferences.

Non-compete Litigation

  • United Health Group, Inc. & Optum Services, Inc. v. Glasgow (non-disclosure and non-solicitation claims; favorable settlement after initiation of action) (2015).
  • United Health Group, Inc. v. Dale Zurbay and Nuance Communications, Inc. (non-disclosure and non-solicitation claims; favorable settlement for client after TRO hearing) (2014).
  • Prosecuted a noncompetition and trade secret case on behalf of Fortune 25 company. Helped client reach favorable settlement of claims (2014).
  • Litigated various noncompete claims in Ohio on behalf of direct marketing company (2014).

Employment Advising

  • Provides ongoing employment advice to prosthetics company, a Minneapolis talent and promotions company, and a manufacturing company.
  • Regularly audits and reviews employee handbooks and other policies.
  • Regularly provides advice to companies on issues regarding recreational and medical marijuana.
  • Assisted with reductions in force for Fortune 50 company.

Recognitions and Honors

  • Selected to Minnesota Rising Stars (2016, 2017)
  • Law Clerk for the Honorable Thomas J. Kalitowski, Minnesota Court of Appeals (2013)
  • Editor, William Mitchell Law Review (2011-2011)

Publications and Presentations

  • Co-authored with Sandra L. Jezierski, “It’s All a Blur: The Fine Line Between Legal and Illegal Marijuana Use,” Recent Trends in the Legalization of Marijuana: Understanding Federal Laws, Interpreting Changing State Laws, and Navigating the Conflict Between Them (Aspatore Special Report) (2014).
  • “Get Ready for Minnesota’s Changing Employment Law Landscape: Minimum Wage and WESA,” Minnesota Council of Nonprofits Webinar (2014)
  • Quoted: Catherine Conlan, “6 Common Bad Habits That Could Get You Fired,” Monster.com (Oct. 2014).
  • Co-authored with Heidi N. Christianson, “$9.50 is the New $7.25: Minnesota Boosts the Minimum Wage,” Minnesota Council of Nonprofits (2014).

Professional Associations

  • Federal Bar Association

Community Engagement

  • William Mitchell Mentor Program
  • Legal Access Point Clinic, Volunteer Lawyers Network