Sandra L. Jezierski

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Sandra is adept at handling major employment disputes for multinational companies with complicated business structures. Her devotion to learning the complexities of her clients’ industries and internal procedures makes her a genuine business partner—someone they trust to be the “face” of their business during litigation.

She prides herself in quickly responding to client needs while getting them through tough litigation with as little pain as possible.

When not working, Sandra enjoys hanging out with her husband, daughter, son, and dog, Maizy; reading; and biking with friends.

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

Key Industry Experience

  • Retail
  • Health Care
  • Airline
  • School District/Public

Representative Matters

  • Talton v. Bluestem Brands, Hennepin County District Court. Defended Bluestem against race discrimination claims. Successfully tried the case before a jury and prevailed on all claims. (2017)
  • Defended Fortune 15 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 15 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 15 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)
  • Defended Fortune 15 company against disability discrimination and FMLA retaliation claims before the AAA. Successfully tried the case to conclusion and prevailed on all claims. Defeated claimant’s motion to vacate arbitration award in United States District Court of Minnesota. (2014)
  • Thomas v. UnitedHealth Group, United States District Court of Minnesota.  Defended UnitedHealth Group against race discrimination and retaliation claims.  Defendant’s motion for summary judgment was granted in its entirety. (2014)
  • Defended Fortune 25 company against disability discrimination claims before the AAA.  Plaintiff voluntarily dismissed her complaint after Defendant filed its memorandum in support of its motion for summary judgment. (2012)
  • Defended Fortune 25 company against disability discrimination claims before the AAA.  Defendant’s motion for summary judgment was granted in its entirety. (2012)
  • Defended Fortune 25 company against disability discrimination claims before the AAA.  Successfully tried the case to conclusion and prevailed on all claims. (2013)
  • Lehman v. UnitedHealth Group, United States District Court of Minnesota.  Defended UnitedHealth Group against age discrimination and retaliation claims.  Defendant’s Rule 12 motion to dismiss was granted in its entirety. (2010)
  • Wooters v. Thorpe Distributing Co., Hennepin County District Court.  Defended Thorpe Distributing against sex discrimination and retaliation claims.  Matter was settled under confidential terms after Defendant moved for summary judgment. (2010)
  • Johnson v. The Gap, United States District Court of Minnesota.  Defended The Gap against multi-plaintiff sexual harassment and gender discrimination claims.  Matter was settled upon confidential terms during discovery. (2006)
  • Cruzan v. Special School District, No. 1, United States District Court of Minnesota.  Defended the Minneapolis Public School District against claims of religious discrimination.  Obtained summary judgment on all claims.  Defended appeal and argued before the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.  Summary judgment was affirmed. (2001-2002)
  • Chial v. Sprint/United Management Co., United States District Court of Minnesota.  Defended Sprint against whistleblower claims.  Obtained summary judgment on all claims.  Defended appeal and argued before the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.  Summary judgment was affirmed. (2008-2009)
  • Anderson v. Target Corporation, United States District Court of Minnesota.  Defended Target Corporation against race discrimination claims.  Obtained summary judgment on all claims.  Defended appeal to the Eighth Circuit where summary judgment was affirmed. (2008)

Recognitions and Honors

  • White Belt Certification, Legal Lean Sigma and Project Managment
  • Listed in Minnesota Super Lawyers, 2015-2017

Professional Associations

  • Minnesota Women Lawyers
  • Hennepin County Bar Association
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association

Community Engagement

  • Delegate to United Nations Committee on Human Rights – Geneva
  • Legal Specialist for ABA Central and East European Law Initiative in Kosovo
  • Delegate to United Nations Fourth World Women’s Conference – Beijing