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NJL People: Austin J. Spillane

Austin Spillane is a member of NJL’s Labor and Employment team. He employs his analytical and writing talents to litigation matters ranging from single-plaintiff discrimination claims, noncompetes, FLSA collective actions, and state wage-and-hour class actions. Prior to joining private practice, Austin was a clerk for The Honorable David T. Schultz in the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota. During his clerkship, Austin worked on many complex matters, including putative class actions, multidistrict litigation (“MDLs”) and several FLSA collective actions. His experience seeing litigation disputes from a judge’s perspective helps him craft winning arguments in the courtroom.

When not advocating for clients, Austin enjoys reading, cheering on his Creighton Bluejays, homebrewing, and—for half the year—enjoying Minnesota’s natural beauty.

Key Practice Experience

  • Discrimination claims
  • FLSA collective actions, misclassification
  • Wage-and-hour class actions
  • Employer torts
  • Noncompetes
  • Preventive employer advising

Professional Associations

  • Alumni Advisory Board, Creighton University Honors Program
  • Minnesota Lavender Bar Association
  • Hennepin County Bar Association

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