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NJL People: Christopher T. Ruska

Chris lends his writing skills and court experience to the Labor and Employment team. He has a knack for writing hard-hitting legal analyses for complex matters and puts to good use his varied litigation experience. Chris is used to managing multiple cases thanks to a couple of years managing his own docket as a law clerk to three judges at the Wisconsin Court of Appeals.

Chris works on complex employment matters for large companies defending against individual and class-based employment demands, charges, and lawsuits. His experience in the court system, specifically in Wisconsin, allows him to look at cases from the unique perspective of the judge.

When he’s not practicing, Chris referees soccer games for the United Soccer League (USL), Major League Soccer (MLS), and the Big Ten.

Key Practice Experience


  • Wisconsin Court of Appeals, Honorable Lisa Stark, Honorable Tom Hruz, and Honorable Mark Seidl, 2018-2020

Key Industry Experience

  • Retail
  • Financial
  • Banking
  • Tech

Representative Matters

  • ImageTrend, Inc. v. Locality Media, Inc. (D. Minn.) – Obtained dismissal of trade secret misappropriation, tortious interference, and corporate defamation claims in dispute between computer software companies
  • Boston Scientific v. Shockwave Medical (Minn. Dist. Ct.) – Defeated motion for temporary restraining order, and subsequent motion for temporary injunction following expedited discovery, in medical device industry case involving field clinical specialist employees.
  • IWCO v. Nahan (D. Minn) – Defeated motion for temporary restraining order in trade secrets dispute between direct marketing competitors.
  • Duncan LLC v. Allied Valve, Inc. (D. Minn) – Defeated motion for temporary restraining order in breach of confidentiality and trade secrets dispute.

Publications and Presentations

Professional Associations

  • Minnesota State Bar Association
    • Young Lawyers Section
  • Hennepin County Bar Association
    • Young Lawyers Section
  • Ramsey County Bar Association
    • Young Lawyers Section
  • Wisconsin Bar Association

Community Involvement

  • Mentoring soccer referees, Twin Cities

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