Courtney Blanchard


Courtney’s experience as a crime and court reporter has honed her strong writing abilities and given her knowledge of the court system. These skills allow her to craft strong arguments, meet deadlines, and work effectively.

Courtney thrives on finding creative solutions for her clients. Through her experience, she’s able to help clients navigate tough decisions and reach the best outcome.

Although she’s a South Dakota native, Courtney loves to explore the great outdoors like any “typical Minnesotan.”  She loves hiking, running around the lakes with her dog, and biking. She’s also a great cook (brunch is her specialty) and enjoys reading for her book club.

  • Key Practice and Industry Experience
  • Representative Matters
  • Recognitions and Honors
  • Publications and Presentations
  • Professional Associations

Key Practice Experience

  • FLSA/Wage-and-Hour Defense
  • Appellate Practice
  • Class and complex litigation strategy
  • Leave of Absence and Disability Defense
  • Compliance with local employment regulations, including paid Sick and Safe Leave and Fair Workweek/Scheduling laws
  • EEOC Class Investigation and Litigation Defense
  • Discrimination Defense
  • Preventive Employment Counseling
  • Whistleblower/Retaliation Defense
  • Administrative Agency Charge Responses
  • Fair Credit Reporting Act defense in the employment setting
  • Reductions in Force

Key Industry Experience

  • Technology
  • Retail
  • Healthcare
  • Education
  • Non-profit
  • Hospitality
  • Restaurant/Food Service
  • Manufacturing

Representative Matters

  • LaPointe, et al v. Target Corporation: Interviewed putative class members to develop comprehensive defense against a statewide New York Labor Law misclassification case. This matter is still in litigation.
  • Scott, et al v. Cerner Corporation (state law misclassification wage and hour class action): Interviewed putative class members to develop comprehensive defense against a statewide Missouri Wage Law misclassification case.  This matter is still in litigation.
  • Successfully obtained dismissal of administrative charge alleging discrimination on behalf of national healthcare company.
  • Defended employers in EEOC proceedings alleging class claims of discrimination based upon conduct of criminal background checks.
  • Represented small business through successful resolution of wage-and-hour class claim.

Recognitions and Honors

  • Selected to the 2019 Minnesota Rising Stars list, published by Super Lawyers
  • Judicial Extern to the Honorable John R. Tunheim
  • Law Clerk to the Honorable Matthew E. Johnson
  • Outstanding Young Iowa Journalist Award
  • CALI, William Mitchell College of Law
  • Finalist for Burton Award for Excellence in Legal Writing, William Mitchell College of Law
  • William Mitchell Law Review

Publications and Presentations

  • “Over Yonder: A National Perspective to Sick and Safe Leave,” ALFA Labor & Employment Seminar, June 13, 2019
  • “Ethics and Conflicts Issues in Restrictive Covenant Litigation,” Minnesota CLE Trade Secrets and Restrictive Covenants: Protecting Assets and Litigating Disputes Seminar, February 20, 2018

Professional Associations

  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Minnesota Chapter, Federal Bar Association
  • Minnesota Women Lawyers

Community Engagement

  • Prepare + Prosper
  • Twin Cities Diversity in Practice: Ambassador Program