Jeremy D. Robb

Associate

Jeremy is a determined litigator who has successfully tried numerous cases to complete defense verdicts both in court and through arbitration involving whistleblower, discrimination, and retaliation claims. Jeremy also represents companies across the nation in post-employment covenants and trade secret litigation. 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 manage cases, write cogently, and think on his feet 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.

  • 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.

  • Olukayode v. UnitedHealth, Obtained denial of conditional certification in an independent-contractor misclassification case involving at-the-elbow consultants.  This matter is still in litigation.
  • Speer, et al. v. Cerner Corporation: Defended Cerner Corporation against a nationwide FLSA claim arising out of payments under the fluctuating work week.
  • Lopez v. Zenefits: Defended Zenefits against nationwide FLSA misclassification claims. Obtained order compelling plaintiffs to proceed to arbitration before reaching a confidential settlement of claims.
  • 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 and retail clients.

Whistleblower Litigation

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

  • Sellner v. MAT Holdings, Inc.: Defended MAT Holdings, Inc. against Minnesota Whistleblower Act claim. Obtained complete defense verdict in federal jury trial.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Honeyman v. American Academy of Neurology: Defended American Academy of Neurology against Minnesota Whistleblower Act claim. Reached confidential settlement of claims.
  • Rieck v. Olympus Corporation of the Americas: Defending Olympus against 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). Reached confidential settlement of claims.
  • 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

  • Prime Therapeutics v. Maxor: Represented Maxor against various claims, including tortious interference claims. Obtained denial of TRO. Reached settlement following the court’s denial of TRO.
  • TelCom Construction Inc. v. Michael Simon and MP Nexlevel, LLC: After replacing prior counsel, obtained vacation of previously entered temporary injunction and obtained summary judgment on non-compete and tortious interference claims.
  • AmeriPride v. Landsteiner et al.: Asserted breach of non-competition agreement and breach of confidentiality claims. Obtained settlement after TRO hearing.
  • AmeriPride v. Peterson: Asserted non-competition and breach of confidentiality claims on behalf of AmeriPride. Court entered consent injunction.
  • United Health Group, Inc. & Optum Services, Inc. v. Glasgow: Asserted breach of non-disclosure and non-solicitation provisions in employment agreement on behalf of UnitedHealth Group, Inc. Reached favorable settlement after initiation of action.
  • United Health Group, Inc. v. Dale Zurbay and Nuance Communications, Inc.: Asserted breach of non-disclosure and non-solicitation provisions in employment agreement on behalf of UnitedHealth Group, Inc. Reached favorable settlement for client after TRO hearing.
  • Prosecuted a noncompetition and trade secret case on behalf of Fortune 25 company. Helped client reach favorable settlement of claims.
  • Litigated various noncompete claims in Ohio on behalf of direct marketing company.

Employment Advising

  • Provides ongoing employment advice to various companies, including companies in the retail, medical device, restaurant, healthcare and produce industries.
  • 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 list (2016-2019)
  • Law Clerk for the Honorable Thomas J. Kalitowski, Minnesota Court of Appeals (2013)
  • Editor, William Mitchell Law Review (2011-2011)

Publications and Presentations

  • “E-Discovery,” CLE Presentation at Chubb Insurance in Pittsburgh, PA (2018)
  • “Friedlander: The Canary Does, In Face, Sing Again,” Hennepin County Bar Association CLE (2017)
  • 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