Katie M. Connolly

Shareholder and Chair, Labor and Employment

Katie’s mindfulness and ability to look at a problem from a variety of ways—along with her sense of humor—is what endears her to clients. She excels at untangling complex legal issues, notably able to interpret and negotiate complicated employment contracts and noncompetes to find creative solutions. Katie is also adept at taking a broader approach that positively impacts the result.

Always on the lookout for ways employers can limit liability, Katie provides practical and thoughtful advice that helps clients solve problems both before and after a lawsuit commences.

When she’s not counseling clients, Katie spends time with her husband and two young children, preferably doing something that will tire-out her very active children.

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

Key Industry Experience

  • Manufacturing
  • Financial services
  • Retail
  • Insurance
  • Information technology companies

Representative Matters

  • Wesco Distribution, Inc. v. Vittorio: Won a TRO in Minnesota federal district court in favor of Wesco Distribution, Inc. in a non-compete matter.
  • 3M v. Robrecht:  Won a TRO and partial preliminary injunction in Wisconsin state court in a trade secret dispute.
  • BFI Waste Systems of North America, Inc. v. Freeway Transfer, Inc.:  Won a jury verdict in Minnesota federal district court in favor of BFI Waste Systems of North America in a contract dispute.
  • Aramark Uniform & Career Apparel, LLC v. Simmons:  Won a TRO enforcing a non-compete agreement in Minnesota state court.
  • Thomas v. UnitedHealth Group, LLC: Won summary judgment in claim by former employee alleging race discrimination and retaliation under Title VII and the Minnesota Human Rights Act.
  • Hanson v. Mental Health Resources: Won summary judgment in claim by former employee alleging FMLA interference and retaliation, as well as violation of the Minnesota Parenting Leave Act, and the Minnesota Human Rights Act.

Recognitions and Honors

  • Selected to Rising Stars by Minnesota Super Lawyers, 2008-2017
  • Phi Beta Kappa, Indiana University

Publications and Presentations

  • “The Tightrope of Behavioral Health, ADA, and FMLA: Managing the Risk,” 2016 DMEC FMLA/ADA Employer Compliance Conference, April 26, 2016
  • “The Injured Worker: Navigating the Post-Injury Working Relationship,” 2014 Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute, May 20, 2014

Community Engagement

  • Volunteer Lawyers Network
  • The Advocates for Human Rights