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Laura A. Pfeiffer

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University of Minnesota Law School, J.D., cum laude, 1995
Arizona State University, B.S., Economics, magna cum laude, 1992

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Laura Pfeiffer is a shareholder at Winthrop & Weinstine, and co-chair of the firm’s Employment Law department. She practices in the area of employment law and commercial litigation, advising and representing clients on employment laws and regulations. Laura has extensive experience representing clients in a wide range of commercial and employment-related disputes, including discrimination issues, breach of contract claims, non-competition covenants, trade secret claims, franchise claims, and other business disputes. She has handled countless administrative proceedings before the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Minnesota Department of Human Rights and similar state agencies throughout the country, and regularly trains employers on employment law issues.

Additional Qualifications
Certified Labor and Employment Law Specialist, Minnesota State Bar Association

Bar Admissions
Minnesota, 1995
U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, 1995

Community Involvement
  • American Bar Association
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Hennepin County Bar Association
  • Minnesota Women Lawyers
  • Society for Human Resource Management

Honors & Awards

  • Minnesota Super Lawyers®, 2012-2017
  • Ranked as “AV Preeminent” in LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell’s peer review ratings
  • Certified Labor and Employment Law Specialist, Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Rising Stars, Minnesota Law & Politics, 2000-2009
  • Director of the Environmental Moot Court
  • Research Assistant to Stephen F. Befort
Articles & Presentations
Speaker. "Labor & Employment: The Latest Noncompete Developments." Hennepin County Bar Association. 15 December 2015.

Speaker. "Employment Law Series: FMLA Update 2015." Minnesota CLE. Live Webcast. 26 October 2015.

Co-author. "Non-Competition Agreements and Trade Secrets." MSBA Labor and Employment Section Newsletter. Winter 2015.

Speaker. "Employment Law Institute Series: FMLA Update - 2015." Minnesota CLE. Live Webcast. 23 June 2015.

Referenced. Pribek, Jane. “Content marketing: Showing who you are.” Minnesota Lawyer. February 9, 2015.

Speaker. "Recent Employment Law Developments: A Top Ten List." and "Leave Management Under the FMLA and ADA." Winthrop & Weinstine Employment Law Seminar. 7 October 2014.

Qtd. "How to Keep Hot-Button Issues from Boiling Over in Workplace." Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal. 28 Sept. 2012.

Author. “Timing and Manner of Payment.” Wage and Hour Handbook: Federal and Minnesota. 1st ed. St. Paul: Minnesota CLE, 2011. 113-138.

Co-Author. Minnesota Employment Law Forms and Practice Manual. 1st ed. Vol. 1. Brooklandville: Data Trace Company, 2009.

Author. “Are Your Supervisors a Help or Hindrance?” Minnesota Lawyer. Vol. 13, No. 32, 2009.

Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute.
  • Presentation. "Every Employer is Vulnerable – Preventing Workplace Violence," 2013.
  • Panelist. "Exempt or Non-Exempt? Classify Your Workers Correctly," 2012.
  • Panelist. “Retaliation Defense Litigation,” 2011.
  • Presentation. “How to Prepare Your Witness (or How to Be a Good Witness) for Deposition and Trial,” 2008.
  • Presentation. “Romance in the Workplace,” 2005.
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