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Mark A. Pihart

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Education
University of Iowa College of Law, J.D., with distinction, 1996
University of Iowa, B.A., Political Science & Spanish, with distinction, Phi Beta Kappa, 1993
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Experience
Mark A. Pihart joined Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A., in 2000. He is a shareholder practicing in the areas of Employment Counseling and Employment Litigation, and is the co-chair of the Employment Law group. Mark advises and represents a variety of clients on matters regarding employment discrimination, employment laws and regulations. He has extensive experience in representing and counseling clients on a wide range of employment related issues, including the hiring process, employment agreements, discrimination issues, leave of absence issues, wage and hour issues, non-competition covenants, trade secret issues, use of social media in the workplace, breach of contract claims and the termination process, including unemployment claims and compliance with state and federal employment laws. Mark frequently trains Human Resources professionals, managers and employees around the country on a host of employment-related topics.

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

Bar Admissions
Minnesota, 2001
Illinois, 1998
Iowa, 1996
U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, 2004
U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit, 1998
U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois, 1996
U.S. District Court for the Northern and Southern Districts of Iowa, 1996

Articles & Presentations

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. Millard, Elizabeth. "Tech Toolkit: How to use online surveys." Finance & Commerce. 21 Mar 2011.

Speaker. "'Friending' and 'Tweeting' in the Workplace: The Impact of Social Media on Corporate America." Hennepin County Bar Association Corporate Counsel Luncheon. 21 Apr. 2011.

Panelist. "Understanding the Impact of Social Media in the Workplace." Allied Executives Social Media Workshop. Oakdale, MN. 1 Sept. 2010.

Speaker. "Human Resource Guide to Unemployment Compensation Benefits." South Central Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). 13 May 2010.

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

Co-Author. "Understanding Independent Contractor Classifications." Human Resources 2008. Summer ed. Washington, D.C.: Thompson, 2008. 85-94.

Co-Author. "Pre-Employment Screening and Credit Checks." Human Resources 2008. Winter ed. Washington, D.C.: Thompson, 2008. 97-106.

Co-Author. "Workplace Privacy." Mortgage Developments 2007. Summer ed. Washington, D.C.: Thompson, 2007. 145-157.

Co-Author. "Preventing-and Coping With - Harassment Charges." Human Resources 2007. Summer ed. Washington, D.C.: Thompson, 2007. 11-21.  

Co-Author. "Documenting Discipline: Begin Early." Human Resources 2007: Answers to Your Top 25 Questions. Summer ed. Washington, D.C.: Thompson, 2007. 103-10. 

Co-Author. "Workplace Privacy." Human Resources 2007: Answers to Your Top 25 Questions. Winter ed. Washington, D.C.: Thompson, 2007. 73-8


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Professional Associations & Memberships
  • American Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Iowa State Bar Association
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
    • Governing Council, Labor and Employment Section, 2008–2012 
  • Society for Human Resource Management
  • Board of Directors, Fraser
  • School Advisory Council, St. John's Catholic School, Hopkins
  • Regional School Advisory Council, Notre Dame Academy, Minnetonka 

Honors & Awards

  • Certified Labor and Employment Law Specialist, Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Ranked as “AV Preeminent” in LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell’s peer review ratings
  • Rising Stars, Minnesota Law & Politics, 2009-2010
  • Associate Editor for The Journal of Transnational Law and Contemporary Problems, 1995-1996

 
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