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Mark A. Pihart

I try not to take myself too seriously, but I do take my work and my client relationships seriously.

My Approach

Businesses are all about the people who make them run, and I work with clients to make sure they run smoothly. I counsel corporate clients of all sizes to give them peace of mind as they navigate employment issues. There are any number of concerns that keep them up at night – not enough or too many employees, sexual harassment claims, wage and hour issues, protected leave, compensation issues, trade secrets, retaining key employees, and terminating problem employees – that it can be overwhelming, especially for companies that don’t have a dedicated HR department. I listen to clients’ concerns and counsel them on ways to proceed when an issue arises, and also on the preventative side, before something develops into a real problem.

When working with clients, I treat their business as if it were my own, and advise them on how I would react or what actions I would take, rather than just spouting the law.

One of my favorite aspects of my work is performing employment audits and conducting on-site training, which allows me to take a closer look inside the business, see how it operates, meet the workforce, and assess what is working and what could use improvement in order to prevent future issues.

When I’m not working, I enjoy traveling to exotic destinations (like the east coast of Iowa), fishing (there’s a fine line between fishing and standing in a boat for hours like a fool), boating with my family, and golfing with family and friends, albeit poorly.  I once shot a 59, which apparently is not good for 9 holes.

Practice Areas

Honors & Awards

AV Preeminent

LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell, Peer review ratings

Rising Stars

Minnesota Law & Politics, 2009-2010

Best Lawyers in America®

Employee Law – Management, 2019-2024
Litigation – Labor & Employment, 2021-2024

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
Certified Labor and Employment Law Specialist

Society for Human Resource Management


Board of Directors, 2006-2012

St. John's Catholic School, Hopkins, MN

School Advisory Council, 2006-2014

Notre Dame Academy, Minnetonka, MN

Board of Directors, 2017-present