Neil Goldsmith

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Neil S. Goldsmith counsels employers on labor relations issues and handles complex employment litigation matters for large and small companies both locally and nationally. He has successfully defended employers before the National Labor Relations Board, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Minnesota Department of Human Rights, Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry, and the U.S. Department of Labor, as well as in arbitration and before state and federal courts. His practice also focuses on advising a wide range of organizations on employment law compliance issues, ensuring best practices and avoiding litigation whenever possible.   

Neil has worked with clients in industries such as manufacturing, retail, food service, agribusiness, energy, transportation, hospitality, health care, and higher education.

Neil advises employers on a number of labor and employment matters, including unfair labor practice proceedings, union representation challenges, grievance arbitrations, collective bargaining, discrimination charges and litigation, noncompete issues, whistleblower and retaliation lawsuits, and leave and disability issues. Neil also regularly drafts and advises on key employment-related documents, such as handbooks, policies, and employment and independent contractor agreements.

Before joining Gray Plant Mooty, Neil practiced at a large international law firm that specializes in labor and employment law.


  • Obtained summary judgment for employer in federal whistleblower action
  • Represented large retail furniture company in successful union representation campaign
  • Obtained complete defense victory at trial for transportation client before U.S. Department of Labor
  • Represented college in union representation challenge involving full-time and adjunct faculty members
  • Obtained summary judgement for university in student discrimination case
  • Represented transportation client in high-profile race discrimination and harassment case
  • Represented university in Title IX student harassment litigation
  • Defended luxury hotel chain in multiple labor arbitrations
  • Represented school district during collective bargaining and teachers’ union strike
  • Assisted in defense of large public school system in class action lawsuits alleging disability and race discrimination
  • Advised large, unionized retail grocer in sale and shutdown of area stores
  • Obtained temporary restraining order on behalf of insurance company against former employees who violated non-compete agreements while still employed by the company
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