Neil Goldsmith

Principal
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Direct: 612.632.3401

Support Staff

Tammy Hahn
Direct: 612.632.3216

Neil Goldsmith counsels employers on labor relations issues and handles complex employment litigation matters and day-to-day advising questions for large and small companies both locally and nationally. Neil takes a pragmatic, proactive approach in his practice, always keeping his clients’ business priorities and risk tolerance in mind when advising on litigation strategy and employee relations issues. He has worked with clients across several industries including health care, manufacturing, retail, food service, agribusiness, energy, transportation, hospitality, and higher education.

Neil has successfully defended employers before state and federal trial and appellate courts, the National Labor Relations Board, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, U.S. Department of Labor, Minnesota Department of Human Rights, Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry, Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights, St. Paul Department of Human Rights, and numerous state and local agencies.

Neil has developed a unique expertise in traditional labor law. He has represented unionized companies in labor arbitrations and collective bargaining across the country. Neil regularly represents nonunionized companies in union campaigns and in unfair labor practice proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board. He provides regular training and counseling on various labor law topics.

Neil also helps employers navigate difficult employment matters, including discrimination/harassment charges and litigation, noncompete issues and related litigation, whistleblower/retaliation lawsuits, wage and hour compliance, and leave, accommodation, and disability issues.

Neil regularly drafts and advises on key employment-related documents, such as handbooks, policies, employment agreements, non-compete agreements, and independent contractor agreements. He also routinely provides HR training to clients on how to prevent and respond to harassment and discrimination in the workplace.

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

Experience

  • Obtained summary judgment for employer in federal whistleblower action and successfully defended employer before U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • 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
  • Defended multiple employers in wage and hour class/collective action lawsuits
  • Represented college in union representation challenge involving full-time and adjunct faculty members
  • Obtained summary judgement and federal appellate victory 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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