Samuel W. Diehl

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Sam Diehl represents and advises employers in all areas of labor and employment law and litigation. Sam regularly advises on all aspects of employment, from hiring to termination. He provides practical advice enabling employers to comply with the law while achieving positive business solutions. Sam has significant experience with terminations, leaves, accommodations, and drafting and negotiating employment and non-competition agreements for employers across the country, among other matters.

Sam also regularly litigates on behalf of employers. He has significant experience litigating non-compete and trade secret cases as well as defending employers in discrimination, whistleblower, and other wrongful termination claims. His litigation experience includes:

  • Successfully defending employer at trial of disability discrimination and wage and hour claims
  • Arguing before the Minnesota Court of Appeals, sustaining jury verdict in trade secret misappropriation cases
  • Obtaining multiple injunctions on behalf of former employers in state and federal court in trade secret and non-competition cases
  • Defeating multiple injunction motions filed against clients in state and federal court in trade secret and non-competition matters
  • Obtaining numerous summary judgment victories on behalf of employers in discrimination, retaliation, and other wrongful termination claims

Sam also has a unique practice representing religious employers and churches in employment and land use matters. He has successfully litigated on behalf of multiple congregations in federal court, including obtaining critical land use approvals and settlements. He also helped numerous churches through difficult terminations, allegations of discrimination, and other unique challenges for church and faith-based employers.

Prior to joining Gray Plant Mooty, Sam worked in policy and politics in Washington, DC, serving as a political appointee at the U.S. Department of Labor and in managing a Subcommittee of the U.S. House Committee on Agriculture.

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