Caitlin R. Gehlen

Caitlin Gehlen focuses her practice on higher education and employment law. Caitlin advises and trains colleges and universities on a variety of legal issues including Title IX, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act, Clery, FERPA, the Fair Housing Act, and the ADA. Caitlin also regularly conducts higher education investigations on behalf of institutions, including sexual misconduct investigations. Caitlin has experience advising faith-based higher education institutions on issues that are unique to them. In addition, Caitlin advises employers on a wide range of labor and employment matters, including unfair labor practice proceedings, union representation challenges, grievance arbitrations, collective bargaining, discrimination charges and litigation, non-compete issues, whistleblower and retaliation lawsuits, leave and disability issues, and employee handbooks and policies.

Caitlin is an alumna of the firm's summer associates program. While she was in law school, Caitlin worked as a volunteer student law clerk with the ACLU-MN, Call for Justice, a local nonprofit that provides legal referrals for low-income individuals and families, and as a pro bono law clerk at a major Minneapolis law firm.



  • Co-presenter, "Recruiting and Hiring Trends," and "Leave & Accommodations – Deep Dive Into Employers’ Rights and Responsibilities under FMLA, ADA, PWFA and PUMP Act," Lathrop GPM 2023 Employment & Labor Law Seminar, October 5, 2023 (Kansas City); October 24, 2023 (Minneapolis)
  • Presenter, "Recent Changes in Employment Law for Health Care Providers," Lathrop GPM Health Law Seminar, September 13, 2023
  • Co-presenter, "Mission Critical - Updates on Trade Secret Litigation and Non-Compete Agreements," Lathrop GPM 2023 State of Litigation: Draft Edition, April 12, 2023
  • Presenter, "Navigating Misclassification Pitfalls: Are Your Nonprofit Workers Employees, Volunteers or Contractors?" Minnesota Association of Cemeteries, September 23, 2022
  • Presenter, "Intro to Corporate Structure," Duality Cohort 2, September 23, 2022
  • Co-presenter, "Title IX/VAWA Investigator Training," trainED, August 3, 2022
  • Co-presenter, "Leave Lessons: Common Misconceptions About the ADA and FMLA," Lathrop GPM 2022 Employment & Labor Law Seminar, May 4, 2022 (Minneapolis)
  • Co-presenter, "Title IX/VAWA Investigator Training," trainED, August 4, 2021
  • Co-presenter, "Title IX/VAWA Investigator Training," trainED, July 21, 2021
  • Co-presenter, "Today’s Unemployment Claims: An Employer’s Guide," LeadingAge Minnesota, November 11, 2020

Client Alerts and Blog Posts

Professional Affiliations

  • Minnesota Bar Association
  • Minnesota Women Lawyers, member

Community Involvement

  • United Way Campaign, volunteer


  • “North Star Lawyers,” Minnesota State Bar Association, 2018, 2019

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    80 South Eighth Street
    3100 IDS Center
    Minneapolis, MN 55402


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Court Memberships

  • Minnesota


William Mitchell College of Law, J.D., summa cum laude, 2016, William Mitchell Law Review

Michigan State University, B.A., 2009