Neil Goldsmith

Neil Goldsmith counsels employers on labor relations issues and handles complex employment litigation matters as well as 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.

He 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 substantial experience in traditional labor law. He has represented unionized companies in labor arbitrations and collective bargaining across the country. He 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.

He 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, as well as 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 the firm, Neil practiced at a large international law firm that focused on labor and employment law.


  • 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 judgment 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

Court Memberships

  • Illinois
  • Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court District of Northern Illinois
  • U.S. District Court District of Central Illinois
  • U.S. District Court District of Indiana
  • U.S. District Court District of Minnesota
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Eighth Circuit


  • "Minnesota Rising Star," Thomson Reuters, 2019
  • “North Star Lawyers,” Minnesota State Bar Association, 2016

Professional Affiliations

  • National Association of College and University Attorneys, NACUA NOTES Editorial Board Member, 2016-present; CLE Committee Member, 2019-present
  • Mitchell Hamline School of Law, adjunct professor, 2015-2017

Community Involvement

  • Camp Fire Minnesota, Board Member
  • Twin Cities Cardozo Society, member/volunteer, 2014-present 


  • Presenter, “Whistleblowing Post-Friedlander: Who Isn’t a Whistleblower These Days?, Minnesota CLE Labor and Employment Conference, November 2019
  • Presenter, Student Employment: An Essential Guide to New Developments and Key Issues Concerning Student Employees, NACUA Higher Education Employment Law: Essential Updates, Emerging Issues, and New Challenges, March 22, 2018
  • Co-presenter, Labor Law Update: How the NLRB is Changing Under the Trump Administration, Minnesota College and University Professional Association for Human Resources, February 22, 2018
  • Co-presenter, Legal Update, MNCUPA-HR Spring 2017 Conference, June 15, 2017
  • Presenter, Labor Issues in Agriculture: The Dos and Don’ts of Hires in Ag Today, East Central Irrigators Association Annual Meeting, January 17, 2017
  • Presenter, Labor & Employment Supreme Court Review, Chicago Bar Association Young Lawyers Labor & Employment Law Section, September 26, 2013

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Tammy Hahn


Washington University in St. Louis School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2010

University of Wisconsin, B.A., with distinction, 2007