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Kaarin Nelson Schaffer

Conard Nelson Schaffer
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Kaarin Nelson Schaffer
Conard Nelson Schaffer

Kaarin Nelson Schaffer is a partner at Baillon Thome Jozwiak & Wanta LLP and a fierce advocate for her clients. Driven by a desire for fairness and justice, Kaarin litigates on behalf of employees across a range of employment discrimination, harassment and retaliation claims, including gender and pregnancy discrimination, whistleblower retaliation and other forms of unlawful workplace conduct by employers.

Kaarin has been named to the list of Minnesota Rising Stars in employment litigation every year since 2014, and she regularly presents at conferences on employment law. A cum laude graduate of the University of St. Thomas School of Law, Kaarin takes her passion for the law by teaching classes in American law to students in Uruguay, South America, and serving on the board of the Innocence Project of Minnesota.

Publications and Presentations

Strategies for Summary Judgment in Sexual Harassment Cases, Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute, Panelist with Cynthia Bremer and Lawrence Schaefer, May 21, 2019
Court Sanctioned Permission to Sexually Harass?, Minnesota Trial Magazine, Author, Winter 2019
Should You Take an Employment Case?, Nevada Justice Association's Advocate Magazine, Author, Jan./Feb. 2019
Avoiding 10 Leave Mistakes Employers Make-A Plaintiffs' Attorney Perspective, Minnesota CLE, Presenter, Oct. 30, 2018
Should You Take an Employment Case?, Minnesota Trial Magazine, Author, Fall 2018
Non-Compete Agreements, Interview with WCCO Radio's Jearlyn Steele, Aug. 19, 2018
What's the Harm? - Evaluating and Proving Damages, Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute, Panelist with Sheila Engelmeier, Anna Prakash and Brian Rochel, May 21, 2018
Sexual Harassment in Employment, Interview with WCCO Radio's Esme Murphy, Dec. 2, 2017
Sexual Harassment, Harvey Weinstein and Non-Disclosure Agreements, Interview with WCCO Radio, Oct. 21, 2017
LaPoint, Sanchez, and Friedlander - Good News from the Minnesota Supreme Court? And How to Keep It That Way, Minnesota Chapter of the National Employment Lawyers Association, Panelist, Sept. 12, 2017
Considerations and Strategies for Pregnancy Related Litigation, Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute, Panelist, May 23, 2017
Plaintiff & Defense Perspectives and Practice Pointers for Litigating Pregnancy Discrimination Claims, Pregnancy Accommodation and Non-Discrimination Handbook Chapter, Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute, Co-Author, 2017
Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) Update, Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute, Panelist, May 2016
Supremely Unique: Significant Supreme Court Opinions in 2016 - Fall 2016, University of St. Thomas, Presenter, 2016
Felony Disenfranchisement: Why 5 Million Americans Can't Vote This November, Bench & Bar of Minnesota, Author, Oct. 16, 2012

Representative Cases

Weber v. CenturyLink, Embarq, and Robert Lundquist, 62-CV-17-499 (Dist. Ct. Minn. July 31, 2018) (denial of defendant's motion for summary judgment on all of plaintiff's claims for discrimination and retaliation because genuine issues of material fact existed as to why plaintiff's was terminated)

Jennifer Winkelman v. Mississippi Watershed Management Organization, 27-CV-15-2015 (Dist. Ct. Minn. Dec. 7, 2015) (denial of defendant's motion for summary judgment on plaintiff's claims for disability discrimination and FMLA retaliation because genuine issues of material fact exited as to whether defendant's reasons for termination were pretext)

Settled multiple employment law disputes with settlement values exceeding $1 million, including claims of sexual harassment under the Minnesota Human Rights Act and whistleblower retaliation under the Minnesota Whistleblower Act.

Tried more than a dozen civil and criminal jury trials to verdict.

Honors and Awards

Super Lawyers Rising Star, Employment Litigation: Plaintiff, 2014-2018

Professional Memberships

National Employment Lawyers Association, Minnesota Chapter
Minnesota State Bar Association, Labor & Employment Law Section
Minnesota Association for Justice
Innocence Project of Minnesota, Board Member
Juvenile Justice Advocates International, Board Member
National Trial Lawyers Top 100


University of St. Thomas School of Law, St. Paul, MN, J.D., cum laude
Suffolk University, Boston, MA
Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA


Minnesota Supreme Court
U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota

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