Reena Desai

Nichols Kaster, PLLP
IDS Ctr, 80 S 8th St; Ste 4700
Minneapolis, MN 55402
612-256-3200
www.nka.com/lawyer/reena-i-desai/


Reena has dedicated the majority of her career to helping employees combat wage theft and recover unpaid overtime compensation, minimum wages, and other unpaid compensation.  She has represented employees in a variety of industries, including investigators, home health care workers, loan officers, mortgage underwriters, field service technicians, sales representatives, and restaurant workers.  Reena has also litigated discrimination cases on both a class and individual level, advocating for employees whose employers have discriminated against them because of their age, race or disability.

Reena has been asked to share her knowledge and experience with her peers, serving as a speaker at several national conferences. She has lectured on topics including wage and hour litigation, electronic discovery issues, attorney-client privilege and mediation/settlement.  Reena also serves on the Board of Directors for the Minnesota Justice Foundation, a legal non-profit in Minnesota, and has been named a Rising Star by Minnesota Super Lawyers every year since 2014.

Reena graduated from the University of Minnesota Law School in 2007, where she was honored with the Dorothy O. Lareau award for legal writing during her first year, and she earned a B.A. in both Economics and Psychology from George Washington University.

Admissions & Education


       
  • Minnesota Supreme Court
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  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
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  • U.S. District Court - Colorado
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  • U.S. District Court – District of Minnesota
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  • U.S. District Court – Eastern District of Michigan
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  • U.S. District Court – Western District of Wisconsin
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  • J.D. University of Minnesota Law School, 2007, cum laude
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  • B.A. George Washington University, 2002, magna cum laude

Titles, Awards, & Memberships


       
  • Named one of “The Best Lawyers in America”, 2021.
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  • Adjunct Professor/Practitioner Instructor for Law in Practice course, University of Minnesota School of Law, Spring 2019 and 2020.
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  • ABA Section of Labor & Employment, Employment Rights and Responsibilities Committee, Membership Co-Chair, 2019.
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  • Named to Lawdragon 500 Leading Plaintiff Employment Lawyers list, 2018 - 2020
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  • Fair Labor Standards Act Committee Member for the Development of the Initial Discovery Protocols for FLSA Actions, 2017
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  • Minnesota Justice Foundation, Board Member, Co-Chair of Personnel Committee, Fundraising Committee Member
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  • Diversity and Inclusion in the Legal Profession (DILP) Liaison for the ERR Standing Committee of the ABA Labor and Employment Section
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  • Named to the Rising Stars list, Minnesota Super Lawyers, Minneapolis/St. Paul Magazine, and Twin Cities Business, 2014 - 2020
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  • Named to The Top Women Attorneys in Minnesota List, 2016 to 2019
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  • Minnesota State Bar Association – Labor and Employment Law Section Member
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  • National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA) Member
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  • Outstanding Achievement Award for Employment Discrimination Law, Minnesota State Bar Association, 2007
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  • Dorothy O. Lareau Award, University of Minnesota, 2005