“Whether resolving a crisis or anticipating challenges, my goal is to provide clients with effective solutions and value, with an emphasis on helping them achieve long-term success.”
Jason is a tireless advocate for his clients. Jason helps individuals, business owners, and companies overcome legal challenges and minimize exposure, often finding solutions where other lawyers have failed. When clients are faced with litigation, Jason capitalizes on his extensive legal knowledge and experience to advance his clients goals. Clients trust Jason to stand by their side during a lawsuit. To that end, Jason has successfully represented clients in litigation involving employment law claims, shareholder/owner disputes, labor law issues, construction defect claims and mechanics liens, and a wide variety of commercial matters. Jason will also “fight city hall” on behalf of his clients, protecting their interests during condemnations, NLRB proceedings, OSHA investigations, property tax petitions, and unemployment appeals.
Jason regularly counsels clients to protect their interests and reduce their exposure. Jason’s clients know that they can rely on him for timely, candid, and informed advice. During litigation, Jason stands resolute with his clients and aggressively pursues their goals throughout all stages of a lawsuit. Jason is also a skilled and experienced appellate lawyer, and has experience practicing before the Minnesota Court of Appeals, the Minnesota Supreme Court, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.
In addition to broad litigation experience, Jason’s management experience prior to law school gives him a unique understanding of the needs and concerns of business owners. Jason is very familiar with technology (personally programming in C++, Java, HTML, building computers with Linux operating systems, etc.) and he has represented numerous software developers and other technology-focused companies. He also holds an intimate, personal understanding of the challenges facing business owners—including through his family’s successful business interests – providing Jason insight into the sacrifices required of an entrepreneur and the value that business owners bring to their communities.
Jason has obtained successes for his clients in many different industries, involving myriad areas of the law. Jason is not intimidated by the size of his opponent, or the alleged skills of an adversary. Time and again, Jason has shown that he can obtain success for his clients, frequently defeating larger companies, higher paid lawyers, well-funded unions and difficult government agencies.
A few examples of recent representation:
- Enforced a Non-Compete against a rogue sales agent, obtaining a temporary restraining order to stop the wrongful behavior in the first week of representation.
- Represented a client in a multi-party harassment lawsuit and obtained dismissal of most of the claims and the majority of plaintiffs.
- Represented a client sued by multiple parties claiming non-payment of commissions and obtained dismissal of all claims with prejudice.
- Enforced numerous non-competes through demand letters, fulfilling his client’s goals without formal litigation.
- Represented a client in a pension fund dispute involving more than a dozen defendant businesses and defeated summary judgement on key aspects of the claim, resulting in a very favorable settlement for the client.
- Defended a client against claims of unpaid benefits brought by a well-funded union against a small business in federal court, negotiating a resolution that was highly beneficial to the client without extensive litigation.
- Defended a client against claims brought by the National Labor Relations Board, defeating the most serious claims and obtaining a favorable ruling from the Board-appointed judge.
- Negotiated settlements with unions and pension funds on behalf of small businesses, finding commercially acceptable solutions for his clients without extended litigation.
- Represented homeowner making defect claims against a general contractor, obtaining a favorable verdict at trial before increasing damages through post-trial motion practice.
- Pursued a mechanics lien claim on behalf of a contractor, obtaining the full amount sought by the client as well as recovery of attorney fees.
- Represented general contractor in lawsuit against subcontractor, obtaining sanctions against the subcontractor before negotiating a very favorable settlement.
- Represented business owner in an aggressive shareholder dispute, defeating motions for summary judgment and obtaining sanctions against the opposing party for destruction of evidence.
- Represented multiple shareholders in the service industry, obtaining several favorable orders and initiating a contempt proceeding to stop the disruptive behavior of a former co-owner.
- Defended claims brought by an absentee co-owner, which resulted in a settlement that was extremely favorable to the client without the need for a single court appearance.
- Defeated employee’s claim for unemployment benefits based on the employee’s misconduct.
- Petitioned to reduce real estate taxes on commercial properties in the Twin Cities, resulting in a reduction in assessed value and savings of more than $1 million per year for multiple tax years.
- Obtained a dismissal of an OSHA complaint based on unavoidable employee misconduct.
- Represented township that successfully de-annexed from much larger neighboring city.
- Defended misclassification claim brought by Unemployment Insurance division against a single owner/employee business, resulting in de minimis payment from employer.
Other Commercial Cases
- Pursued Carmack Act claims against a large corporation and obtained an advantageous settlement for the client in the initial stages of the litigation.
- Obtained summary judgment against contractor for failure to complete work, resulting in large monetary judgement in favor of client.
- Brought lawsuit against international corporation for failure to pay under contract, resulting in a settlement for the full contract price.
- Represented developer in dispute with property owner over a purchase agreement, obtaining a settlement that fully satisfied client’s goals.
- University of Wisconsin- Madison, B.A.
- St. Thomas School of Law, J.D. magna cum laude
Professional and Civic Activities
- Eagan Rotary, Member and Grant Subcommittee Chair
- Roseville Rotary, Member and Grant Subcommittee Chair (previous)
- Dakota County Chamber of Commerce
- Minnesota State Bar Association
- Ramsey County Bar Association
- Amdahl Inn of Court
- Minnesota State Court
- Minnesota Federal Court
- United States Courts of Appeal, Eighth Circuit
- “Wage & Hour Issues” – Minnesota Restaurant Association, multiple presentations
- “Ethical Considerations in Employment Law and Workers Compensation” – Ethics CLE hosted by HOMELine, May 2015
- “New Overtime Rules for 2016” – Minnesota Restaurant Association, November 2015
- “Prevailing Wages” – Minnesota Society of CPAs, June 2016
- “Non-Competes and Other Employment Covenants” – Metro IBA, 2017
- “Avoiding and Mitigating Legal Crises Facing Employers” – Dakota County Chamber of Commerce, August 2019
- Author, Drug War: International Law and its Impact on Counter-Narcotics, University of St. Thomas Law Journal (May 2012)
- Author, County Attorney Statutory Duties (2011 Revision), Minnesota County Attorneys Association
- Author, Staying on Schedule: Understanding and Amending the Scheduling Order, Hearsay (Fall 2014, Volume XVII, No. 1)
- Author, Winning Your Default Judgment Motion, Hearsay (Spring 2015, Volume XVII, No. 2)