Claire B. Deason’s practice covers all areas of employment and labor litigation, with a specific emphasis on wage and hour litigation under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). She develops creative, cutting-edge strategies for early resolution and dismissal of collective actions and has efficiently resolved collective actions for clients in the hospitality, service, and oil and gas industries. Claire has extensive experience with all stages of wage and hour litigation, including:

  • Early and representative discovery 
  • Conditional certification 
  • Decertification
  • Individual and collective settlements  

Claire also has experience supervising and coordinating claims administration processes for collective actions.  Aside from wage and hour litigation, Claire advises clients on all aspects of current wage and hour law and works closely with clients to revise payroll practices and calculation methods, review position classifications, and coordinate messaging and training to communicate changes to the workforce.

In addition to her wage and hour practice, Claire represents clients in traditional discrimination suits and agency charges under both federal and state laws.  Claire also assists clients with employment disputes in arbitration, and Department of Justice and Department of Labor investigations.  She advises clients on all aspects of day-to-day personnel matters, including leave and disability issues, employee discipline, and termination.

Claire’s experience includes counseling clients in issues arising under federal immigration laws.  In her pro bono practice, she has successfully obtained asylum, Permanent Resident status, and humanitarian parole for clients in individual immigration matters before U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services and U.S. Department of State. 

In law school, Claire was awarded the Steven M. Block Prize for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties for her article in the Minnesota Law Review, of which she was managing editor.

Speaking Engagements

Managing Minefields – Navigating Employment Laws and Management Challenges

TCSHRM February Legal Summit

February 13, 2020

Agency Perspectives: Understanding & Complying With the New Minnesota and Minneapolis Wage Theft Acts

2019 Midwest Employer

October 3, 2019

Take Action Now: Top-priority Compliance Advice to Respond to the Rapidly Changing Legal Environment

2019 Midwest Employer

October 3, 2019

Get Ready! Minnesota's Wage Theft Law is Effective July 1

Littler 2019 Executive Employer

July 2, 2019

Hold onto Your Hat: 2019 Wage and Hour Update

2019 National Employer Conference

May 9, 2019

The Pay Equity Wave Rolls On: What You Need to Know to Stay Afloat

Midwest Employer Conference

November 8, 2018

Advanced Wage and Hour Topics

SHRM Senior Special Interest Group Meeting, Minneapolis MN

October 23, 2018

Independent Contractors, Temporary Employees, and Interns… Oh My! Navigating Nonemployees in an Employee Friendly Legal Landscape

TCSHRM Webinar

September 19, 2018

Investigating Workplace Sexual Harassment Claims

Twin Cities SHRM Legal Summit

February 15, 2018

Policy Update

Midwest Employer Conference

October 2017

Wage and Hour Update

Midwest Employer Conference

October 2015

2015 Houston Employer Conference

Houston, TX

August 13, 2015


  • J.D., University of Minnesota, 2009magna cum laude
  • B.A., Macalester College, 2006cum laude

Bar Admission

District of Columbia


  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota