Holly Robbins represents employers in all stages of litigation, from administrative proceedings, to discovery and motion practice, to jury and court trials and administrative evidentiary hearings, to appeals, in state and federal courts and administrative agencies. She has defended employers against lawsuits involving:

  • Discrimination on the basis of race, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, and religion
  • Harassment
  • Whistleblowing under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and the Federal Rail Safety Act
  • Contractual allegations
  • Torts
  • Non-compete agreements
  • Wage and hour issues

Holly has experience litigating against and negotiating with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. She has tried several cases before the Office of Administrative Law Judges at the Department of Labor.  She has litigated before state and federal courts in multiple states. She works with a range of clients that span the following industries:

  • Hospitality
  • Retail
  • Transportation
  • Health care
  • Manufacturing
  • Finance
  • Technology

Holly works with employers to devise successful strategies for reductions-in-force, disciplinary actions and terminations, policies and procedures, accommodations, leaves, investigations, employee and management training, and other workplace actions. She has also worked with pro bono clients on employment law issues.

Prior to joining Littler, Holly was a partner in the employment group at a large general practice firm. In law school, she was book reviews and articles editor of the George Washington Law Review.

Professional & Community Affiliations


Minnesota Bar Association


Hennepin County Bar Association


Minnesota Women Lawyers

Member, Board of Directors

American Refugee Committee

Former Member, Board of Directors

Labor and Employment Law Certification Accreditation


Named, The Best Lawyers in America©


Order of the Coif

News, Analysis & Press

Many Open Questions

Tribal Business Journal

July 18, 2017

How Do We Calculate FMLA Eligibility On Rehire?

Business Management Daily

November 24, 2015

Speaking Engagements

Littler Women's Leadership Initiative Luncheon

Minneapolis, MN

March 6, 2019

Littler Women's Leadership Initiative Luncheon

Minneapolis, MN

January 30, 2019

Minneapolis Women's Leadership Initiative Luncheon: Can Mentoring Help Crack the Glass Ceiling?

Minneapolis, MN

January 24, 2018

Mental Illness and the ADA: What Employers in the Retail Industry Need to Know

July 19, 2016

ADA, FMLA and Workers' Comp: I’m Hurt, I’m Sick, I’m Injured – So What Now?

2014 Midwest Employer Conference

Littler Mendelson, Minneapolis, MN

November 6, 2014

When the Whistle Blows Will You Be Ready

State Conference, Minnesota State Council - Society for Human Resource Management, St. Cloud, MN

October 13, 2014

Performance Expectations, Discipline and the Disabled Employee: Overcoming the Challenges

3rd Annual In-House Counsel Conference, Association of Corporate Counsel - Minnesota Chapter, Minneapolis, MN

June 12, 2014

Performance Expectations, Discipline and the Medically Disabled Employee: Overcoming the Challenges

2013 Midwest Employer Conference

Littler Mendelson, Minneapolis, MN

October 30, 2013

The Rising Tide Of Whistleblower Claims: What it Means For Employers

2012 Midwest Employer Conference

Littler Mendelson, Minneapolis, MN

October 11, 2012

Two-Part FMLA CLE Series: Managing Intermittent FMLA Leave and Post-FMLA Accommodation

Minneapolis, MN

June 7, 2012


  • J.D., The George Washington University School of Law, 1995With Honors
  • B.A., Haverford College, 1991

Bar Admission



  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin