Jacqueline A. Mrachek represents employers in a broad range of employment-related disputes in both federal and state courts as well as administrative agencies such as the EEOC and Departments of Human Rights. Jacqueline focuses her litigation practice on:

  • Discrimination and harassment defense
  • Whistleblowing, retaliation and False Claims Act claims
  • Restrictive covenants including non-compete and non-solicitation contracts
  • Disability and leaves of absence issues
  • Crisis management

Jacqueline regularly conducts workplace investigations and climate assessments involving a variety of issues including gender bias, discrimination, harassment, theft, and executive improprieties.

Jacqueline counsels employers through the myriad range of employment issues. Her clients span many industries, including medical device, manufacturing, financial services, healthcare, and religious institutions.

Jacqueline advises clients on retaliation allegations under the FCA whether those concerns are raised through an anonymous hotline or ethic reporting process, a demand letter from counsel, or inquiry from a governmental agency. She also handles FCA litigation from the inception of a claim through trial. Jacqueline also regularly authors thought leadership and presents on matters relating to whistleblowing and retaliation law.

Professional & Community Affiliations

Member, Minnesota Women Lawyers

Advisory Board, 2001-present; President, 1999-2000; Executive Committee, 1998-2001; Board of Directors, 1996-2001


Diversity Committee

Hennepin County Bar


Member, Minnesota State Bar Association

Women in the Legal Profession Committee, 1992-1995; Board of Governors, Delegate, 1997-2000; Minority Bar Summit, 1998-2000


College of St. Benedict Leadership Advisory Council



Named, Labor and Employment Star

Benchmark Litigation


Ranked, Labor & Employment

Chambers USA


Named, Super Lawyer

Labor & Employment (Top 50 Women Minnesota Super Lawyers, 2010-2013; Top 100 Women Minnesota Super Lawyers, 2008-2009)

Minnesota Super Lawyers


Named, Top 40 Employment Lawyers

Minnesota Journal of Law and Politics

2004 and 2009

Named, 100 People to Watch

Minneapolis/St. Paul Magazine



Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers, Highest Rating in Legal Ability and Ethical Standards; Highest Peer Review Rating in Legal Ability and Ethical Standards


Books & Book Chapters

  • Hiring Handbook, co-author, 2nd Edition, 2019 Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute, Minnesota CLE, May 21, 2019
  • Sexual Harassment - A Practical Guide to What Constitutes Unlawful Sexual Harassment, co-author, May 21, 2018
  • Job Application Screening - A Practice Guide, co-author, May 2014

Speaking Engagements

2023 Midwest Regional Employer Conference

Minneapolis, MN

November 9, 2023

2022 Midwest Regional Employer Conference

Minneapolis, MN

November 3, 2022

The Return to Office in Interesting Times - Staying Flexible and Positive to Benefit Your Organization

Minneapolis, MN

July 21, 2022

2021 Upper Midwest Virtual Regional Employer Conference

Minneapolis, MN

October 20, 2021

Navigating Difficult FMLA and ADA Issues in the Middle of a Pandemic

Minneapolis, MN

June 10, 2021

Impact of the False Claims Act in the Era of COVID-19

August 5, 2020

Remote Leadership in the Essential Age of Working From Home

May 14, 2020

Co-presenter, Gender Bias and #MeToo: Complying With the Law

CLE presentation

October 9, 2019

Co-presenter, Strategies for Developing and Litigating Non-Compete Agreements in a Fast-Changing Legal Landscape

2019 Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute, St. Paul, MN

May 21, 2019

Title VII and Failure to Accommodate

Legal Writing and Legal Skills for Students, University of Minnesota Law School

February 22, 2019

Co-presenter, Settlements, Releases and Non-Disclosure Agreements in Sexual Harassment Cases

2018 Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute, St. Paul, MN

May 21, 2018

Facilitator and panelist, #UsToo: Women Lawyers and Sexual Harassment Today

Minnesota Women Lawyers (MWL)

March 8, 2018

Facilitator and panelist, #UsToo: Women Lawyers and Sexual Harassment Today

Minnesota Women Lawyers (MWL)

March 8, 2018

Co-presenter, Employers, Beware! A U.K. and U.S. Guide to Preventing and Responding to Sexual Harassment in the Workplace


December 2017

The New Federal Defend Trade Secrets Act: What Employers Need to Know and Recent Developments

2017 Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute, St. Paul, MN

May 2017


  • J.D., William Mitchell College of Law, 1990
  • B.A., College of Saint Benedict, 1986

Bar Admission



  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 1st Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota
  • Minnesota Supreme Court