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Overview

Kate Mrkonich Wilson has successfully litigated employment discrimination, contract, and tort cases before juries and judges in both federal and state courts across the country. She also has substantial experience with matters referred to alternative dispute resolution.  Practicing before federal and state courts and administrative agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and its state counterparts, Kate has specific experience providing litigation defense of claims arising under:

  • Title VII of the Civil Rights Act
  • The Americans with Disabilities Act
  • The Age Discrimination in Employment Act
  • The Family and Medical Leave Act

She also routinely counsels clients on:

  • Reorganizations
  • Leaves of absence
  • Reductions-in-force
  • Best practices
  • Investigations
  • Compliance
  • All other aspects of personnel management

Additionally, Kate contributes to employment law publications and frequently conducts training programs and seminars for all levels of management in various industries. Topics have encompassed:

  • Harassment in the workplace
  • Properly conducting workplace harassment investigations
  • Minimizing legal risks in the workplace
  • Conducting "foolproof" employee investigations
  • Managing problem employees
  • The proper handling of reductions-in-force

Kate's representative clients include:

  • Retailers
  • Newspaper and broadcasting groups
  • Railroads and transportation companies
  • Technology companies
  • Food manufacturers
  • Medical device companies
  • Insurers
  • Healthcare companies
  • Pharmaceutical manufacturers

Kate also is a member of the Women's Leadership Initiative Steering Committee. She was one of the founding shareholders of Littler's Chicago and Minneapolis offices and formerly served as the office managing shareholder in Minneapolis.

Professional & Community Affiliations

Member

Labor and Employment Law Section

American Bar Association

Member, Board of Directors

Minnesota Boychoir

Recognition

Named, The Best Lawyers in America©

2013, 2015-2019

Named, Best Lawyers in Minnesota

Minnesota Monthly Magazine

2017

Named, Top Women Attorneys in Minnesota

Minneapolis/St. Paul Magazine

2016

Named, Super Lawyer for Employment Litigation

Minnesota

Super Lawyers

2010-2019

Named, America's Leading Lawyers for Business

Chambers USA

2012-2014

Speaking Engagements

Hot Topics in Employment Law

Twin Cities Society of Human Resources Management

February 14, 2019

ADA Update

Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute, St. Paul, MN

May 21, 2018

Retail Industry Roundtable

The 2018 Executive Employer® Conference, Phoenix, AZ

May 2, 2018

ADA Update

Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute, St. Paul, MN

May 22, 2017

Retail Industry Roundtable

The 2017 Executive Employer® Conference, Phoenix, AZ

May 12, 2017

2017 Employment Law Update

The 2017 Executive Employer® Conference, Phoenix, AZ

May 11, 2017

Answers to 20 of the Biggest Employment Law Questions Facing Employers in 2016

Southern Minnesota Area Human Resource Association Annual Employment Law Seminar

September 13, 2016

FMLA Update

Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute, St. Paul, MN

May 23, 2016

Retail Industry Roundtable

The 2016 Executive Employer® Conference, Scottsdale, AZ

May 6, 2016

2016 Employment Law Update

The 2016 Executive Employer® Conference, Scottsdale, AZ

May 5, 2016

Workplace Equity: Creating a Gender-Neutral Workplace

The 2016 Executive Employer® Conference

May 4, 2016
Retailers’ Response to the Proposed Changes in the DOL Exemption Regulations

November 19, 2015

ADA Update

Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute, St. Paul, MN

May 18, 2015

2015 Employment Law Update

The 2015 Executive Employer® Conference

Littler, Phoenix, AZ

May 7, 2015

Federal Agency and Regulatory Update

Littler Midwest Employer Conference, Minneapolis, MN

November 6, 2014

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

MNACCA In-House Counsel Conference, Minneapolis, MN

June 12, 2014

20 More Bothersome Employment Law Questions - From New Law to Tough Everyday Issues

Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute, St. Paul, MN

May 19, 2014

Family Responsibility Discrimination: Pregnancy, Caregiver, Marital Status, Sex Discrimination Theories... and More

Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute, St. Paul, MN

May 19, 2014

2014 Employment Law Update

The 2014 Executive Employer® Conference

Littler, Scottsdale, AZ

May 8, 2014

Performance Expectations, Discipline and the Medically Challenged Employee

Littler Midwest Employer Conference, Minneapolis, MN

October 30, 2013

ADA Litigation Issues

Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute, St. Paul, MN

May 20, 2013

2013 Employment Law Update

The 2013 Executive Employer® Conference

Littler, Scottsdale, AZ

May 9, 2013
Fashioning Your Policies To Meet The Changing Look of Employment Law In 2013

January 31, 2013

Managing Mental Health Issues: The Impact Of The ADAAA, W.C. And FMLA

2012 Midwest Employer Conference

Littler Mendelson, Minneapolis, MN

October 11, 2012

20 More Bothersome Employment Law Questions - From New Law to Tough Everyday Issues

Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute, St. Paul, MN

May 21, 2012

2012 Employment Law Update

The 2012 Executive Employer® Conference

Littler, Scottsdale, AZ

May 10, 2012

The Retail Industry Summit

The 2012 Executive Employer® Conference

Littler, Scottsdale, AZ

May 9, 2012
Pressing Issues Facing Retailers—In the U.S. and Abroad

February 13, 2012

Navigating Employee Leave and Accommodations Under the ADAAA and FMLA

Littler Midwest Employer Conference, Minneapolis, MN

October 4, 2011

20 More Bothersome Employment Law Questions - From New Law to Tough Everyday Issues

Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute, St. Paul, MN

May 2011
Managing Leaves of Absence

Minneapolis, MN

March 5, 2009
Kate Wilson and Stephanie Sarantopoulos to Present at Management Seminar hosted by Hospitality Minnesota

Minneapolis, MN

April 19, 2007

Education

  • J.D., University of Michigan Law School, 1989
  • B.A., University of Notre Dame, 1986With High Honors

Bar Admission

Minnesota
Illinois

Courts

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 4th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit