Adam A. Gillette is an experienced and zealous employee advocate who litigates employment disputes, including employment discrimination and retaliation, sexual harassment, employment and arbitration agreements, and breach of contract. Adam has tried to verdict claims involving sexual harassment, age discrimination, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, and failure to pay wages. Adam was selected to the Rising Star in Employment Law list by his peers from 2007 to 2013 and as a Super Lawyer from 2014 to 2016.
While attending the University of Minnesota Law School, Adam was a research assistant to Professor Stephen Befort, co-authoring an article on the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act and a lecture on Supreme Court decisions affecting employment law. Adam has spoken nationally on the Americans with Disabilities Act and statewide on employment law and conducting effective written discovery. Adam is a former president and board member of the Minnesota Chapter of the National Employment Lawyers association. Prior to law school, Adam was a union steward for Local 205 of the Bakery, Confectionary, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union and also served in the United States Naval Reserve. Adam currently serves on the Foundation Board of Lyngblomsten, a St. Paul care center for older adults. He also does volunteer work for his church and is active as a coach in the St. Louis Park Little League.
Publications and Presentations
- Your First Civil Case in Minnesota State Court, Minnesota CLE, Panelist, March 9, 2015, and March 26, 2013
- Basics of Employment Law, Anoka County Bar Association, Speaker, August 21, 2014
- Techniques and Tools for the Efficient Volunteer Lawyer, Minnesota FBA, Panelist, December 11, 2013
- How to Draft Effective Discovery Requests and Responses, Minnesota CLE, Webcast Panelist, May 24, 2013
- A.D.A. or R.I.P? – Breathing Life into an ADA Claim, National Employment Lawyers Association, Eighth Circuit Conference, Panelist, 2006
- WARN Act Developments, MSBA Labor & Employment Law News, Co-author with Stephen Befort, Vol. 16, No. 2, Fall 2001
Kunza v. St. Mary's Reg'l Health Ctr., 747 N.W.2d 586 (Minn. Ct. App. 2008) (obtained reversal of trial court decision that employee released her claims against employer by suing before the expiration of a tolling agreement)
McCarthy v. Eschelon Telecom, Inc., 2006 WL 2403602 (D. Minn. Aug. 18, 2006) (defeated employer's summary judgment motion on employee's failure to pay wages and breach of contract claims)
Mallon v. U.S. Physical Therapy, Ltd., 395 F. Supp. 810 (D. Minn. 2005) (defeated employer's summary judgment motion on employee's disability discrimination claim for failure to accommodate him)
Laumeyer v. Melrose Dairy Proteins, LLC, 2005 WL 2230412 (D. Minn. Sept. 13, 2005) (defeated employer's summary judgment motion on employee's age discrimintion case where supervisor told employee that it would be better to keep younger employees and let older people go)
Overlie v. Owatonna Indep. Sch. Dist. No. 761, 341 F. Supp. 2d 1081 (D. Minn. 2004) (obtained affirmative summary judgment on behalf of retired school teachers that school district's early retirement incentive program violated the Age Discrimination in Employement Act)
Honors and Awards
- Super Lawyers® Super Lawyer, Employment Law, 2014-2016
- Super Lawyers® Rising Star, Employment Law, 2007-2013
- National Employment Lawyers Association, Minnesota Chapter
- Federal Bar Association, Minnesota Chapter
- Federal Bar Association, Minnesota Chapter, Pro Se Project Volunteer Attorney
- Minnesota State Bar Association, Labor & Employment Law Section
- Hennepin County Bar Association
- University of Minnesota Law School, Minneapolis, MN, J.D.
- Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI, B.A.
- Minnesota Supreme Court
- U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota