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Daniel G. Leland

Dan Leland attorneyDaniel G. Leland is a dedicated and experienced advocate for his clients. Litigating on behalf of employees requires a deep understanding of the law as well as a personal commitment to the client. Dan takes the time to understand his clients' perspectives, enabling him to build the strongest possible case to protect their rights. His successes include denying defendants' motions for summary judgments against employees who make claims involving discrimination, retaliation, and workers' compensation retaliation. He commits his practice to employment law, handling cases that involve the following matters: civil rights, sexual harassment, litigation, class-action suits, and other employment issues.

Dan graduated cum laude from the University of Minnesota Law School, where he gained valuable experience with the school's civil practice clinic.  He also participated in the school's law review as an article submissions editor. Dan writes regularly for the Minnesota State Bar Association's Labor & Employment News and was named a Super Lawyer Rising Star in 2012-2014.  

Contact Dan at or 612-252-3570.

EducationRated by Super Lawyers - Rising Star Employment Law Attorney

  • University of Minnesota Law School, J.D., cum laude; Article Submissions Editor, Minnesota Law Review
  • Northwestern University, B.S.


  • Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court District of Minnesota
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit

Professional Memberships

  • Hennepin County Bar Association
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • National Employment Lawyers Association, Minnesota Chapter

Awards and Recognitions

  • Super Lawers Rising Star 2012-2014, Employment Law

Publications and Presentations

  • What Every Employment Lawyer Needs to Know about Unemployment, Minnesota State Bar Association, Labor & Employment Law Section.
  • Federal Wage & Hour Case Update, Minnesota State Bar Association Labor & Employment Law Section's Employment Law News, contributing author, 2008 – present.
  • What Does Practicing Labor and Employment Law Look Like? Student Employment and Labor Law Association (SELLA), University of Minnesota Law School
  • Employment & Labor Law Student Association (ELLSA), Hamline Law School, 5-Attorney Panel
  • Labor & Employment Law E-News, Minnesota State Bar Association, contributing writer on wage and hour case law developments

Representive Cases

  • Martin v. First Advantage Background Svs. Corp., Civ. No. 11-3357, 2014 WL 1260392 (D. Minn. Mar. 26, 2014) (denying Defendant's Motion for Summary Judgment in case alleging erroneous criminal background report resulted in the termination of Plaintiff's employment).
  • Yalley v. Ozark Automotive Distributors, Inc., Civ. No. 11-1961 (JRT/AJB), 2013 WL 50452 (D. Minn. Jan. 3, 2013) (denying of defendant’s motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s claims of retaliation and reprisal, and workers’ compensation retaliation, finding plaintiff proffered direct evidence of claims).
  • Askari v. Coreyxo, LLC, Lawrence W. Abdo, Island Sash & Door Co., LLC, d/b/a Nicollet Island Inn, 27-CV-12-5289 (Dist. Ct. Minn. Nov. 4, 2013) (after defendant breached settlement agreement resolving claim under the Minnesota Whistleblower Act, holding business owner and related company liable for breach and awarding plaintiff his attorneys’ fees and costs under the Minnesota Uniform Fraudulent Transfers Act).
  • Dixon v. Mount Olivet Careview Home, Civ. No. 09-1099 (MJD/AJB), 2010 WL 3733936 (D. Minn. Sept. 17, 2010) (denying of defendant’s motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s claims of reprisal discrimination and FMLA retaliation in constructive discharge case).
  • Thill v. Advantage Point Group, Inc., 62-CV-09-4124 (Dist. Ct. Minn. August 17, 2010) (denying defendant’s motion for summary judgment on disability discrimination claim).
  • Simanovich v. Froehling Anderson, Ltd., 27-CV-10-20032 (Dist. Ct. Minn. July 1, 2010) (denying summary judgment on plaintiff’s claims of national origin discrimination based on her Russian accent).