Dustin Massie

Employment Law Rising Star

dmassie@baillonthome.com (612) 252-3570

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Dustin W. Massie is an advocate for employees, veterans, and whistleblowers who have experienced retaliation, harassment, discrimination, and other illegal treatment in the workplace. Dustin represents employees in all phases of employment law including litigation before state and federal courts, regulatory and administrative agencies, and arbitration panels. Dustin is a skilled counselor who advises clients on employment related issues including contract disputes, drug and alcohol testing, severance agreements, and employee covenants of non-competition, confidentiality, and trade secrets. His articles on hostile work environment, genetic testing, class actions, and medical cannabis have appeared in local and national publications.

Dustin is a sought-after presenter who has spoken at state and national bar associations and conferences. He was recognized as an up and coming attorney by Minnesota Lawyer and has been selected to the list of Minnesota Rising Stars since 2017. Before joining the firm, Dustin represented employees and conusmers in class action litigation where he held businesses accountable for fraudulent, deceptive and illegal practices.


Publications and Presentations

  • Marijuana in the Minnesota Workplace, MSBA Labor & Employment Law Section, Co-Presenter with Nicole Truso, September 25, 2019
  • Medical Cannabis in the Workplace: What Protections Do Employees Have? The Federal Lawyer Magazine, Author, Jan/Feb 2019
  • Medical Cannabis for the Treatment of HIV/AIDS: What Protections Do Employees Have?, Minnesota Lavender Bar Association Conference, Panelist with Cassie Navarro, Feb. 9, 2019
  • Medical Cannabis in the Workplace: What Protections Do Employees Have?, Federal Bar Association’s Rising Professionals Symposium, Presenter, Feb. 2, 2019
  • Medical Cannabis in the Workplace, KXNT 840 AM Radio in Las Vegas, NV, Interview with Radio Host Michael Castner, Jan. 31, 2019
  • The Impact of Political Polarization: Proving Discrimination Through Political Speech, MDHR Human Rights Symposium, Co-Presenter with Joni Thome, Dec. 5, 2018
  • Cut the Small Talk, Get Real and Grow Your Career, Federal Bar Association’s Rising Professionals Symposium, Presenter, Feb. 2, 2018
  • 23, My Employer & Me: On Genetic Testing, Privacy, and Employment, Bench & Bar of Minnesota, Author, Dec. 2017
  • When a Hostile Work Environment Becomes Legally Actionable, The Hennepin Lawyer, Author, July 2017
  • Sexual Orientation Discrimination: Recent Developments in Employment Law, MLBA Annual Conference, Panelist with Joni M. Thome, Feb. 4, 2017
  • Too Soon for Employers to Celebrate?: How Plaintiffs are Prevailing Post-Dukes, ABA Journal of Labor & Employment Law, Volume 29, Number 1, Fall 2013

Representative Cases

  • Johnson v. Dakota County, No. 19HA-CV-19-73 (Dist. Ct. Minn. Sept. 06, 2019)(denial of defendant’s motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s claims of retaliation under the Minnesota Whistleblower Act because genuine issues of material fact existed as to whether adverse actions and constructive discharge were pretextual; subsequently, judgment entered for plaintiff following jury trial and award of damages)

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyers® Rising Star, Employment Litigation: Plaintiff, 2017-2019
  • Up & Coming Attorney, Minnesota Lawyer, 2018

Professional Memberships

  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Labor & Employment Law Section
  • Washington State Bar Association, Labor & Employment Law Section
  • National Employment Lawyers Association, Minnesota Chapter
  • Federal Bar Association, Minnesota Chapter Member and Pro Se Project Volunteer Attorney
  • Federal Bar Association, Minnesota Chapter, Co-Chair of the Newer Lawyers Program
  • Federal Bar Association, Minnesota Chapter, Mentorship Program
  • Federal Bar Association, Labor & Employment Law Section's Committee on Legislation and Congressional Relations
  • Hennepin County Bar Association


  • University of Minnesota Law School, Minneapolis, MN, J.D.; Editor, ABA Journal of Labor & Employment Law
  • Eastern Washington University, Cheney, WA, B.A. in Spanish, summa cum laude; B.A. in International Affairs, summa cum laude


  • Minnesota Supreme Court
  • Washington Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois