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Shawn J. Wanta is dedicated to protecting the rights of consumers and is recognized for his handling of complex legal matters. A founding partner of Baillon Thome Jozwiak & Wanta LLP, Shawn leads the firm’s the class and complex litigation practice group. He ardently represents individuals and groups in and out of court to enforce laws that protect individual rights.

Shawn has consistently been named a Super Lawyers Rising Star in class actions/mass torts since 2012. He has been appointed to a number of executive committee memberships and as lead counsel in national class cases. Shawn is a past board member and former secretary of the Employee Lawyers Association of the Upper Midwest.

Publications and Presentations

  • Judge Adds Protections for N.C. Workers in Employee Lawsuit Against Bakery, The Charlotte Observer, Interview, Feb. 19, 2016
  • Lepage Bakeries’ Parent Company Challenges ‘Class Action’ Ruling, Maine Business Journal, Interview, Apr. 9, 2015
  • Class Actions: Enter the Consumer Lawyer, Minnesota Lawyer, Co-written with Chris Jozwiak, Mar. 16, 2015
  • Consumer Arbitration Agreements, NBC affiliate KARE 11, Interview, 2015
  • Cost-Effective Discovery of Electronically Stored Data CLE series, Employee Lawyers Association of the Upper Midwest, Presenter, 2015
  • Wage and Hour Battles on the Rise, Minnesota Lawyer Article, Commentator, June 19, 2014
  • Social Media Discovery, 8th Circuit NELA Conference, Panelist, 2014
  • Developing Trends in Wage and Hour Cases in Minnesota, Minnesota-NELA, Presenter, 2014
  • CBS Minnesota WCCO Radio, Discussion of Minnesota and Federal Consumer Protection Laws, Interview, Feb. 22, 2012
  • Wage and Hour Law, The Legal Journal Radio Show, Interview, 2012
  • Class Action Lawyers Target Groupon Over Expiration of Daily Deals, Crain’s Chicago Business, Interview, Apr. 23, 2011
  • Minnesota Lawsuit Alleges Deception in Groupon Business Model, Minnesota Public Radio, Interview, Mar. 24, 2011
  • Gift Certificate Laws in Minnesota, Class Action, Consumer Rights, Interview, 2011
  • Minired BP Carwash Voucher Sets Off $5 Million Class-Action Suit, Pioneer Press, Interview, 2011

Representative Cases

  • Ketty v. Parkinson’s Specialty Care, LLC, No. 14-CV-04849, 2016 WL 3034158 (D. Minn. May 27, 2016) (final court approval of collective action settlement awarding a group of certified nursing assistants unpaid overtime premium pay and full liquidated damages pursuant to the Fair Labor Standards Act)

  • Lead Plaintiffs’ Counsel for In re Life Time Fitness, Inc. Telephone Consumer Protection Act Litigation, MDL 2564 (class action settlement awarding a maximum of $15 million for class members who received unsolicited text messages in violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act)

  • Class Counsel in: Rehberg et al. v. Flowers Foods Inc. et al., No. 12-cv-00596 (W.D.N.C.); Dennings v. Clearwire Corporation, No. C10-1859 (D. Wash.); Ketty v. Parkinson’s Specialty Care, LLC, No. 14-cv-04849 (D. Minn.); Yarbrough v. Martin’s Famous Pastry Shoppe, Inc., No. 11-cv-02144 (M.D. Pa.); Low v. San Diego Union Tribune, No. 11-cv-01090 (S.D. Ca.); Chavez v. West Side Comm. Healthcare Svcs., Inc., No. 14-cv-00207 (D. Minn.); Gulbankian et al. v. MW Manufacturers, Inc., No. 10-cv-10392 (D. Mass.); Hartshorn et al. v. MW Manufacturers, Inc., No. 2012-cv-30122 (D. Mass.); and Harrison v. Legal Helpers Debt Resolution, LLC et al., No. 12-cv-02145 (D. Minn.)

  • Executive Committee Member and Co-Chair of the Discovery Committee in In re HardiePlank Fiber Cement Siding Litigation, MDL No. 2359 (D. Minn)

  • Executive Committee Member for Wright et al. v. Owens Corning, No. 09-cv-01567 (W.D. Pa.)

  • In re IKO Roofing Shingles Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2104 (C.D. Ill.)

  • Pagliaroni v. Mastic Home Exteriors et al., No. 12-cv-10164 (D. Mass.)

  • In re CertainTeed Fiber Cement Siding Litigation, MDL No. 2270 (E.D. Pa.)

  • Orieux v. CertainTeed Corporation, No. 11-cv-00234 (E.D. Pa)

  • Davis et al. v. SOH Distribution Co., No. 09-cv-237 (M.D. Pa.)

  • Egtvedt et al. v. West Publ’g Corp., No. 19HA-CV-09-1660 (Dist. Ct. Minn. 2009)

  • Cruz et al. v. Lawson Software, Inc., No. 08-5900 (D. Minn.)

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyers® Rising Star, Class Action and Mass Torts, 2012-2016

Professional Memberships

  • Employee Lawyers Association of the Upper Midwest, Past Secretary-Treasurer
  • National Employment Lawyers Association, Minnesota Chapter
  • National Association of Consumer Advocates
  • Federal Bar Association, Minnesota Chapter
  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Solo & Small Firm Section, CLE Committee
  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Labor & Employment Law Section
  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Consumer Litigation Section

Education

  • William Mitchell College of Law, St. Paul, MN, J.D.
  • University of Wisconsin- Madison, Madison, WI, B.A.

Admissions

  • Minnesota Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 3rd Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 4th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois