Biography

    About Shawn

    Shawn J. Wanta is dedicated to protecting the rights of consumers and employees and is recognized for his handling of complex legal matters. A founding partner of Baillon Thome Jozwiak & Wanta LLP, Shawn leads the firm’s 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 to the list of Minnesota Rising Stars in class actions/mass torts since 2012 and was named in the list of 2021 Best Lawyers in America©. He has been appointed to a number of executive committee memberships and as lead counsel in national class cases. Shawn is active in board and committee work for both consumer litigation and employment law sections and currently serves on the Governing Council for the  Minnesota State Bar Association's 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, 1st 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

    Professional Memberships

    National Employment Lawyers Association, Minnesota Chapter
    National Association of Consumer Advocates
    Federal Bar Association, Minnesota Chapter Member and Pro Se Project Volunteer Attorney
    Employee Lawyers Association of the Upper Midwest, Past Secretary-Treasurer
    Minnesota Association for Justice
    Minnesota State Bar Association, Consumer Litigation Section, Governing Council
    Minnesota State Bar Association, Solo & Small Firm Section
    Minnesota State Bar Association, Labor & Employment Law Section
    American Bar Association, Labor & Employment Law Section
    Sedona Conference® Working Group Series Member

    Honors and Awards

    Super Lawyers® Rising Star, Class Action/Mass Torts, 2012-2021
    Best Lawyers in America© Consumer Law, 2021-2022

    Publications and Presentations

    Who’s the Boss? The ever-shifting landscape of Independent Contractors, Misclassification and Joint Employers, Minnesota State Bar Association, Co-presenter with Zaylore Stout and Gina Janeiro, February 17, 2021
    Whistleblower, Reprisal, Retaliation, Minnesota CLE, Presenter, Sept. 16, 2019
    Consumer Law 101, MSBA Consumer Litigation Section, Moderator, Feb. 21, 2019
    Maine Bakery Drivers Lawsuit Will Become Class Action, Portland Press Herald, Interview, Feb. 1, 2019
    Are Political Texts Legal? And How Can I Stop Them? NBC KARE 11 News, Interview, Oct. 24, 2018
    Practical E-Discovery Strategies for the Plaintiff's Lawyer, Eighth Circuit National Employment Lawyers Association Conference, Panelist with Bert Braud and Rebekah Bailey, Apr. 6, 2018
    "How Do Lawyers Get Paid by a Class of Plaintiffs When There is No Fee Shifting Statute?," Mitchell Hamline Law Review, Author, Apr. 5, 2018
    E-Discovery for the Solo and Small Firm Attorney: The Basics of Doing More with Less, Minnesota CLE Solo and Small Firm Conference, Co-presenter, Aug. 7, 2017
    Wisconsin Company Offers Optional Microchips for Employees, Al Jazeera, Interview, Aug. 2, 2017
    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

    Class Counsel in Noll et al. v. Flowers Foods, Inc. et al., No. 1:15-cv-00493-JAW (D. Me.) (class certification granted in class action brought by distributors of Flowers Foods, who are challenging their classification as independent contractors, rather than employees)

    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); settlement affirmed (8th Cir. 2017)

    Class Counsel in Rehberg et al. v. Flowers Foods Inc. et al., No. 12-cv-00596 (W.D.N.C.) (class action settlement for distributors who challenged their classification by Flowers Foods as independent contractors, rather than employees)

    Class Counsel in Carr et al. v. Flowers Foods, Inc. et al., No. 2:15-cv-06391-LS (E.D. Penn.) (conditional class certification granted in class action brought by distributors who are challenging their classification by Flowers Foods as independent contractors, rather than employees)

    Class Counsel in Noll et al. v. Flowers Foods, Inc. et al., No. 1:15-cv-00493-JAW (D. Me.) (conditional class certification granted in class action brought by distributors who are challenging their classification by Flowers Foods as independent contractors, rather than employees)

    Class Counsel in Rosinbaum et al. v. Flowers Foods, Inc. et al., No. 7:16-cv-0023-FL (E.D.N.C.) (conditional class certification granted in class action brought by distributors who are challenging their classification by Flowers Foods as independent contractors, rather than employees)

    Class Counsel in Neff et al. v. Flowers Foods, Inc. et al., No. 5:15-cv-00254-GWC (D. Vt.) (conditional class certification granted in class action brought by distributors who are challenging their classification by Flowers Foods as independent contractors, rather than employees)

    Class Counsel in Coyle v. Flowers Foods Incorporated, et al., 2:15-cv-01372-PHX-DLR (D. Ariz.) (conditional class certification granted in class action brought by distributors who are challenging their classification by Flowers Foods as independent contractors, rather than employees)

    Class Counsel in Dennings v. Clearwire Corporation, No. C10-1859 (D. Wash.)

    Class Counsel in Yarbrough v. Martin’s Famous Pastry Shoppe, Inc., No. 11-cv-02144 (M.D. Pa.)

    Class Counsel in Low v. San Diego Union Tribune, No. 11-cv-01090 (S.D. Ca.)

    Class Counsel in Chavez v. West Side Comm. Healthcare Svcs., Inc., No. 14-cv-00207 (D. Minn.)

    Class Counsel in Gulbankian et al. v. MW Manufacturers, Inc., No. 10-cv-10392 (D. Mass.)

    Class Counsel in Hartshorn et al. v. MW Manufacturers, Inc., No. 2012-cv-30122 (D. Mass.)

    Class Counsel in 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.)

    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)

    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.)