Anna P. Prakash
On Sabbatical Until March 2018
Anna P. Prakash is a dedicated and skilled advocate for those who have been victimized by the unfair and illegal practices of companies. Whether she is helping consumers stand up to big business or employees stand up to unscrupulous employers, Anna litigates with her clients’ interests and needs at the forefront and tirelessly fights for their rights. As a member of both the Consumer Class Action Team and National Wage and Hour Team at Nichols Kaster, Anna has worked extensively on complex class and collective action cases in Minnesota and around the country.
Prior to joining Nichols Kaster in 2009, Anna served as a civil rights attorney for the United States Department of Education in Washington, D.C. and monitored compliance with special education laws for the state of Minnesota. During law school, Anna interned with the National Labor Relations Board's Special Litigation Branch and with the Youth and Education Law Projects at the Legal Aid Society of Minneapolis.
- United States Supreme Court
- Minnesota Supreme Court
- United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
- United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
- United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
- United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
- United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida
- United States District Court for the District of Minnesota
- United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
- United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
- J.D. Cornell Law School
- B.A. University of Michigan, high distinction
Publications / Speaking Engagements
- “Deposing Named Plaintiffs in Employment Class and Collective Actions: Strategies for Plaintiff and Defense Counsel,” Strafford Webinar, February 2017.
- “Changing Standards for Class Certification: Spokeo, Standing, and Other Emerging Issues,” Federal Bar Association, Northern District of California Chapter, Class Action Symposium, San Francisco, CA, December 2016.
- “Expert Testimony and Daubert Motions in Consumer Protection Litigation,” National Consumer Law Center’s Consumer Rights Litigation Conference, Anaheim, CA, October 2016.
- “Consumer Law 101,” Minnesota Association for Justice Annual Convention, Brainerd, MN, August 2016.
- "Mediating FLSA Actions,” American Association for Justice Annual Convention, Los Angeles, CA, July 2016.
- "The ABC's Of Litigating Wage & Hour Collective and Class Actions," National Employment Lawyers Association Annual Convention, Los Angeles, CA, June 2016.
- “When a Sale Really Isn’t a Sale: False Discounts and Consumer Protection,” Minnesota Trial, The Journal of The Minnesota Association For Justice, Spring 2016.
- “Hot Topics in FLSA Litigation,” American Bar Association’s Fair Labor Standards Legislation Committee, Midwinter Meeting, San Juan, PR, February 2016.
- "The Contingent Workforce: Update on Misclassification and Joint Employment Issues," 9th Annual American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law Conference, Philadelphia, PA, November 2015.
- "The Carrot and the Stick: How to Effectively Use Rule 68 Offers and When to Reject Them," Federal Bar Association Annual Meeting and Convention Presentation, Salt Lake City, UT, September 2015.
- "Beyond the Minimum Wage: How the FLSA's Broad Social and Economic Protections Support Its Application to Workers Who Earn a Substantial Income," American Bar Association Journal of Labor & Employment Law, Spring 2015.
- "The Dreaded Defendant Bankruptcy: Tips on Protecting and Preserving Plaintiff's Claims when Defendant Files for Bankruptcy," American Association for Justice Annual Convention, Montreal, Canada, July 2015.
- "Intake: Both in Individual Case Selection and During the 216(b) Opt in Process," American Association for Justice Annual Convention, Montreal, Canada, July 2015.
- "Deposing Named Plaintiffs in Class Litigation: Uncovering and Leveraging Issues of Adequacy & Commonality," Strafford Webinar, June 2015.
- “The New Women’s Economic Security Act – New Employee Leave, Pregnancy Accommodations, Familial Status, Wage Disclosure Protections and More," 2015 Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute, St. Paul, MN, May 2015.
- "The Fair Credit Reporting Act," 20th Annual Consumer Financial Services Institute, Practising Law Institute, New York, NY, April 2015.
- "Class Action Trial Plans after Dukes and Duran," Impact Fund Class Action Conference, Berkeley, CA, February 2015.
- "10 Tips for Tackling the Heart of the Beast - Written Discovery." A Checklist Approach to Successful Civil Litigation, Minnesota CLE, Minneapolis, MN, December 2014.
- "Workplace Case Studies – What Must Employers Do Differently Under the Provisions of the New Women's Economic Security Act," Minnesota CLE, Minneapolis, MN, July 2014.
- "Protecting Gratuities: Minnesota Law on Tip Pooling," Minnesota Lawyer, June 19, 2014.
- "Class-Representative Adequacy: Preparing for and Responding to Attacks on Plaintiffs," American Bar Association's Section of Litigation - Class Actions & Derivative Suits Committee Newsletter, June 3, 2014.
- "Discovery v. Privacy in Public Sector Employment Cases," Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute, St. Paul, MN, May 2014.
- “Named Plaintiff Depositions: What to Do Before, During, and After,” Strafford Webinar, April 2014.
- “Roundtable Discussion – Applying Remedy and Damage Analysis to Four Different Types of Disputes,” Minnesota CLE, Minneapolis, MN, April 2014.
- "Tackling Proof of Hours & Wages: Beyond Mt. Clemens Pottery." Natl. Employment Lawyers Assoc.’s Preventing Wage Theft: A Two-Day Guide to Litigating Cases Involving Wages, Hours & Work, Chicago, IL, March 2013.
- "Independent Contractors - Hot Topics and New Changes in Minnesota Law." Minnesota CLE Webinar, October 2012.
- “Organizing and Managing the Discovery Process,” Hennepin County Bar Association New Lawyers’ Section, Minneapolis, MN, May 2012.
- “Tips on Tipping Out: An Overview of Minnesota’s New Tip Pooling Legislation,” Minnesota CLE Webinar, September 2011.
- Bible v. United Student Aid Funds, Inc., 799 F.3d 633 (7th Cir. 2015), reh’g en banc denied, 807 F.3d 839 (7th Cir. 2015), cert. denied, 136 S. Ct. 1607 (2016) (reversing the district court’s dismissal of plaintiff’s complaint against a student loan guarantor for wrongfully charging collection fees on defaulted student loans, finding that plaintiff’s claims for breach of contract and for violations of the RICO Act were not preempted by the Higher Education Act, and stating that “a guaranty agency may not impose collection costs on a borrower who is in default for the first time but who has timely entered into and complied with an alternative repayment agreement”).
- In Monroe v. FTS USA, LLC, No. 2:08-cv-21 (W.D. Tenn. Oct. 2011), the jury found that defendants willfully violated the Fair Labor Standards Act by failing to pay nearly 300 cable installers for all overtime hours worked. The district court entered judgment with damages for the plaintiffs. The case is currently at the Sixth Circuit.
- Robrinzine v. Big Lots Stores, Inc., No. 15-CV-7239, 2016 WL 212957 (N.D. Ill. Jan. 19, 2016) (denying defendant’s motion to dismiss and holding that plaintiffs sufficiently stated a claim for willful violations of the FCRA).
- Hart v. Rick’s Cabaret Int’l, Inc., 60 F. Supp. 3d 447 (S.D.N.Y. 2014) (granting plaintiffs’ affirmative motion for summary judgment on damages, holding that no reasonable jury could conclude that the Rule 23 class of approximately 2,200 exotic dancers were owed less than $10.8 million dollars, holding that defendants were not entitled to an offset against the minimum wage, holding that defendants violated New York Labor Law, and denying decertification of the Rule 23 class and FLSA collective), 967 F. Supp. 2d 901 (S.D.N.Y. Sept. 10, 2013) (granting plaintiffs’ affirmative motion for summary judgment and holding that plaintiffs were employees as a matter of law under the FLSA and New York Labor Law).
- Huff v. Pinstripes, Inc., 972 F. Supp. 2d 1065 (D. Minn. 2013) (granting plaintiffs’ affirmative motion for summary judgment and holding that the defendant restaurant violated Minnesota law by requiring its servers to share their tips with certain other employees at the restaurant).
- Clincy v. Galardi South Enters., Inc., 808 F. Supp. 2d 1326 (N.D. Ga. 2011) (granting plaintiffs’ affirmative motion for summary judgment and holding that defendant misclassified its exotic dancers as independent contractors and that the dancers—members of the FLSA collective—were employees as a matter of law).
Titles / Awards / Memberships
- Named to The Top Women Attorneys in Minnesota List, 2016
- Named to the Rising Stars list, Minnesota Super Lawyers, Minneapolis/St Paul Magazine, and Minnesota Business Journal, 2013 - 2016
- American Association for Justice
- American Bar Association
- Federal Bar Association
- Minnesota Association for Justice
- Minnesota State Bar Association
- Minnesota Women Lawyers
- Minnesota Chapter of National Employment Lawyers Association - Board Member
- National Employment Lawyers Association
- National Association of Consumer Advocates
- Public Citizen
- Public Justice - Board Member