Anna Prakash represents everyday people against corporations and the government and uses her agility, intellect, and skill to pursue justice for her clients under a wide variety of laws and settings. Focusing on complex class actions and multi-plaintiff litigation, Anna has litigated civil rights cases in the employment, school, healthcare, and housing realms, including cases seeking freedom and damages resulting from race discrimination, discrimination against the trans community, and forced labor of immigrant workforces. She has represented employees seeking unpaid minimum wages and overtime, including in numerous cases on behalf of people in marginalized professions such as exotic dancers. Anna has represented consumers with respect to predatory loans, credit reporting issues, and other unlawful practices. And she is always looking for new and creative ways to tackle injustice and the imbalance of power across the country.
Anna’s intense work ethic and determination have helped her clients take on powerful defendants, drawing considerable interest and attention to the injustice and imbalance of power across the nation. Her cases have been featured in national and local media, including CNN, The New York Times, Bloomberg Businessweek, the Daily Beast, the Star Tribune, Minnesota Public Radio, and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Anna’s versatility has allowed her to move seamlessly between multiple practice groups at the firm. She is one of the founding leaders of the firm’s Civil Rights and Impact Litigation practice group. And over the course of her time at the firm, Anna has led the firm’s National Consumer Class Action practice group, been a member of the firm’s National Wage & Hour practice group, tried cases in court or arbitration, and authored and argued class and individual appeals at the state and federal level.
Anna is also involved in numerous professional organizations. She serves on the Board of Directors of the People’s Parity Project, as well as on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the Public Justice Foundation, a nationwide charitable organization supporting high-impact lawsuits to combat social and economic injustice. Anna is also a member of Twin Cities Diversity and Practice’s Professional Development Committee and a member of the Nominating Committee for the National Association of Consumer Advocates. Anna previously served as the employee/union-side co-chair of the American Bar Association’s Occupational Safety and Health Committee, and on the Board of Directors of Standpoint, an organization that exists to serve domestic and sexual violence survivors, advocates, attorneys, and other professionals working within the justice system in Minnesota, and is also a past board member of the Minnesota Chapter of the National Employment Lawyers’ Association. Anna is a frequent speaker at national legal seminars and, for five years, was an adjunct professor of legal writing at the University of Minnesota Law School.
Prior to joining Nichols Kaster, Anna served as an attorney for the United States Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights and monitored special education compliance for the State of Minnesota.