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Ben J. Bauer

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Ben is a member of Nichols Kaster's ERISA litigation team where he represents employees whose retirement accounts have been shortchanged due to excessive fees, imprudent investments, employer self-dealing, and general mismanagement.

Ben represents workers in breach of fiduciary duty class actions in federal court. Ben has represented workers across a variety of industries, from financial services to grocery stores. Ben’s passion for righting the wrongs suffered by his clients has led to successful outcomes for thousands of workers that were shortchanged through a variety of employer misconduct.

Prior to joining the firm, Ben clerked for Judge Tom Fraser in Hennepin County District Court. During law school, he interned for the Minnesota Department of Human Rights, and the ACLU of Minnesota, and earned the Law School Public Service Award.

Prior to law school, Ben taught 7th-grade English in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and continued to work in schools while completing his law degree in Mitchell Hamline’s night program.

My pronouns: he, him, his

  • ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law’s Leadership Development Program
  • American Association for Justice
  • Hennepin County Bar Association
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Hennepin County Bar Association Young Lawyers Section, Board Member
  • Minnesota Association for Justice
  • Minnesota State Bar Association Young Lawyers Section, Board Member
  • "Four Exceptions to the Attorney-Client Privilege" 2022
  • “Exceptions to Attorney Client Privilege in Employment Litigation” presented at the FBA Labor & Employment Conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico, February 2023
  • “A Former Teacher’s Tips for Working with Law Clerks” published in the FBA Minnesota Chapter “Bar Talk” May 2023 Publication
  • “The Future of Attorney-Client Privilege for In-House Counsel in the U.S.” FBA CLE, April 2023
  • "Four Exceptions to the Attorney-Client Privilege," Minnesota CLE, January 2022.


  • U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota


  • J.D., Mitchell Hamline School of Law, 2017, magna cum laude
  • B.A., St. John's University, 2011, magna cum laude

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