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Brock J. Specht

Overview

Brock is a member of Nichols Kaster’s national class-action litigation team. He represents consumers, employees, and retirees in lawsuits against some of the country’s largest corporations, holding these companies accountable when they fail to deal fairly and honestly with their employees and customers. His recent cases have led to the recovery of millions of dollars in retirement benefits for thousands of participants in 401(k) plans across the country.

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Biography

Brock’s experience includes successfully representing clients in complex multimillion-dollar lawsuits in numerous federal courts across the country, in private arbitration, and before administrative agencies. He also has significant appellate experience arguing cases in both state and federal courts of appeals. Before joining Nichols Kaster, Brock practiced with a major Twin Cities law firm for several years, representing both individuals and major corporations in nationwide litigation involving a wide variety of substantive areas of law. Many of his cases have resolved through the payments of tens or hundreds of millions of dollars in settlements or awards.

Brock’s pro bono practice includes multiple appointments as a Special Assistant State Public Defender representing clients before the Minnesota Court of Appeals.

Before entering private practice, Brock clerked for Judges Christopher J. Dietzen and Bruce D. Willis at the Minnesota Court of Appeals. He has also served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of St. Thomas School of Law, teaching appellate brief writing and coaching several successful moot court teams.

Admissions & Education

  • Minnesota Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court - District of Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court – District of North Dakota
  • University of St. Thomas School of Law, J.D. magna cum laude
  • University of Minnesota, B.A.

Speaking Engagements & Publications

  • “How to Get Your Social Media, Email, and Text Evidence Admitted (And Keep Theirs Out),” National Business Institute, May 23, 2018.
  • “Deposing Named Plaintiffs in Employment Class and Collective Actions: Strategies for Plaintiff and Defense Counsel,” Strafford Publications, February 2018.
  • Panel Discussion: Supreme Court Review of Escobar, American Association for Justice Qui Tam Litigation Group, July 2017.
  • Plaintiffs’ Use of Motions for Summary Judgment, American Association for Justice Railroad Law Section, July 2017.
  • “Beyond Credit Reports: Protections for Workers Under the Fair Credit Reporting Act,” AAJ Employment Rights Newsletter, Winter 2017.
  • "Applying the New Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (FRCP): The Big Changes You Need to Know," National Business Institute, October 5, 2016.
  • "Circuits are Split on the Implied Requirement of Ascertainability Under Rule 23," AAJ Class Action Litigation Group Newsletter, Summer 2016.
  • "2014's Most Important Non-Employment Law Cases for Employment Lawyers? Revisiting Tolan v. Cotton and Burrage v. U.S.," The Labouring Oar, June 2015.
  • “E-Discovery for the Plaintiffs’ Lawyer,” Minnesota National Employment Lawyers Association, Nov. 2014.

Titles, Awards, & Memberships

  • Named to the Rising Stars list, Minnesota Super Lawyers, Minneapolis/St. Paul Magazine, and Twin Cities Business, 2016-2018
  • American Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Minnesota State Bar Association

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