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Carl F. Engstrom



Carl fights to protect employees’ hard-earned savings as a key member of the firm’s 401(k) litigation team.  Focusing on class actions, Carl represents current and former employees whose retirement accounts have been shortchanged due to excessive fees, imprudent investments, employer self-dealing, and general mismanagement.

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Carl is the subject matter expert and origination specialist on Nichols Kaster’s ERISA Litigation Team. As a founding member of the ERISA litigation group, Mr. Engstrom has worked in some capacity on every case brought by the group since its inception in 2015.  In that time, the ERISA litigation group has negotiated settlements totaling over $150 million on behalf of retirement plan participants shortchanged by excessive fees and imprudent retirement plan investments. Before joining Nichols Kaster, Mr. Engstrom clerked for judges at both the Minnesota Court of Appeals and Hennepin County District Court.  Prior to entering the legal profession, Mr. Engstrom spent six years working as a financial advisor, providing retirement and investment advice to hundreds of clients, and earning the Certified Financial Planner™ designation.

Admissions & Education

  • Minnesota Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court - District of Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court - Western District of New York
  • U.S. District Court – District of North Dakota
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • J.D. University of Minnesota Law School, 2012, magna cum laude
  • B.A. Harvard College, 1998

Speaking Engagements & Publications

  • "What Have I Opted Myself Into? Resolving the Uncertain Status of Opt-In Plaintiffs Prior to Conditional Certification in Fair Labor Standards Act Litigation," 96 Minn. L.R. 1544 (2012).
  • “Free Speech Threat or Jury Error? Verdict Against Blogger ‘Johnny Northside’ Likely the Result of Special Verdict Form,” by Benjamin R. Skjold and Carl F. Engstrom, Skjold Parrington Business Attorneys Blog, March 16, 2011 (cited by ABA Journal and Minnesota Lawyer).

Titles, Awards, & Memberships

  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Hennepin County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • University of Minnesota Law School Faculty Book Award recipient for top-scoring student in Contracts (Fall 2009), Civil Procedure II (Spring 2010), Federal Taxation I (Fall 2010), and Conflicts (Fall 2011).