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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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Prior to joining Nichols Kaster, Carl worked as a judicial law clerk for Judge Natalie E. Hudson of the Minnesota Court of Appeals and for Judge Philip C. Carruthers and Judge Tamara G. Garcia of the Fourth Judicial District of the State of Minnesota.

During law school, Carl was a staff member and articles submission editor of the Minnesota Law Review, where his note on the Fair Labor Standards Act was published in April 2012. Carl was on the Dean’s List all three years at law school and received four Faculty Book Awards given to the top-performing student in a course. Carl also worked as a research assistant to Professor Daniel Schwarcz. Carl began his legal career in 2010 as a Law Clerk with Nichols Kaster.

Carl’s passion for helping people save for retirement began before law school, when Carl spent six years working as a Certified Financial Planner, with a particular focus on helping clients plan and save for retirement.

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, cum laude

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).