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Caroline E. Bressman


Caroline has dedicated her career to workers' rights and is a member of Nichols Kaster's Wage Theft Litigation and ERISA Litigation practice groups. Caroline primarily represents workers in class and collective actions who have been denied proper wage and hour protections or whose retirement savings have been diminished because of excessive fees or imprudent investments.

Caroline's pronouns are she/her/hers.

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Caroline represents thousands of workers in wage and hour collective, class, and hybrid matters arising under federal and state laws.  She has advocated for the rights of workers across several industries, including positions such as background investigators, software engineers, home health aides, merchandisers, auto adjusters, yard switchers, and flooring estimators. In addition, Caroline has experience in handling single plaintiff discrimination, retaliation, and contract-based claims. Caroline regularly manages discovery and has experience in bringing and opposing dispositive motions. Whether representing a multi-hundred collective or a single individual, Caroline's meticulous approach and curiosity of the law equip her to tackle complex legal issues.

Caroline also serves on the Business Development Group and the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee within the firm.

During law school, Caroline served as the Symposium Articles Editor of the Minnesota Law Review, in which she organized the 2017 Minnesota Law Review Symposium, titled “A Prescription for Pharmaceutical’s Future: Balancing Industry and Consumer Concerns in Pharmaceutical Drug Development.” Caroline clerked for Gender Justice, a nonprofit legal and policy advocacy organization focusing on addressing gender inequality. She also served as a Research Assistant for Professors Susan M. Wolf and Oren Gross, supporting their scholarship of the law of genomics/genetics and international law, respectively.

Admissions & Education

  • Minnesota Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court - District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court - Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court – District of Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court - Western District of Tennessee
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • J.D., University of Minnesota Law School, cum laude
  • B.A., St. Olaf College, magna cum laude

Speaking Engagements & Publications

  • "Four Exceptions to the Attorney-Client Privilege," Minnesota CLE, January 2022.
  • "Proposition 22 and the Gig Economy," Strafford Webinars, March 2021.
  • "Wage Theft State Reform and Legislative Trends: New Causes of Action for Employees, Employer Penalties," Stafford Webinars, April 2020.
  • "Employment Law in 2020 -- What's Changed and What's Coming," Minnesota State Bar Association, Minneapolis, MN 2020.
  • Caroline E. Bressman, Kisor v. Wilkie and the Evolution of Auer Deference, The Labouring Oar, Winter 2019.
  • Caroline Bressman, Foreword, A Prescription for Pharmaceutical's Future: Balancing Industry and Consumer Concerns in Pharmaceutical Drug Development, 102 Minn. L. Rev.2265 (2018).
  • Caroline Bressman, The Future of Class Actions, Minnesota Law Review De Novo (March. 30, 2017).

Titles, Awards, & Memberships

  • Contributing Editor, The Fair Labor Standards Act Midwinter Report, ABA Section of Labor
  • American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section Member
  • Minnesota State Bar Association, New Lawyer Section
  • ABA-Bloomberg BNA Award for Excellence in Health Law
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Minnesota Women Lawyers, Hennepin County Bar Association
  • National Association of Women Lawyers