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Jacob C. Harksen


Jacob joined the firm in 2023 as a member of the individual rights team. He represents clients in employment matters, including harassment, retaliation and discrimination claims. 

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Jacob previously represented workers and their unions while working for a Seattle, Washington firm and as in-house counsel for a nurses’ union. Prior to joining Nichols Kaster, Jacob clerked for the Honorable Eric C. Tostrud of the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota.

Jacob graduated magna cum laude from the University of Minnesota Law School, where he completed a concentration in labor and employment law. During law school, he served as the Editor-in-Chief of the ABA Journal of Labor & Employment Law, interned for the National Labor Relations Board, taught Legal Writing as a Student Instructor, and earned multiple awards for his legal writing and achievements in labor law. Prior to attending law school, Jacob earned his Master of Arts degree in creative writing and worked as a bookseller in Seattle, Washington.

Admissions & Education

  • Minnesota Supreme Court
  • J.D. University of Minnesota Law School, magna cum laude
  • M.A. Miami University
  • B.A. Pacific Lutheran University

Speaking Engagements & Publications

  • Are Discretionary Demotions, Layoffs, and Terminations Valid Reemployment Positions for Returning Veterans?: Uncertain Applications of the Escalator Principle under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act, 33 A.B.A. Journal of Labor & Employment Law 105 (2018).