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Jay E. Eidsness


As a member of Nichols Kaster’s National Wage and Hour Litigation Team, Jay advocates on behalf of employees who are compensated below what state and federal law demand.  His federal clerkship experience gives him insight into how judges think, making him a strong ally to workers who need judicial intervention to ensure their earnings comport with the law.

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Prior to joining Nichols Kaster, Jay served as a law clerk to the Honorable Ann D. Montgomery in U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, where he helped adjudicate over 100 motions and assisted on more than a dozen jury trials.

During law school, Jay was an editor of the Vermont Journal of Environmental Law and served as a consultant to Vermont Law School’s Institute for Energy and the Environment.

Prior to law school, Jay worked in many different roles, including as an environmental educator and naturalist with the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board and as a high school soccer coach.  Jay also spent six months teaching children about sustainable agriculture in Chimbote, Peru.  

When he is not practicing law, Jay is an eager adventurer, seeking excitement on Minnesota’s rivers, lakes, forests, and cliffs.  Along with four college friends, Jay owns Broken Paddle Guiding, a kayak and cycling eco-tourism company that operates in the Driftless Area of Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Admissions & Education

  • Minnesota Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota
  • Court of Federal Claims
  • J.D., Vermont Law School, 2013, cum laude
  • B.A., St. John's University, 2007

Speaking Engagements & Publications

  • Managing the Electricity-Water Nexus in China and India, Asian Water Magazine, April 25, 2013
  • The Trials and Tribulations of the Village Energy Security Programme (VESP) in India, Energy Policy, 2013
  • The energy-enterprise-gender nexus: Lessons from the Multifunctional Platform (MFP) in Mali, Renewable Energy, June 2012
  • What Moves and Works: Broadening the Consideration of Energy Poverty, Energy Policy, March 2012
  • American Bar Association Environment, Energy and Resources Law Year in Review 2011: Energy Infrastructure and Siting, 2012
  • Towards Household Energy Security: The Village Energy Security Program in India, Energy Governance Case Studies, December 2011