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Laura A. Farley


As a member of the firm’s individual rights litigation team, Laura is dedicated to protecting the rights of current and former employees who face a wide-range of employment-related issues, including discrimination, harassment, retaliation, minority shareholder, and contract disputes. She works hard to advocate for her clients and to deliver in-depth, efficient representation that enables clients to obtain the best possible resolutions in their cases.

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Prior to joining Nichols Kaster, Laura worked as an associate for a Minneapolis litigation firm, focusing on minority shareholder, employment, and contract disputes. During law school, Laura was on the Executive Board of the Minnesota Law Review, the board of the Women’s Legal Student Association, and volunteered with the Advocates for Human Rights. Prior to attending law school, Laura worked for a Fortune 100 company in business-to-business sales supporting operations and logistics in small businesses.

Admissions & Education

  • Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court - Minnesota
  • J.D., University of Minnesota Law School
  • B.A., University of St. Thomas, magna cum laude

Speaking Engagements & Publications

  • “Ending Forced Arbitration: Understanding the New Federal Law that Prohibits Mandatory Arbitration in Matters of Sexual Assault or Harassment,” Bench & Bar of Minnesota, July 2022
  • Separation Agreements and Releases: 7 Mistakes Employers Make, MN CLE, January 2022
  • Legal Writing Resiliency: Giving and Taking Feedback (from Others and Yourself), Federal Bar Association CLE, October 2021
  • Avoiding 10 Mistakes in the Hybrid Workplace – A Plaintiff Lawyer’s Perspective, MN CLE, September 2021
  • "Toward Equality: Bostock v. Clayton County and the future of the MHRA", Bench & Bar of Minnesota, September 2020
  • "Equal Pay for Superior Play: The Women’s National Soccer Team’s Fight for Equality", (2019)
  • Note, “Knowledge Is Power: How Implementing Affirmative Disclosures Under the JOBS Act Could Promote and Protect Benefit Corporations and Their Investors,” (2015, Vol. 99 at 1507)

Titles, Awards, & Memberships

  • Associate Campaign for Legal Aid, Lead Co-Chair
  • Named to the Rising Stars list, Minnesota Super Lawyers, Minneapolis/St. Paul Magazine, and Twin Cities Business, 2020 - 2022
  • MSBA North Star Lawyer, 2019-2021
  • Hennepin County Bar Association
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Minnesota Women Lawyers
  • Minnesota State Bar Association Younger Lawyers Section, Community Service Co-Chair
  • Minnesota NELA (MN-NELA) Member and Vice President, 2022
  • The Sedona Conference, Working Group 1 Committee Member
  • University of Minnesota, Adjunct Associate Professor of Legal Writing 2018-2021