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Michelle L. Kornblit


Michelle is committed to protecting the rights of employees and advocating for workplace fairness.  Michelle represents employees who face a wide-range of employment-related issues, including discrimination, harassment, retaliation, whistleblower protection, violations of the Family Medical Leave Act, defamation, and contract disputes.

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Michelle has been dedicated to employee rights and challenging unfair employment practices her entire career.  Prior to joining Nichols Kaster’s Individual Practice Group, Michelle was an Associate with a leading employment litigation firm in New York, representing employees in individual, multi-party and class action suits.

Michelle received her J.D. from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York, graduating cum laude.  Michelle focused her coursework in constitutional law and civil rights.  While in law school, Michelle interned with the Women’s Rights Project of the American Civil Liberties Union, working on cases of gender-based employment discrimination.  Michelle also completed an internship with an Administrative Law Judge at the New York District Office of the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Michelle graduated cum laude from New York University with a B.A. in both Philosophy and Politics.  For over three years, while in college, Michelle worked for a plaintiff-side employment law firm representing employees experiencing workplace discrimination.

Admissions & Education

  • Minnesota
  • New York
  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court – Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court - Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court - Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court - District of North Dakota
  • J.D. Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, cum laude
  • B.A. New York University, cum laude

Speaking Engagements & Publications

  • Co-Presenter of “Employment Law Training.” Immigration Law Center of Minnesota, 2021.
  • Panelist “Special Challenges when Representing Non-Citizens on Civil and Criminal Matters.” Minnesota State Bar Association, 2021.
  • Presenter of “Interviewing 101.” Twin Cities Diversity in Practice, 2021.
  • Author Plenary Presentation Materials: “2020 Title VII Update – All the Important Cases and Their Impact.”  Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute, 2020.
  • Author Plenary Presentation Materials: “2019 Title VII Update – All the Important Cases and Their Impact.” Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute, 2019.
  • Co-author of “What Constitutes Unlawful Sexual Harassment,” published in Sexual Harassment, First Edition, 2018 (Minnesota Continuing Legal Education).
  • Co-presenter of “Practical Overview: Sexual Harassment Claims and Compliant Policies, Training and Response,” 2018 Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute, May 2018.
  • Contributing Author to the ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law, The Family and Medical Leave Act Treatise, Second Edition (Chapter 8: Restoration Rights), Bloomberg BNA, 2017.
  • Co-author of “Public Employees’ Right to First Amendment Free Speech,” published in Hennepin Lawyer Magazine, July/August 2017.
  • Co-author of “Joint Employer and Independent Contractor Issues,” published in The FMLA Handbook, Second Edition, 2016 (Minnesota Continuing Legal Education).

Titles, Awards, & Memberships

  • National Employment Lawyers Association Minnesota Chapter Member
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Minnesota Women Lawyers