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Neil D. Pederson



Neil fights for employees’ rights to hard-earned wages as part of Nichols Kaster’s National Wage and Hour Litigation Team. He is not afraid to stand up to unscrupulous employers and to big businesses that all too often put their bottom line above the basic dignity of their employees. Neil works tirelessly and zealously to advocate for his clients and has also represented hundreds in a class action disability discrimination case.

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Before joining Nichols Kaster, Neil worked in the courts as a judicial law clerk to Judge Karen A. Janisch at the Minnesota District Court, Hennepin County. While in law school, Neil was a member of the William Mitchell Law Review and co-editor of the Law Raza Social Justice Journal. Neil also worked and volunteered in the non-profit and public sectors focusing on local public health initiatives and federal civil rights litigation.

Admissions & Education

  • Minnesota Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court –District of Minnesota
  • J.D. William Mitchell College of Law, summa cum laude
  • B.A. University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, summa cum laude
  • PhD work in political science at the University of Chicago

Titles, Awards, & Memberships

  • The Fair Labor Standards Act Midwinter Report, ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law, Contributing Editor, 2018.

  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Minnesota State Bar Association Labor and Employment Section
  • National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA) —Minnesota Chapter
  • Burton Award Nominee
  • Minnesota Justice Foundation Public Service Award
  • CALI Award winner in Constitutional Criminal Procedure, Public Health Law, and Appellate and District Court Advocacy