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Neil D. Pederson



Neil Pederson is an associate attorney at Nichols Kaster, PLLP and has been practicing law with the firm since October 2017. Prior to that, he clerked for the Honorable Karen A. Janisch in Hennepin County State District Court.  His practice has focused on national class action employment discrimination litigation and national wage and hour class and collective action litigation. He has represented hundreds, if not thousands, of workers who have been discriminated against or who are seeking to recover lost wages, including overtime pay and minimum wages, through collective, class, and hybrid actions.

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Since he started at Nichols Kaster, Neil has worked on multiple class and collective actions, involving positions such as railroad workers, home health aides, delivery drivers, oil field workers, and nurses. Neil has handled managing discovery and filing class certification and other motions in these cases. In addition to being a litigation associate at the firm, Neil also works with its Business Development Group, which originates class and collective actions. Neil is also a contributing editor to the ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law’s Fair Labor Standards Act Midwinter Report. Neil volunteers as an attorney for the Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid’s Housing Section.

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