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Rebekah L. Bailey

Overview

Rebekah L. Bailey is a tireless advocate committed to civil rights and social justice. She has worked at Nichols Kaster her entire career, dedicating her practice to the representation of everyday people. Rebekah focuses primarily on complex class and collective action litigation and vigorously advocates for large groups of employees and consumers throughout the country. She also represents employees with individual disputes, defending professional clients with licensing issues or contract negotiations, and alleging claims of discrimination, sex harassment, and denial of benefits.  In both employment and consumer cases, through individual and class representation, Rebekah helps everyday people seek redress from big businesses.

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Biography

Rebekah has over a decade of experience litigating cases in court and arbitration. She has served as a member of the firm's National Wage and Hour Team and as a founding member of its Consumer Class Action Group.  She leads the firm's e-discovery committee.  She has spoken at national conferences on various topics such as electronic discovery, arbitration, equal pay, and various wage and hour issues.

Rebekah has been committed to employee rights since early on in her career.  Rebekah received a concentration in labor and employment law at the University of Minnesota Law School, and she was honored with the ABA-BNA Award for Excellence in Labor and Employment Law. While in school, Rebekah was a member of the Student Employment and Labor Law Association, and she was the executive editor of the Journal of Law and Inequality. Prior to law school, Rebekah volunteered as a clerk at the Michigan Migrant Legal Assistance Project, a non-profit legal organization that provides legal services to indigent migrant farm workers while focusing on wage and hour and landlord/tenant disputes.

Admissions & Education

  • California Supreme Court
  • Minnesota Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court – Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court – District of Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court – Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court – Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court – Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court – Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court – Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court – Western District of Tennessee
  • U.S. District Court – Western District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court – Western District of Wisconsin
  • J.D. University of Minnesota Law School, 2008, magna cum laude
  • B.S. Grand Valley State University, 2004, magna cum laude

Speaking Engagements & Publications

  • “Arbitration Strategy and Tactics.” Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute, St. Paul, MN 2018.
  • “ESI & The Rule 26 Conference: Everything You Need to Know.” NELA’s Spring Conference, ESI & Technology for the Plaintiff’s Employment Lawyer, Vienna, Virginia 2018.
  • “Practical E-Discovery Strategies for the Plaintiff’s Lawyer.” NELA’s 8th Circuit Conference, Minneapolis, MN 2018.
  • "The Changing Nature of Independent Contractor vs. Employee, and Who Is a Joint Employer in the Gig Economy?" Minnesota CLE’s Labor & Employment Institute 2017.
  • "Trump Administration's Wage and Hour Priorities -- The Fate of the Overtime Regulations, Administrator Interpretations and Opinion Letters, and Enforcement Priorities", Co-Presenter, Webinar, New York, NY, PLI, 2017.
  • “The Scourge of Bankruptcy: Successful Strategies to Collect Judgments & Prevent Employers from Dissipating Assets.” NELA’s Litigating Wage & Hour Cases: Challenges and Opportunities Conference. Silver Spring, Maryland 2017.
  • “Effective Strategies for Equal Pay Litigation: Addressing the Recent Rapid Rise in Equal Pay Class Actions, Understanding and Mastering the Unique Nuances of These Cases and Mitigating Your Litigation Risks.” ACI’s 30th National Forum on Wage & Hour Claims and Class Actions. New York, New York 2017.
  • “The Do’s and Don’ts of Employment Arbitrations.” Hennepin County Bar Association. Minneapolis, Minnesota 2017.
  • “The Intersection of Wage & Hour and EPLI.” Employment Practices Liability Insurance National Conference, New York, New York, 2016.
  • “Arbitration on the Wage & Hour Front: Tips, Strategies and Best Practices.” ACI’s National Forum on Wage & Hour Claims and Class Actions, San Francisco, California 2015.
  • "The Carrot and the Stick: How to Effectively Use Rule 68 Offers and When to Reject Them ." Federal Bar Association Annual Meeting and Convention, Salt Lake City, Utah, 2015.
  • ​"Required Without Pay: Deconstructing Integrity Staffing v. Busk." Minnesota State Bar Association CLE, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 2015.
  • "The New Lawyer Experience; Everything But the Kitchen Sink? Conducting Effective and Efficient Written Discovery." Minnesota CLE, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 2015.
  • “Making it Rain: High Stakes Exotic Dancer Litigation in Federal Court.” Federal Bar Association Webinar CLE Series, 2014.
  • "20 Tips to Make Litigation Practice Just a Little Easier." Strategic Solutions for Solo and Small Firms Conference, Duluth, MN, 2013.
  • "Your Boss Did What? Employment Law 101 and the ABC's of Finding a Good Case." Strategic Solutions for Solo and Small Firms Conference, Duluth, MN, 2012.
  • Panelist for "Dealing with Difficult Opposing Counsel: A panel of experienced practitioners share insights into this challenging aspect of your practice.” Strategic Solutions for Solo and Small Firms Conference, Duluth, MN, 2012.
  • “Class Action Waivers in Arbitration Agreements: The state of the law one year after AT&T Mobility v. Concepcion, 131 S. Ct. 1720 (2011).” Hennepin County Bar Association, Minneapolis, MN 2012.
  • "Pressing Forward: Connecticut’s Approach to Embryonic Stem Cell Research", 26 LAW & INEQ. 13 (2008).

Titles, Awards, & Memberships

  • The Sedona Conference Member
  • Practitioner Instructor for Law in Practice series, University of Minnesota School of Law, 2018
  • FLSL Standing Committee to ABA/LEL CLE Coordinating & Resources Committee, 2017-present
  • Working Group 1 Committee Member, The Sedona Conference, 2017-present
  • Named to The Top Women Attorneys in Minnesota List, 2016
  • Named to the Super Lawyers list, Minnesota Super Lawyers, Minneapolis/St. Paul Magazine, and Twin Cities Business, 2014 - 2018
  • Alumni Advisory Journal of Law & Inequality Board Member, 2011 to Present
  • Award for Excellence in Labor and Employment Law, ABA-BNA, 2008
  • Associate Chapter Editor for the ABA/BNA Fair Labor Standards Act, 3d Edition, 2014 to present
  • Contributor for the ABA FLSA Annual Midwinter Report, 2011 to 2014
  • Contributor for the ABA FMLA Annual Midwinter Report, 2009 to 2012
  • American Association for Justice Member
  • American Bar Association Member
  • Federal Bar Association Member
  • California State Bar Association Member
  • Minnesota State Bar Association Member
  • National Employment Lawyers Association Minnesota Chapter Member
  • National Employment Lawyers Association Member

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