Andrew E. Tanick

Shareholder || Minneapolis

Andy Tanick has over 30 years of experience defending employment claims and helping employers develop effective policies and avoid litigation. He advises businesses of all sizes on issues such as non-compete agreements, severance negotiations, and employment policies and practices, and has successfully defended cases throughout the country in areas such as discrimination, retaliation and harassment. Andy’s litigation practice also includes his defense of disability access lawsuits under Title III of the ADA and the Minnesota Human Rights Act, ranging from service animal litigation to defending owners of restaurants and office buildings in increasingly common “drive-by” ADA litigation.

Prior to joining the firm, Andy was the Office Administrative Partner and a member of the Management Committee of another national Labor and Employment law firm. Andy is a Labor and Employment Law Specialist, certified by the Minnesota State Bar Association. He is a frequent lecturer at employment law seminars and has written several employment law articles. During law school, Andy was a Note and Comment Editor, and a published author, on the Minnesota Law Review. In college, Andy performed at Carnegie Hall as a member of the University of Minnesota Wind Ensemble. He continues to make music as a member of a civic wind ensemble that has toured China, Brazil and Spain.

Learn more about Andrew E. Tanick
  • Won a week-long arbitration, defeating claims of age, disability and national origin discrimination as well as retaliation, on behalf of a global Fortune 500 company.
  • Obtained two Temporary Injunctions to enforce non-competition agreements against former employees of client’s salons
  • Obtained summary judgment dismissing multiple claims brought by former shareholder of family business, alleging wrongful termination and various violations of Minnesota Business Corporations Act
  • Obtained immediate dismissal of suit seeking $950,000 in commissions and various other employment-related claims, on jurisdictional grounds
  • Obtained summary judgment dismissing federal and state age discrimination claims against New Mexico business with facility in Minnesota; affirmed on appeal by Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals


  • J.D., cum laude, University of Minnesota Law School, 1986
  • B.A., University of Minnesota, 1983

Admittance to Practice

  • Minnesota
  • Iowa
  • Wisconsin
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, Northern and Southern Districts of Iowa
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court, District of North Dakota

Professional Activities

  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Hennepin County Bar Association
  • Minnesota Management Attorneys’ Association


  • MRA Employment Law Update – Minnesota and Federal - "The Legal Landscape: Navigating the Hiring Process" - Minnetonka - March 14, 2019
  • Ogletree Deakins Briefing - "2018 Beer, Wine, and Spirits, Part III: Sexual Harassment: What Should Employers Do Now?" - Minneapolis - October 9, 2018
  • Cedar Valley (IA) SHRM Presentation - "Conducting Effective Workplace Investigations" - Waterloo - August 14, 2018
  • Minnesota CLE Employment Law Institute - "Federal District Court and 8th Circuit Update" - St. Paul - May 21, 2018
  • MRA Employment Law Update – Minnesota and Federal - "From Water Coolers to Snapchat: Preventing Sexual Harassment and Bullying in a Modern Workplace" - Minnetonka - March 16, 2018
  • Hennepin County Bar Association - "Friedlander: The Canary Does, In Fact, Sing Again" - Minneapolis - November 9, 2017
  • Ogletree Deakins Briefing - "Beer, Wine, and Spirits, Part III: Preparing for the Winter Workplace – Holiday Parties, Drug Testing, and Inclement Weather" - Minneapolis - October 24, 2017
  • Siouxland SHRM - "Legislative Update" - South Sioux City - October 19, 2017
  • Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute - "Employee Discipline and Discharge – Top Mistakes Employers Make and How to Avoid Them" - Minneapolis - July 12, 2017
  • Minneapolis Employment Law Briefing - "Comfort Dogs, No Nuts, and Odor-Free Workplaces – The Expansion of 'Reasonable' Accommodations" - Minneapolis - November 2016
  • Sauk Centre Chamber of Commerce - "Wage and Hour Basics – The Fundamentals You Must Know" - Sauk Centre - September 27, 2016
  • Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute - "Wage and Hour Basics – The Fundamentals You Must Know" - St. Paul - May 24, 2016
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - "Retail and Hospitality Roundtable – What’s Keeping Employers Up at Night" - Chicago - May 5, 2016
  • 32nd Annual Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute Webinar - "Religious Accommodation Issues for an Increasingly Diverse Workforce" - June 2015
  • 31st Annual Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute - "Religious Accommodation Issues for an Increasingly Diverse Workforce" - St. Paul - May 2014
  • Fidelity Bank “Intellectual Capital” Series - "The Top Eight Ways to Get Sued by Your Employees, and How to Avoid Them" - Bloomington - April 2014
  • Referrals Unlimited - "The Top Eight Ways to Get Sued by your Employees – and How to Avoid Them" - Eden Prairie - March 2014
  • KPA Webinar - "Title VII: Religious Discrimination, Harassment and Accommodation" - Minneapolis - February 2014
  • North Star Chapter, Minnesota, SHRM - "Title VII: Religious Discrimination, Harassment and Accommodation" - Anoka - February 2014
  • KPA Webinar - "HR Q&A" - Minneapolis - January 2013
  • KPA Webinar - "Employment Law Implications of Social Media" - Minneapolis - October 2012
  • 29th Annual Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute - "Mistakes the Other Side Makes – Avoiding Litigation Blunders That Can Cost Your Client Dearly" - St. Paul - May 2012
  • May 10, 2016 - The National Law Review - "55 Year Old Employee Fails to Establish Age Discrimination Claim Against 3D Printing Company"
  • May 2012 - Restaurant Industry Newsletter - "Would You Like Fries, or a Collective Action Overtime Lawsuit, With That Burger?"
  • February 13, 2012 - Inside Counsel - "Labor: Employees Can Now Claim Hostile Work Environment Based on Veteran Status – What Employers Need to Know to Avoid Lawsuits"
  • January 16, 2012 - Inside Counsel - "Labor: NLRB in the News – Thanks to New Rules, Employers May Begin to Suffer Labor Pains"
  • January 2, 2012 - Inside Counsel - "Labor: Social Media Posts as Protected Concerted Activity Under the NLRA"
  • November 7, 2011 - Finance & Commerce - "Employment Law: Action is in the Agencies"
  • September 20, 2010 - Bench & Bar of Minnesota - "Independent Contractor or Employee? The Focus Shifts Again"
  • March 1, 2017 - Law360 - "8th Circ. Panel Won't Revive Optomec Age Bias Suit"
  • Ranked in Chambers USA
  • Best Lawyers Award Badge
  • Best Lawyers in America (2018-present)
  • Top 100 Lawyers in Minnesota – Super Lawyers (2015-2018)
  • Minnesota Super LawyersLaw & Politics magazine
  • Super Lawyers – Corporate Counsel Edition, Law & Politics magazine
  • Minnesota Top 40 Employment Lawyer, Law & Politics magazine
  • AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Minnesota Rising Stars – Law & Politics magazine
  • Chambers USA
  • The Legal 500 United States 2016: Recommended in Labor and Employment- Labor and employment disputes (including collective actions)- defense category
  • Minnesota State Bar Association Board Certified Specialist in Labor & Employment Law

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