Jody Ward-Rannow

Of Counsel || Minneapolis

Jody currently represents large corporate clients and small local businesses in matters involving all aspects of labor and employment law, including disability, race, and gender/pregnancy discrimination claims; retaliation claims; FMLA claims; workers’ compensation retaliation claims; non-compete/non-solicitation, and unfair competition claims; breach of contract claims; and whistleblower retaliation claims.

Additionally, Jody regularly partners with HR professionals, business leaders, and/or in-house legal counsel to advise on a variety of employment issues, including employee discipline and termination, discrimination and retaliation claims, employee relations, policy drafting and revisions, supervisor training, Minnesota affirmative action reporting requirements, FMLA administration, wage/commission payment requirements, drug testing policies, employee privacy, and other federal and state employment law issues.

Prior to re-joining Ogletree, Jody spent six years as in-house dispute resolution and employment counsel for an integrated health system. In this role, Jody advised on various rules and laws applicable to employees in this highly-regulated industry including multistate licensing compliance issues, telehealth, background checks, the intersection of peer review and HR policies and practices, and workplace safety issues.

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Admittance to Practice

Professional Activities

  • American Bar Association
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Hennepin County Bar Association
  • Minnesota Women Lawyers
  • Women’s Health Leadership TRUST
  • Adjunct Professor, Civil Rights Moot Court, University of Minnesota Law School (2007-2015)
  • YWCA Circle of Women Planning Committee (2013, 2015)
  • YWCA Parent-Teacher Committee (2012-2015)
  • Board Member, Sajai Foundation (2011-2013)
  • Board Member, Jacob Wetterling Resource Center (2009-2010)


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