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; Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) claims; workers’ compensation retaliation claims; noncompete/nonsolicitation, 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 and commission payment requirements, drug testing policies, employee privacy, and other federal and state employment law issues.

Prior to re-joining Ogletree Deakins, 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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