Pat Martin is an experienced employment defense lawyer and one of the founding shareholders of the Minneapolis office. He has successfully defended employers by obtaining dismissals, summary judgments, defense verdicts, decertification, and other favorable results in lawsuits involving Title VII, the Minnesota Human Rights Act (MHRA), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), WARN, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Sarbanes-Oxley, the FLSA, the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Minnesota Ch. 181, discrimination, harassment, and whistleblowing. Further, he has defended and prosecuted several commercial, non-competition, and trade secret lawsuits. Although Pat focuses his practice on defending employers in Minnesota and Iowa courts, he also provides employment counseling, including on RIF and WARN issues. Pat is admitted in the state and federal courts of Minnesota and Iowa, as well as the Eighth Circuit.
Pat has repeatedly been named a “Top 100” Minnesota Super Lawyer for all practice areas, according to Twin Cities Business and Mpls. – St. Paul Magazine. Pat has also been recognized as a “Super Lawyer” in Employment Litigation for 15 years and as a “Top 40 Employment Super Lawyer” for Minnesota for several years. Further, Pat is AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, listed in Chambers and Partners, and recognized in Best Lawyers of America.
Pat frequently presents at employment law and human resources seminars, including on topics relating to social media, RIFs, and discrimination. He also regularly moderates judges’ panels concerning employment litigation.
Pat has served as the President for the Minnesota Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, the second largest FBA chapter in the United States. With almost 900 members, the FBA Minnesota Chapter runs several award-winning programs that enhance the practice of law in federal courts. He also serves as a youth hockey coach for the Roseville Area Youth Hockey Association (2004-2019).
Before entering private practice, Pat clerked for Judge Kalitowski on the Minnesota Court of Appeals. While at the University of Minnesota Law School, Pat actively participated in Trial Practice, National Moot Court, Civil Clinic, and the American Indian Law Student Association. Before law school – while attending Mankato State (now Minnesota State Mankato) – Pat played college hockey on the 1991 Mavericks team that finished second in the NCAA tournament for Division II and III hockey, and the 1990 team that made it to the Final Four. His teammates voted him the “Best Hustle Award” winner for three of four years.