James H. Kaster

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AV Preeminent

Licensed for 40 years

Serving Minneapolis, MN

Areas of Law

  • Sexual Harassment
  • Severance
  • Discrimination
  • Retaliation & Whistleblower Claims
  • Overtime & Minimum Wage Claims
  • Class & Collective Actions

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Admission Details

Admitted in U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota
U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
U.S. District Court, Northern, Eastern, Southern and Central Districts of California
U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin
1979, Wisconsin
1980, Minnesota
U.S. Supreme Court

Law School Attended
Marquette University

Class of 1979

University Attended

Marquette University
Class of 1976
cum laude

Bar Fellowship
of the American College of Trial Lawyers, the premier professional trial organization in America whose membership is limited to 1% of the trial lawyers in any state or province. Finally, he was selected to be a Fellow in the prestigious National College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, an organization with an exclusive membership of leading labor and employment lawyers nationwide.

Jim is an eloquent and persuasive speaker, with the unique ability to present his arguments in a manner that is easily understood by juries and judges. He has tried well over 100 cases to verdict or decision, earning many million dollar and multi-million dollar recoveries. He has also lectured frequently in front of local, state, and national organizations on damage recovery and trial skills, as well as many other legal topics.

Jim has been involved in a wide variety of individual and class action cases. His remarkable combination of skills as a trial lawyer gives him a unique edge in effectively representing individuals and groups of employees.

Phi Beta Kappa; Alpha Sigma Nu. Recipient: Named one of "The Best Lawyers in America"; Named one of "Top 40 Employment Law Lawyers"; Named to the Super Lawyers list, Minnesota Law and Politics (2nd Top Point Getter in 2008); Named a "Top Lawyer," Mpls./St. Paul Magazine; Named in "Who's Who in Employment Law," Minnesota Law and Politics; Certified Civil Trial Specialist; The Firm has achieved the highest rating for legal ability in Martindale-Hubbell; The Top 100 Lawyers in the State of Minnesota. Member, 1977-1978 and Staff Editor, 1978-1979, Marquette University Law Review. Engagements: 2010 NELA Annual Convention: Discovery in a Plaintiff's Employment Practice; 2010 Upper Midwest ELI: Strategic Case and Trial Planning; 2010 New Lawyers Experience Keynote Speaker: Making and Building Your Reputation in the Practice of Law; 2009 Upper Midwest ELI: Planning the Case, Choosing the Theme; 2009 Upper Midwest ELI: Closing the Deal; 2008 Labor & Employment Law Institute: Negotiating and Litigating with the EEOC; 2008 Upper Midwest ELI: Bringing and Defending Age Discrimination Claims; 2008 Upper Midwest ELI: Advanced Trial Practice: Plaintiff's Panel on Winning the Retaliation Case; 2008 NELA Trial Practice Seminar: Opening Statements; 2007 NELA Annual Convention: A View from the Bench: Trial & Appellate Advocacy; 2007 NELA Annual Convention: The Discovery Exchange; 2007 Lorman Education Services: Everyday Ethics; 2007 Upper Midwest ELI: Confessions of a Plaintiffs' Lawyer; United We Stand: Immigrant Labor and the Law, Minnesota Trial Lawyer, Vol. 31, No. 3, Summer 2006 (co-author); Rule 35 Mental Health Evaluation in Sexual Harassment Cases, Minnesota Trial Lawyer, Vol. 31, No. 2, Spring 2006 (author); 2006 17th Annual National NELA Convention: Employment Rights Section, Getting and Keeping Punitive Damages, Association of Trial Lawyers of America; 2006 Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute: Advanced Trial Practice-Impact Litigation; 2006 Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute: Advanced Trial Practice' The Strategic Litigator; 2006 NELA Spring Seminar, Accommodating Disabilities & Family and Medical Leaves in the Workplace: Setting the Stage and Closing the Deal: Opening & Closing Statements, National Employment Lawyers Association; 2005 Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute: Advanced Trial Practice' Focusing on the Secrets for Winning or Losing at Trial; 2005 Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute: Advanced Trial Practice' Focus on how the Harassment Case is Won or Lost. Publications: 2010 Labor & Employment Law Institute: Cutting-Edge and Re-emerging Disparate Impact Issues; 2010 ABA Labor & Employment Law Conference: Perfect Witness' But for the witness, I would have won the case. Member: Hennepin County, Minnesota State, Wisconsin State and California State Bar Association State Bar of Wisconsin; Minnesota Trial Lawyers Association (Member, Board of Governors and Executive Committee Member, Fellow, College of Labor & Employment Law); National Employment Lawyers Association; College of Labor and Employment Lawyers; Law and Leading Attorneys; American College of Trial Lawyers; Academy of Certified Trial Lawyers Association; National Employment Lawyers Association (Board Member); National Board of Trial Advocacy; Minnesota National Employment Lawyers Association.

Location Details


4600 IDS Ctr.80 S. 8th St.
Minneapolis, MN  55402-2242