Ashlee M. Bekish

Profile

Ashlee Bekish represents employers in a variety of industries and service areas, and she focuses her practice on litigation and counseling involving federal, state, and local labor and employment laws.  Ashlee is experienced in matters arising under Title VII, the ADA, the ADEA, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the National Labor Relations Act, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, the Minnesota Human Rights Act, and other federal and state laws.  Her experience includes representing employers in individual actions as well as class and collective actions.

Ashlee has been a member of trial teams in federal court and has represented clients in mediations and arbitrations.  She regularly represents clients in responding to administrative charges before state and federal agencies.  In addition to her litigation practice, Ashlee routinely advises employers regarding employment policies and personnel issues, drafts employment policies, conducts internal audits and investigations, conducts training for human resources personnel and managers, and assists employers with evaluating legal risk to achieve desired business outcomes.

Ashlee received her B.A., summa cum laude, in Psychology from St. Cloud State University and her J.D., magna cum laude, from Hamline University School of Law.  While in law school, she served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Hamline Law Review.  Ashlee also served as a teaching assistant for Legal Research and Writing, a research assistant, and a leader in the school’s structured study group program.

Experience

Experience: 
  • Member of Eighth Circuit appellate team that obtained affirmance of summary judgment in favor of employer in a WARN Act case applying the "unforeseeable business circumstances" exception.
  • Member of federal trial team that obtained defense verdict for large, national employer following two-week jury trial in religious discrimination and failure to accommodate case.
  • Obtained dismissals of numerous administrative charges of discrimination brought against local and national companies in various states, including Minnesota and Texas.
  • Defended employers in class action and collective action lawsuits arising under the Fair Labor Standards Act.
  • Responded to NLRB unfair labor practice charges and obtained dismissals or withdrawals of charges.
  • Investigated and prepared reports to public company audit committees regarding whistleblower complaints under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act.
  • Reviewed and analyzed FLSA exempt-status classifications and assisted in responding to Department of Labor investigations.

Education and Honors

Education: 

J.D., magna cum laude, Hamline University School of Law, 2009
B.A., summa cum laude, St. Cloud State University, 2006

Honors and Awards: 
  • Editor-in-Chief, Hamline Law Review (2008-2009)
  • Best First Year Appellate Brief
  • Dean's List
  • Minnesota Super Lawyers Rising Star (2013)

Professional Activities

Professional Activities: 
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Minnesota Women Lawyers
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Hennepin County Bar Association
Speeches:
  • Federal Civil Practice Deskbook Seminar 1 - "What Governs Federal District Court Civil Practice and Procedure in the District of Minnesota" - Minneapolis - February 25, 2014
  • Minnesota CLE's New Lawyer Experience - "Using Negotiation and Settlement Skills to Your Tactical Advantage" - Minneapolis - January 24, 2014
  • Ogletree Deakins Briefing - "Staying in Bounds: Internal Investigations" - Minneapolis - October 17, 2012
  • Minnesota CLE's Webinar Series - "Fashion Victim or Discrimination? Avoiding Appearance Discrimination Lawsuits" - Minneapolis - May 11, 2012

In The News

Published Works:
  • February 2014 - Federal District of Minnesota Civil Practice Deskbook, 1st Edition - "Chapter 1: What Governs Federal District Court Civil Practice and Procedure in the District of Minnesota"
  • July 29, 2013 - Ogletree Deakins Blog Post - "Minnesota Employers Beware: 2013 Legislative Changes"
  • February 25, 2013 - Ogletree Deakins Blog Post - "Be a Super Sleuth - Part Three: Conducting Your Workplace Investigation"
  • January 29, 2013 - Ogletree Deakins Blog Post - "Be a Super Sleuth - Part Two: Preparing for and Conducting Effective Workplace Investigations"
  • December 14, 2012 - Ogletree Deakins Blog Post - "Be a Super Sleuth - Part One: Laying the Framework for Effective Workplace Investigations"
  • August 23, 2012 - Ogletree Deakins Blog Post - "Minnesota Supreme Court Rejects Negligent Misrepresentation Claim Against University of Minnesota and Coach Tubby Smith"