Cynthia A. Bremer

Office Managing Shareholder Minneapolis

Cynthia Bremer is the managing shareholder of the Minneapolis office. Cynthia has extensive experience in employment law and complex litigation matters. Her practice focuses on representing corporations and corporate management in all types of employment law matters. While Cynthia’s primary focus has been employment litigation defense in federal and state courts throughout the Midwest, including class and collective actions, Cynthia also advises companies on critical employment law issues involving past and present employees. Further, Cynthia has litigated numerous restrictive covenants suits, including seeking and defending preliminary injunctions and merit proceedings. In addition to extensive litigation and advising experience in employment law, Cynthia’s experience also includes securities arbitrations, commercial and civil litigation, and intellectual property litigation.

Prior to entering private practice in Minneapolis in 1999, Cynthia was in private practice in North Dakota.  While in North Dakota, Cynthia was also a Special Assistant Attorney General for the State of North Dakota and represented the State in dozens of administrative hearings and appeals.

Cynthia started her legal career as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Missouri, assigned to the Complex Litigation group. Her cases as an Assistant Attorney General included jury and bench trials, petitions for certiorari to the U.S. Supreme Court on constitutional law issues, and key involvement in one of the largest civil RICO cases ever brought in Missouri. Cynthia was also appointed as a Special Assistant Attorney General for the prosecution of election law violations.

In addition to being very involved within the legal and business communities, Cynthia is a frequent seminar presenter, addressing a variety of human resource and employment law issues.


Experience

  • Tried numerous bench and jury trials, including an ERISA matter in Minnesota Federal Court
  • Obtained complete defense verdict in religious discrimination jury trial in Missouri Federal Court
  • Obtained numerous dismissals and favorable summary judgment rulings in employment law cases around the country, including cases involving claims under the FMLA, ADA, retaliation, sex discrimination and harassment, race discrimination, and numerous other types of claims
  • Decertified an ADEA representative action
  • Obtained favorable results in numerous arbitrations, including involving commercial and contract claims
  • Successfully represented a client in reversing bankruptcy court and lifting stay to proceed with arbitration
  • Obtained summary judgment in a patent infringement suit
  • Represented clients in campaign finance and other constitutional cases

Professional Activities and Speeches

Professional Activities:

  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Minnesota Women Lawyers
  • Hennepin County Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • North Dakota State Bar Association
  • Missouri State Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Federal Practice Committee for the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota (Judge-nominated), Chair of the Communications Subcommittee
  • Minnesota Management Attorney's Association (MMAA) (2006-present)
  • Orono City Council Member, City of Orono, Minnesota, elected to second four-year term in November 2010 (2007 to 2015)
  • Orono Planning Commission, Chair, Vice Chair and Member (2002-2006)
  • Orono Citizens Police Academy Graduate and Community Volunteer
  • HIRED, Chair and Executive Committee of Board of Directors
  • Carleton College, Alumni Admissions Representative and Assistant Class Agent

Speeches:

  • Minnesota CLE Labor and Employment Law Institute - ''The New Young v. UPS Decision: A Game-Changer for McDonnell Douglas?'' - Minneapolis - November 19, 2015
  • Ogletree Deakins Corporate Labor and Employment Counsel Exclusive - ''White Knuckling the White Collar Exemptions: How to Handle the Revisions to the Overtime Regulations'' - Phoenix - November 13, 2015
  • Minnesota CLE Employment Law: Whistleblower Update - ''Employment Law Series – Whistleblower Update'' - Minneapolis - October 05, 2015
  • North Dakota State SHRM Conference - ''Employee Privacy vs. Employer Right to Know: Social Media in the Work Place'' - Fargo - September 16, 2015
  • Northstar SHRM - ''Staying in Bounds: Internal Investigations'' - Elk River - September 09, 2015
  • West Central Minnesota SHRM - ''Staying in Bounds: Internal Investigations'' - Alexandria - July 24, 2015
  • Minnesota ACC Conference - ''Avoiding Employment Litigation'' - Minneapolis - June 18, 2015
  • Minnesota CLE Employment Law Institute - ''Cutting-Edge ADA Accommodation and Retaliation Developments'' - St. Paul - May 19, 2015
  • Minnesota CLE Employment Law Institute - ''2015 Retaliation Update - The Effect of Key Federal and State Cases and the Minnesota Whistleblower Law'' - St. Paul - May 18, 2015
  • Minnesota CLE Employment Law Institute - ''Effective and Legally Compliant Record Retrieval in Internal Investigations'' - St. Paul - May 18, 2015
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - ''How to be a Super Sleuth: Preparing for and Conducting Effective Workplace Investigations'' - San Antonio - May 15, 2015
  • Sterling Education Services: Hiring and Terminating - ''Information Disclosure Issues'' - Minneapolis - May 06, 2015
  • Sterling Education Services: Hiring and Terminating - ''The Termination Process'' - Minneapolis - May 06, 2015
  • National Business Institute: Advanced Employment Law Webinar - ''Ethics'' - May 2015
  • National Business Institute: Advanced Employment Law Webinar - ''Drugs and Alcohol in the Workplace: Medical Marijuana and Other Considerations'' - May 2015
  • National Business Institute Webinar - ''Ethics'' - April 14, 2015
  • National Business Institute Webinar - ''Drugs and Alcohol in the Workplace'' - April 14, 2015
  • Sterling Education Services: Employment Law Beyond the Basics - ''Advanced FMLA and ADA Issues'' - Fargo - April 08, 2015
  • Sterling Education Services: Employment Law Beyond the Basics - ''Privacy and Social Media in the Workplace'' - Fargo - April 08, 2015
  • University of Minnesota Masters in Liberal Studies Program - ''Using Social Media and the Internet to Screen Applicants: 'Dos' and 'Don'ts''' - Minneapolis - April 2015
  • American Society of Safety Engineers 12th Annual Professional Development Conference - ''Medical Marijuana – How to Deal with Drugs in the Workplace'' - Minneapolis - February 2015
  • Minnesota CLE Job Applicant Screening - ''Using Social Media and the Internet to Screen Job Applicants: 'Do's and Don'ts''' - Minneapolis - December 05, 2014
  • Southwest Area Safety Association Webinar - ''Employee Physical Examinations: Avoiding Unintended Discrimination'' - November 14, 2014
  • Minnesota CLE - ''Employment Law Series: Pregnancy Discrimination - What to Expect When Your Employees are Expecting'' - Minneapolis - October 28, 2014
  • 2014 Rehabilitation Update - ''Social Media: An Employment Nightmare'' - St. Paul - September 25, 2014
  • Managing Your Workforce in 2015 - ''Panel Discussion: Avoiding Employment Litigation'' - Minneapolis - September 16, 2014
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''Panel Discussion: Avoiding Employment Litigation'' - Minneapolis - September 16, 2014
  • Lakes Area Human Resource Association - ''Staying in Bounds: Internal Investigation'' - Baxter - September 11, 2014
  • Southwest Area Human Resource Association Chapter Meeting - ''Staying in Bounds: Internal Investigations'' - Dickinson - August 07, 2014
  • Fargo Moorhead Human Resource Association Chapter Meeting - ''Staying in Bounds: Internal Investigations'' - Fargo - August 05, 2014
  • National Business Institute - ''Hiring and Firing Law'' - Eau Claire - June 18, 2014
  • Minnesota CLE Employment Law Institute (Co-Presenter) - ''2014 Retaliation Update - The Effect of Key Federal and State Cases Plus Changes to the Minnesota Whistleblower Law'' - St. Paul - May 19, 2014
  • Minnesota CLE Employment Law Institute (Panel) - ''Continuing Development in Disability Litigation: The Impact of Mental Health Diagnosis on Accommodation and Related Issues'' - St. Paul - May 19, 2014
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - ''Top 10 Tips for Avoiding (or Minimizing) Employment Litigation'' - Las Vegas - May 8 - May 9, 2014
  • Sioux Empire SHRM March Chapter Meeting - ''Legislative Update: A Roadmap for Employers in 2014'' - Sioux Falls - March 11, 2014
  • 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 2013 Labor & Employment Law Institute - Panel - ''New Minnesota Employment Laws: Whistles, Boxes, Checks and Wedding Bells'' - Minneapolis - November 22, 2013
  • Minnesota CLE: How to Litigate a Case in Minnesota State Court - ''Using Negotiation and Settlement Skills to Your Tactical Advantage - Including Rule 68 Offers of Settlement'' - Minneapolis - October 02, 2013
  • Ultimate Software Minneapolis Human Resources Workshop - ''Internal Investigations: Risks and Rewards'' - Minneapolis - September 25, 2013
  • Minnesota CLE Employment Law Institute (Co-Presenter) - ''You Are What You Tweet: The Risks and Rewards of Using Social Media (and the Internet) to Screen Job Applicants'' - Minneapolis - May 20 - May 21, 2013
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - ''21st Century Technology: The New Dynamic For Employers'' - New Orleans - May 2013
  • The 2012 Labor and Employment Law Institute - Panel Discussion - ''Ethics: When Employment Litigation Involves Executives'' - Minneapolis - December 30, 2012
  • Age Discrimination in Employment - ''Mixed Motives in Age Cases'' - Minneapolis - October 31, 2012
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - ''Applying Wage and Hour Laws To The 21st Century Workforce'' - Phoenix - May 2012
  • Ultimate Software Interactive HR Workshop: Essential Strategies from Industry Leaders in an Era of Change - ''Screening Practices Under Attack: What Can Employers Use to Make Good Hiring Decisions?'' - Edina - October 28, 2011
  • Ogletree Deakins webinar - ''Screening Practices Under Attack - What Can Employers Use To Make Hiring Decisions?'' - June 2011
  • The 2011 Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute, Minnesota Continuing Legal Education - ''Eighth Circuit and Federal District Court Update'' - St. Paul - May 2011
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - ''Screening Practices Under Attack - What Can Employers Use To Make Hiring Decisions?'' - Chicago - May 2011
  • 2011 Annual Mid-Winter Luncheon, Minnesota State Bar Association’s Labor & Employment Law Section - ''Defining Legally-Protected Conduct and Other Hot Topics in Retaliation Claims'' - St. Paul - March 2011
  • How to Litigate a Case in Minnesota State Court, Minnesota Continuing Legal Education - ''Using Negotiating and Settlement Skills to Your Tactical Advantage – Including Rule 68 Offers of Settlement'' - Minneapolis - March 2011
  • Ogletree Deakins webinar - ''Administering Leaves of Absence'' - January 2011
  • New Lawyer Experience, Minnesota Continuing Legal Education - ''Using Negotiating and Settlement Skills to Your Tactical Advantage'' - Minneapolis - January 2011
  • The 2010 Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute, Minnesota Continuing Legal Education - ''Eighth Circuit and Federal District Court Update'' - St. Paul - May 2010
  • How to Litigate a Case in Minnesota State Court, Minnesota Continuing Legal Education - ''Using Negotiating and Settlement Skills to Your Tactical Advantage – Including Rule 68 Offers of Settlement'' - Minneapolis - March 2010
  • New Lawyer Experience, Minnesota Continuing Legal Education - ''Using Negotiating and Settlement Skills to Your Tactical Advantage'' - Minneapolis - January 2010

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