Andrew T. James
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Andrew T. James

Associate
james.andrew@dorsey.com

Overview

An associate in Dorsey’s Labor & Employment group, Drew is a skilled litigator with substantial courtroom and trial experience. 

When the situation demands it, Drew tenaciously represents his clients in high-stakes employment litigation in courts in Minnesota and across the country. But when a dispute is avoidable, Drew taps his experience as in-house counsel and works alongside his clients to proactively solve problems.

Drew has deep experience litigating employment issues on behalf of his clients in federal and state courts, including discrimination, harassment, hostile work environment, retaliation and reprisal, wrongful termination, breach of restrictive covenants, misappropriation of trade secrets, breach of contract, tortious interference with contract, wage and hour, disability, and unemployment claims. Drew’s experience extends to claims under laws including the Minnesota Human Rights Act (“MHRA”), Title VII, Title IX, Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”), Employee Retirement Income Security Act (“ERISA”), Equal Pay Act (“EPA”) and Minnesota’s Equal Pay for Equal Work law, and Minnesota Whistleblower Act. Drew also represents his clients in appellate proceedings.

Education & Admissions

University of Minnesota Law School (J.D., 2010)

Marquette University (B.A., Criminology and Law Studies; Political Science, 2007)

Admissions

  • Minnesota
  • Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit

Languages

  • English

Clerkships

  • Judicial Externship, Ramsey County District Court, Honorable Robert A. Awsumb

Experience

Representative Litigation

  • Portz, et al. v. St. Cloud State Univ., et al., Case No. 16-CV-01115 (JRT/LIB) (D. Minn. Aug. 1, 2019): After seven-day trial, Court finds St. Cloud State University in violation of Title IX and grants permanent injunction ordering immediate improvements to SCSU's athletics department, including maintaining women's tennis and Nordic skiing teams, renovation of practice and competition facilities, improvements to women's locker rooms, and more.  Media coverage of this case includes: http://www.startribune.com/federal-judge-st-cloud-state-athletics-fails-to-provide-equal-opportunity-to-women/513523522/.


  • Miller v. The Bd. of Regents of the Univ. of Minnesota, Case No. 15-CV-03740 (PJS/LIB) (D. Minn. Mar. 15, 2018): After an eight-day jury trial on behalf of legendary UMD women’s hockey coach Shannon Miller, the jury awards Miller $3,744,832 in damages, and a judge awards her an additional $461,278 in front pay. Media coverage of this case includes: https://www.duluthnewstribune.com/news/crime-and-courts/4418059-big-day-women-jury-sides-miller-orders-umd-pay-374-million.


  • Before joining Dorsey, Drew was a litigation associate at a mid-sized law firm Minnesota, where he focused his practice in the areas of employment litigation, sports-related lawsuits, and civil rights actions. Before that, Drew was assistant counsel at a broker/dealer and registered investment adviser in Minnesota, and he also has experience as a criminal defense attorney. Some of Drew’s representative litigation occurred at firms before Dorsey.

News & Resources

Legal Writings

  • Quoted in Duluth News Tribune article entitled, “UMD Discrimination Lawsuit Set to Return to Court,” Nov. 12, 2016.
  • Quoted in St. Cloud Times article entitled, “Hearing Set on SCSU Tennis Team Lawsuit,” May 4, 2016.

Industries & Practices

Government Enforcement & Corporate Investigations
Securities & Financial Services Litigation & Enforcement
  • Appellate
  • Banking & Financial Institutions
  • Benefits & Compensation
  • Class Action Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • ERISA Litigation
  • Food, Beverage & Agribusiness
  • Government Enforcement & Corporate Investigations
  • Labor & Employment
  • Securities & Financial Services Litigation & Enforcement

Professional & Civic

Community Involvement

  • Varsity Policy Debate Coach (various schools)
  • Past President, The Leadership Emergence and Development (“LEAD”) Project

Accolades

  • Listed as a “Rising Star” by Minnesota Super Lawyers, 2019
Andrew T. James