When the situation demands it, Drew tenaciously represents his clients in employment and education-related litigation in courts in Minnesota and across the country. But when a dispute is avoidable, Drew taps his background as in-house counsel and works alongside his clients to proactively address issues before they erupt.
Drew has deep experience litigating and trying employment issues on behalf of his clients in state and federal courts, including discrimination, harassment, hostile work environment, retaliation and reprisal, wrongful termination, breach of restrictive covenants (including claims involving non-competition and non-solicitation agreements), misappropriation of trade secrets, breach of contract, tortious interference with contract, disability, and unemployment claims.
Drew also regularly advises educational institutions (including high schools, colleges, and universities) on a variety of education-specific legal issues such as Title IX, FERPA, sexual assault and harassment matters, and other student and faculty issues. Drew is one of the rare lawyers to have tried and won a Title IX case.
Before joining Dorsey, Drew was a trial associate at another law firm in Minnesota. Drew also has worked as in-house counsel for a financial services company in Minnesota, and he began his career as a criminal defense attorney.
Education & Admissions
University of Minnesota Law School (J.D., 2010)
Marquette University (B.A., Criminology and Law Studies; Political Science, 2007)
- 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
- Judicial Externship, Ramsey County District Court, Honorable Robert A. Awsumb
- Portz, et al. v. St. Cloud State Univ., et al., Case No. 16-CV-01115 (JRT/LIB) (D. Minn. Aug. 1, 2019): After a seven-day trial, the Court found St. Cloud State University violated Title IX and granted a permanent injunction that benefits a class of female student-athletes. The Court ordered immediate improvements to SCSU's athletics department, including, but not limited to, maintaining women's sports teams, renovating practice and competition facilities, making improvements to women's locker rooms, and the Court also awarded $1.2 million in attorneys’ fees. 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 a high profile eight-day jury trial on behalf of legendary former UMD women’s hockey coach Shannon Miller, the jury found that UMD retaliated against Miller in violation of Title IX and Title VII and awarded her over $3.74 million in damages (later reduced). The judge later awarded Miller an additional over $460,000 in front pay and $2.33 million in attorneys’ fees, and the case ultimately settled for $4.53 million. 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.
- McGuire v. Bowlins, et al., Case No. A18-0167 (Minn. Sept. 4, 2019): In a decision described as “groundbreaking,” the Minnesota Supreme Court concludes that Nathan McGuire, the former girls’ basketball coach at Woodbury High School, is not a “public official” or “public figure,” and allows his defamation claim against the parent of a student-athlete to proceed to trial. Drew represented Nathan at the district court and Minnesota Court of Appeals levels before joining Dorsey. Media coverage of this case includes: http://www.startribune.com/minnesota-supreme-court-ruling-limits-criticism-of-public-high-school-coaches/559406292/.
- Before joining Dorsey, Drew was a litigation associate at another law firm, where he handled employment litigation, sports-related lawsuits, civil rights matters, and commercial litigation. Before that, Drew was assistant counsel at a broker/dealer and registered investment adviser, and he also has experience as a criminal defense attorney. Drew’s representative litigation described above includes results from before he joined Dorsey.
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Events & Speaking Engagements
- 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
- 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