Jack Sullivan

Jack Sullivan




Jack is an associate in Dorsey’s Labor & Employment group, where he focuses his practice on employment advice, litigation, and traditional labor-law issues. In his advice practice, Jack helps clients avoid litigation and position themselves effectively in case an employee does bring a claim. When counseling employers, Jack draws both from his legal experience and from the practical experience gained in his first career as a print reporter and newsroom manager, including service as a regional correspondent for The Associated Press in Washington, D.C., as a reporter and editor for The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead, and as the manager and editor of a suburban news team for the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

Education & Admissions

University of Minnesota Law School (J.D., 2010), magna cum laude; ABA-BNA Award for Excellence in the Study of Labor and Employment Law; founding Editor-in-Chief, ABA Journal of Labor & Employment Law 

University of St. Thomas (B.A., 1993), cum laude


  • Minnesota
  • North Dakota
  • Wisconsin
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court for the District of North Dakota 


  • Minnesota Supreme Court, Justice G. Barry Anderson, 2010-2011


Representative Work

  • Argued before the Minnesota Supreme Court on behalf of city housing and redevelopment authority and won reversal of court of appeals decision that had blocked $85 million redevelopment project in Minneapolis suburb. 
  • Served as second chair on trial team that won jury verdict rejecting trade-secret and contract claims against client and awarding damages on counterclaim. 
  • Represented high-technology manufacturer against former sales representatives and their new employer in unfair competition case, defeating motion to dismiss, defending and conducting depositions, and negotiating settlement. 
  • Counsel clients on range of workplace issues, including disability accommodation in hiring and employment, drafting and implementing effective policies and procedures, independent contractor relationships, unfair labor practice charges, and wage and commission disputes. 

News & Resources


Minnesota Court of Appeals Declines to Block Minneapolis Sick-Time Ordinance
Trump Administration Suspends Rule to Require Employers to Report Payroll Data to Government
Minnesota Supreme Court clarifies requirements for state whistleblower lawsuits
Practitioner Insights: Prescription Opioids in Workplaces and on Job Sites
It’s Final: The DOL Issues Final Rule Providing Paid Sick Leave For Employees of Federal Contractors
Ninth Circuit Holds that Employees’ Waiver of All Forums for Class or Collective Action Violates NLRA
EEOC Revises Plan Aimed to Identify Unequal Pay
Are Your Drug Test Policies Placing You at Risk With OSHA?
New OSHA Rule Effective Next Month – Are Your Drug-Testing Policies Placing You At Risk?
NLRB: Unions may organize permanent and temporary workers without employers' consent
DOL Issues Updated Contractors’ Guidance Regarding Sex Discrimination
DOL Issues Final Rule Doubling FLSA Salary Basis Threshold; Refrains From More Substantial Changes
EEOC Proposal Seeks to Expand Pay Discrimination Enforcement by Requiring More Data from Employers
Obama Administration Requires Federal Contractors to Offer Paid Sick Leave to Workers
NLRB Issues Long-Awaited Joint Employer Decision

News & Press Mentions

Super Lawyers Recognizes 36 Dorsey Lawyers in Minneapolis
Super Lawyers Recognizes 37 Dorsey Lawyers in Minneapolis

Events & Speaking Engagements

Annual Construction Symposium: Managing the Construction Workforce in 2018
Seminar Playback: Annual Construction Symposium: Managing the Construction Workforce in 2018
NLRB ‘Wish List’ – A Solution Looking for Problems
Labor, Employment and Benefits Seminar
Labor and Employment 2016 Conference
"How Far from Near? 50 Years of New York Times v. Sullivan in Minnesota and Beyond," (Panelist) Silha Center for the Study of Media Ethics and Law, University of Minnesota School of Journalism & Mass Communication
"Human Resources – Critical Issues and Best Practices," Great Plains, Midwest, Rocky Mountain Indian Gaming Conference & Tradeshow

Legal Writings

  • Jack Sullivan, Article: Pooled Special-Needs Trusts: An Exception that Should be the Rule to Protect Adults with Developmental Disabilities, 27 LAW & INEQ. 441 (2009)

Industries & Practices

  • Appellate
  • Banking
  • Class Action Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Electric Power
  • Energy
  • Food, Beverage & Agribusiness
  • Health Care
  • Indian & Alaska Native
  • Labor & Employment

Professional & Civic

Professional Achievements

  • Vice President, Board of Directors, Minnesota Justice Foundation (a non-profit corporation that promotes pro bono opportunities for law students and fundraises to support clerkships at public interest agencies serving low-income individuals)
  • Member, Board of Advisors, ThreeSixty Journalism (a nonprofit outreach program of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of St. Thomas that uses the principles of strong writing and reporting to help diverse Minnesota high school students enhance their writing skills, college readiness and community connection)
  • Member, Human Resource Professionals of Minnesota
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Member, Hennepin County Bar Association


  • Listed as a "Rising Star" by Minnesota Super Lawyers, 2014-2017

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  • MSBA North Star Lawyer, 2015-2016
Jack Sullivan