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Chris D. Jozwiak

Employment Attorney Christopher JozwiakChristopher D. Jozwiak’s litigation experience includes trial and appellate practice in state and federal court involving a broad array of employment matters. He has successfully mediated numerous cases and has written winning briefs in cases involving retaliation, sexual harassment, wage and hour violations, whistleblower reprisal, discrimination, and wrongful termination. Mr. Jozwiak graduated cum laude from the University of Minnesota Law School, served as a judicial extern to the Honorable David S. Doty, United States District Court, and was the Executive Editor of the Journal of Law and Inequality. Prior to becoming a founding partner of Baillon Thome Jozwiak & Wanta LLP, Mr. Jozwiak was an attorney at Halunen & Associates where he was a member of the management committee.

Contact Chris at cjozwiakatbaillonthome [dot] com or 612-252-3570

Education

  • Macalester College, B.A., cum laude (2000), Phi Beta Kappa
  • University of Minnesota Law School, J.D., cum laude (2006); Executive Editor, Journal of Law and Inequality

Bar Admissions

  • MinnesotaChristopher Jozwiak is a Rising Star Attorney
  • U.S. District Court, Minnesota

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Minnesota State Bar Association, General Assembly, Labor and Employment Representative
  • Federal Bar Association, Diversity Committee Member
  • National Employment Law Association
  • MSBA’s Labor & Employment Law Section’s Governing Council (2008-present)
  • Vice Chair, MSBA Labor & Employment Law Section (present)

Outside Experience

  • Judicial Extern to the Honorable David S. Doty, United States District Court, Minnesota

Publications

Lofton v. Secretary of the Department of Children and Family Services: Florida’s Gay Adoption Ban Under Irrational Equal Protection Analysis, 23 J. LAW AND INEQ. 407 (2005)

Presentations

  • Speaker (with Jim Kaster), Family Responsibilities Discrimination: New Resources and Another Lens for Analyzing and Winning Gender and Caregiver Discrimination Cases, NELA, 2009
  • Speaker (with Michelle Neumann), The Basics of Harassment Law - Federal and State, 2011 Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute, 2011
  • Speaker (with Megan Kelley), Caregiver Discrimination Under the MHRA and Title VII, Minnesota State Bar Association CLE for EEOC and MDHR Investigators, 2011
  • Speaker (with Penelope Phillips), Appearance Discrimination: A New Frontier of Employment Litigation? Minnesota State Bar Association CLE for EEOC and MDHR Investigators, 2012
  • Speaker (with Justin Cummins), What You Must Know About E-Discovery to Prove Your Case and Avoid Big Mistakes, Minnesota State Bar Association CLE, Computer and Technology, Ethics, Solo and Small Firm, 2012
  • Speaker, Beyond Marriage: Current Legal Issues, University of Minnesota, 2012

Awards and Recognitions

  • Super Lawyers® Rising Star 2011-2013: Employment Law

Representative Cases

Gilbert v. MetLife, 2011 WL 1843441, No. 09-1990 (Minn.D.2011) (denial of defendant's motion for summary judgment where plaintiff proferred sufficient evidence from which a reasonable fact finder could infer that employer did not retain her because of disability and failed to accommodate her disability)

United States v. Law School Admission Council, Compl. U.S. Dep’t of Justice Compl. No. 202-39-97 (Sept. 27, 2011) (settlement agreement reached allowing complainant all LSAT testing accommodations originally requested pursuant to Title III of the  Americans with Disabilities Act, which prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities by private testing entities that administer examinations related to professional licensing)

Johnston v. U.S. Bank National Association, 2009 WL 2900352, No. 08-0296 (D.Minn.2009) (denial of defendant's summary judgment motion where genuine issue of material fact existed as to whether employer's statement that the employee needed a more flexible job to take care of her newborn was evidence of sex-plus discrimination in violation of the Minnesota Human Rights Act)

Hayes v. Dapper, 2008 WL 4301018, No. A07-1878 (Minn.Ct.App.2008) (reversing dismissal of whistleblower case because a report need not be formal to constitute protected conduct and questions of fact remained whether the report was made in good faith)

Hibbard v. Park Supply Inc., et al., No. A07-0721, 2008 WL 1748233, (Minn. Ct. App. Apr. 15, 2008) (reversing unemployment law judge's decision disqualifying plaintiff from receiving unemployment benefits and remanding for further findings on the credibility of plaintiff's testimony)

Hayes v. Minneapolis Sch. Dist., Special Sch. Dist. No. 1, 27-cv-07-5006 (Dist. Ct. Minn. 2008) (denial in part of defendant’s summary judgment motion where genuine issue of material fact existed as to whether employee was wrongfully terminated as a result of employer’s discrimination on the basis of race and sexual orientation)

Brooks v. Pioneer Metal Finishing, No. 06-841, 2007 WL 1378417, (D. Minn. May 7, 2007) (denial of defendant’s summary judgment motion where genuine issues of material fact existed as to whether plaintiff was adequately performing her job duties and as to whether defendant’s reasons for termination were pretext for age discrimination and retaliation)