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Douglas P. Seaton

Phone: 952.921.4604
Fax: 952.896.1704

Doug has concentrated his employer-side practice in three areas: (1) labor law, where he deals with collective bargaining, strike, impasse and picket line planning, withdrawal liability issues, employer/union transitions and double-breasting or dual shop planning; (2) litigation involving statutory and constitutional challenges, labor law preemption, and “labor policy” matters; and (3) strategic litigation avoidance and legal compliance planning. He also handles labor-law related and non-competition/non-solicitation agreement litigation, National Labor Relations Board, Department of Labor and other state and federal regulatory proceedings, and advises employers on a full range of HR, employee relations planning, litigation management, risk avoidance and compliance issues.

Main Areas of Practice

  • Union negotiations
  • Labor impasse/picketing management/labor agreement termination
  • Successorship and double-breasting planning for union employers
  • Labor policy cases challenging rules, statutes/practices
  • Drafting and injunctive proceedings related to non-competition, non-solicitation and confidentiality agreements
  • Union violence litigation
  • Planning for litigation risk management
  • HR “troubleshooting” and advice
  • NLRB and U.S. Department of Labor proceedings
  • Policy preparation
  • Hiring, performance review and discipline procedure design

Representative Cases

Doug has represented employers in close to 200 employment and labor-related cases in state and federal court, and before the National Labor Relations Board and the U.S. Department of Labor, and equivalent state agencies. Among these are successful cases overturning an Executive order on constitutional and statutory jurisdictional grounds, Swanson et al. v. Dayton et al., and nullifying a Minnesota statute on constitutional grounds, ABC v. Ventura (Carlson), major cases limiting agency jurisdiction and unfair labor practice remedies at the National Labor Relations Board, Stack Electric and E&I Specialists, a significant Davis-Bacon, FLSA and debarment case before the U.S. Department of Labor, Miller Insulation, cases establishing protection for employer files including employee data, Design Electric, and clarifying employees’ duty of loyalty to the employer, Volk Electric, successful non-compete defense or enforcement actions, including McCarthy-Duce Sales, Beltmann North American and Keane, Inc., successful construction bid challenges and contract violation cases involving labor/employment issues, such as the Breitbach case, and numerous major cases enjoining and securing compensation for union violence against employers and their employees, including the Met-con and Overnite Transportation cases.

Speaking Engagements

Doug has spoken regularly at Minnesota and national trade associations and Continuing Legal Education conferences including the Minnesota Employment Law Institute (more than 20 years), Minnesota Associated Builders and Contractors and the National Associated Builders and Contractors Attorneys’ Conference (more than 30 years), Seaton, Peters & Revnew’s Upper Midwest Labor Law Conference (10 years), and the CUE national conferences (10 years). He has also spoken at numerous other trade association meetings in the construction, trucking, auto parts, printing and other industries, and at Continuing Legal Education conferences and attorneys’ meetings, in several states.

Publications

Doug has published Law Review articles on Minnesota workers’ compensation reform, a doctoral dissertation and book on the labor movement in the 1930s to the 1950s, and several articles a year for trade periodicals, legal services, Continuing Legal Education manuals, and legal alerts on various labor and employment law topics.

Doug originated and has published numerous articles in Seaton, Peters & Revnew’s LawFax/LawFacts legal alert — now the Employer Advisor — for more than 15 years.

View Doug's Employer Advisor articles on our website.

Bar Admissions

  • United States Supreme Court, 1987
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, 1985
  • United States District Court, District of Minnesota, 1982
  • United States District Court, District of Colorado, 1998
  • State of Minnesota, 1981

Legal Experience

Doug served as Legislative Analyst, then Counsel, to the Minnesota House Labor Committee and the Joint House/Senate Legislative Committee for Employee Relations (1978-1982), as an Associate and Partner at Popham, Haik, Schnobrich, Kaufman & Doty (1982-1995), and as a founder, partner and now Senior Counsel of Seaton, Peters & Revnew (1995-date).

Education

  • William Mitchell College of Law, J.D., 1981
  • University of Minnesota Law School, attended 1977-78
  • Rutgers University, Ph.D., American History, (Thesis on Labor Relations), 1975
  • Rutgers University, M.A., History, 1970
  • Princeton University, B.A., History, 1969

Professional and Community Involvement

Doug has served as Chair of the Hennepin County Bar Labor and Employment Committee and the State Bar Labor and Employment Section, and serves as faculty several times a year in labor and employment law Continuing Legal Education courses in Minnesota. Doug is an active trade association and chamber member, a Republican activist and donor at the precinct, senate district, state and national level, and a contributor to numerous charities.

Honors and Distinctions

Super Lawyer, Leading Lawyer and Chambers, USA, designations and many trade association awards.

Hobbies and Interests

Doug is interested in politics, travel, history, pre-WWII painting, architectural and sculpture and numismatics. He is a mediocre but energetic runner, swimmer, biker and tennis player.

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