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Thomas R. Revnew

Phone: 952.921.4622
Fax: 952.896.1704

Tom represents employers in connection with the full range of employment and labor law issues. He has successfully litigated a wide-variety of labor and employment law claims before state and federal courts and administrative agencies, including claims involving non-competition and confidentiality agreements, trade secrets, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful discharge, prevailing wages, wage disputes, workers compensation, OSHA, the National Labor Relations Act, and workers compensation. He frequently negotiates collective bargaining agreements on behalf of employers. He also has significant experience representing clients in arbitration proceedings arising out of both collective bargaining agreements and employment contracts.

Tom works with employers to avoid costly and time consuming litigation by providing counseling regarding hiring, discipline, discharge, reduction in force planning and programs, contract review and drafting, drug testing, privacy issues, OSHA compliance, the Americans with Disabilities Amendment Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, personnel policies, employee handbooks and other employment matters.

Main Areas of Practice

  • Chief negotiator for employers at collective bargaining table
  • Defense of unfair labor practice charges
  • Defense of union grievances at arbitration proceedings
  • Provide advice and counsel to employers during union organizing efforts
  • Non-competition and trade secret litigation
  • Defense of employers in discrimination claims
  • Defense of employers in harassment, reprisal and retaliation claims
  • Defense of employers in prevailing and other wage disputes
  • Defense of OSHA citations
  • Defense of workers’ compensation claims for self-insured employers
  • Counsel employers on full range of labor and employment law topics, including hiring, discipline, firing, drug and alcohol testing, privacy issues, OSHA compliance, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, personnel policies and other employment matters

Representative Cases

  • Ramsey County District Court - Minnesota
    Successfully obtained temporary and permanent injunction, enjoining Governor Mark Dayton from implementing an Executive Order that would have led to a union election involving 4200 in-home day care providers.
  • Hennepin County District Court - Minnesota
    Successfully obtained temporary and permanent injunction, enjoining former employee from working for competitor and using former employer’s trade secrets.
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota
    Successfully obtained temporary and permanent injunction, enjoining former employee from violating non-competition agreement and from using former employer’s trade secrets.
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota
    Successfully obtained dismissal of former employee’s racial discrimination claims. Decision was affirmed by the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota
    Successfully obtained vacation of arbitration award that reinstated union employee to work. Vacation of arbitration award was affirmed by the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia
    After two day bench trial, successfully obtained dismissal of former employee’s ERISA claims under long-term disability insurance plan.
  • Cascade County District Court - Montana
    Successfully obtained summary judgment in multiple cases where former employees claimed they had been terminated in violation of the Montana Wrongful Discharge Act.
  • National Labor Relations Board
    After one week trial, successfully obtained ALJ Recommendation of Dismissal of unfair labor practice charges alleging five employees had been wrongfully dismissed in violation of the National Labor Relations Act.
  • National Labor Relations Board
    After three week trial, successfully obtained ALJ Recommendation of Dismissal of unfair labor practice charges alleging various violations of the NLRA, including the alleged wrongful discharge of six employees. The case was not appealed.
  • Office of Administrative Hearings – St. Paul
    After three week trial before an administrative law judge and oral argument before the MN/DOT Commissioner, successfully obtained summary dismissal of prevailing wage claims involving approximately 40 employees.

Speaking Engagements

Tom frequently trains and/or lectures employers on various labor and employment law topics. Since he commenced his practice, he has conducted hundreds of training programs on behalf of clients, trade associations and various other organizations both locally and nationally. A selection of more notable recent programs have included:

  • “Managing Leaves of Absence & The Minneapolis and St. Paul Sick Leave Ordinances and Minneapolis, St. Paul and Federal Contractor Paid Sick Leave 2017” (6/21/17 Seaton, Peters & Revnew Breakfast Briefing)
  • “Hot Topics in Labor & Employment Law under the New Administration” (6/13/17 Minnesota School Bus Operators Association)
  • “Collective Bargaining Trends and Strategies” (5/3/17 Seaton, Peters & Revnew Twelfth Annual Upper Midwest Labor Law Forum)
  • “Hot Topics in Labor & Employment Law Under the New Administration” (4/28/17 Minnesota Telecom Alliance)
  • “An Employer’s Guide to When OSHA Knocks” (4/5/17 Seaton, Peters & Revnew Breakfast Briefing)
  • “Proactively Protecting Your Business Through Policies & Procedures (2/8/17 North Star SHRM)
  • “The Top Ten Items to Audit in 2017” (10/10/16 Minnesota State SHRM Conference)
  • “Disability and Leaves of Absence: The Latest on Who Qualifies as Disable, “Non-Traditional” Disabilities and mental Health Claims, What Accommodations Qualify as Reasonable, and a Tactical Tool-Kit for Defending Against ADA & FMLA Claims (7/29/16 American Conference Institute, Chicago, IL)
  • “Avoiding Litigation Arising From Background Screens and Drug Testing (5/24/16 Minnesota Recruiting and Staffing Association)
  • “NLRB New Persuader Rule and Collective Bargaining Trends and Strategies” (4/27/16 Seaton, Peters & Revnew Eleventh Annual Upper Midwest Labor Law Forum)
  • "Top 10 Items Every Employer Should Audit in 2016" (1/14/16 Associated Builders & Contractors)

Recent Articles

  • "Muslim Women Called “Evil” By Boss Has Claims Revived," November 2015.
  • "ARB Issues Ruling Clarifying Obligation to Reimburse Lodging," June 2015.
  • "Labor Unions Get Early Christmas Present," December 2014.
  • "No Constructive Discharge/Age Bias Verdict For Insurance Adjusters," November, 2014.
  • "New Law Impacts Construction Contractors - Are You a Responsible Contractor," May 2014.
  • "Time To Update Your Employee Handbook – The 2014 Women’s Economic Security Act," May 2014.
  • "NLRB Continues To Expand Its Reach: College Football Players Are Employees," April 2014.
  • "You Should Have Employment Practices Liability Insurance," February 2014.
  • "Explicit Request for Minnesota Parenting Leave Not Required to Invoke Protection Under the Act," June 2012.
  • "Breaking News - NLRB Poster Requirement Delayed (Again)!", April 2012.
  • "Federal Court Upholds Portion of NLRB Posting Rule," March 2012.
  • "NLRB Requires Employers to Post Notice of Employee Rights," August/September 2011.
  • "NLRB Proposes Quicker Elections," July 2011.
  • "Ten Steps to Protect Your Business," November 2010.

View Tom's Employer Advisor articles on our website.

Bar Admissions

  • United States Supreme Court, 2009
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, 2007
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, 2001
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, 2008
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin, 1994
  • United States District Court, Western District of Wisconsin, 1994
  • United States District Court, District of Minnesota, 2000
  • United States District Court, District of Colorado, 2000
  • United States District Court, Western District of Michigan, 1999
  • State of Wisconsin, 1994
  • State of Minnesota, 1999

Education

  • Marquette University Law School, J.D., 1994
    Marquette Law Review – Associate Editor
    Giles S Rich Moot Court – National Runner-up
  • University of Michigan School of Business, B.B.A. with honors, 1991

Professional and Community Involvement

  • Hennepin County Bar Association – Committee 36
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Minnesota Management Attorneys Association
  • Associated Builders & Contractors
  • Minnesota Utility Contractors Association
  • Minnesota School Bus Operators Association
  • St. Croix Valley Employers’ Association – Past President
  • Society of Human Resource Managers

Honors and Distinctions

Tom has been repeatedly recognized as a “Rising Star” by Law and Politics and Twin Cities Business magazine.

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