William Mitchell College of Law, J.D., 2006, Magna Cum Laude, Dean's List

St. Olaf College, B.A., 2001, Cum Laude, Dean's List 

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Minnesota
  • North Dakota
  • U.S. District Court District of Minnesota
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit 
  • U.S. District Court District of Nebraska 
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Ellen Brinkman is a member of the firm’s Employment, Benefits and Labor Section. Her practice focuses on defending employers and individuals in state and federal litigation and agency matters involving Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, and various other federal and state employment statutes.  She regularly represents employers seeking to enforce non-competition agreements and other post-employment restrictive covenants, and also defends against claims involving restrictive covenants. 

Ellen also provides day-to-day counseling to clients on a wide variety of workplace issues including hiring, promotion, disability accommodation, compliance with wage-and-hour and leave laws, discipline and termination. She assists clients in drafting employment policies and handbooks, employee and executive contracts, and separation agreements.

Honors & Awards

  • Rising Star, Minnesota Super Lawyers, 2011-2016


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Minnesota Women Lawyers, Member 

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Ellen contributes to Minnesota Employer, Briggs and Morgan's Employment, Benefits and Labor blog intended to provide practical employment law information concerning federal and state employment laws for Minnesota employers. Posts discuss employment issues, litigation, legislation and other matters that have an impact on employers.