William Mitchell College of Law, J.D., 1985, Student Award of Merit

University of Minnesota, B.A., 1981

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Minnesota
  • Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court District of Minnesota
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court


  • Honorable Peter S. Popovich, Minnesota Court of Appeals
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Michael Miller is head of the Employment Law Counseling practice group and practices principally in the areas of:

  • Employment law compliance
  • Employment law counseling
  • Employment litigation

Michael's practice includes application of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII), Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and Minnesota Human Rights Act (MHRA). He counsels employers to prevent unwanted litigation and advises companies of ongoing changes in federal, state and local employment law, providing essential services for the firm's corporate clients. Michael advises employers in several areas, including discipline and discharge, leaves of absence, wage and hour compliance, non-compete and confidentiality agreements, affirmative action plans, background checking, and drug and alcohol testing.

Michael regularly conducts training for employers on topics such as sexual harassment, employment law basics, and management of performance and misconduct issues. Additionally, he drafts and edits various employment policies, employee handbooks and manuals.

Michael provides employment law support in a variety of transactional settings, including the performance of employment-related due diligence. He drafts and negotiates employment agreements for key personnel, executive compensation agreements, change in control agreements and independent contractor agreements. Michael also counsels companies regarding reorganizations and reductions-in-force, including applications of federal and state WARN Acts, and drafts separation and release agreements.

Michael's legal analyses have contributed to several groundbreaking cases establishing employer rights. Michael also has extensive national experience responding to discrimination charges filed against employers before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Minnesota Human Rights Department, and state and local fair employment agencies throughout the country. He also assists employers before the Minnesota unemployment compensation agency, the Minnesota Department of Labor, and state and federal affirmative action agencies, including the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP).

Michael is a lecturer for labor and employment law seminars on topics such as disability discrimination, avian flu, workplace defamation, sexual harassment, exempt status, company culture and employment reference disclosures.

While in law school, Michael was executive editor of the William Mitchell Law Review.

Honors & Awards

  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business
  • Minnesota Super Lawyers
  • Who's Who in American Law


Professional Affiliations

Hennepin County Bar Association, Member

Minnesota State Bar Association, Member

  • Certified Labor and Employment Law Specialist


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Michael 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.