University of Iowa College of Law, J.D., 2007, With Distinction

Augsburg College, B.A., 2004, Summa Cum Laude 

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Minnesota
  • North Dakota
  • U.S. District Court District of Minnesota
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Wisconsin 
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Michael Wilhelm is a member of the Employment, Benefits and Labor section and practices principally in the areas of:

  • Employment litigation
  • Employment counseling and advice
  • Business litigation
  • Labor law
  • Education law
  • Civil Rights law

Employment Litigation
Michael has extensive experience representing clients in federal and state courts in all aspects of employment law, including individual and collective claims involving discrimination, harassment, accommodation of disabilities, wage and hour matters, whistleblower/retaliation claims and enforcement of non-compete agreements. He also has significant experience defending clients against charges of discrimination filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the Minnesota Department of Human Rights (MDHR) and the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Employment Counseling and Advice
Serving as an advisor to employers, Michael regularly provides counsel on a wide variety of employment matters. His experience includes the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, wage and hour issues under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the Workers Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act, the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), privacy rights, and compliance with state law. He frequently writes about employment law issues for Briggs and Morgan’s employment law blog,

Business Litigation
Michael’s business litigation practice includes representing clients in numerous business disputes, including claims for breach of contract, tortious interference with contract, defamation, negligence and mass tort claims.

Education Law
Michael has advised and represented educational institutions on various matters, including compliance with Title IX of the Civil Rights Act, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, the ADA and Minnesota state law.  Michael has also successfully defended educational institutions from lawsuits brought by employees, faculty, and students.

Civil Rights Law
Michael has litigated and advised clients on matters involving civil and constitutional rights, including claims arising under 42 U.S.C. §§ 1981 and 1983. He has advised and represented businesses with respect to the requirements for places of public accommodation under Title III of the ADA, and he has also advised educational institutions regarding the constitutional rights of students.

While in law school, Michael wrote for the Iowa Law Review.

Honors & Awards

  • Private Practice Lawyer Award, Minnesota Justice Foundation, 2013
  • Attorney of the Year, Minnesota Lawyer, 2010
  • Pro Bono Service Award, Honorable Michael J. Davis, 2010
  • North Star Lawyer, Minnesota State Bar Association


Professional Affiliations

Minnesota State Bar Association, Member

Federal Bar Association, Member 

Pro Bono

Briggs and Morgan Pro Bono Committee

Ramsey County Mental Health Court


Social Media

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.