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90 S. Seventh Street

Minneapolis, Minnesota 55402

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University of St. Thomas School of Law
J.D., cum laude, Law Journal (symposium editor) (2004)
Washington University in St. Louis
B.A., with honors (2000)

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U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan


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Joel P. Schroeder


Joel Schroeder is a trial attorney in Faegre Baker Daniels' nationally-ranked employment litigation practice. He represents employers in all types of employment-related litigation, with a particular emphasis on non-compete and trade-secret litigation. Joel has handled complex employment cases throughout the country, winning motions to dismiss, preliminary injunction orders, summary judgment orders, trials and appeals.

Representative Experience

  • Trial counsel for three jury trials resulting in winning results for clients, including a seven-figure jury verdict, six-figure settlement on the second day of trial, and in defending a case relating to a promise of a pay raise, securing a nuisance verdict of $2,101 when the plaintiff had asked the jury to award $400,000
  • Trial counsel in first contested case hearing held before the Minneapolis Commission on Civil Rights in over five years, securing complete defense judgment after Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights found probable cause employer discriminated against employee because of his race
  • Trial counsel in a variety of non-compete and trade-secret cases in Delaware, Florida, Maryland, Minnesota and Texas, both securing and defending against temporary and preliminary injunctions frequently involving expedited discovery and briefing
  • Trial counsel in a non-compete / trade secret lawsuit venued in Delaware Chancery Court resulting in a favorable settlement following two-week bench trial in which our client sought damages in excess of $20 million
  • Won contempt-of-court sanctions against client's former employee for violating 10-year permanent injunction; subsequently domesticated injunction in the Taipei District Court of Taiwan
  • Won motion to dismiss, resulting in complete dismissal of client from case asserting 11 claims of race discrimination, tortious interference, defamation and constitutional due-process violations
  • Defeated motion for preliminary injunction to enforce a non-compete in District of Minnesota, which allowed new employer to continue to employ its general manager
  • Won motion dismissing discrimination claims under the Minnesota Human Rights Act
  • Won summary judgment dismissing retaliation and spoliation claims under Ohio law
  • Successful defense of cases involving a variety of employment claims, including promissory estoppel, fraud, tortious interference, breach of contract, all types of discrimination, retaliation, sexual harassment, whistleblower complaints, wages and commissions, and overtime
  • Defense counsel in collective-action lawsuits brought under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA)
  • Extensive experience defending charges of discrimination and conciliating matters before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and state and local human-rights agencies
  • Securing Orders for Protection — by early settlement and evidentiary hearings — for battered women and children through the Tubman Pro Bono Safety Project

In addition to his litigation practice, Joel counsels employers on a wide range of matters, including issues relating to workplace privacy, social media, e-discovery, discrimination, retaliation, harassment, overtime, and non-compete and other employment contracts.

Prior to joining Faegre Baker Daniels, Joel clerked for Judge Jill Flaskamp Halbrooks of the Minnesota Court of Appeals and litigated civil cases at another Minneapolis-based law firm. During law school, he clerked for the Civil Division of the U.S. Attorney's Office in Washington, D.C. Joel has lived abroad in Colombia and Spain.

Pro Bono

  • Volunteer Lawyers Network — Volunteer for Linea Legal Latina, a legal hotline for the Twin Cities' Spanish-speaking community
  • Tubman Pro Bono Safety Project


  • Faegre Baker Daniels — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2014-15
  • Minnesota Super Lawyers — Rising Star, Employment Litigation: Defense, 2011-16

Professional Associations

  • Federal Bar Association, National Labor & Employment Law Section — Governing Board, Chapter Representative, and Co-Chair of the Standing Committee on Legislation and Congressional Relations
  • Federal Bar Association, Minnesota Chapter — Director and Co-Vice President of Monthly Meetings

Civic Activities

  • Twin Cities Diversity in Practice Ambassador Program
  • University of St. Thomas School of Law — Mentor Program; Class of 2004 10-Year Reunion (Co-Chair)
  • Washington University — Class of 2000 10-Year and 15-Year Reunion (Executive Co-chair)


  • Minnesota Court of Appeals, Hon. Jill Flaskamp Halbrooks, 2004-05


  • A Conversation With EEOC Leadership
    Employment Law Today: In-Depth Discussions on Complex Issues, Minneapolis, 2015
  • Building a Strong Defense Against Privacy Litigation
    Defending and Avoiding Privacy Litigation, Faegre Baker Daniels, Minneapolis, 2015
  • Employment Law Implications Following the 2014 U.S. Supreme Court Term
    Moderator, Federal Bar Association, Labor & Employment Law Section CLE, Minneapolis, 2015
  • Leveraging Computer Forensics in Non-Compete and Trade Secret Disputes
    Complex Employment Litigation Seminar, Faegre Baker Daniels, Minneapolis, 2014
  • Employment Law Series: Steps Employers Can Take to Combat Trade Secret Misappropriation
    Minnesota CLE, Minneapolis, 2014
  • E-Discovery Challenges: Social Media & E-Discovery
    Kroll Ontrack, E-Discovery Certification Workshop, Minneapolis, 2014
  • Hiring From A Competitor: Tips for Mitigating Your Risk
    Novartis Pharmaceuticals CLE, East Hanover, NJ, 2014
  • Effective Strategies for Working With the EEOC
    Federal Bar Association, Labor & Employment Law Section CLE, Minneapolis, 2014
  • Social Media in the Workplace
    Faegre Baker Daniels Client Roundtable, Minneapolis, 2014
  • Lessons Learned in Prosecuting and Defending Non-Compete and Trade-Secret Cases
    Winning Strategies for Complex Employment Litigation, Faegre Baker Daniels, Minneapolis, 2013
  • Social Media in Our Courts: Discovery, Trial and Appellate Considerations
    Federal Bar Association Annual Meeting, San Juan, PR, September 2013
    Annual Conference of Judges, Bloomington, Minnesota, 2012
  • The New World of Reprisal and Retaliation Claims
    Human Rights Symposium, Minnesota Department of Human Rights, St. Paul, 2012
  • Social Media in the Workplace
    Business Conference & Annual Meeting, Minneapolis Chamber of Commerce, Minneapolis, 2012
  • Social Media in the Regulatory Environment, Workplace and Courtroom
    Second Annual Eleanor D. Kinney Health Law and Compliance Conference, Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, Indianapolis, 2012
  • Minnesota Courtroom Evidence Deskbook: Social Media Evidence in the Courtroom
    Minnesota CLE, 2012
  • Tweets as Evidence: Social Media in Civil Litigation                                                           
    38th Annual Labor & Employment Law Institute, Minneapolis, 2011
  • Social Media Breaks Into the Courtroom
    Social Media Strategies, Faegre & Benson, Minneapolis and Denver, 2011
    Colorado Trial Lawyers Association CLE Seminar, Denver, 2011 
    Novartis Pharmaceuticals CLE, New York, 2011
  • Employment Law Update: Hot Topics Impacting Your Workplace
    Ultimate Software's Interactive Human Resources Workshop: Essential Strategies From Industry Leaders in an Era of Change, 2009
  • An Introduction to the U.S. Legal System
    Universidad Pedagógica y Tecnológica de Colombia, 2009

Published Articles

  • Steps and Leaps for Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Protections Under Title VII
    Co-author, The Labouring Oar, Federal Bar Association, Spring 2016
  • Tackling the Challenges of Accommodating Pregnant Workers Under the Pregnancy Discrimination Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act
    The Federal Lawyer, January 2014
  • Never a Dull Moment: Lessons Learned From Some of 2013's Memorable Employment Law Cases
    The Federal Lawyer, December 2013
  • Social Networking Has Its Limits in the Legal Profession: Some Ethical Considerations for Lawyers (and Judges)
    Spring Newsletter of the Media, Privacy and Defamation Committee, American Bar Association TIP Section, 2013
  • Social Media Evidence
    Minnesota Courtroom Evidence Deskbook, 2011 & 2012 Update
  • Eureka! Discovering and Using Social Media in Litigation
    Corporate Counsel, March 2011
  • Looking Back at Employment Litigation in 2010
    Law360, February 2011
  • Medtech Competition and Employment Litigation in 2010: Former Employees Head to the Courts
    Faegre & Benson Medtech Legal Update, January 2011
  • Social Media in Civil Litigation
    Law360, October 2010
  • CFAA: Sharpened Sword or Extra Baggage?
    Law360, March 2009
  • Quick Tips for Defending Employment Claims
    Hearsay, MSBA New Lawyers Section, Fall 2008
  • Quick Tips for Legally Interviewing and Hiring the Right Candidate
    Verifications, Inc. Client Newsletter, Winter 2007
  • Financial Institution Litigation
    Co-editor, Annual Review of Developments in Business and Corporate Litigation, American Bar Association Committee on Business and Corporate Litigation, 2006


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