Overview

Chuck Knapp is a nationally recognized litigator who represents employers in employment-related litigation matters throughout the country. Chuck is tenacious, proactive and responsive in advocating for clients and has particular experience in complex employment litigation matters, including trade secret misappropriation, noncompete, wage/hour and executive employment disputes.

Employment Litigator

Chuck has served as lead trial counsel in employment cases venued throughout the country in state and federal courts. His litigation outcomes have been featured in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Reuters, Chicago Tribune, ABA Journal and Bloomberg.

Chuck litigates:
  • Trade secret, non-competition, business interference and CFAA claims
  • Wage and hour claims, including exempt/non-exempt classification, off-the-clock work and tip pooling claims
  • ERISA benefit and breach of fiduciary duty claims
  • Executive compensation disputes
  • Class action employment discrimination and breach of contract cases
  • Discrimination, harassment, disability, retaliation and leave claims

Chuck has successfully briefed and/or argued petitions for certiorari and appeals before the United States Supreme Court and numerous state and federal courts of appeal.

Employment Counselor

Chuck uses employment litigation experience to advise employers on a variety of workplace issues. For example, he helps clients develop executive, non-competition, non-disclosure, non-solicitation and other employment agreements, and has managed company-wide wage/hour audits.
 
Chuck’s experience serving as an interim in-house employment counsel for a national financial services company has given him valuable insight into what in-house lawyers and human resources executives need and expect from outside counsel.

Credentials

Bar Admissions

Minnesota

Court Admissions

U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois
U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota

Education

University of Iowa College of Law
J.D. with high distinction, Order of the Coif, Law Review (1991)

University of Notre Dame
B.A. with honors (1986)

Insights & Events

Other Perspectives
  • IT for the Labor and Employment Lawyer
    Labor and Employment Law Institute, 2017
  • Elimination of Bias in Minnesota: A Conversation With Justice Alan Page
    Employment Law Today, 2017
  • The New Federal Defend Trade Secrets Act: What Employers Need to Know and Recent Development
    Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute St. Paul, Minnesota 2017
  • New Law Prohibits Employers From Asking Applicants About Salary History
    Co-author, The Recorder, October 2017
  • Complex Employment Litigation Trends 
    Employment Law Today, 2015
  • Corporate Wellness Update — What Can You Do? What Can’t You Do?
    Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute, 2015
  • Minnesota Employment Litigation Study
    Employment Law Today, 2014
  • What Is "Sex" Discrimination Under Title VII? The Current Landscape in the Courts and the EEOC
    Labor and Employment Law Institute, 2014
  • EEOC Update: Litigation Tactics and Approaches
    Minnesota CLE, 2014
  • Hiring From a Competitor: Tips for Mitigating Your Risk
    Client In-House Presentation, 2014
  • Restrictive Covenants in the Global Workplace
    Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute, 2013
  • Ethical Traps for In-House Counsel
    Employment Law Today, 2013
  • Best Practices for Properly Setting Up Your Next Noncompete Case
    Employment Law Today, 2013
  • Drawing the Line Between Possibility and Plausibility: An Update on Federal Courts' Application of Twombly's/Iqbal's Pleading Standards in FLSA Collection Actions
    Minnesota CLE, 2013
  • The Fair Labor Standards Act
    Client In-house Presentation, 2013

Leadership & Community

Professional Associations

  • Minnesota State Bar Association — Labor and Employment Section Governing Council (Past Chair)
  • American Bar Association — Labor and Employment Law Section

Civic Activities

  • St. Paul Chamber Orchestra — Governing Member
  • Minneapolis Hockey Association — Vice President
  • Academy of Holy Angels — Trustee, Executive Committee
  • Annunciation Church and School — Council Vice President, Coach, Volunteer
  • Notre Dame Club of Minnesota

Firm Leadership

  • Chuck led the firm’s employment litigation team, and serves as the senior partner of the firm’s Minneapolis employment litigation practice.

Honors

  • Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) Patent 1000: The World's Leading Practitioners, 2014
  • The Best Lawyers in America — Labor & Employment Law, 2001-19; Employment Law – Management, 2015-19
  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business — Labor & Employment, 2007-18
  • Minnesota Law & Politics — Top 40 Employment Lawyers
  • Minnesota Super Lawyers — Employment Litigation: Defense, 2003-18
  • Martindale-Hubbell — AV Peer Review Rating
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