Overview

Sean Somermeyer represents employers—particularly colleges and universities—both in litigation and advising on complex issues. This includes defending clients in court, conducting internal investigations, responding to government investigations and counseling on difficult issues. Sean specializes in serving college, university and secondary education institutions and the unique needs and challenges they face.

Education Expertise

Sean advises and represents educational institutions on a wide range of matters, including:
  • Faculty tenure and termination
  • Title IX actions
  • State and federal government investigations
  • Student conduct and discipline
  • Disability access and accommodations

He regularly advises clients on issues relating to Title IX, the Clery Act, FERPA, VAWA, and other state and federal laws affecting higher education. Sean has represented countless institutions in responding to investigations by the U.S. Department of Education – Office for Civil Rights (OCR).

Employment Litigation

Sean has served as lead counsel defending employers before state and federal courts and administrative agencies related to:
  • Claims of discrimination under Title VII, the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), whistleblower statutes and related state law
  • Wrongful termination, breach of contract, and minimum wage and overtime violations under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and state wage laws
  • Trade secrets and non-compete claims

Employment Counseling

Sean counsels employers on non-competition agreements, employee classification and employee hiring, and discipline and discharge. He helps employers prepare employment agreements, separation agreements and general employee policies. Sean also has conducted numerous internal investigations of misconduct.

Personal Interests

Sean enjoys camping, golf, and excels at underhand sports.

Credentials

Bar Admissions

Minnesota

Court Admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota

Education

University of Minnesota Law School
J.D. magna cum laude, Dean's List, Minnesota Law Review (2010)

University of Minnesota
B.A. magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa (2005)

Insights & Events

Leadership & Community

Pro Bono

  • Minnesota Appellate Public Defender — Pro Bono Appeals Program 
  • Hennepin County Bar Association — Legal Access Point Clinic
     

Professional Associations

  • National Association of College and University Attorneys
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Hennepin County Bar Association

Honors

  • Minnesota Super Lawyers — Rising Star, 2017-18
  • Faegre Baker Daniels — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2014, 2016, 2017
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