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nicole.truso​@FaegreBD.com

2200 Wells Fargo Center
90 S. Seventh Street

Minneapolis, Minnesota 55402

D: +1 612 766 8445
F: +1 612 766 1600

Education

University of St. Thomas School of Law
J.D., magna cum laude, Dean's List, Presidential Scholar, Law Journal (membership editor) (2009)
College of St. Benedict
B.A., magna cum laude (2006)

Bar Admissions

Minnesota

Court Admissions

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

Nicole Truso

Partner

Nicole Truso is a member of the Faegre Baker Daniels labor and employment group. She counsels employers regarding a wide variety of employment issues, advises clients in complex transactions and defends employers in employment-related litigation.

Compliance and Transactional

Nicole's practice includes advising clients in employment issues related to acquisitions, including advising employers in transactions involving the acquisition of international employees; advising employers regarding the legal compliance of employment policies and practices in acquisitions; and drafting agreements for transitioning employees and consultants post-acquisition.

Nicole also prepares and reviews a variety of employment agreement policies, including employment contracts, separation agreements, employee handbooks, non-competition and confidentiality agreements.

Litigation

Nicole defends employers against claims of breach of contract, discrimination, retaliation and other related claims in state and federal court, as well as before administrative agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and state and local civil rights departments.

She works closely with clients to prepare responses to charges of discrimination filed with the EEOC and state and local agencies and has obtained dismissals or decisions not to proceed in discrimination claims based on age, sex, race and retaliation.

Representative Litigation

  • Defended employer in claims of sex, sexual orientation and disability claims
  • Defended employer in collective-action brought under ERISA and breach of contract claims
  • Defended employer in arbitration regarding breach of contract and defamation claims

Like other lawyers in the firm's labor and employment group, Nicole frequently consults with other group members whose practices are focused differently. This team approach allows Nicole and all of the lawyers in the employment group to give expert advice in a timely and cost-efficient manner.

Prior to joining the firm, Nicole served as a judicial extern for the Hon. Patrick J. Schiltz, United States District Court, District of Minnesota. In this role, Nicole drafted memorandums for use in judicial opinions, researched legal issues for judicial determinations, reviewed opinions and court records, and observed court proceedings.

Pro Bono

  • Tubman Pro Bono Safety Project
  • Volunteer Lawyers Network

Honors

  • Faegre Baker Daniels — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2015

Professional Associations

  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Minnesota Women Lawyers
  • American Bar Association

Civic Activities

  • University of St. Thomas School of Law — Alumni Advisory Board Director and Mentor Program
  • University of St. Thomas — Alumni Program Committee
  • Minnesota Women Lawyers — Networking Committee (Co-Chair); Student-to-Attorney Mentor Program

Presentations

  • Employers, Beware! A U.K. and U.S. Guide to Preventing and Responding to Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
    Co-presenter with Emma Vennesson, Katherine Newman and Jacqueline Mrachek, Faegre Baker Daniels Webinar, December 2017
  • New European Privacy Laws and the U.S.-EU Shield: What Every U.S. Company Doing Business With Europe Needs to Know
    Faegre Baker Daniels Seminar, June 2016
  • Social Media in the Workplace: Considerations for U.S. and U.K. Businesses
    Faegre Baker Daniels Webinar, April 2016
  • Key Issues for Hiring Employees in the U.S.
    Panelist, Manitoba Ag Days Exposition, January 2016
  • Religious Accommodation in the Workplace After Abercrombie
    Co-presenter with Jacqueline Mrachek, Minnesota State Bar Association CLE Webinar, October 2015
  • Medical Marijuana & the Workplace
    Co-presenter with Dan Prokott, Minnesota Chamber of Commerce Webinar, June 2015
  • U.S. vs. U.K.: Key Differences in Employment Law
    XpertHR Practical Compliance Webinar, May 2015
  • DOMA and Prop 8 Implications for Employers
    Faegre Baker Daniels Webinar, July 2013

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