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ADMISIONS & CERTIFICATIONS
After graduating the University of Minnesota Law School and passing the bar examination in 1967, Gerald Laurie was admitted to practice law in Minnesota and its Federal Courts in that same year. Shortly thereafter, he started practicing law as a Minnesota Special Assistant Attorney General assigned to the Minnesota Department of Revenue. In that position, he wrote Attorney General Opinions on whether newly passed Minnesota laws were constitutional. He also gained considerable experience trying tax cases before the Minnesota tax court, district courts, probate courts, and the Minnesota Supreme Court. He then spent many years in private practice. He is now of counsel with the Schindel Segal Mendoza law firm.
Jerry is one of a few attorneys in Minnesota that is dual board certified as both a Civil Trial Specialist and a Labor & Employment Law Specialist by the Minnesota State Bar Association for many years.
Jerry has had extensive civil trial experience trying many complex commercial and employment cases. He has obtained substantial jury verdicts, awards and settlements and recently appeared before the Minnesota Supreme Court regarding the standard for sexual harassment liability. Jerry has successfully defended businesses in non-compete disputes, patent and trademark matters, trade secrets claims, sexual harassment, discrimination, and other civil rights claims.
A licensed mediator on the Minnesota Statewide ADR Neutrals Roster (Rule 114), Jerry has also mediated many cases and was selected as a Leading American Attorney in Alternative Dispute Resolution for employment law, commercial litigation, and personal injury.
He has also authored and co-authored numerous legal articles and lectured locally and nationally, on such topics as trade secret litigation, non-compete agreements, whistleblowing, sexual harassment, trial procedures and techniques.
HONORS AND AWARDS
In 2021, Jerry accepted an invitation to be a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. This is a global honorary society of attorneys, judges and legal scholars demonstrating outstanding dedication to the highest principles of the legal profession and to the welfare of their communities.
In 2020, Jerry was chosen as one of the Attorneys of the Year for the above-mentioned landmark decision in sexual harassment. This award is given to attorneys who have made outstanding contributions to the public, the bar, and the practice of law in Minnesota.
In 2018, Jerry was the attorney awarded the 2018 Leonard Lindquist Distinguished Practice Award by the Minnesota State Bar Association – Labor & Employment Law Section.
In 2016, 2017, and 2020 he received awards for being in the Nation’s Top One Percent of the lawyers in the United States by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel.
In February 2015, he received the Martindale Distinguished Client award for performance in quality of legal services, representation and communication ability. Less than 4% of the 900,000+ lawyers listed on martindale.com and lawyers.com have been awarded this honor of distinction. He received from the Martindale-Hubbell legal rating firm, its Award for holding its highest AV rating for legal ability and ethics for 30 years from 1980-2010.
Jerry has been designated and rated as a Super Lawyer in Minnesota Employment Law every year since 2003. About 6% of the lawyers in Minnesota are rated as Super Lawyers every year.
To be uncompromising in the areas that matter.
Success is earned through diligence, treating others with respect and busting one’s ass.
To think critically, participate fully, display creativity and do whatever it takes.
To prove by actions that you are trustworthy and accountable.
To see the value of interaction and collaboration. To simply not be a jerk.
To be unsatisfied with the stock answer or good-enough solution. To seek out new thinking and perspectives.