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Clayton Halunen is the founder of Halunen Law, a law firm that represents employees, consumers, and whistleblowers in individual and class actions. Under his leadership, Halunen Law has achieved a reputation as a fearless, tenacious and successful plaintiffs’ law firm, with a laser focus on achieving justice for its clients as well as meaningful social change.
Halunen’s passion for the work took root early in his life when his family experienced the repercussions of discrimination against each of his parents. Those experiences fueled his determination both to assure that all people are treated with decency and respect for their human rights and to hold businesses accountable for illegal conduct.
Halunen has successfully tried to verdict discrimination, harassment and whistleblower cases. He has obtained millions of dollars for his clients in awards and settlements, including a recent million-dollar whistleblower case on behalf of a terminated administrator against a local for-profit college, one of the largest verdicts in Minnesota history in a single plaintiff age and workers’ compensation retaliation case, and many six and seven-figure settlements. His representation of Vikings punter, Chris Kluwe, during the team’s investigation of Kluwe’s allegations of homophobic comments by a Vikings coach, was instrumental in achieving a historic settlement advancing GLBT rights in professional sports. Halunen represented one of the relators in a $1.5 billion settlement against Abbott Labs for off-label sales in violation of the False Claims Act. On a national level, Clayton has gained recognition for his work in the areas of defective products, food, drug, and supplement mislabeling, and consumer fraud class action litigation. He has served in leadership positions in a number of prominent nationwide class actions.
Halunen is a frequent lecturer, has been recognized as a “SuperLawyer” every year since 2003, and was recognized as a 2014 Minnesota Lawyer of the Year for his work on the Kluwe case.
Says Halunen, “I am so fortunate to do this work every day with courageous clients and a team of the most capable and dedicated motivated attorneys and staff whose talent and perseverance have resulted in exceptional outcomes for our clients.”
Areas of Practice
- False Claims Act (“qui tam”) Litigation
- Employment Litigation
- Whistleblower Litigation
- Retaliation in Employment
- Executive and High Level Severance Workouts
- Consumer Fraud
- Products Liability
- Class Action/Mass Torts
- Hamline University School of Law, St. Paul, Minnesota
- North Dakota State University, Fargo, North Dakota
- B.S. Psychology
Honors and Awards
- Superlawyer, Minnesota Law and Politics and Minneapolis/St. Paul Magazine, 2003 – 2015
- Minnesota Lawyer Attorney of the Year, 2014
Professional Associations and Memberships
- Minnesota State Bar Association
- Federal Bar Association- Board Member
- National Employment Lawyers Association, Member
- Minnesota Trial Lawyers Association
Past Employment Positions
- USX Corporation, In-House Counsel