Kaarin Nelson Schaffer
Halunen Law Partner Kaarin Nelson Schaffer is a formidable force. Comfortable in the courtroom and at the negotiation table, she represents employees who have experienced discrimination, harassment, retaliation and other illegal conduct in the workplace. Driven by a deep and innate desire for fairness and justice, Kaarin is drawn to her clients’ stories. Giving a voice to those stories and achieving justice brings her great satisfaction, and success.
A collaborative problem-solver, Kaarin works hard to resolve cases as early as possible and has achieved six-figure settlements without even filing a complaint. It came as little surprise to her colleagues and clients when Minnesota Super Lawyers recognized Kaarin as a “Rising Star” every year since 2014.
Besides chairing Halunen Law’s Employment Practice Group, Kaarin speaks regularly at conferences and is active in the National Employment Lawyers’ Association. She is also on the Board for the Juvenile Justice Advocates International, which works with the Mexican government to eliminate excessive juvenile detention in Mexico, and continues to teach classes in American law to students in Uruguay, South America.
A Cum Laude graduate of St. Thomas University, Kaarin’s sense of fairness and justice, coupled with a steadfast commitment to advocacy for employees, have guided her life and work. Her determination, compassion, and professionalism set her apart.
“I am passionate about giving voice to my clients’ stories, and honored to help them achieve justice.”
- Employment Law – Employee
- Labor and Employment
- Sexual Harassment
- Severance Negotiation
- Civil Rights
- Whistleblower Retaliation
- Workplace Discrimination
- U.S. District Court District of Minnesota
- University of St. Thomas School of Law, Minneapolis, Minnesota
- Juris Doctor-Cum Laude – 2006
- Suffolk University – Boston, Massachusetts
- M.A. – 2002
- Boston College – Boston, Massachusetts
- B.A. – 2001
Professional Associations and Memberships
- National Employment Lawyers Association
- Minnesota Women Lawyers
- Federal Bar Association
- “Plaintiff & Defense Perspectives and Practice Pointers for Litigating Pregnancy Discrimination Claims”, Pregnancy Accommodation and Non-Discrimination Handbook Chapter – Employment Law Institute, 2017.
- “Felony Disenfranchisement: Why 5 Million Americans Can’t Vote This November”, Bench & Bar of Minnesota (Oct. 16, 2012).
- “LaPoint, Sanchez, and Friedlander – Good News from the Minnesota Supreme Court… And How to Keep It That Way”, Minnesota NELA Chapter Meeting, 2017
- “Considerations and Strategies for Pregnancy Related Litigation”, Employment Law Institute, 2017.
- “Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) Update”, Employment Law Institute, 2016.
- “Supremely Unique: Significant Supreme Court Opinions in 2016 – Fall 2016 University of St. Thomas Presentation, 2016.
- “The New Young v. UPS Decision: A Game-Changer for McDonnell Douglas?”, Fall Labor and Employment Law Institute, 2015.