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” in 2014 and 2015.
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 Children in Prison Project, which works with the Mexican government to eliminate excessive juvenile detention in Mexico, and has taught 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