Dorsey & Whitney



Labor and employment

Dorsey & Whitney’s headquarters sits in Minnesota where the firm’s largest collective of labor and employment lawyers are located. The entire practice group spans many of its numerous offices found nationwide. The practice is equipped with litigators seasoned in matters arising in administrative proceedings, state and federal courts, and up to appellate courts.

The Minneapolis office features several of the firm’s most highly regarded litigators. Ryan Mick is the practice group head. Over the last year, his practice has involved litigation throughout the country, from Massachusetts to California and down into the Northern District of Texas. Mick defended Ameriprise Financial Services in a matter that sought to challenge constitutionality of the Financial Advisor position’s exemption and classification as independent contractors. Earlier this year, Mick obtained a favorable ruling from the court which granted their motion for adjudication and agreed with Mick’s argument that the plaintiff lacked the authority to act on behalf of the California Labor & Workforce Development Agency in a challenge to the CA Labor Code while filing the lawsuit as a PAGA plaintiff.  Melissa Raphan’s practice has recently involved both class and collective actions and single-plaintiff cases. She and Mick handled two separate putative class actions for two entities of Canon – Canon Solutions America and Canon Business Processes. Both wage and hour cases alleged numerous claims in violation of PAGA and California Labor Code. Both cases have been settled and with court approval pending.