Ann E. Walther


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(612) 676-2302

Minnesota State Bar Association
Certified Labor and Employment Specialist

For more than twenty years, Ms. Walther has represented both management and labor in all areas of labor and employment law, including discipline, discharge, breach of contract, FMLA, and employment discrimination claims (including race, gender, age, religion, disability, national origin and sexual orientation). Ms. Walther also investigates complaints of employee misconduct and conducts training for employer clients. In addition to her employment practice, Ms. Walther also handles a wide variety of other litigation, including personal injury defense and constitutional law. Ms. Walther has practiced before the state and federal district and appellate courts, as well as federal, state and local civil rights agencies. Ms. Walther has been a frequent speaker on both employment and constitutional law. She has been selected as a Super Lawyer for several years running.

Areas of Practice:

  • Employment and Labor Law
    • Counseling and Representation of Employers
    • Investigation of employee misconduct, including allegations of harassment and discrimination
    • Training
    • Employment litigation
    • Disciplinary hearings
    • Investigation of and response to administrative civil rights complaints
    • Minnesota Government Data Practices Act
    • Minnesota Open Meeting Law
    • Minnesota Drug Testing Law
    • Wage and Hour (FLSA)
    • Breach of contract
    • FMLA
  • General Litigation


J.D., William Mitchell College of Law, 1990
B.A., College of St. Thomas, 1986

Bar Admissions:

Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, 1993
Minnesota Federal Bar, 1991
Minnesota State Bar, 1990

Professional Certifications:

MSBA Certified Labor and Employment Law Specialist

Professional Activities and Memberships: Minnesota State Bar Association
MSBA Labor and Employment Section
Hennepin County Bar Association
Federal Bar Association

Representative Cases:

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Minnesota Department of Corrections, et al., 648 F3rd 910 (8th Cir. 2011)

Ganley v. Minneapolis Park and Recreation Bd., 491 F.3d 743 (8th Cir. 2007)

Sanders v. City of Minneapolis, 474 F.3d 523 (8th Cir. 2007)

Johnson v. Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, 729 F.3d 1094 (8th Cir. 2013)

Gay-Lesbian-Bisexual-Transgender Pride/Twin Cities v. Minneapolis Park and Recreation Bd., 721 F.Supp.2d 866 (D. Minn. 2010)

Belmore v. City Pages, Inc., 880 F.Supp. 673 (D.Minn. 1995)

Columbia Development, LP v. Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, 2010 WL 2650566 (Minn. App. 2010)

State ex rel. Friends of Riverfront v. City of Minneapolis, 751 N.W.2d 586 (Minn. App. 2008)


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