Summary

Blair represents employers in a broad range of litigated disputes and advising matters. She practices principally in the areas of:

  • Employment litigation
  • Employment counseling
  • Restrictive covenants and trade secrets
  • Commercial litigation

Blair’s practice is focused on her client’s business needs in order to find the most effective solutions, whether inside or outside the courtroom. She represents clients in all stages of litigation in state and federal courts, as well as before state and federal agencies on a variety of employment disputes. She has significant experience representing employers against competitors in disputes involving non-competition and non-solicitation, trade secrets theft and unfair competition. Blair has also defended employers in numerous discrimination, retaliation and whistleblower suits, and worker classification disputes.

Blair also litigates data privacy and information security cases, including defending class actions brought under the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act and other privacy laws, and frequently handles other breach of contract disputes on behalf of businesses. 

In addition to her litigation practice, Blair routinely advises clients on day-to-day employment needs. She counsels clients on safeguarding proprietary information and trade secrets, reviews company policies regarding the preservation of confidential information, and drafts employment agreements and policies, including non-compete, non-solicit and confidentiality agreements. Blair also consults with clients on workplace issues including hiring, disciplining, termination and reasonable accommodation as well as compliance with applicable state and federal wage, hour and leave requirements. Blair frequently counsels clients on employment issues related to COVID-19.

Blair earned her J.D. magna cum laude from the University of Minnesota Law School and her B.A. cum laude from the University of Denver. Prior to joining Taft, Blair worked at a boutique business law firm focusing in the areas of employment and business litigation. 

Awards

  • North Star Lawyer, Minnesota State Bar Association (2019 and 2020)

  • Rising Star, Minnesota Super Lawyers (2021)

  • Honoree, Best Lawyers® "Ones to Watch" (2022)

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Education

  • University of Minnesota Law School (2014)

    magna cum laude

  • University of Denver

    B.A., cum laude

Admissions

  • State - Minnesota
  • Federal - District of Minnesota
  • Federal - Northern District of Illinois

Notable Matters

  • Successfully defended non-compete and non-solicitation dispute on behalf of hospice company and c-suite officer against competitor
  • Successfully obtained denial of a temporary restraining order for strapping company against a competitor alleging trade secrets misappropriation
  • Successful labor arbitration: arbitrator found that nationwide contact center had just cause to terminate union grievant’s employment after grievant failed to comply with the union contract
  • Successfully obtained dismissal for coffee company in suit brought by terminated employee alleging negligence, fraud and intentional infliction of emotional distress
  • Successfully resolved breach of contract dispute in favor of airline company against its baggage handler
  • Successfully defended television broadcasting company in age discrimination arbitration
  • Successfully defended employers in numerous lawsuits involving discrimination and retaliation claims
  • Successfully defended employers in several workers classification disputes, including misclassification claims brought by independent contractors and insurance carriers
  • Successfully managed and resolved state and city agency inquiries, investigations and administrative complaints related to worker classification, sick and safe time, wage and hour and OSHA violations
  • Successfully resolved contested probate in favor of religious community involving claims of lack of capacity and undue influence
  • Successful court trial: prosecuted breach of contract dispute on behalf of contractor for unpaid labor
  • Successfully defended employers in several workers classification disputes, including misclassification claims brought by independent contractors and insurance carriers

Speeches and Publications

  • Panelist, Sleep and Well-Being – Discussing the importance of sleep, its impact on performance, and how to manage workloads, MSBA Virtual Convention (June 2020)
  • Presenter, Legal Business and Usual: The Diploma Privilege, MSBA Webcast Series (May 2020)
  • Q&A, Colleague Corner: Meet Blair Harrington: ‘A member of a team and part of a community,’ Bench & Bar of Minnesota (March 2020)
  • Author, "The Power of the Privilege Log," Bench & Bar of Minnesota (May 2018)

Professional Affiliations

  • Minnesota State Bar Association

    Member
    Past Chair, New Lawyers Section (2019-2020)

  • Minnesota Women Lawyers

    Member
    Attorney Representative, MWL Partner Leadership Council

  • Hennepin County Bar Association

    Member

  • Federal Bar Association

    Member