Summary

Britt Gilbertson helps companies navigate legal issues and defend against claims arising out of employment relationships. She practices principally in the areas of:

  • Employment litigation
  • Employment counseling
  • Restrictive covenants
  • Commercial litigation
  • Internal investigations

Employment Litigation
Britt represents clients in state and federal courts and has successfully tried several cases to verdict. She also represents companies of all sizes in proceedings before state and federal agencies, including the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Minnesota Department of Human Rights. She regularly defends clients in disputes alleging violations of employment statutes, including Title VII, the American with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Family Medical Leave Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act and the Minnesota Human Rights Act.

Employment Counseling
Britt is adept at helping employers manage risk and make strategic decisions in the sensitive and high-stakes situations. On a daily basis she counsels clients regarding a variety of workplace issues, such as hiring, discipline, discharge, workforce restructuring, accommodations and wage and hour compliance. Additionally, Britt prepares and presents training on employment laws to managers and employee groups.

Restrictive Covenants
Britt assists clients in drafting all manner of employment contracts, including those with restrictive covenants such as non-compete, non-solicitation, and confidentiality provisions. She is also adept at enforcing restrictive covenants, and in defending employers against such enforcement efforts.

Commercial Litigation
Britt has experience litigating business disputes beyond the employment context as well. She has litigated cases involving trade secret misappropriation, tortious interference, product disparagement, false advertising, professional liability, and shareholder disputes.

Internal Investigations
Britt also helps companies conduct internal investigations. In so doing, she assists clients with every step of the process, from identifying the need for an investigation through managing its outcome.

Previously, Britt was a clerk for the Hon. Thomas J. Kalitowski, Minnesota Court of Appeals.

Awards

  • Honoree, Up and Coming Attorney, Minnesota Lawyer

  • Honoree, Minnesota Rising Star, Minnesota Super Lawyers

  • Honoree, TCB 100: People to Know in 2020, Twin Cities Business

Education

  • University of Minnesota Law School (2005)

    magna cum laude, Order of the Coif

  • Augsburg College (2002)

    B.A., with honors

Admissions

  • State - Minnesota
  • Federal - 8th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Federal - District of Minnesota

Notable Matters

  • Successfully obtained judgment as a matter of law following presentation of plaintiff’s case at a jury trial in anti-competition case with claims including breach of contract, tortious interference, deceptive trade practices, misappropriation of trade secrets, false advertising, and product disparagement. 
  • Successful jury trial: won jury verdict in favor of international food company and obtained a $90,000 judgment against plaintiff in employment discrimination and retaliation lawsuit.
  • Successful jury trial: jury verdict in favor of employer-defendant on contract claim.
  • Obtained summary judgment for client dismissing whistleblower lawsuit.
  • Obtained early dismissal of suit alleging claims of tortious interference with employment agreement and defamation against management employees. 
  • Obtained summary judgment of a lawsuit alleging failure to accommodate and direct discrimination under the Americans with Disabilities Act. 
  • Obtained summary judgment of a pregnancy discrimination lawsuit and secured dismissal of the case at both the district court and the Minnesota Court of Appeals.
  • Defended employer against claims for disability discrimination, sexual harassment, reprisal and marital status discrimination in violation of the Minnesota Human Rights Act.
  • Defended employer against claims for sex-plus discrimination, reprisal and marital status discrimination.
  • Defended philanthropic organization against former employee's allegations that he was wrongfully discharged in violation of the parties' lifetime employment agreement.
  • Successfully enforced non-compete agreement against former employee and his new employer.
  • Successfully enforced non-compete and confidentiality covenants against departing sales employee.
  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of employer in FMLA case.
  • Prepared and presented training to client human resources departments on discipline and discharge practices and compliance with employment statutes.
  • Responded to and obtained dismissal of numerous administrative charges alleging retaliation discrimination based on race, gender, national origin and criminal record.
  • Successfully enforced a confidentiality provision against a terminated employee who set up a competing business.
  • Defended family-owned LLC against departing member's claims seeking buy-out or company dissolution.
  • Defended beverage company against former manager's claims of age and disability discrimination and retaliation under the Iowa Civil Rights Act and discrimination and retaliation under the FMLA.
  • Defended salesperson against sexual harassment and assault claims.

Professional Affiliations

  • Minnesota Women Lawyers

    Member