Craig A. Brandt is a trial attorney with more than 25 years of experience representing Minnesota businesses and individuals in employment and commercial matters in federal and state courts. A former Chairperson of the Minnesota State Bar Association’s Labor & Employment Law Section (2007-08), Craig has been named for more than a dozen consecutive years as a Minnesota “Super Lawyer” in the field of employment law. Craig is also certified by the Minnesota State Bar Association as a Specialist in Labor & Employment Law.
Craig provides a broad range of counsel to employers, including advising on compliance as day-to-day issues and challenges arise and defending employers against employment claims brought in court or to administrative agencies. Craig specializes in employment litigation in the following areas: discrimination; harassment; retaliation and whistleblower; contract and compensation; employee benefits; and non-compete agreements and trade secrets.
Craig also represents executives and managers in employment law matters, including in contract, non-compete and compensation matters, and in severance or other contract negotiations.
Craig also has substantial experience representing businesses in litigation of other commercial disputes, such as licensing and shareholder disputes.
Over his career, Craig has also represented numerous individuals in job discrimination cases. Client recoveries in these matters have exceeded $100 million.
Before joining Moss & Barnett in November 2018, Craig practiced with the Twin Cities firms Snyder & Brandt, P.A. (2010-2018), Gray Plant Mooty (2001-2010), and Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A. (1990-2001).
- American Bar Association
- Minnesota State Bar Association
- Hennepin County Bar Association
- Federal Bar Association
Honors & Recognition
- "Minnesota Super Lawyers," 2005-Present
- "Top 40 Employment Law Attorneys" "Minnesota Law & Politics" (2010)
- AV Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell
Certifications / Specialties
- Minnesota State Bar Association – Labor and Employment Law Specialist
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
- U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota
- U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
- U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
- University of Iowa College of Law, Iowa City, IA, J.D., with distinction
- Luther College, Decorah, IA, B.A.
Classes / Seminars Taught
- "Gross v. FBL Financial Services, Inc." - How are Courts Applying the "But-For" Standard in ADEA and Other Cases?," Minnesota CLE on Age Discrimination in Employment, October 2012
- "Aqe Discrimination Issues that Arise From Reductions in Force," The 2012 Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute, May 2012
- "The Double-Edged Sword: Noncompetition Covenants and Trade Secrets," Gray Plant Mooty Employment Law Seminar, April 2010
- "You're Kidding: That's Retaliation?," Hennepin County Bar Association Labor and Employment Section, November 2009
- "E-Discovery for the In-House Lawyer," Gray Plant Mooty Corporate Counsel Breakfast Group, September 2007
- "Waivers & Releases: Validity and Effect," Training for investigators and employees of human rights agencies, presented by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Minnesota State Bar Association Labor & Employment Law Section, June 2007
- "Employment Law Update," Ramsey County Bar Association, Solo and Small Firm Section, April 2007
- "Age Discrimination in Employment Act," Minnesota Employment Law Institute, June 2004
- "Current Topics in Age Discrimination Litigation," Minnesota Department of Human Rights, Human Rights Day Conference, December 2002
- Minnesota Justice Foundation – Board Member, 2010-2017
- Hennepin County Housing Court – Volunteer Attorney, 2006-Present