As a Minnesota State Bar Association Certified Labor and Employment Law Specialist, Marcy advises businesses on the full spectrum of legal issues concerning their workforces. She helps business owners and human resource management comply with local, state, and federal laws and regulations; manage personnel to meet business objectives; and maintain a work environment that encourages excellence from all employees.

Marcy works with clients to develop employment policies and manuals that set forth the company’s intentions and expectations, and she helps develop appropriate methods to communicate policies effectively to employees. Marcy understands that the proper management of employee relations is critical to business success, collaborating with clients to achieve this goal. When addressing hiring, firing, and other changes in employment status, she serves as a trusted resource for the numerous questions that arise.

Known for her talent for protecting employers through the use of precise written expression in drafting contracts, Marcy communicates the subtleties of complex transactions in clear language. She drafts agreements covering employment, independent contractors, confidentiality, non-competition, and separation terms that maximize her clients’ rights and competitive advantage. These agreements – from the mundane to the unusual – for businesses of all sizes and natures capture her clients’ intent while avoiding the pitfalls of ambiguous language.

Marcy’s experience litigating employment disputes enhances her ability to guide managers and human resources personnel through the complex maze of statutes and regulations involved in hiring, disciplining, managing, and discharging employees. She also has significant experience responding on behalf of employers to claims of discrimination filed with local, state, and federal agencies. In addition, Marcy applies her litigation and general business experience in the field of intellectual property and assists clients in the protection and enforcement of trade matters.

Experience

  • Represented financial services company in appeal of a determination that brokers were employees for purposes of Minnesota unemployment insurance compensation. The successful appeal of the determination allowed the company to continue using its business model without incurring employment taxes.
  • Crafted an employment agreement for a company in the import and export business that was hiring a salesman who negotiated for severance benefits. The agreement guaranteed the company a full release of claims by the salesperson in exchange for the payment of the severance after the company terminated his employment without cause.
  • Created a drug testing policy for a multistate employer that complied with all applicable laws, qualified for workers’ compensation premium reductions and limitation of claims, and provided flexibility to meet the employer’s needs in various jurisdictions.

Credentials

Education

University of Minnesota Law School, J.D.; magna cum laude; Order of the Coif

University of Wisconsin, B.A., English, concentration in Philosophy; with distinction

Certifications / Specialties

  • Labor and Employment Law Specialist, Minnesota State Bar Association

Admissions

  • Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Honors & Recognitions

Moss & Barnett Paul Van Valkenburg Community Service Award, 2008

News & Insights

Publications

Multimedia

Affiliations

Professional Associations

  • Minnesota State Bar Association 
  • Hennepin County Bar Association

Community Involvement

  • Ombudsman and unit liaison, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve
  • Volunteer, Minnesota Literacy Council
  • Former chair, Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative – Families Moving Forward program
  • Former chair, Downtown Congregations to End Homelessness – Steering Committee
  • Chair, Temple Shelter; Daily worship leader; Docent;  Louis Gainsley Distinguished Service Award (2018) – Temple Israel Minneapolis
  • Member, Midwest District Board; Former president, Temple Israel Sisterhood and Midwest District; Former member, International Board (2007-2018) – Women of Reform Judaism
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