Jenny Gassman-Pines - Attorney
Assistant: Susann Holenko
Jenny Gassman-Pines practices law with the philosophy that clients need a strong champion to provide them with high-quality and cost-effective solutions, regardless of the size or type of their challenge. To that end, public and private-sector clients look to her for guidance on a wide range of issues, from contractual disputes to corporate divorces. Many of Jenny’s cases involve the defense of private and public sector clients facing employment claims in courtroom and agency settings, including discrimination, whistleblower, and retaliation lawsuits.
She also regularly advises and defends corporate clients and individuals related to non-competition and non-solicitation agreements. A fierce courtroom advocate, she has successfully argued dispositive motions in state and federal courts. Jenny’s advocacy skill is balanced by her ability to connect with clients and witnesses, particularly in matters involving sensitive issues.
An engaging public speaker, she regularly educates audiences of in-house counsel, business executives, and other trial attorneys about how to reduce liability exposure arising from business communications generally, and interactions with in-house counsel in particular. Jenny also speaks across the country regarding recent developments in employment defense and investigations.
REPRESENTATIVE CASES & DECISIONS
Successful arbitration of confidential contract dispute regarding allegation that client breached contract and was entitled to $3.8 million in damages. Arbitrator denied all of claimant’s claims and awarded client damages on client’s counterclaim for breach of contract. (AAA 2016)
Successful motion for judgment on the pleadings in membership dispute between members of two limited liability corporations. Court ordered defendants to sell their membership interests to client. Motion for attorneys’ fees pending. Kulesa v. Whitcomb, Novak, Case No. 82-cv-16-3199 (Tenth Judicial District, MN 2016).
Employment Defense and Investigations
Defeated motion for temporary restraining order in action in which plaintiffs alleged that client tortiously interfered with plaintiffs’ contract with client’s newly-hired employee. Medtronic, Inc. and Medtronic USA, Inc. v. Ernst, Nevro Corp., Case No. 16-cv-244 (D. Minn. 2016).
Successful defense of discrimination and wrongful discharge claims filed by a terminated broker against his financial services employer. Lawsuit voluntarily dismissed in exchange for client-defendants’ agreement not to enforce court sanctions imposed. Paul v. Blaylock Robert Van, LLC, et al., Case No. 13-cv-04068 (N.D. Ill 2015).
Represented and helped clients reach a successful settlement in federal actions facing allegations of sex discrimination, racial discrimination, retaliation, and whistleblower claims.
Conducted several investigations regarding allegations of employee misconduct ranging from sexual misconduct to threats of violence.
Negligence and Products Liability Litigation
Successfully argued appeal in negligence case and convinced court to recognize for the first time that the sport of snow tubing is an inherently dangerous activity. Grady v. Green Acres, Inc., 826 N.W.2d 547 (Minn. Ct. App. 2013).
School Law and Public Sector Litigation
Successful defeat of Plaintiff’s motion for temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction. Successful motion to dismiss on grounds that Plaintiff had not exhausted administrative remedies before filing suit. J.A. v. Moorhead Public Schools, ISD No. 152, No. 14-4639 (D. Minn. 2015).
Successfully argued appeal of false arrest and prosecution case dismissed on the grounds of qualified immunity and absolute prosecutorial immunity. Saterdalen v. Spencer, No. 12-2953 (8th Cir. 2013).
Successful motion for summary judgment in excessive force case on the grounds that officer’s action was entitled to qualified immunity. Reed v. Wallace, No. 12-cv-1948 (D. Minn. 2013).
AWARDS & OTHER RECOGNITION
TEACHING AND LECTURING
Practice AreasAppellate Business Litigation Employment Litigation, Investigations and Counseling Government and Constitutional Litigation Internal Investigations and White Collar Criminal Defense Products Liability Compliance and Anti-Corruption International