Labor Relations, Employment Litigation Attorney Nicole Faulkner Returns to Stinson

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Stinson LLP is pleased to announce that Nicole Faulkner has returned to the firm in its Minneapolis office as partner in the Labor, Employment & Benefits (LEEB) Practice Division.

"We missed Nicole both personally and professionally while she was off contributing in-house, and know our clients have as well," Stinson's LEEB Co-Chair Rick Pins said. "We are so excited to have her back as partner, not missing a beat. We look forward to her picking up exactly where she left off, providing phenomenal client service and labor and employment guidance."

Faulkner advises clients on the full range of labor and employment issues, including collective bargaining negotiations, labor organizing campaigns and elections, labor arbitration, wage and hour, disability/family leave management and reasonable accommodations, discrimination and harassment, and complex internal investigations, among others. She works with both unionized and nonunionized employers on traditional labor issues, emphasizing positive employee relations with her clients and drawing on her own prior management experience to give practical day-to-day guidance.

"I'm thrilled to be returning to Stinson," Faulkner said. "I look forward to providing high quality legal counseling and services to clients as well as further establishing and strengthening long-term personal connections and collaborating with attorneys, some of whom mentored me from the start of my legal career."

Faulkner also counsels and litigates on behalf of clients facing issues involving the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and the Minnesota Human Rights Act. In her counseling work, and due to her prior management experience, she is known for her ability to identify quickly with clients, gain their confidence and put them at ease as they work through difficult problems.

Faulkner, who started at Stinson as a summer associate in 2014, then joined the firm as an associate from September 2015 to June 2022, most recently served as Senior Counsel and Director, Employment with United Natural Foods Inc.

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