Employment Attorney Nick Kaylor

Nick Kaylor represents and counsels employees on a variety of employment law issues including employment discrimination, wage and hour issues, family medical leave, and employee benefits. Nick also has extensive experience with assisting clients in reviewing, negotiating, or litigating issues related to, employment contracts and non compete agreements.

Born in Huntington, Indiana, Nick attended Indiana University-Purdue University for his undergraduate degree. He then went on to graduate from the University of Minnesota Law School. During law school, Nick was a judicial extern with the Hon. Amy Dawson of Minnesota’s 4th Judicial District, served as an Online Articles Editor of the Minnesota Law Review, and was a Student Director with the James H. Binger Center for New American’s Detainee Rights Clinic. Prior to joining Wanta Thome, Nick worked for a plaintiff-side law firm where he gained extensive experience representing employees and unions.

With a deep-rooted passion for justice, Nick brings an unshakable determination and genuine empathy to tirelessly fight for the rights of employees, ensuring their voices resonate loudly in the pursuit of equitable treatment and well-deserved compensation. Nick’s relentless pursuit of excellence has yielded remarkable victories for employee rights, such as securing the denial of an employer’s motion for summary judgment in Berner v. Metropolitan Council, upholding a worker’s right to fair treatment because of their disability.

Nick maintains an active pro bono practice, assisting individual clients in housing and creditor collections matters. Outside of his legal advocacy work, Nick likes to stay up to date on the world of professional soccer. You’ll find him at a Minnesota United game cheering on the Loons.

Education

  • University of Minnesota Law School, J.D.
  • Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne, B.A.

Admissions

  • Minnesota Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota

Professional Memberships

  • National Employment Lawyers Association, Minnesota Chapter
  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Labor & Employment Law Section
  • Hennepin County Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association, Minnesota Chapter

Honors

  • MSBA North Star Lawyer, 2021–2022

Representative Cases

  • Unbehaun v. Minn. Energy Res. Corp., No. 23-CV-1145 (NEB/DTS) (D. Minn. June 5, 2024) (denying employer’s motion for judgment on the pleadings because the employee’s state law claim that the employer failed to follow Minnesota’s drug and alcohol testing in the workplace law was not preempted by federal statute or a prior labor arbitration)
  • Berner v. Metropolitan Council, No. CV 21-1639 (D. Minn. May 10, 2023) (denial of employer’s motion for summary judgment on employee’s claim of disability discrimination because a genuine issue of material fact existed as to whether the employee was qualified for their position and did not pose a direct threat)
  • Trimark Hotel Corp. v. Int’l Union of Operating Engineers Loc. Union No. 70, 593 F. Supp. 3d 885 (D. Minn. 2022) (denying employer’s motion to vacate an arbitrator’s award and ordering enforcement of arbitration award that provided for the reinstatement of a terminated employee)
  • USI Insurance Services v. Sturgis, 2020-CV-899 (Wis. Dist. Ct. Feb. 23, 2021) (granting employee’s motion to dismiss because former employer did not have the right to assign employee’s non-competition agreement to a purchasing entity)