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Brian Rochel

Attorney at Schaefer Halleen

Greater Minneapolis-St. Paul Area
Law Practice
  1. Schaefer Halleen, LLC
  1. Halunen & Associates,
  2. Legal Aid Society of Minneapolis,
  3. United States District Court for the District of Minnesota
  1. Hamline University School of Law

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Schaefer Halleen, LLC

Schaefer Halleen, LLC


– Present

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I represent employees in trial and litigation of discrimination, wrongful termination, whistleblower, retaliation and all types of employment law claims, as well as advise and negotiate employment contracts and severance agreements for employees.



Schaefer Halleen, LLC
– Present (1 year 1 month)greater minneapolis-st. paul area

-Represent clients at trial and in all phases of litigation and motion practice
-Represent clients in all types of dispute resolution including mediation and arbitration
-Negotiate severance, contract and other employment issues on behalf of employees and executives
-Successfully resolve employees' problems in their favor

Associate Attorney

Halunen & Associates
(3 years)Greater Minneapolis-St. Paul Area

-Represented clients in several successful trials as well as in all phases of dispute resolution including litigation, mediation and arbitration
-Successfully resolved dozens of cases in our clients' favor
-Second-chaired 2 successful jury trials; tried 4 cases, member of trial team in 2 additional trials
-Argued many motions including appearing before the Minnesota Court of Appeals

Law Clerk

Halunen & Associates
(6 months)Greater Minneapolis-St. Paul Area

-Drafted memoranda and briefs for hearings and trial
-Worked on class and individual employment cases
-Worked on consumer class action cases

Mansfield Fellow

Legal Aid Society of Minneapolis
(1 year 1 month)Greater Minneapolis-St. Paul Area

Worked on housing and consumer law cases
Represented client in administrative hearing as student

Judicial Extern to the Honorable Paul A. Magnuson

United States District Court for the District of Minnesota
(5 months)St. Paul, MN

Researched and drafted internal memoranda in all types of civil and criminal cases


  • Employment Law
  • Discrimination
  • Severance
  • Retaliation
  • Litigation
  • Civil Litigation
  • Class Actions
  • Mediation
  • Non-compete Agreements
  • Civil Rights
  • Courts
  • Arbitration
  • Sex Discrimination
  • Workplace Harassment
  • Critical Race Theory
  • Whistleblower
  • Westlaw
  • Employment...
  • Business Litigation
  • Appeals
  • Trade Secrets
  • Consumer Law
  • Product Liability
  • Jury Trials
  • Trial Practice
  • Hostile Environments
  • Harassment
  • False Claims Act/Qui Tam
  • Wrongful Termination
  • Appellate Practice
  • Negotiation
  • Contract Negotiation
  • Retaliatory Discharge
  • Employment Contracts
  • Executive Pay
  • Alternative Dispute...
  • Civil Rights Litigation
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Hamline University School of Law

Juris Doctor, Summa Cum Laude

Best Brief, first year class
Best Oralist Runner-Up, first year class
Best Oralist - 6th Place, Jessup Super-Regional Moot Court Competition
2010 Federal Bar Association Award (a/k/a the Judge Jacob Dim Award)
Constance L. Bakken Research Fellowship
Mansfield Fellowship

Activities and Societies: Articles Editor, Hamline Journal of Public Law & Policy Jessup International Moot Court Team Co-Founder, Critical Legal Studies Reading Group Board, Minnesota Justice Foundation (MJF)

Hamline University

Bachelor of Arts, Philosophy, Legal Studies, Political Science, Magna Cum Laude

Activities and Societies: Dean's List Mock Trial Moot Court

Honors & Awards

Named a Rising Star by Minnesota Super Lawyers, Minneapolis/St. Paul Magazine, and Twin Cities Business (2011-2014)

Volunteer Experience & Causes

Volunteer facilitator

Seward Longfellow Restorative Justice Partnership (SLRJP)
Civil Rights and Social Action

Seward Longfellow Restorative Justice Partnership (SLRJP) serves the Seward and Longfellow neighborhoods of Minneapolis by integrating restorative justice (RJ) as an alternative to traditional criminal justice. SLRJP works exclusively with youth offenders, using RJ circles to repair community harm.

Volunteer, Unemployment Law Clinic

Minnesota State Bar Association
Economic Empowerment

Assist individuals and employees in seeking unemployment benefits

Opportunities Brian is looking for:

Causes Brian cares about:

  • Civil Rights and Social Action
  • Human Rights
  • Politics
  • Poverty Alleviation

Organizations Brian supports:

  • Human Rights Campaign
  • Amnesty International
  • Oxfam America
  • NELA; MN-NELA; 8th Circuit NELA
  • Planned Parenthood Federation of America


  1. German

    Elementary proficiency


“The Jury’s Still Out: Assessing the Constitutionality of the MHRA’s Ban on Jury Trials”(Link)

The Hennepin Lawyer
March 2013

Discussing the role of the judiciary and congress in assessing whether Minnesota's constitution mandates the same protections of trial by jury in civil cases that the U.S. Constitution requires, and policy arguments on both sides


Universal Governmentality: A Critical Take on “Universal” Human Rights and the Right to Education in Sri Lanka

3 INT’L J. CIV. SOC’Y L. 1

Assessing doctrinal concepts of human rights as implemented in Sri Lanka, in the context of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and in the context of critiques of the dominant narrative on how rights are produced and protected

Eighth Circuit Update(Link)

Federal Bar Association Labor & Employment
October 2013

Brian is a regular contributor to the FBA Labor & Employment section's monthly appellate court update for the Eighth Circuit.

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