Douglas L. Micko

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About Doug

Doug Micko advocates on behalf of targets of employment misconduct, consumers who have been cheated by businesses, and victims of civil rights violations. He specializes in complex individual, group, and class action litigation. His employment cases include discrimination matters, wrongful discharge claims, whistleblower actions, and retaliation cases. Doug also regularly advises executive employees regarding employment contracts, and counsels clients regarding noncompetition or non-compete agreements. In the consumer protection field, Doug represents home owners in claims against their mortgage lenders and servicers, and has fought the payday lending industry’s use of excessive interest rates. He has also prosecuted civil rights cases involving serious police brutality on behalf of the families of those killed by on-duty officers. Doug regularly represents his clients in proceedings against large-scale corporations, financial institutions, and municipalities, and has served as lead counsel in several class action cases.

Doug has a wealth of trial and appellate experience. His notable achievements include both a trial and appellate victory in Felder v. King, a civil rights case involving Minneapolis police officer misconduct. Following a jury verdict, the city paid the plaintiff over $2.1 million for the wrongful death of her son, widely reported as one of the largest judgments of its kind. Doug’s other notable achievements include Reeves v. C.H. Robinson, a landmark employment discrimination case in which the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit issued an extraordinary, unanimous en banc decision in favor of Doug’s client, reversing the trial court. He won a similar victory in Gallagher v. C.H. Robinson, successfully arguing on behalf of another employment discrimination victim in the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Doug often represents criminal defendants by special appointment of the United States Federal Defender and the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Before joining the firm, Doug served as a law clerk to both the Honorable Gerald W. Heaney and the Honorable Donald P. Lay, Judges for the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. He also worked as a trial attorney for The Defender Association, the largest public defense agency in Seattle, Washington, and represented victims of employment discrimination and consumer fraud at Sprenger + Lang, PLLC, a nationally recognized class action firm.

Activities, Awards & Presentations

Doug is a member of local and national chapters of the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA), the National Association of Consumer Advocates (NACA), and the Hennepin County and Minnesota State Bar Associations. Doug was elected as a member of the Board of the Minnesota chapter of NELA, serving from 2013 through 2015, and served as a member of the Board of the Eighth Circuit NELA from 2014 to 2016.  In addition, Doug serves as the Eighth Circuit representative for NELA’s Amicus Advisory Council, a committee which guides NELA’s national brief-writing priorities, and serves on Minnesota NELA’s Legislative and Amicus Committees.

From 2011 through 2015, Doug was an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Minnesota Law School, where he taught the Workers’ Rights Clinic and supervised student attorneys who helped indigent clients with their employment-related issues.

Doug’s cases have been featured in several local and national media outlets, including Consumer Reports, Minnesota Public Radio, Minnesota Lawyer, and He is regularly called to present to his peers in the legal community, and has recently spoken on topics such as ethics, public sector employment law, the Minnesota Human Rights Act, forced arbitration agreements, and class actions. Doug has been selected as a “Rising Star” in the legal profession by Minnesota Law & Politics for every year from 2008 through 2012, and was recognized by his peers as a “Super Lawyer” in 2013 through 2015.

Admissions & Education

Doug graduated from the University of Minnesota Law School magna cum laude in 1999, and is a 1995 graduate of the University of St. Thomas. He is admitted to practice in the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, and Eleventh Circuits, and the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota, as well as the state courts of Minnesota and Washington (inactive status).

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