Phillip M. Kitzer


kitzer@teskemicko.com

main: (612) 746-1558

direct: (612) 767-0527

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About Phillip

Phillip M. Kitzer represents employees in claims involving whistleblower retaliation, qui tam and False Claims Actdiscrimination, workers’ compensation retaliation, FMLA retaliation, severance negotiations, and executive compensation.  He has successfully litigated and negotiated severances for clients in a wide range of industries, including pharmaceutical, medical device, banking, health care, insurance and manufacturing. He recently appeared before the Minnesota Court of Appeals and the Minnesota Supreme Court in Schmitz v. U.S. Steel, a matter that successfully established a constitutional right to a jury trial for all employees in Minnesota based on retaliatory termination under the Workers’ Compensation Act.

Phillip is the recent President of the Minnesota affiliate of the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA).  He also served as ex officio on the MN-NELA Board of Directors and is a member of the MN-NELA legislative committee.  In 2013 Phillip worked closely with Minnesota Association for Justice (MAJ) at the state capital to help pass legislation strengthening the rights of whistleblowers, and in 2014, he successfully worked with MAJ on legislation guaranteeing the right to a jury for employees experiencing discrimination and retaliation.

Phillip has been recognized as a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers every year since 2012, a recognition based on peer nominations and objective criteria given to only 2.5% of practicing attorneys in the state. He was also recently recognized as an “Up and Coming Attorney” by Minnesota Lawyer, an award given to fewer than 30 lawyers statewide who have distinguished themselves by their legal achievements within their first 10 years of practice.

Phillip graduated cum laude from the University of Minnesota Law School where he was a managing editor for the Minnesota Journal of Law, Science & Technology and was a participant in the Duberstein Moot Court competition. Phillip enjoys distance running and spending as much time outdoors as possible.

Involvement

National Employment Lawyer’s Association (NELA) Minnesota Chapter: President 2012-2014; Vice President 2011-2012; Board Member 2010-2014;
Ex officio, MN-NELA Board, 2014 – 2015
• MN-NELA Legislative Committee, 2013 – present
• 8th Circuit NELA Board Member, 2012-2014
• Federal Bar Association, Member, 2009 – present
• Federal Bar Association Diversity Committee, Board Member, 2012 – present
• Federal Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Section, Board Member, 2015 – present
• Federal Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Section, Co-chair, CLE Committee, 2015 – present
• Minnesota State Bar Association, Member, 2009 – present
• Hennepin County Bar Association, Member, 2012 – present
• Minnesota Association for Justice, Member, 2014 – present
• Volunteer Attorney, Pro Se Project, U.S. District Court, 2011 – present

Awards

• Named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers, Minneapolis/St. Paul Magazine 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015
• Named Up & Coming Attorney by Minnesota Lawyer in 2015

Presentations & Articles

Feedback

Personable with High Integrity
“I never could have imagined I would be in a situation where I would need to seek legal advice in an employment matter. After much contemplation, I decided to fight for what was right and retained Phillip Kitzer.

Through all aspects of my case from discovery, to depositions and mediations, Phillip provided pragmatic advice while making it apparent the final decision was mine. Phillip’s professionalism, responsiveness and overall, legal knowledge was proven to be a tremendous component to obtaining the results I was seeking against my previous employer.”

-Employment Client

Mr. Phillip Kitzer: A lawyer with a backbone and a heart!

“When searching for a lawyer it is in your best interest to hire Mr. Phillip Kitzer! Phillip is completely educated in his field. He is tough with a strong backbone. He kept me informed the whole time. Every single e-mail or voice mail that I left was returned within 1-2 days at the latest. I truly believe that he cares about not only the case but the client! He ALWAYS looked out for MY best interest. I promise when your case is final you will be bragging about Phillip and recommending him to anyone you come in contact with that needs legal counsel.”

-Employment Client

Excellence

“Phil is a great attorney. He cares about his clients and puts forward all his effort and knowledge to give the best advice possible and he is very personable. I won the case Phil handled and he made it as painless as possible for me. He goes above and beyond what he needs to. I’ve worked with several attorneys and Phil is by far the best I’ve worked with. I would strongly recommend Phil to anyone, including family and friends.”

-Derek, an Employment Client

Great Lawyer

“Mr. Kitzer is a wonderful lawyer! He was very understanding and compassionate with our situation. Phil always kept us informed with what was going on with our case and was always willing to listen about our concerns and answer any questions we had. Phil worked very hard for us and won our case, we couldn’t of asked for a better lawyer!”

-Pamela, a Wrongful Termination client

I would use him again and recommend him to friends and family!

“Phil was a very down to earth and responsive lawyer! I had need for a wrongful termination attorney and Phil made sure that I was informed of each step before it happened. He never spoke down to me and was always available to ask questions. He was successful in my case and I would highly recommend him!!”

-Carolee, a Wrongful Termination client

Admissions

• Supreme Court of Minnesota
• United States District Court — Minnesota

Education

• Juris Doctorate Degree, cum laude, University of Minnesota Law School, Minneapolis, Minnesota; Managing
Editor Law Journal: Minnesota Journal of Law: Science and Technology
• Bachelor of Science Degree, University of Wisconsin, Madison

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About Phillip

Phillip M. Kitzer represents employees in claims involving whistleblower retaliation, qui tam and False Claims Actdiscrimination, workers’ compensation retaliation, FMLA retaliation, severance negotiations, and executive compensation.  He has successfully litigated and negotiated severances for clients in a wide range of industries, including pharmaceutical, medical device, banking, health care, insurance and manufacturing. He recently appeared before the Minnesota Court of Appeals and the Minnesota Supreme Court in Schmitz v. U.S. Steel, a matter that successfully established a constitutional right to a jury trial for all employees in Minnesota based on retaliatory termination under the Workers’ Compensation Act.

Phillip is the recent President of the Minnesota affiliate of the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA).  He also served as ex officio on the MN-NELA Board of Directors and is a member of the MN-NELA legislative committee.  In 2013 Phillip worked closely with Minnesota Association for Justice (MAJ) at the state capital to help pass legislation strengthening the rights of whistleblowers, and in 2014, he successfully worked with MAJ on legislation guaranteeing the right to a jury for employees experiencing discrimination and retaliation.

Phillip has been recognized as a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers every year since 2012, a recognition based on peer nominations and objective criteria given to only 2.5% of practicing attorneys in the state. He was also recently recognized as an “Up and Coming Attorney” by Minnesota Lawyer, an award given to fewer than 30 lawyers statewide who have distinguished themselves by their legal achievements within their first 10 years of practice.

Phillip graduated cum laude from the University of Minnesota Law School where he was a managing editor for the Minnesota Journal of Law, Science & Technology and was a participant in the Duberstein Moot Court competition. Phillip enjoys distance running and spending as much time outdoors as possible.

Involvement

National Employment Lawyer’s Association (NELA) Minnesota Chapter: President 2012-2014; Vice President 2011-2012; Board Member 2010-2014;
Ex officio, MN-NELA Board, 2014 – 2015
• MN-NELA Legislative Committee, 2013 – present
• 8th Circuit NELA Board Member, 2012-2014
• Federal Bar Association, Member, 2009 – present
• Federal Bar Association Diversity Committee, Board Member, 2012 – present
• Federal Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Section, Board Member, 2015 – present
• Federal Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Section, Co-chair, CLE Committee, 2015 – present
• Minnesota State Bar Association, Member, 2009 – present
• Hennepin County Bar Association, Member, 2012 – present
• Minnesota Association for Justice, Member, 2014 – present
• Volunteer Attorney, Pro Se Project, U.S. District Court, 2011 – present

Awards

• Named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers, Minneapolis/St. Paul Magazine 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015
• Named Up & Coming Attorney by Minnesota Lawyer in 2015

Presentations & Articles

Feedback

Personable with High Integrity
“I never could have imagined I would be in a situation where I would need to seek legal advice in an employment matter. After much contemplation, I decided to fight for what was right and retained Phillip Kitzer.

Through all aspects of my case from discovery, to depositions and mediations, Phillip provided pragmatic advice while making it apparent the final decision was mine. Phillip’s professionalism, responsiveness and overall, legal knowledge was proven to be a tremendous component to obtaining the results I was seeking against my previous employer.”

-Employment Client

Mr. Phillip Kitzer: A lawyer with a backbone and a heart!

“When searching for a lawyer it is in your best interest to hire Mr. Phillip Kitzer! Phillip is completely educated in his field. He is tough with a strong backbone. He kept me informed the whole time. Every single e-mail or voice mail that I left was returned within 1-2 days at the latest. I truly believe that he cares about not only the case but the client! He ALWAYS looked out for MY best interest. I promise when your case is final you will be bragging about Phillip and recommending him to anyone you come in contact with that needs legal counsel.”

-Employment Client

Excellence

“Phil is a great attorney. He cares about his clients and puts forward all his effort and knowledge to give the best advice possible and he is very personable. I won the case Phil handled and he made it as painless as possible for me. He goes above and beyond what he needs to. I’ve worked with several attorneys and Phil is by far the best I’ve worked with. I would strongly recommend Phil to anyone, including family and friends.”

-Derek, an Employment Client

Great Lawyer

“Mr. Kitzer is a wonderful lawyer! He was very understanding and compassionate with our situation. Phil always kept us informed with what was going on with our case and was always willing to listen about our concerns and answer any questions we had. Phil worked very hard for us and won our case, we couldn’t of asked for a better lawyer!”

-Pamela, a Wrongful Termination client

I would use him again and recommend him to friends and family!

“Phil was a very down to earth and responsive lawyer! I had need for a wrongful termination attorney and Phil made sure that I was informed of each step before it happened. He never spoke down to me and was always available to ask questions. He was successful in my case and I would highly recommend him!!”

-Carolee, a Wrongful Termination client

Admissions

• Supreme Court of Minnesota
• United States District Court — Minnesota

Education

• Juris Doctorate Degree, cum laude, University of Minnesota Law School, Minneapolis, Minnesota; Managing
Editor Law Journal: Minnesota Journal of Law: Science and Technology
• Bachelor of Science Degree, University of Wisconsin, Madison

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