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At Culberth & Lienemann, LLP, we will work closely with you to develop innovative solutions to your legal problems. Our attorneys and staff understand workplace issues. Together, we have more than fifty years of experience representing victims of discrimination and harassment in the workplace, in schools, in public services and in public accommodations. By providing mediation and arbitration services, our firm also helps other lawyers and their clients resolve legal issues without having to go to court.

We welcome all people and maintain sensitivity and flexibility in tailoring our services to meet the diverse needs of our clients.

We understand that problems at work and school impact all areas of a person’s life. Whatever your legal issue, we are tenacious advocates for our clients, seeking to break historical barriers that stand in the way of equal opportunity.

Contact us today if you need legal assistance with any of the following: 

  • Mediation And Arbitration Services
  • Litigation And Counseling Services

Call 651-290-9300 today to arrange your free initial consultation

­­­Attorney Leslie L. Lienemann

Bar Admissions:

  • Minnesota, 1992
  • U.S. District Court District of Minnesota, 1993
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit, 1996
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2007

Education: 

  • Hamline University School of Law, St. Paul, Minnesota
    • J.D. - 1992
    • Honors: cum laude
  • Hamline University
    • B.A. - 1989
    • Major: History

Professional Memberships and Achievements: 

  • 2016 Minnesota Lawyer Attorney of the Year
  • 2012 Minnesota Lawyer Attorney of the Year
  • 2012 National Center for Lesbian Rights Community Partner Award
  • Minnesota Law and Politics “Super Lawyer,” multiple years
  • Minnesota NELA “Karla R. Wahl Dedicated Advocacy Award” 2008
  • Minnesota Law and Politics “Super Lawyer,” multiple years
  • Minnesota Law and Politics “Rising Star in Minnesota Law” 1998
  • Hamline University Outstanding Student Leader Award, 1989
  • Employee Lawyers Association of the Upper Midwest, President
  • National Employment Lawyers Association (“NELA”), Judicial Nominations Committee, Member
  • Eighth Circuit Chapter of NELA, Past President
  • Minnesota NELA, Past President
  • Minnesota NELA, Amicus Curiae Committees, Member, 2002 to Present
  • ELA-Upper Midwest , Member

­­­Attorney Celeste E. Culberth

Bar Admissions:

  • Minnesota, 1992
  • U.S. District Court District of Minnesota, 1993
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit, 1999
  • Supreme Court of the United States of America, 2008

Education: 

  • Hamline University School of Law, St. Paul, Minnesota
    • J.D. – 1992
    • Honors: cum laude
    • Law Review: Hamline Law Review, Member, 1990 – 1991
  • University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota
    • B.A. – 1989
    • Major: Philosophy

Professional Memberships and Achievements: 

  • Super Lawyer, Minnesota Law and Politics Magazine
  • 2016 Minnesota Lawyer Attorney of the Year
  • 2012 Minnesota Lawyer Attorney of the Year
  • 2012 National Center for Lesbian Rights Community Partner Award
  • Past Chair, Minnesota Lavender Bar Association
  • Board Member of the Employee Lawyers Association of the Upper Midwest
  • Past Member, Minnesota State Bar Association Diversity Task Force
  • Eight Circuit National Employment Lawyers Association, Immediate Past President
  • Lambda Legal, Volunteer Amicus Attorney
  • Cancer Legal Line, Volunteer Attorney
  • Minnesota AIDS Project, Volunteer Attorney
  • Minnesota United for All Families
  • Tubman (f/k/a Chrysalis) Employment Law Clinic, Volunteer attorney

Habberstad, et al v. Country Bankers, Inc., et al:  In this case, the Steele County District Court found that defendants discriminated against the plaintiff because of his sexual orientation, retaliated against him and breached fiduciary duties owed to him.  The court awarded approximately $3.5M in past and future damages. 

Abraham v. County of Hennepin:  In this case, the Minnesota Supreme Court found in favor of plaintiffs and held that plaintiffs are entitled to a jury trial on claims brought under the Minnesota Whistleblower Act.

Waldhauser, et al. v. County of Dakota:  The plaintiffs in this case won a judgment for double their actual damages in a case involving illegal pre-employment medical questions and age discrimination.

Kersten v. Old Dominion Freight Line:  Ground breaking results for Minnesota Parenting Leave Act worker protections.  Plaintiff won summary judgment against Old Dominion.

Settlement

Our lawyers have settled a broad range of individual cases, from small cases involving tens of thousands of dollars, to larger cases involving hundreds of thousands of dollars.  Our attorneys have also settled large class action cases.  Although most settlements are private, some are public. Examples of public settlements achieved by our lawyers include the following:

Family and Medical Leave Act and Whistleblower claims brought on behalf of a state worker, settled for $150,000

Sex discrimination case brought on behalf of a female police officer, settled for $400,000.

Claims of retaliation, failure to pay overtime and defamation brought on behalf of a city clerk, settled for $210,000. 

Sex discrimination case brought on behalf of a female fire fighter, settled for $60,000.

Sexual harassment and pay discrimination case brought on behalf of a female Quality Assurance manager, settled for $140,000.

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