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Associate Attorney — Retirement Plan Litigation

Nichols Kaster PLLP, one of the nation’s largest class action firms, is growing its Consumer/401(k) practice. We represent classes of employees whose retirement savings have been squandered as a result of disloyal and imprudent management by their employer. In just a few short years Nichols Kaster’s 401(k) practice has been recognized as the “driving force behind a flurry of litigation” against financial institutions and has also sued several Fortune 100 companies for mismanaging their retirement plans. We have recovered tens of millions of dollars in people’s retirement savings.

The 401(k) practice seeks applicants for an associate attorney position in its Minneapolis, MN office. If you are looking to get involved in high-stakes litigation protecting the rights of employees and consumers, this is the job for you. Associates take an active role in managing their own cases, writing, responding to, and arguing motions, taking and defending depositions, and participating in trials. Because we fight for the little guy, we staff our cases lean and will give you the opportunity to get involved right away. Unlike other firms, our associates are on the front lines of active litigation, and will find the practice both challenging and rewarding.


  • Litigate ERISA and related trust claims in federal and state courts
  • Conduct legal research and write legal memoranda
  • Draft pleadings and briefs, argue motions in court
  • Maintain client relationships
  • Take and defend depositions
  • Work with finance, economics, and other experts
  • Develop new cases and conduct pre-suit investigations
  • Develop relationships with other attorneys in the Plaintiffs’ bar
  • Engage in public speaking, including at conferences, CLEs, and on panels
  • Work closely with and supervise paralegals, assistants, interns, and clerks
  • Travel as required for litigation and conferences


  • J.D. degree and two years of experience as a litigator. Candidates with more experience are encouraged to apply and responsibilities and compensation will be adjusted accordingly
  • Admission to the MN bar, or eligibility for admission within six months
  • Superior analytical skills and excellent research and writing skills
  • Excellent oral communication and advocacy skills
  • Ability to juggle multiple responsibilities, work independently, and meet strict deadlines under pressure
  • Self-motivated, entrepreneurial, collaborative, and diligent, with a commitment to Plaintiffs’ side litigation

If interested please apply on-line at

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