WHITE PLAINS, NY – L&E Global’s member in the United States and one of the largest workplace law firms in the world representing management, Jackson Lewis P.C., is pleased to announce two more attorneys have joined the firm’s growing Minneapolis office. Brian T. Benkstein, formerly with Felhaber Larson, P.A., joins the firm as Shareholder. Anna R. Hickman, formerly with Stoel Rives LLP, joins as Associate. Their addition builds on the office’s January acquisition of litigator Lee Lastovich, who joined Jackson Lewis as Shareholder after chairing the litigation department at Felhaber Larson.
“We are excited to be moving forward with our dynamic growth plan and to welcome attorneys of Brian’s and Anna’s caliber to the firm,” said Gina K. Janeiro, Minneapolis office Managing Shareholder. “Their expertise in employment law and strong ties to local businesses make Brian and Anna excellent additions to our practice.”
An accomplished attorney with over 10 years of experience in labor and employment litigation, Mr. Benkstein is certified as a Labor and Employment Law Specialist through the Minnesota State Bar Association. In addition to his active litigation practice, he regularly counsels clients through all aspects of workplace disputes, including discrimination claims, workplace safety investigations and citations, and the planning, defense and prosecution of non-compete agreements. In addition, Mr. Benkstein has significant experience developing best practices for employers involving performance management, discipline and discharge; responding to agency charges; and representing clients in employment investigations. Mr. Benkstein also regularly provides compliance advice as well as management training on harassment and discrimination, and defends claims involving the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Family and Medical Leave Act.
Mr. Benkstein, who has been designated as a Rising Star by Minnesota Super Lawyers since 2007, is a regular lecturer on employment law and litigation topics. He received his B.S. from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and his J.D., magna cum laude, from the William Mitchell College of Law after working eight years in healthcare administration.
Ms. Hickman advises clients on a broad range of workplace law matters, including disability and leave management, wage and hour law, employment discrimination, employee performance management and terminations. She also litigates single- and multi-plaintiff employment law cases.
Ms. Hickman received her B.A. from the University of Saint Thomas and her J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School, where she was Note & Comment Editor of the Minnesota Law Review. She currently serves as a volunteer at Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers.
Jackson Lewis’ Minneapolis office can be reached by calling (612) 341-8131.