Samuel W. Diehl

Samuel W. Diehl

Partner

Contact Info

Phone: (612) 225-2951
Fax: (612) 677-3844

Primary Office

Minneapolis
33 South Sixth Street
Suite 4750
Minneapolis, MN 55402

Samuel W. Diehl

Partner

Sam Diehl provides advice to help employers navigate complex employment law matters. He also represents commercial and non-profit clients in a broad spectrum of disputes and litigation. Sam has achieved successful outcomes for clients in disputes related to: trade secrets, non-competition and other restrictive covenants; injunctions; contract matters; discrimination and whistleblower claims; administrative charges and government investigations; zoning and land use; and constitutional claims. Sam regularly advises clients ranging from small businesses to multi-national organizations who rely on his depth of experience and ability to defend their interests when necessary. He has particular experience with commercial clients in the franchise, health and long-term care, food and agriculture, and engineering industries.

Sam regularly advises employers regarding difficult termination and discipline issues, hiring, leaves and accommodations, and wage and hour issues. He also helps companies navigate employment law issues that accompany corporate mergers and acquisitions. Sam has handled numerous internal investigations for heavily regulated institutions and employers facing allegations of harassment, discrimination, and other serious concerns. He also regularly drafts and negotiates employment agreements for executives and key employees and trains managers and employees on compliance with employment laws. 

In addition to commercial clients, Sam regularly represents colleges and universities, religious organizations, and other non-profit organizations. He has substantial experience representing churches and other religious organizations in employment matters, sensitive investigations, land use, constitutional claims, and other matters. Sam has defended colleges and universities in litigation brought by students and employees, and he has investigated student, employee, and leadership misconduct. He has also worked with federal agencies to resolve disputes related to federal financial aid and other issues.

Sam's work with government agencies is informed by his significant work experience in Washington, D.C. where he was as a subcommittee staff director for the U.S. House Committee on Agriculture, an appointee at the U.S. Department of Labor, and a legislative staff member in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Experience

  • Regularly advises employers and executives regarding hiring and firing C-suite and other key executives
  • Substantial experience successfully navigating employment matters for buyers and sellers in stock and asset transactions
  • Obtained multiple summary judgment victories for employers on discrimination, retaliation, and whistleblower claims in federal and state court
  • Obtained multiple temporary and permanent injunctions in federal and state court on behalf of former employers barring former employees from competing
  • Successfully defended lower court summary judgment and trial victories in appeals at the Eighth Circuit and Minnesota Court of Appeals
  • Defeated multiple injunction motions in federal and state court on behalf of new employers in trade secret and non-compete litigation, including obtaining dispositive dismissals
  • Obtained $2.65 million for plaintiff after two-week trial of First Amendment claims
  • Managed multi-year fraud and misconduct investigation related to employees of higher education institution; coordinated with federal agencies to repay funds and remedy wrongdoing
  • Successfully tried employment discrimination claims, obtaining verdict for employer defendant
  • Investigated allegations regarding college president on behalf of board of trustees

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Credentials and Accolades

Honors and Awards

Named "Up & Coming Attorney" by Minnesota Lawyer, 2017

Selected for the Rising Stars list, Minnesota Super Lawyers, 2017

Qualified as a "North Star Lawyer," by the Minnesota State Bar Association, 2012, 2014, 2016 

Education

J.D.,  cum laude, University of Minnesota Law School, 2007

  • Editor, Minnesota Law Review

B.A., Princeton University, 1999

Bar Admissions

Minnesota
North Dakota

Sam Diehl provides advice to help employers navigate complex employment law matters. He also represents commercial and non-profit clients in a broad spectrum of disputes and litigation. Sam has achieved successful outcomes for clients in disputes related to: trade secrets, non-competition and other restrictive covenants; injunctions; contract matters; discrimination and whistleblower claims; administrative charges and government investigations; zoning and land use; and constitutional claims. Sam regularly advises clients ranging from small businesses to multi-national organizations who rely on his depth of experience and ability to defend their interests when necessary. He has particular experience with commercial clients in the franchise, health and long-term care, food and agriculture, and engineering industries.

Sam regularly advises employers regarding difficult termination and discipline issues, hiring, leaves and accommodations, and wage and hour issues. He also helps companies navigate employment law issues that accompany corporate mergers and acquisitions. Sam has handled numerous internal investigations for heavily regulated institutions and employers facing allegations of harassment, discrimination, and other serious concerns. He also regularly drafts and negotiates employment agreements for executives and key employees and trains managers and employees on compliance with employment laws. 

In addition to commercial clients, Sam regularly represents colleges and universities, religious organizations, and other non-profit organizations. He has substantial experience representing churches and other religious organizations in employment matters, sensitive investigations, land use, constitutional claims, and other matters. Sam has defended colleges and universities in litigation brought by students and employees, and he has investigated student, employee, and leadership misconduct. He has also worked with federal agencies to resolve disputes related to federal financial aid and other issues.

Sam's work with government agencies is informed by his significant work experience in Washington, D.C. where he was as a subcommittee staff director for the U.S. House Committee on Agriculture, an appointee at the U.S. Department of Labor, and a legislative staff member in the U.S. House of Representatives.