Steven C. Kerbaugh

Steven C. Kerbaugh

Counsel

Contact Info

Phone: (612) 225-2792

Primary Office

Minneapolis
33 South Sixth Street
Suite 4750
Minneapolis, MN 55402

Steven C. Kerbaugh

Counsel

Steven C. Kerbaugh

Steve Kerbaugh represents companies in employment and commercial litigation, and advises them on employment matters affecting their daily operations. Clients who look to him for advice range from closely held companies to multi-national, publicly traded corporations across the country and in an array of industries, including, but not limited to, agribusiness, energy, financial services, health care, insurance, life sciences, manufacturing, medical device and pharmaceutical.

On the litigation side of his practice, Steve represents clients in unfair competition claims, including actions involving alleged violations of restrictive covenants, tortious interference with contracts and misappropriation of trade secrets. He also focuses on defending employers and executives accused of discrimination and unfair employment practices, including wrongful termination and retaliation matters. Steve has tried numerous cases (bench and jury) to verdict in federal and state courts, and in arbitration. Steve also represents employers before administrative agencies. He also handles appellate cases, including representations before the Minnesota Court of Appeals, the California Court of Appeals and the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.

His employment counseling work includes drafting and reviewing restrictive covenants, employment agreements, independent contractor agreements, commission agreements, employee handbooks and policies. Clients also rely on him for counsel on matters involving statutory and regulatory compliance issues, and employee retentions and separations.

Beyond his employment work, Steve handles business torts, including claims involving fiduciary duties, business disparagement, shareholder and partnership disputes, and fraudulent conveyance matters.

Steve speaks French.

Experience

Employment Litigation

Select representations include:

A packaging solutions company in a high-stakes action alleging unfair competition.
A major health care conglomerate and its subsidiary medical device company in actions alleging unfair competition, all three of which went to trial.
A printing company in a suit against a former employee and a subsequent employer for competitive and otherwise wrongful conduct.
A major manufacturer in an action alleging workers' compensation retaliation and related claims.
A medical device executive in an action alleging claims for breach of contract and fiduciary duty.
A law firm in an action alleging misappropriation of trade secrets and tortious interference with contract claims.
A departing sales executive facing unfair competition claims.
Employment Counseling

Select representations include:

Numerous employers in connection with the roll out of restrictive covenant agreements across multiple jurisdictions.
Employers in various industries relating to compliance with the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act.
Dental practices in connection with compliance with applicable health care laws and regulations.
Drafting financial advisor agreements for private wealth advisory firms.
A private wealth advisory firm seeking advice in connection with a departing financial advisor.
Former executives at major medical device manufacturers who were negotiating separation from their former employers and seeking advice regarding compliance with restrictive covenants.
A former salesperson at a major medical device manufacturer in need of advice regarding compliance with restrictive covenants.
Commercial Litigation

Select representations include:

A limited liability company in a dispute in which a former shareholder alleged a continuing interest in the company. Following a bench trial in Scott County, Minnesota, the judge found the former shareholder had no interest in the company and absolved the LLC of liability.
An individual and related entity in a dispute in which an individual plaintiff alleged the parties had formed a profit sharing partnership. Following a bench trial in Hennepin County, Minnesota, the judge found that the parties had not formed a partnership.
A shareholder of a limited liability company in a shareholder and fiduciary duty action, and several related litigations.
A professional consulting firm in a dispute relating to housing remediation work performed in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
An individual facing a fraudulent transfer claim.

Thought Leadership

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Credentials and Accolades

Honors and Awards

Selected as a Rising Star in Minnesota Super Lawyers, 2014 to present

Memberships and Affiliations

Minnesota State Bar Association

Hennepin County Bar Association

  • Former Member, Finance and Planning Committee

Hennepin County Bar Foundation

  • Board Member

Minnesota Bankers Association

Homeless Advocacy and Outreach Volunteer, Basilica of St. Mary/St. Vincent de Paul, 2007 to present

Volunteer Judge, High School Mock Trials and Law School and College Moot Court Competitions, 2009 to present

Pro Bono Attorney, Safety Project

Adjunct Associate Professor of Legal Writing, University of Minnesota, 2014 to present

Education

J.D., magna cum laude, University of Minnesota Law School, 2009

Diploma in International and European Law/Comparative Law, Université Jean Moulin (Lyon III), 2009

B.A., summa cum laude, University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire, 2006

Bar Admissions

Minnesota

Steve Kerbaugh represents companies in employment and commercial litigation, and advises them on employment matters affecting their daily operations. Clients who look to him for advice range from closely held companies to multi-national, publicly traded corporations across the country and in an array of industries, including, but not limited to, agribusiness, energy, financial services, health care, insurance, life sciences, manufacturing, medical device and pharmaceutical.

On the litigation side of his practice, Steve represents clients in unfair competition claims, including actions involving alleged violations of restrictive covenants, tortious interference with contracts and misappropriation of trade secrets. He also focuses on defending employers and executives accused of discrimination and unfair employment practices, including wrongful termination and retaliation matters. Steve has tried numerous cases (bench and jury) to verdict in federal and state courts, and in arbitration. Steve also represents employers before administrative agencies. He also handles appellate cases, including representations before the Minnesota Court of Appeals, the California Court of Appeals and the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.

His employment counseling work includes drafting and reviewing restrictive covenants, employment agreements, independent contractor agreements, commission agreements, employee handbooks and policies. Clients also rely on him for counsel on matters involving statutory and regulatory compliance issues, and employee retentions and separations.

Beyond his employment work, Steve handles business torts, including claims involving fiduciary duties, business disparagement, shareholder and partnership disputes, and fraudulent conveyance matters.

Steve speaks French.