Steven Kerbaugh Brings Significant Experience in Employment Litigation and Counseling to Saul Ewing’s Minneapolis Office


In joining Saul Ewing’s Minneapolis office, Steven Kerbaugh brings a depth of experience representing closely held companies and multi-national publicly traded corporations nationwide in employment and commercial litigation and advising them on employment matters. He joins the firm as counsel in the Litigation Practice and the Labor and Employment Group.

Mr. Kerbaugh 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.

“We are thrilled to welcome Steve to Saul Ewing,” said Al Coleman, office managing partner for the firm’s Minneapolis office. “With a wealth of industry-leading companies headquartered in the Twin Cities, there is significant demand for legal counsel who can provide pragmatic and timely advice on employment matters affecting their national operations. Steve not only fills this need but his advice is informed by insight gained from handling employment claims in federal, state and appellate courts, as well as in arbitration.”

Some of the notable litigation experience Mr. Kerbaugh gained prior to his move to the firm includes representing:

  • 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 medical device executive in an action alleging breach of contract and fiduciary duty claims.

Mr. Kerbaugh’s 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, Mr. Kerbaugh handles business torts, including claims involving fiduciary duties, business disparagement, shareholder and partnership disputes, and fraudulent conveyance matters.

In addition to his work with clients, Mr. Kerbaugh has been an adjunct associate professor of legal writing at the University of Minnesota Law School since 2014.  In that role, he helps new generations of lawyers hone their legal research and writing, and oral advocacy skills.

Mr. Kerbaugh earned his J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School and his B.A. from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire.