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Thomas Alan Jacobson

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Tom joined Swenson Lervick in May of 1996 after starting his legal career  in Fargo, North Dakota in 1990. He is certified as a Labor and Employment Law Specialist by the Minnesota State Bar Association and is rated as AV Preeminent® by Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™. He has also been named to the Thomson Reuters list of Minnesota Employment and Labor Law Super Lawyers for 2016-2018. In addition to his employment law practice, he handles many types of litigation, including personal injury cases and business disputes. He also serves as the City Attorney for the cities of Alexandria, Parkers Prairie, and Starbuck and is a Qualified Rule 114 Neutral.

Tom is licensed to practice law in Minnesota, North Dakota and Iowa, and he has served as the president of the Douglas County and Seventh District Bar Associations.  He is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management and is a charter member of the West Central Minnesota Chapter of SHRM.  He is a frequent speaker on employment law topics and a co-founder of the West Central Minnesota Employment Law Update.

Tom’s dedication to community service is shown through his work as a director for Theatre L’Homme Dieu, Young People’s Place, Community Nursery School, Alexandria Rotary Club, and the Alexandria Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce.  In 2011 he received the Chamber’s Friend of the Chamber Award which is given annually to a person who has gone beyond expectations to benefit the chamber and its members.

Originally from Marshall, Minnesota, Tom graduated summa cum laude from the University of North Dakota in 1987 and with honors from Drake University Law School in 1990. He also received a master’s degree in mass communications from Drake University in 1990.

Tom and his wife, Joni, live in Alexandria and have three adult sons.
Position Organization Location Duration
AttorneySwenson Lervick Law FirmAlexandria Minnesota1996 - Present
AttorneyNilles Law Firm1990 - 1996
School Degree Major Graduation
Drake University Law SchoolJuris Doctor Law School1990  
University of North DakotaBachelor of ArtsMass Communication1987
Drake UniversityMaster of ArtsMass Communication05/12/1990
State / Court Date
Minnesota1996-09-10
North Dakota1990-10-23
Iowa1990-06-15
  • Minnesota State Bar
    Douglas County Bar
    Iowa State Bar
    State Bar Association of North Dakota
    Society for Human Resource Management
  • Certified Labor and Employment Law Specialist, Minnesota State Bar Association, 2011.
    Rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell.
    Listed as Employment and Labor Law Super Lawyer by Thomson Reuters.
    Top Scholar, National Journalism Scholarship Society, 1987.
  • Represented employee who was terminated by employer who allegedly fired employee after insisting on a "100% healthy" requirement before allowing employee to return to work and then failed to offer reasonable accommodations or FMLA leave. Case settled in mediation for confidential amount that included backpay, mental anguish and attorney's fees (2018)

  • Represented employee in wage and hour dispute where employer allegedly misclassified employee as exempt and failed to pay overtime. Confidential settlement included back pay and attorney's fee (2016)

  • Represented employee in wage and hour and defamation dispute after employer allegedly misclassified employee as exempt, failed to pay overtime, and made false and defamatory statements about employee. Confidential settlement included back pay and attorney's fees (2017)

  • Represented cattle lease guarantors who were sued by the lessor. Successfully persuaded jury to award $0.00 to the plaintiff (2003)

  • Represented auto service shop technician who was allegedly fired after blowing the whistle by reporting his safety concerns to management. Case settled in mediation for $25,000.00 (2018)

  • Employment & Labor | Successfully shortened duration of non-compete | Represented veterinarians who left their employment to start their own practice

  • Construction & Development | Successfully defended homeowners | Contractor sued homeowners over cost of construction project

  • Appeared before North Dakota Supreme Court and obtained reversal of district court order which had awarded benefits to Workers' Compensation Bureau claimant (1996)

  • Blog: https://www.alexandriamnlaw.com/blog/ (occasional contributions Feb. 2017 to present).
    Blog:  Human Resource Legal Resource, http://humanresrourcelegalresource.wordpress.com (May, 2010 to February, 2017).
    Avoiding Claims of Defamation in the Workplace 72 N.D. L. Rev. 247 (1996).
    Regulating Cable Television Rates under the FCC’s New Effective Competition Standard, 41 Drake L. Rev. 81 (1992).
    Case Note, Print Media Monopolies--It Is Reasonable for the Attorney General to Allow a Newspaper Suffering Losses that More than Likely Cannot be Reversed, Although not in a Downward Spiral, to Enter a Joint Operating Agreement under the Newspaper Preservation Act--Michigan Citizens For An Independent Press V. Thornburgh, 868 F.2D 1285 (D.C. Cir.) Aff'd Per Curiam, 110 S. CT. 398 (1989), 40 Drake L. Rev. 207 (1991).
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(1990) Licensed as Attorney in North Dakota. Verified with State Bar Association of North Dakota.January 05, 2016
(1990) Licensed as Attorney in Iowa. Verified with Iowa State Bar Association.January 05, 2016

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MN State Lawyer Additional Information: CLE Status: 1 Professional Liability Insurance: Lawyer Does Represent Private Clients, Minnesota Lawyers Mutual Will Maintain Policy For One Year Last Payment: 03/12/2015 MSBA Certified Legal Specialist: Labor and Employment Law MSBA Memberships: Labor and Employment Law Educational Background: Drake University Law School (J.D. with honors, 1990); Drake University (M.A. - Mass Communications, 1990); University of North Dakota, Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa (B.A., Speech-Radio/TV, 1987). Fees: Free half hour minimum consultation for new clients. Free initial consultations are available in certain cases. Please inquire as to the details of this policy. Professional Associations Affiliations: Minnesota State Bar Association; State Bar Association of North Dakota; Iowa State Bar Association; Society for Human Resource Management. IA State Lawyer Additional Information: Reinstatements, Disability or Disciplinary Orders in Iowa: No Orders/Actions for this Lawyer. In Good Standing: Yes

Fee: Our goal is to provide our clients with the best and most cost efficient legal services possible. Importantly, we want our clients to know that we offer a variety of fee structures to fit each individual situation. In some cases (for example, personal injury and some employment cases), we often provide our services on a contingent fee basis. That means that we do not charge for our time unless there is a recovery of money on the client’s behalf. Then, we are paid a percentage (usually one-third) of that recovery. In other situations, we simply charge an hourly rate for our time, and some matters may be handled on a flat-rate basis. Depending on the circumstances, we may be able to offer a free initial consultation. Because those rates and terms vary depending on the circumstances, please contact us for more details regarding our rates.

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Language: English

Update Date: 2015-11-09

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