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Attorney Krista A. P. Hatcher has rejoined Fredrikson as a shareholder in its Employment, Labor & Benefits Group. Hatcher uses her legal knowledge, love of working with people and perspective as a former in-house attorney to provide practical and effective solutions to employers. 

Hatcher advises and defends employers on a wide range of employment law and compliance issues. Her expertise includes sensitive discipline and discharge decisions; reorganizations and workforce reductions, including OWBPA and WARN issues; wage-and-hour issues and compensation and payroll practices; drug and alcohol testing and other employee screening practices; employee leave and accommodation strategies; and discrimination and harassment complaints. She reviews, negotiates and drafts employment agreements, restrictive covenant agreements, and severance and separation agreements. For clients involved in business transactions such as a merger or acquisition, Hatcher advises on associated employment and labor issues. 

In addition, Hatcher counsels and defends employers in pre-litigation matters, including responding to charges of discrimination and compliance inquiries before federal, state and local agencies such as the EEOC, Minnesota Department of Human Rights, and Department of Labor. In doing so, she draws on her years of experience defending employers in litigation before federal and state district and appellate courts.

Before re-joining Fredrikson in 2023, Hatcher served as VP & Senior Associate General Counsel for a nonprofit, integrated health system with a portfolio that included community hospitals, academic hospitals, long-term acute care, primary and specialty care clinics, senior living communities, skilled nursing facilities, home health care services, mental health and addiction services, pharmacies, and benefit management services. Her in-house experience with one of Minnesota’s largest employers informs her pragmatic approach to helping employers of all sizes solve their workplace law issues.

Fredrikson & Byron is a leading Midwest law firm working collaboratively to help businesses achieve their goals regionally, nationally and globally. With a reputation as the firm “where law and business meet,” our attorneys bring business acumen and entrepreneurial thinking to work with clients and operate as business advisors and strategic partners as well as legal counselors. The firm’s 350+ attorneys are based in Minneapolis, with offices in Ames, Bismarck, Des Moines, Fargo, Madison, Mankato, St. Paul, Saltillo, Mexico, and Shanghai, China. Learn more at, LinkedIn or @FredriksonLaw.


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