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Patrick J. Barrett

Patrick J. Barrett

Partner
Location:
Omaha, Nebraska
Phone:
402-978-5245 (Direct Dial)
402-341-6000
800-544-6041 (Toll Free)
Fax:
402-341-8290
E-mail:

Mr. Barrett, a native Nebraskan, joined Fraser Stryker in 2008 after practicing labor and employment law with another Omaha law firm for 25 years. Pat has represented both private and public sector clients with respect to labor and employment matters, collective bargaining, EEO/affirmative action matters, Fair Labor Standards Act and Occupational Safety and Heath matters. Mr. Barrett has represented the Firm’s clients in a wide variety of proceedings, including federal court and agency proceedings involving employment, and civil rights and labor law litigation as well as state court and state agency actions, including jury trials and appellate work. Mr. Barrett also drafts employment contracts including such provisions as non-competition, non-disclosure and confidentiality provisions.

Mr. Barrett also advises management on various issues, including, but not limited to, hiring, workplace investigations, discipline, terminations, leave of absence issues, human resource policies and procedures, wage and hour issues, traditional labor issues, and other various state and federal laws. Mr. Barrett speaks regularly to management groups on various employment related issues and provides employer training on maintaining non-union status, anti-harassment and anti-discrimination laws.

In addition to spending time with friends and family, when outside of the office Pat enjoys traveling, golfing, hunting and reading as well as attending sports events.

Areas of Practice

  • Labor & Employment Law
  • Federal Court Litigation
  • Appellate Practice
  • Governmental & Administrative Affairs

Bar Admissions

  • U.S. District Court Central District of Illinois Trial Bar, 2008
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1993
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, 1987
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 1987
  • Nebraska, 1983
  • U.S. District Court District of Nebraska, 1983
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit

Education

  • University of Nebraska College of Law, Lincoln, Nebraska
    • J.D. - 1983
  • Creighton University
    • B.A. (Magna Cum Laude) - 1980

Published Works

  • "Recent Section 7 and Other NLRB Decisions and Their Impact on Employment Law Strategies", Employment Law 2013, 2013 Edition by Aspatore Thought Leadership, 2013
  • "Essential Employment Agreement Provisions", Negotiating and Drafting Employment Agreements 2012 Edition by Aspatore Books, 2012

Classes/Seminars

  • Labor & Employment Law Section Seminar, "Wage Payment and Collection Act-Payment of Bonuses and Commissions", Nebraska State Bar Association, 2007
  • Continuing Legal Education Seminars, "Trying Matters in Employment Law", Nebraska State Bar Association
  • Discovery - Electronic and Otherwise, Nebraska State Bar Association, 2005
  • Corralling Unfair Competition: Covenants Not to Compete, Etc., Nebraska State Bar Association, 2000
  • Human Resource Association of the Midlands, "These Aren't Your Father's Employees", 2008
  • Frequent lecturer on employment and labor law issues to lawyer and nonlawyer groups
  • Materials for various Continuing Legal Education seminars
  • ADA Developments/Qualified Individuals and Reasonable Accommodation (Sept. 2013), Nebraska State Bar Association

Honors and Awards

  • Rated AV® Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Named Best Lawyers' "Omaha Best Lawyers Employment Law - Management Lawyer of the Year" for 2014
  • Named Best Lawyers' "Omaha Best Lawyers Labor - Management Lawyer, 2012
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America in Employment Law - Management, Labor Law - Management, and Litigation - Labor & Employment (peer nominations)
  • Listed in Chambers USA America's Leading Business Lawyers (Employment Law-Tier 1) (peer review)
  • Named Best Lawyers' "Omaha Best Lawyers Labor and Employment Lawyer of the Year" for 2011
  • Listed in "Best Lawyers in Omaha," Omaha Magazine
  • Selected to Super Lawyers (Employment & Labor and Employment Litigation), 2007 - 2014
  • Selected to Top 10 Nebraska Super Lawyers

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association, 1983
  • Nebraska State Bar Association, 1983
  • Omaha Bar Association, 1983
  • Federal Practice Committee, District of Nebraska, Past Chair
  • Nebraska Association of Trial Attorneys, Member
  • The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, Fellow

Past Employment Positions

  • McGrath, North, Mullin & Kratz, 1984 - 2008
  • Nelson & Harding, 1983

Patrick Barrett

Position: Partner

Email
402-978-5245

Practice Areas

Admitted

2008

  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois

1993

  • U.S. Supreme Court

1987

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

1983

  • Nebraska
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Nebraska
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit

Education

LAW SCHOOL: University of Nebraska College of Law, J.D., 1983

COLLEGE: Creighton University, B.A. (magna cum laude), 1980

Patrick J Barrett MH

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Mr. Barrett, a native Nebraskan, joined Fraser Stryker in 2008 after practicing labor and employment law with another Omaha law firm for 25 years. Mr. Barrett has represented both private and public sector clients with respect to labor and employment matters, collective bargaining, EEO/affirmative action matters, Fair Labor Standards Act and Occupational Safety and Health matters. Mr. Barrett has represented the Firm's clients in a wide variety of proceedings, including federal court and agency proceedings involving employment, and civil rights and labor law litigation as well as state court and state agency actions, including jury trials and appellate work. Mr. Barrett also drafts employment contracts including such provisions as noncompetition, nondisclosure and confidentiality provisions.

Mr. Barrett also advises management on various issues, including, but not limited to, hiring, workplace investigations, discipline, terminations, leave of absence issues, human resource policies and procedures, wage and hour issues, traditional labor issues, and other various state and federal laws. Mr. Barrett speaks regularly to management groups on various employment related issues and provides employer training on maintaining nonunion status, anti-harassment and anti-discrimination laws.

In addition to spending time with friends and family, when outside of the office Pat enjoys traveling, golfing, hunting, and reading as well as attending sports events.

Honors and Awards

  • Rated AV® Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Named Best Lawyers' "Omaha Best Lawyers Employment Law - Management Lawyer of the Year" for 2014
  • Named Best Lawyers' "Omaha Best Lawyers Labor Law - Management Lawyer of the Year" for 2012
  • Named Best Lawyers' "Omaha Best Lawyers Labor and Employment Law Lawyer of the Year" for 2011
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America in Employment Law - Management, Labor Law - Management, and Litigation - Labor & Employment (peer nominations)
  • Listed in Chambers USA America's Leading Business Lawyers (Labor & Employment–Band 1) (peer review)
  • Listed in "Best Lawyers in Omaha," Omaha Magazine
  • Selected to Super Lawyers in 2007-2016 (Employment & Labor and Employment Litigation); selected to Top 10 Nebraska Super Lawyers 2012 list

Professional Affiliations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association, 1983
  • Nebraska State Bar Association, 1983
  • Omaha Bar Association, 1983
  • Federal Practice Committee, District of Nebraska - Past Chair
  • Nebraska Association of Trial Attorneys - Member
  • The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers - Fellow

Presentations and Publications

  • Nebraska State Bar Association
    • ADA Developments/Qualified Individuals and Reasonable Accommodation (Sept. 2013)
    • Labor & Employment Law Section Seminar, "Wage Payment and Collection Act-Payment of Bonuses and Commissions" (June 2007)
    • Continuing Legal Education Seminars, "Trying Matters in Employment Law"
    • Discovery - Electronic and Otherwise (May 2005)
    • Corralling Unfair Competition: Covenants Not to Compete, Etc. (May 2000)
  • Human Resource Association of the Midlands, "These Aren't Your Father's Employees" (January 2008)
  • Frequent lecturer on employment and labor law issues to lawyer and nonlawyer groups
  • Materials for various Continuing Legal Education seminars
  • "Recent Section 7 and Other NLRB Decisions and Their Impact on Employment Law Strategies" published in Employment Law 2013, 2013 Edition by Aspatore Thought Leadership
  • "Essential Employment Agreement Provisions" published in Negotiating and Drafting Employment Agreements, 2012 Edition by Aspatore Books

Legal Experience

  • Anderson v. The Nebraska Medical Center, 989 F.Supp.793 (D.Neb. 2013)
  • Seim v. Three Eagles Communications, Inc., 25 AD Cases 85 (N.D. Iowa 2011)
  • Chao v. Barbeque Ventures LLC, 547 F.3d 938 (8th Cir. 2008)
  • Al-Jabery v. Conagra Foods, Inc., 2007 WL 3124628 (D.Neb. Oct 24, 2007)
  • Ulmer v. Midwest Fitness Systems, Inc., 2007 WL 2003402 (D.Neb. Jul 05, 2007)
  • Tanner v. Nebraska Health System, 2007 WL 1898560 (Neb.App. Jul 03, 2007)
  • Schmitt v. Conagra Foods, 338 F.Supp.2d 1077 (D.Neb. 2004)
  • Williams v. ConAgra Poultry Co., 378 F.3d 790 (8th Cir. 2004)
  • E.E.O.C. v. Oilgear Co., 250 F.Supp.2d 1193 (D.Neb. 2003)
  • Polinski v. Sky Harbor Air Service, Inc., 640 N.W.2d 391 (Neb. 2002)
  • Mertz v. Pharmacists Mut. Ins. Co., 625 N.W.2d 197 (2001)
  • Polinski v. Sky Harbor Air Service, Inc., 2001 WL 118595 (Neb.App. Feb 13, 2001)
  • Robinson v. Valmont Industries, 238 F.3d 1045 (8th Cir. 2001)
  • Cohen v. Nebraska, Dept. of Administrative Services, Div. of Central Data Processing, 83 F.Supp.2d 1042 (D.Neb. 2000)
  • Burnside v. MJ Optical, Inc., 128 F.3d 700 (8th Cir. 1997)
  • Kerndt v. Rolling Hills Nat. Bank, 558 N.W.2d 410 (Iowa 1997)
  • Jefferson v. Vickers, Inc., 102 F.3d 960 (8th Cir. 1996)
  • Sindelar v. Canada Transport, Inc., 520 N.W.2d 203 (Neb. 1994)
  • Millard Processing Services, Inc. v. N.L.R.B., 2 F.3d 258 (8th Cir. 1993)
  • State ex rel. Spire v. Beermann, 455 N.W.2d 749 (1990)

Past Employment

  • McGrath, North, Mullin & Kratz, 1984-2008
  • Nelson & Harding, 1983

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