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Jack Sullivan

Greater Minneapolis-St. Paul Area

I am an experienced adviser to employers and high-value employees on all aspects of employment law, including employment and compensation agreements; confidentiality, trade-secret, and non-compete contracts; hiring, firing, performance management, and other aspects of human resources. My experience as a litigator allows me to anticipate and avoid potential disputes before they arise while also providing clients with skilled representation in litigation and mediation.

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On-demand, expert advice.

Areas of Expertise

  • Effective Human Resource Management

    I advise employers of all sizes on practical and legal issues that arise in the human resources arena.

    • Business
    • HR and Recruiting
    • Human Resources
    • Hiring
    • Founder decisions- legal
    • equity
    • control
    • when to hire CEO
    • compensation
  • Employment Law

    I advise employers and high-value employees on employment and compensation agreements and confidentiality confidentiality, trade-secret, and non-compete contracts.

    • Business
    • Legal
    • employment agreements
    • non-competition agreements
    • Intellectual Property
    • trade secrets
  • Dispute Resolution

    As an experienced litigator, I assist clients with anticipating and avoiding potential disputes before they arise while also providing skilled representation and advocacy in litigation and mediation.

    • Business
    • Legal
    • litigation
    • dispute resolution

My Interests

Health Sectors
Medical Devices, Digital Health, Biotech, Health IT, Healthcare Delivery, Pharmaceuticals, Diagnostics, Payers


  • Employment lawyer, litigator

    Best & Flanagan LLP | August 2011 - Current

    Advise clients and assess risk in range of employment and labor law matters, including independent contractor relationships, unfair labor practice charges, and wage and commission disputes. Defend and pursue claims in employment, labor, fiduciary, and commercial litigation.

  • Law Clerk to Associate Justice G. Barry Anderson

    Minnesota Supreme Court | August 2010 - July 2011

    Analyzed, evaluated, and recommended disposition of issues in broad range of appeals to the Minnesota Supreme Court.

  • Founding Editor-in-Chief

    ABA Journal of Labor and Employment Law | April 2009 - June 2010

    Selected by faculty editors to lead national legal journal during its inaugural year edited at the University of Minnesota Law School. Ensured that the work product of fourteen-person student staff exceeded expectations of the American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law. Initiated and developed journal's working relationships with ABA editorial department professionals and with practictioner authors, managing expectations and resolving differences.

  • Local News Team Leader

    Saint Paul Pioneer Press | March 2005 - July 2007

    Edited and coordinated long-term projects, including "Schools that Work" package that won the Minnesota Journalism Center's Frank Premack Public Affairs Journalism Award. Supervised and edited the work of six reporters under constant deadline pressure.

  • Reporter

    Saint Paul Pioneer Press | March 2004 - March 2005

    Covered political and practical issues related to transportation; developed and launched "Road Sage" question-and-answer commuting column.

  • Regional correspondent

    The Associated Press, Washington, D.C. | November 2002 - February 2004

    Covered federal lawmakers, political issues, and legal and administrative disputes for Associated Press bureaus in four Great Plains states.

  • Correspondent

    The Associated Press, Fargo, N.D. | October 2000 - November 2002

    Reported and wrote news and feature stories of regional and national interest.

  • Reporter

    The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead | July 1994 - September 2000

    Covered local government and politics, law enforcement, criminal trials, and civil litigation.


  • University of Minnesota Law School

    J.D., magna cum laude | 2007 - 2010

  • University of Saint Thomas

    B.A., cum laude | Print Journalism | 1989 - 1993