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Professional Summary

Sheila Engelmeier is an accomplished attorney with extensive experience in the area of employment law. She has handled the full panoply of employment litigation matters, from non-competes to discrimination or sexual harassment cases. In addition to Sheila's experience both in administrative tribunals and in court handling disputes about everything from hiring to firing, she assists companies in developing effective selection and performance management programs. She often assists both companies and executives in negotiating employment agreements.  She has drafted, revised and consulted on literally hundreds of employment policies.

As a result of her comprehensive experience, Sheila has become a leader in the field on issues such as discrimination, harassment and violence both in and outside the workplace, as well as employers' obligations relating to such conduct when it occurs in the workplace. She devotes a significant amount of time to training, policy writing and speaking on these issues. She has also developed and facilitated numerous training programs on a variety of workplace issues such as diversity, avoiding harassment and discrimination and dealing with the disabled worker.  Employers regularly ask Sheila to train both managers and employees. The Respect Effect program is the culmination of her years of successful work in this field.

Sheila has been named a "Super Lawyer" on several occasions, a "Top 50 Woman Super Lawyer" and "Top 40 Employment Super Lawyer" by Minnesota Law & Politics, and was selected by the Business Journal as a "Woman to Watch" in the Twin Cities' business community.

Professional Experience

  2009 - Present Engelmeier & Umanah
Minneapolis, Minnesota
  2007 - 2009 Moss & Barnett
(Labor and Employment Group)
Minneapolis, Minnesota


2000 to 2007

Rider Bennett, LLP
Partner (2001)
(Labor and Employment Group)

Minneapolis, Minnesota






1988 to 2000

Mackall, Crounse & Moore, PLC
Member (1992)

Minneapolis, Minnesota


J.D., cum laude, University of Minnesota, 1986; Director, National Moot Court; National Moot Court Competition Team

B.A., magna cum laude, Hamline University, 1982

Articles (1995 - present)

"It's the Best of Times; It's the Worst of Times" - Comparing Retaliation Issues Under Federal and State Law & Related Issues for Counsel", 38th Annual Labor & Employment Law Institute, November 2011

"The Termination and More," The Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute, May 2011

"CHARGE BACK! Strategies for Effectively Responding to a Charge of Discrimination," The Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute, May 2011

"Effectively Executing the Termination Process: A Step-by-Step Guide"

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Presentations (1995 to present)

"The Termination Meeting - A Step-by-Step Guide," The Minnesota CLE Employee Discipline and Discharge Seminar, July 2012

"Recent Developments in Retaliation Law," The 2012 Employment Law Institute, Retaliation Panel Materials, May 2012

"The Retaliation Claim Conundrum: Where We Go From Here," The 2012 Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute, May 2012

"Learn What Lawyers Look For When Hiring a Private Investigator and the Best Methods for Reaching Potential Legal Clients", The American Private Investigator Podcast, February 2012

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Qualified Neutral Under Rule 114 of the Minnesota General Rules of Practice

Special Services Provided

Frequent Judge of Mock Appellant Argument for National Moot Court, Wagner Moot Court, Maynard Pirsig Moot Court

Special Awards

Top 50 Women Lawyers in Minnesota - Minnesota Law & Politics, Minneapolis-St. Paul Magazine

Super Lawyer - Minnesota Law & Politics, Minneapolis-St. Paul Magazine

Woman to Watch - Business Journal

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