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Brendan Cummins is speaking to Bill Moore's Labor Organizing class this weekend. Brendan is an attorney at Cummins and Cummins. He leads the firm's labor law practice. He has handled numerous judicial, administative, and arbitration proceedings, including many high-profile appellate cases. Brendan also has drafted legislation and policies adopted by State and Local governments, and he routinely develops cutting-edge organizing strategies for the firm's union clients.

Previously, Cummins was a partner  with Miller O’Brien Cummins, PLLP representing unions and employees in labor and employment matters and has served on the Governing Council of the Minnesota State Bar Association's Labor & Employment Law Section.

A graduate of Yale Law School, he clerked for the United States Court of Appeals and has taught at the University of Minnesota Law School, William Mitchell College of Law, and Northwestern University School of Law.  He has helped craft innovative legislation to help workers organize, including local labor peace resolutions, responsible contractor ordinances, and Minnesota’s best value contracting statute.  He has successfully litigated major published labor law cases, including Midwest Pipe Insulation v. MD Mechanical, 771 N.W.2d 28 (Minn. 2009); Twin City Bricklayers Fringe Benefit Funds v. Superior Waterproofing, 450 F.3d 324 (8th Cir. 2006); and Queen City Construction, Inc. v. City of Rochester, et al., 604 N.W.2d 363 (Minn. Ct. App. 1999) and has published articles in the American Bar Association Journal of Labor & Employment Law and in the Yale Law Journal. He speaks and writes regularly on labor and employment topics and is fluent in Spanish.