Mary A. Rice has a strong litigation practice that includes employment, contract, minority shareholder and other commercial disputes. She recently served as lead counsel in a commercial arbitration resulting in an award of $3.8 million for her client, and dismissal of a breach of contract claim of over $9.5 million against her client.
She represents employers, both private and governmental, and employees in a wide variety of employment law disputes. She has handled employment disputes in federal and state courts, and before the EEOC, the Minnesota Department of Human Rights and the Minnesota Department of Economic and Employment Development. Ms. Rice works closely with her clients to achieve the best possible result in a thorough yet efficient manner.
Ms. Rice also conducts neutral investigations involving employees, public officials and others.
Ms. Rice also represents employers in an advisory role, working with them on all aspects of the employment relationship, from hiring to termination. She has extensive experience in wage and hour compliance, performance and absenteeism issues, disciplinary actions including terminations, training, compliance with the FMLA and other leave statutes, compliance with the ADA, Title VII, Minnesota Human Rights Act, and other discrimination statutes, preparation of non-compete and other agreements, separation agreements and more.
Ms. Rice has been elected by other trial attorneys to the American Board of Trial Advocacy, and holds an AV Preeminent Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating, the highest rating possible. In 2014, Ms. Rice was appointed by order of Chief Judge Michael Davis to the Merit Selection Panel for selection of final candidates for Magistrate Judge for the United States District Court of the District of Minnesota.
Ms. Rice is certified by the Minnesota State Bar Association as a Labor and Employment Law Specialist, and was appointed in 2015 to serve on the MSBA Labor and Employment Certification Board.
University of Illinois College of Law (JD)
University of Minnesota (BA Psychology, magna cum laude)
State Bar Admissions:
Federal Bar Admissions:
U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota
U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois
Professional Memberships and Associations:
American Board of Trial Advocacy
Minnesota State Bar Association
Hennepin County Bar Association
“My clients are entitled to the highest quality representation, both effective and efficient, to achieve the best possible result for both the short term and the long term. I do my best to work with them to achieve that goal.”
The Rest of the Story:
Mary lives in Bloomington. Her volunteer work has included pro bono representation of political asylum seekers, mediation of citizen complaints against police officers for the City of Minneapolis, serving as treasurer of a middle school PTSA, and serving as member, then Chair, of the Bloomington Human Rights Commission. She is currently President of the League of Women Voters – Bloomington, and a member of the board of Cornerstone, a non-profit organization that assists victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and human-trafficking in 10 cities within the metropolitan area.