Kathlyn E. Noecker



Kathy Noecker advises employers on the complex and sensitive workplace laws affecting businesses. She develops practical business solutions and focuses on identifying long-term strategies and best practices to reduce business and legal risks.
Kathy represents public companies, privately held companies, emerging businesses and nonprofits, taking into account the many legal, employee relations, public relations and other practical issues companies encounter in managing employment matters. She has advised on employment issues involving foreign operations in Canada, Latin America, Europe and Asia.

Employee Relations Counseling & Compliance

Kathy develops policies and practices to reduce employment-related risks and maintain the flexibility needed to respond to changing business environments. Her work includes:
  • Advising on hiring processes and practices, including non-discrimination, non-competition and trade secret issues, as well as background check requirements under the Fair Credit Reporting Act
  • Preparing non-competition and confidentiality agreements
  • Preparing and revising employee handbooks or other personnel policies, including anti-discrimination policies, anti-harassment policies and codes of conduct
  • Advising on wage and hour issues under the Fair Labor Standards Act and state laws, including employee classification
  • Auditing employment practices and procedures
  • Advising on immediate employment issues, such as discipline and discharge decisions, employee rights under the Family and Medical Leave Act, obligations to provide reasonable accommodations to disabled persons and investigation of employee complaints of sexual harassment, including corrective actions

Reductions in Force; Plant Closings

In addition to plant closings, Kathy advises on developing and implementing plans for workforce reductions of all sizes—voluntary and involuntary programs, as well as union and non-union employees.
 She develops severance policies and plans, severance and release agreements, disclosures under the Older Worker Benefits Protection Act, and employee communications—minimizing exposure to claims from affected employees.

Executive Arrangements

Kathy represents employers, boards of directors and compensation committees on compensation and negotiation of employment and separation arrangements for senior executives. She works closely with corporate, securities, tax and employee benefits lawyers to develop a comprehensive approach to senior executive arrangements.

Litigation & Mediation

With successful experience mediating and litigating employment issues, Kathy explains how employment decisions will be presented and defended if challenged by employees. Kathy has defended employers against claims of discrimination based on race, sex (including sexual harassment), age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation and other protected characteristics. She has also defended against contract claims and defamation, negligence and similar employment claims. In addition, Kathy has handled litigation involving the enforcement of non-competition agreements.


Bar Admissions


Court Admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota


Georgetown University Law Center
J.D. magna cum laude (1987)

College of St. Catherine
B.A. Phi Beta Kappa (1984)

Insights & Events

Other Perspectives
  • Key Issues for Hiring Employees in the U.S.
    Panelist, Manitoba Ag Days Exposition, January 2016
  • What are the Three Most Effective Steps You Can Take to Make a Smart and Calculated Career Risk?
    Panelist, Working Mother Best Law Firms for Women 2015 Conference, October 2015
  • Whistleblowing: What Compliance Professionals Need to Know
    Co-presenter with Jacqueline Mrachek and Tom Beimers HCCA Midwestern Regional Conference, Minneapolis, September 2015
  • Pay Discrimination: How to Look for Pay Discrimination and What to Do If You Find It
    Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute, 2015
  • Compensation and Performance Evaluation Techniques to Reduce Risks of Pay Discrimination Claims
    Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute, 2014
  • Dealing With the Problem Executive
    Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute, 2014
  • Winning Strategies for Complex Employment Litigation
    Faegre Baker Daniels Complex Employment Litigation Seminar, 2013
  • Dealing with the Problem Executive
    Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute, 2013

Leadership & Community

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association — Labor & Employment Law Section
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Minnesota Women Lawyers
  • Faegre Baker Daniels Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Group, 2012-present — Chair, 2012-present

Firm Leadership

  • Diversity and Inclusion Committee 
  • Faegre Baker Daniels Former Member, Management Board


  • Chambers USA — Minnesota, Labor & Employment, 2005-14, 2020
  • The Best Lawyers in America — Employment Law Management, 2013-20
  • Minnesota Super Lawyers — Employment & Labor, 2011-19
  • Faegre Baker Daniels — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2015, 2018
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