Debra Weiss

Debra Weiss

Meagher + Geer, P.L.L.P.

Recognized since 2022

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Practice Areas

Litigation - Labor and Employment

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For the past two decades, Debra has focused her practice in the area of employment litigation and counseling, where she regularly assists employers with all aspects of employment matters. She helps employers navigate through the complicated and often-technical myriad of state, federal and local statutes and laws impacting employment decisions from the hiring process to performance evaluations, discipline, and separations, as well as litigation arising from all of those stages. Debra also devotes a substantial part of her practice to financial and real estate professional litigation and advising.

Employment Defense and Advising

Debra understands that business decisions are not always made in the courtroom and works diligently to design practical solutions that balance a company’s legal compliance issues with its business objectives and goals in an evenhanded and creative manner. She also counsels companies and individuals on non-compete, non-solicitation, and trade secret matters, with a focus on the financial services industry and application of the “Protocol for Broker Recruiting.” She frequently appears in court to move for or defend against motions for temporary restraining orders and injunctions seeking to enforce non-compete and other post-employment restrictive covenants.

She is well-equipped to assist you with:

Litigating all facets of employment matters, including discrimination and harassment issues, in state and federal courts

Handling administrative charges before state and federal agencies

Counseling and advising employers on employment issues

Prosecuting and defending non-compete agreements on behalf of companies and employees

Conducting independent investigations of allegations of inappropriate employee behavior running the gamut of workplace issues including discrimination, harassment and improper business practices

Asserting and defending defamation claims, whistleblower claims, Fair Credit Reporting Act cases, employee privacy issues, and wage and hour matters

Debra’s employment practice also extends to educational institutions, where she has represented public school teachers, private schools, public schools, on-line schools, and charter schools in a myriad of issues, including, but not limited to, harassment, discrimination, breach of contract, violation of data practices act and related issues. She also regularly serves as a hearing officer for expulsion matters around the Twin Cities and Minnesota. She has spoken at school law conferences in the past on employment and school-related topics, as well.

FINRA and Securities Litigation Department

As Chair of the firm’s FINRA and Securities Litigation Department, Debra defends broker-dealers, registered representatives, and financial advisors in financial securities fraud and investment-related claims brought by customers in arbitration proceedings before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA, formerly NASD). She defends clients in customer disputes involving claims of unsuitability, misrepresentation, breach of fiduciary duty, and violations of state and federal securities laws. These cases involve claims of securities and common law fraud, churning, negligence, and due diligence. She also represents insurance companies and agents facing claims arising from the sale of life and disability insurance and annuity products.

In addition, Debra counsels financial professionals on the Broker’s Protocol in their transition from one brokerage to another, providing consultation on non-compete and non-solicitation agreements, and defending those actions that result in litigation.

A leader in the firm, Debra serves as Co-chair of Meagher + Geer’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee and she is the firm’s Twin Cities in Practice (TCDIP) Member Representative.

Contact & Links
  • 33 South Sixth Street, Suite 4400
    Minneapolis, MN 55402
  • Hamline University, J.D., graduated 1998
Bar Admissions
  • Minnesota, 1998
  • Wisconsin, 2008
  • Iowa, 2014
  • North Dakota, 2017
Court Admissions
  • United States District Court, District of Minnesota
  • United States Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • United States District Court, Central District of Illinois
  • United States District Court, Western District of Wisconsin

Recognized in The Best Lawyers® in America 2023 for work in:
  • Litigation - Labor and Employment


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