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Shawn J Wanta

Shawn J Wanta

Previously founding partner of Baillon, Thome, Jozwiak & Wanta LLP
  • Business Law, Consumer Law, Employment Law
  • Minnesota
Claimed Lawyer Profile

"Shawn J. Wanta has dedicated his career to championing workplace equity and individual rights through class and collective actions. As the Managing Member of Wanta Thome, Shawn exemplifies principled leadership through his deft navigation of complex and individual litigation. His authentic understanding, strategic alignment with clients' goals, and relentless pursuit of excellence have solidified his reputation as a formidable advocate for employees facing workplace injustice.

Recognized for his skill in challenging cases, Shawn vigorously defends the rights of individuals and communities, ensuring their legal protections are enforced in trials and other legal settings. His nuanced grasp of employment law intricacies has earned him numerous honors, including selection as a Super Lawyer in Class Action/Mass Torts, recognition among The Best Lawyers in America for Consumer Law and Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions, and distinction as one of The National Trial Lawyers' elite Top 100 Civil Plaintiff and Top 10 Wage and Hour attorneys.

Shawn's legal prowess is rooted in his education, having secured his J.D. from William Mitchell College of Law and his B.A. from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Licensed in Minnesota and admitted to practice in various federal courts, Shawn's expertise extends beyond the courtroom through his authorship, speaking engagements, and involvement with esteemed organizations such as the National Employment Lawyers Association and the American Bar Association's Labor & Employment Law Section.

With a career hallmarked by steadfast principles and profound life experiences, Shawn has emerged as an influential voice and respected leader in employment law. His measured counsel and advocacy for workplace parity have cemented Wanta Thome as a pioneer for employees seeking equitable treatment and rightful compensation.

Practice Areas
Business Law
Business Contracts, Business Dissolution, Business Finance, Business Formation, Business Litigation, Franchising, Mergers & Acquisitions, Partnership & Shareholder Disputes
Consumer Law
Class Action, Lemon Law
Employment Law
Employee Benefits, Employment Contracts, Employment Discrimination, ERISA, Overtime & Unpaid Wages, Sexual Harassment, Whistleblower, Wrongful Termination
Additional Practice Area
  • General Civil
  • Free Consultation
  • Contingent Fees
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
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  • English
Professional Experience
Previously founding partner of Baillon, Thome, Jozwiak & Wanta LLP
William Mitchell College of Law
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Minnesota Association for Justice
Minnesota Association
Minnesota State Bar Association, Consumer Litigation Section
Minnesota State Bar Association
Minnesota State Bar Association, Solo & Small Firm Section
Minnesota State Bar Association
Minnesota State Bar Association, Labor & Employment Law Section
Minnesota State Bar Association
Professional Associations
National Employment Lawyers Association, Minnesota Chapter
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National Association of Consumer Advocates
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Federal Bar Association, Minnesota Chapter Member and Pro Se Project Volunteer Attorney
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Articles & Publications
Something to chew on How newly legal THC edibles interact with Minnesota employment laws, Minnesota Bench and Bar, December 2022
Speaking Engagements
Maine Bakery Drivers Lawsuit Will Become Class Action, Portland Press Herald, Interview, Feb. 1, 2019
Consumer Law 101, MSBA Consumer Litigation Section, Moderator, Feb. 21, 2019
Whistleblower, Reprisal, Retaliation, Minnesota CLE, Presenter, Sept. 16, 2019
Who’s the Boss? The ever-shifting landscape of Independent Contractors, Misclassification and Joint Employers, Minnesota State Bar Association, Co-presenter with Zaylore Stout and Gina Janeiro, February 17, 2021
Websites & Blogs
Contact & Map
100 S 5th Street Suite 1200
Minneapolis, MN 55402
Telephone: (612) 252-3570
Fax: (612) 252-3571