Mark Mathison advises and represents a wide range of employers, including corporations, nonprofits, and educational organizations, on labor and employment law issues in the workplace. Mark chairs the firm’s Labor Law team and is a principal in the firm’s broader Labor, Employment and Higher Education practice. He is an MSBA-certified labor and employment law specialist and has been a contributing editor to The Developing Labor Law, the premier legal resource on private sector labor law. Mark is also founding board member of the International Spanish Language Academy (ISLA), a Minnesota K-6 Charter School, and chairs ISLA’s Governance Committee.
Mark’s practice involves litigation and advising for unionized and nonunionized employers that include private corporations, public entities, colleges and universities, nonprofit organizations, charter schools, health care providers, manufacturers, construction contractors, and professional employer organizations (PEO’s). He has substantial experience working with employers on traditional labor law matters such as union avoidance strategies, union election and decertification campaigns, collective bargaining and labor negotiations, unfair labor practice charges and trials, regulatory matters and administrative hearings, grievance arbitrations, strike litigation, and Taft Hartley multiemployer fund suits. Mark is a creative negotiator and has extensive experience in a variety of labor and employment litigation settings, as well as with various methods of alternative dispute resolution like mediation and arbitration.
A significant part of Mark’s practice involves proactively advising employers on prevention and compliance. He represents employers in relation to the full spectrum of workplace law, including federal and state labor laws, discrimination, independent contractor classification issues, disability and leave laws, and wage and hour matters. Clients often seek Mark’s assistance with drafting, negotiating, and enforcing union contracts, workplace policies, employment and noncompete agreements, and handbooks. He regularly advises business on union-related issues in mergers and acquisitions.
Before becoming an attorney, Mark had a career in corporate management relating to labor and employment in food service, retail, and sales. Clients appreciate his practical insights into their goals and concerns developed from this management experience.