Ansis V. Viksnins

Ansis V. Viksnins
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2000 IDS Center
80 South 8th Street
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55402
T 612.371.3249
F 612.371.3207
Joan J. Diggs
T 612.371.3504

Ansis Viksnins focuses his practice on business litigation matters with a particular emphasis on employment, shareholder, intellectual property, franchise and complex business disputes. Many of these cases involve difficult and hotly litigated allegations against employees, officers, directors and shareholders of businesses. He also advises clients on labor, employment and other internal management issues.

Ansis has more than 25 years of experience representing businesses at both the trial court and appellate court levels as well as in front of state and federal agencies.

Awards & Recognition
  • Labor and Employment Law Specialist, Minnesota State Bar Association
  • North Star Lawyer, Minnesota State Bar Association (2015-2016)
  • Defended community bank and its directors and officers in multi-million dollar wrongful termination case brought by former bank executive.
  • Represented 50% owner of medical device company in protracted litigation involving disputes as to who properly controlled the company.
  • Defeated claims against software company accused of improperly soliciting international customers.
  • Obtained dismissal of whistleblower claims against manufacturing company brought by former employee.
  • Enforced franchisor’s trademark and contract rights against franchisees that continued to operate after termination of franchise agreement.
  • Obtained summary judgment in case alleging misclassification of independent contractors and failure to pay overtime.
  • Defeated claim of race, sex and age discrimination brought in arbitration by former vice president of human resources.
  • Secured victory in Minnesota Court of Appeals in discrimination and harassment case that lasted five years in state and federal trial and appellate courts.
  • Enforced restrictive covenants against financial advisors who left on New Year's Eve to start their own firm.
  • Defended employer accused by its competitor of raiding employees.
  • Obtained dozens of no probable cause findings from the EEOC and comparable fair employment agencies.
Media & Presentations
News Releases
Legal Alerts
“The Latest Minnesota/Wisconsin Border Battle: Continued Employment as Consideration for a Non-Compete Agreement”
Minnesota Bench & Bar
"Employed for Life"
Balancing Employee Privacy Rights vs. the Employer's Right to Monitor and Manage Its Business
MNCPA Management and Business Advisers Conference
"How to Conduct Employment Investigations"
Lindquist & Vennum Employment Law Seminar
Professional & Community


  • Supreme Court Minnesota
  • Supreme Court Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
  • Pro hac vice admission in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Washington.


  • American Bar Association, Employee Rights and Responsibilities Committee, Member
  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section, Member
  • Hennepin County Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section, Member
  • Federal Bar Association, Member

Community Involvement

  • Dakota County Conciliation Court, Referee
  • Mendota Heights Planning Commission, Former Member
  • Latvian Associations Organization of Minnesota, Director
  • Hennepin County Conciliation Court, Former Mediator
  • Fourth Judicial District Ethics Committee, Former Investigator


  • Labor and Employment Law Specialist, Minnesota State Bar Association


  • Latvian
2000 IDS Center
80 South 8th Street
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55402
T 612.371.3249
F 612.371.3207
Joan J. Diggs
T 612.371.3504
  • Cornell University Law School

    (J.D., cum laude, 1988)

  • St. Olaf College

    (B.A., summa cum laude, 1985)

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