Howard Tarkow's law practice focuses on representing employers on their workplace issues and concerns. For more than 30 years, Howard has advised Maslon's business and nonprofit clients to help them maintain positive employee relations, solve both easy and tough employment and labor problems, and minimize the risk of expensive and disruptive legal claims.

Howard provides timely, service-oriented, cost-effective, and practical advice and counsel. His practice includes representing employers in discrimination, wage & hour, and other administrative proceedings as well as before arbitrators and in court. Howard also represents employers in matters involving unions, including at the collective bargaining table, in grievance and arbitration cases, in matters at the National Labor Relations Board, and in labor campaigns.

Howard regularly provides interesting and creative interactive training programs for clients and their supervisors on anti-discrimination, anti-harassment, and a variety of other workplace law issues.

Selected Experience

  • Todd v. Ortho Biotech Inc., 949 F. Supp. 724 (D. Minn. 1996), rev'd 138 F.3d 733 (8th Cir. 1998), cert. granted and judgment vacated, 525 U.S. 802 (1998).
  • Rhinehart et al. v. S.E. Rykoff & Co. et al., Unpublished (E.D. Cal.). Successful defense of employer in class action under Section 301 of Labor Management Act of 1947.
  • Numerous successful defenses of employers in unfair labor practice proceedings before Regional Directors of the National Labor Relations Board.
  • Numerous successful defenses of employers in grievance cases decided by arbitrators.
  • Numerous successful defenses of employers in discrimination cases before governmental agencies.

Advice and Counsel

  • Drafting and review of employer policies and procedures, non-competition agreements, and other employment materials.
  • Daily advice to clients needing prompt and practical advice to work through difficult and potentially risky and expensive workplace issues and disputes.
  • Workplace training on the prevention of harassment, understanding workplace law, and for employers that prefer to deal directly with employees rather than through unions and other labor organizations.

Professional Activities

American Bar Association: Section of Labor and Employment Law
Minnesota State Bar Association
Hennepin County Bar Association: Bar Memorial Committee, Chair
Jewish Family and Children's Service of Minneapolis: Director 2012; and continuing as outside legal advisor
Maslon LLP: Governance Committee Member and Chair from 1999-2003
Sabes Jewish Community Center: past Officer and Director
Minneapolis Jewish Federation: past Director
Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas: Anti-Defamation League, past Officer and Director
Arthritis Foundation, Minnesota Chapter: past Director

Recognition

Sidney Barrows Lifetime Commitment Award, Twin Cities Cardozo Society, 2016

Notable Practitioner in Minnesota for Labor & Employment, Chambers USA, 2009-2016; cited by Chambers as "responsive, personable and to the point" (2016); "particularly well regarded for his work representing employers in front of the NLRB" (2014); "has a broad labor and employment practice" (2013); and "incredibly responsive, open, proactive, and supportive" (2012)

Recognized on Minnesota Super Lawyers® list, 1994, 1997-2016 (Minnesota Super Lawyers® is a designation given to only 5 percent of Minnesota attorneys each year, based on a selection process that includes the recommendation of peers in the legal profession.)

AV Preeminent, Martindale-Hubbell® (AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties, Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell® certification procedures, standards and policies.)

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3300 Wells Fargo Center, 90 South Seventh Street
Minneapolis, MN 55402
Bar Admissions
Minnesota, 1982
U.S. District Court
  • Minnesota, 1982
U.S. Court of Appeals
  • Eighth Circuit, 1991
Education
Washington University School of Law
J.D., 1982
University of Wisconsin, Madison
B.A., with distinction, 1975
Major: Journalism
Additional Qualifications

MSBA Board Certified Specialist in Labor and Employment Law, since 2011

Notable

HOWARD WAS HONORED WITH THE TWIN CITIES CARDOZO SOCIETY'S 2016 SIDNEY BARROWS LIFETIME COMMITMENT AWARD. ADDITIONALLY, HOWARD HAS BEEN RANKED A NOTABLE PRACTITIONER IN MINNESOTA FOR LABOR & EMPLOYMENT IN CHAMBERS USA SINCE 2009 AND SELECTED FOR INCLUSION IN THE MINNESOTA SUPER LAWYERS® LIST SINCE 1997. HE IS ALSO A FREQUENT PRESENTER AT EMPLOYMENT LAW CLE PROGRAMS.

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