Colton Long

Colton Long

Baker & McKenzie LLP


Colton Long is a senior associate in Baker McKenzie's Employment and Compensation Group. Colton litigates employment, business, and executive compensation matters nationwide, with a particular focus on cases involving securities whistleblower allegations, non-complete and trade secret litigation, and executive compensation disputes. Colton also regularly litigates and advises on matters under the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, Title VII, and state and local equivalents.

In addition to his wide-ranging litigation practice, Colton advises companies in a broad spectrum of employment-related matters involving mergers, acquisitions, and workforce restructurings, helping employers navigate the intricacies of state, federal and international laws governing such actions.

As a devoted advocate, litigator, and advisor Colton prides himself on providing thorough and high quality services to companies nationally and internationally. In recognition of his work, Colton has been awarded a “Rising Star” designation by Super Lawyers magazine in both Illinois and Minnesota, a designation given to only 2.5 percent of attorneys in each state under 40 for excellence in practice.

Practice Focus

Colton litigates and advises clients in a broad spectrum of domestic and international business matters, with particular emphasis on issues arising in employment relationships.

Representative Legal Matters

  • Full jury verdict in favor of Fortune 500 client on claims on breach of contract.

  • Achieved favorable arbitration result on behalf of private investment firm in executive compensation matter with millions of dollars at stake.

  • Served as outside investigator for private equity client on Sarbanes-Oxley and Dodd-Frank whistleblower retaliation claims.

  • Secured full dismissal of claims and compulsion of arbitration in employment dispute between employee and private equity client.

  • Obtained, along with appellate team, full reversal and dismissal of lawsuit involving claims made under the Federal Railroad Safety Act.

  • Summary judgment granted in federal court on behalf of Fortune 100 client in lawsuit involving claims under the FMLA and ADA.

  • Summary judgment granted on behalf of privately-held company for claims involving the ADA and Title VII. Obtained affirmative summary judgment and award of attorneys’ fees in favor of plaintiff client for claims of unjust enrichment.

  • Favorable settlements reached on behalf of clients involving claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act, Title VII, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the ADA, the ADEA, and whistleblower laws.

  • Successfully advised multiple employers on workforce reductions and/or restructurings.

  • Walsh v. U.S. Bank, N.A., 851 N.W.2d 598 (Minn. 2014), establishing standard of dismissal under Rule 12 in Minnesota state courts.

Professional Honors

  • Minnesota Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2016
  • Illinois Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2018-2019


  • Illinois~United States
  • Minnesota~United States
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois~United States
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois~United States
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana~United States
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana~United States
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin~United States
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit~United States
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit~United States


  • University of Iowa College of Law (JD with distinction)
  • Luther College (BA cum laude)