Colton Long is a senior associate in Baker McKenzie’s Employment and Compensation and North American Trade Secret Practice Groups. Colton regularly litigates and advises on employment and whistleblower matters, trade secret, and executive compensation disputes nationwide. 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, 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. Colton is also a designated “One to Watch” in the annual publication “Best Lawyers in America,” an award given to attorneys with 5-9 years of experience who have exhibited “outstanding professional excellence in private practice in the United States.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
- Best Lawyers in America “Ones to Watch,” 2021
- Illinois Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2018-2020
- Minnesota Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2016
- 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)
- Co-author, "The Delicate Nuances in New State Noncompete Laws," Baker McKenzie The Employer Report, January 2020
- Co-author, "Paid Family Leave 2019: A Multinational Employer's Guide," Law 360, July 2019
- Co-author, “Encino Motorcars, LLC v. Navarro: SCOTUS Puts The Brakes On Faulty FLSA Construction Language”
- “Employment Law: A Primer,” Representing the Ongoing Business, 2nd Edition, 2017
- Co-author, “The FLSA's Overtime Provisions,” Employment Law Strategist, November 2017