Cassandra Jacobsen

Associate

Minneapolis

(612) 260-9079

(612) 260-9080

Cassandra represents management in many aspects of labor, employment, and employment-related litigation, with a particular focus on harassment and discrimination allegations. She regularly provides advice and counsel to employers on the drafting and implementation of employee policies, comprehensive employee handbooks, employee termination issues, and employment investigations.  

She also has broad litigation experience representing corporations and individuals in corporate contractual and partnership disputes; customs, imports, and trade matters; real estate and leasing issues; and litigation related to leases and guaranties, commercial transactions, and disputes.

Her pragmatic and client-centered approach to the practice of law is informed by the decade of practical experience she gained working as a litigation assistant and paralegal before entering law school. This experience gives Cassandra practical boots-on-the-ground insight into the mechanics of litigation that better enables her to create a more proactive approach and more cost efficient outcomes.

Cassandra is involved in all stages of litigation, from pre-litigation demands and charges through initial pleadings, discovery, negotiated resolution, motion practice, trial, and appellate work. Cassandra also helps clients successfully navigate through alternative dispute resolution methods such as mediation and arbitration, and is often retained as local counsel to guide litigants through Minnesota courts. 

Cassandra has a particular fondness for startups, particularly those in the craft beverage sector. In another life, Cassandra volunteered slinging beer samples and leading tours at a small craft brewery tucked away in an industrial park. As that brewery grew, she was part of the ride all the way from the production facility, to the small tap room, and finally to the opening of its destination brewery. With a deep appreciation for the effort required to build a thriving business, Cassandra helps entrepreneurs and founders protect their most valuable assets while setting them up for success and helping them avoid common employer missteps. 

Cassandra has been named a Minnesota Super Lawyers "Rising Star," a recognition of the top up-and-coming attorneys awarded to no more than 2.5 percent of practicing attorneys in Minnesota. Cassandra maintains an active pro bono practice and has received the North Star Lawyer distinction from the Minnesota State Bar, which recognizes Minnesota lawyers who have provided more than 50 hours of pro bono legal service to the community. Cassandra also serves as a volunteer attorney for the U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota and the Minnesota Chapter of the Federal Bar Association's Pro Se Project that provides pro se litigants the opportunity to meaningfully consult with volunteer counsel, enhancing access to justice in our federal courts. 

Before joining the firm, Cassandra was a judicial extern to the Honorable Magistrate Judge Steven E. Rau, U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota. She is deeply involved in the Minnesota Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, serving in various leadership roles over the years.

Cassandra earned her undergraduate degree from Hamline University and her law degree from Mitchell Hamline School of Law, and serves as an adjunct professor at Mitchell Hamline School of Law and on the advisory board for Hamline University's graduate paralegal certificate program. 

Outside of work, Cassandra loves traveling with her husband and their three kids, testing out Serious Eats recipes, maintaining Spanish and Danish streaks on Duolingo, nurturing the house plants she accidentally collected during the COVID pandemic, and feeding her dog too many treats. 

Experience

News

Winter’s Coming. Tell Us About Your Dream Vacation Getaway

November 07, 2023

Cassandra Jacobsen was featured in a Minnesota State Bar Association LexBlog discussing her dream vacation getaway.

Best Lawyers Honors More Than 200 Cozen O'Connor Attorneys to its Best Lawyers in America 2024 Edition

August 17, 2023

Best Lawyers selected 232 Cozen O’Connor lawyers from 24 of the firm’s U.S. offices for inclusion in the 2024 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

Three Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named to 2023 Super Lawyers

July 17, 2023

Thomas G. Wallrich was recognized as a Super Lawyer, and Cassandra Jacobsen and Curt N. Trisko were named Rising Stars.

Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Support Critical Voting Rights Cases

November 01, 2022

We celebrate National Pro Bono Week by sharing the high-impact work of Cozen O’Connor attorneys who have contributed to critical voting rights cases.

More Than 200 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named Best Lawyers and Ones to Watch

August 22, 2022

210 Cozen O’Connor lawyers from 24 of the firm’s nationwide offices for inclusion in the 2023 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

Super Lawyers Names Four Cozen O’Connor Attorneys to 2022 Minnesota List

July 25, 2022

Super Lawyers has named four Cozen O’Connor attorneys to its 2022 Minnesota Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists.

Super Lawyers Names Two Minnesota Cozen O’Connor Attorneys to its 2021 List

July 20, 2021

Super Lawyers has named two Cozen O’Connor attorneys to its 2021 Minnesota Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists

Super Lawyers Names Four Minnesota Cozen O’Connor Attorneys to its 2020 List

July 23, 2020

Super Lawyers has named four Cozen O’Connor attorneys to its 2020 Minnesota Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists. Three were recognized as Super Lawyers and one was named “Rising Star.”

Publications

And a (Happy?) New Year! [Alert]

January 03, 2024

Cassie Jacobsen offers a comprehensive overview of crucial updates to employment law in Minnesota that businesses should be mindful of in 2024.

Understanding the stages of brief [Minnesota State Bar Association]

July 05, 2023

Cassandra Jacobsen co-authored an article about the "stages of brief" she and other lawyers go through when assigned a substantial writing project.

What Minnesota’s Imminent Ban on Non-Competes Means for Employers [Alert]

May 18, 2023

Minnesota’s employment landscape is on the brink of significant transformation as proposed legislation banning almost all non-compete agreements progresses.

What Does Your Minnesota Business Need to do to Comply with Minnesota’s new Wage Theft Law? [HR Headaches Blog]

July 01, 2019

Starting today, Minnesota has one of the toughest wage theft laws in the country. The civil portions of Minnesota’s new Wage Theft Law, effective July 1, 2019, require employers to take the following additional actions:...

Georgia Supreme Court Spares Insurance Company from a $5.3 Million Bad-Faith Verdict [Avoiding Insurance Bad Faith Blog]

March 20, 2019

Last week, the Georgia Supreme Court confirmed that an insurance carrier’s duty to settle a claim against its policyholder arises only after an injured claimant presents a “valid offer” to settle within policy limits. In First Acceptance Insurance Company of Georgia v. Hughes,[1] the Court found...

Events & Seminars

Upcoming Events

Navigating the Paid Family and Medical Leave Law

April 18, 2024 - Brooklyn Center, MN

Cassandra Jacobsen will present “Navigating the Paid Family and Medical Leave Law” at the Minnesota Multi Housing Association’s 29th Annual Working Together Conference.

Past Events

Updates to Labor & Employment Laws

February 22, 2024 - Minneapolis, MN

Industry Sectors

Education

  • Mitchell Hamline School of Law, J.D.
  • Hamline University, B.A.

Awards & Honors

Best Lawyers in America "Ones to Watch" 2023-2024

Minnesota Super Lawyer "Rising Star" 2020-2023

Top Lawyers, Minnesota Monthly, 2023

North Star Lawyer distinction for pro bono service 2018, 2021, and 2022

  • Minnesota
  • Minnesota Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court - District of Minnesota
  • U.S. Court of International Trade

Federal Bar Association, Minnesota Chapter

2019-2020 - Co-Chair of the Law School Outreach Committee 

2020-2021 - Co-Chair of the Newer Lawyers Committee

2021-2022 - Co-Chair of the Community Outreach Committee

2022-2023 - Co-Vice President of Special Events 

2023-2024 - Assistant Treasurer

Minnesota Bar Association 

2023-2024 - Labor & Employment Section Council Member

Hennepin County Bar Association

2015-2019 - Fourth Judicial District Ethics Committee - Investigator 

Minnesota Women Lawyers

American Bar Association