Tina A. Syring is a partner in Barnes & Thornburg LLP’s Minneapolis office and a member of the firm’s Labor and Employment Law Department.
As a former human resources director and in-house counsel, Tina uses her experience to counsel employers on labor and employment issues with a business focus. Tina works with employers in addressing complex issues such as social media issues; executive terminations; allegations of harassment or discrimination; wage and hour strategies; whistleblower complaints; and long-term succession planning. Tina helps clients navigate through wage and hour audits by the Department of Labor and Affirmative Action program reviews by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs.
In addition to her labor and employment advice work, Tina regularly and successfully litigates on behalf of publicly-traded and private employers throughout the nation. Tina’s litigation experience includes defending against federal and state discrimination, harassment and retaliation claims. Tina also regularly handles non-competition and usurpation of trade secrets and confidential business information matters.
Tina also has extensive experience in working with publicly traded and private companies on labor and employment matters associated with mergers or acquisitions. Her work includes providing expertise in the due diligence process for the transaction as well as handling executive compensation issues, including drafting and negotiating executive employment and/or severance agreements. She regularly advises compensation committees concerning both executive and Board compensation. Finally, Tina works with public companies on preparing whistleblower policies and enforcement of the same in conformity with Sarbanes-Oxley and Dodd-Frank.
Tina is an author for BT Currents, the Labor and Employment Department's Employment blog. She also frequently speaks on employment-defense matters both locally and nationally.
For her labor and employment work, Tina has been selected for inclusion in the 2011-2016 editions of Minnesota Super Lawyers, and was named a Minnesota Rising Star by Minnesota Law & Politics – an honor given to only 2.5 percent of attorneys. Since 2013, she has been recognized by Chambers USA in the area of Labor & Employment: Minnesota.
Tina earned her J.D. from Hamline University School of Law and her B.S. from Indiana State University. She is admitted to practice in Minnesota, North Dakota and Wisconsin, and before the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota and the U.S. District Court for the District of North Dakota.
Tina is a member of the Minnesota State, Hennepin County, North Dakota State, and Wisconsin Bar Associations. She is actively involved in a number of professional organizations, including the Defense Research Institute, Minnesota Women Lawyers, and Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). Tina also is active with the Children’s Law Center and regularly provides pro bono legal services to this organization.