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Jeff Oberman is one of Minnesota’s most experienced non-compete, executive and employment lawyers, with over 45 years of counseling and litigation experience. For most of his career, Jeff has represented executives, professionals, and other key employees, as well as public and private companies of all sizes. He primarily handles counseling and litigation issues including executive, non-compete, employment and separation agreements and disagreements; executive employment agreement aspects of mergers and acquisitions; executive discipline and terminations; contract, non-compete and trade secret disputes; and shareholder/partner disputes. He also provides mediation and arbitration services in these areas to disputing parties.
Jeff excels at resolving complicated legal issues and disputes in a quick and practical way, but is a well-known and highly regarded litigator when litigation is necessary. The majority of Jeff’s referrals are from his clients and from other law firms – many who have opposed him in the past.
Minnesota Law & Politics and other magazines regularly recognize Jeff as a “Minnesota Super Lawyer.” This honor is only given to 5% of the lawyers in Minnesota, and is based on annual peer nominations, a panel review process and independent research. Jeff has also regularly been a Blue-Ribbon Panelist, which is a select group of lawyers chosen to help evaluate the nominees for Minnesota Super Lawyers. For many years, Jeff has also been rated AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell®. This is the highest rating that can be earned by an attorney and is the result of a Peer Review Rating™ process that is managed and monitored by Martindale-Hubbell®, which rates attorneys in both their ethical behavior and the quality of their legal work.
Jeff has presented over 100 Continuing Legal Education seminars to employment and business lawyers on executive and other key employee agreements, non-compete, confidentiality and trade secrets, executive issues relating to mergers and acquisitions, executive and minority shareholder/partner issues, sales force issues, and other employment, discrimination, discipline, and termination issues. Jeff is the author of the chapter on “Minnesota Employment Contracts” in the Minnesota Business Law Series publication “Representing the Ongoing Business”; the chapter on “Non-Competes and Trade Secrets” in Minnesota CLE’s publication “The Employment Law 60”; and the chapter on “Non-Competes and Trade Secrets” in Minnesota CLE’s publication “The Complete Employment Lawyer.” He has also published several annotated executive and non-compete agreements for Minnesota CLE.
Jeff graduated from Michigan State University’s Honor’s College with High Honors in 1973; from Wayne State University Law School, magna cum laude, in 1976; and interned with Wayne County Chief Circuit Judge Horace Gilmore.
In 1976, Jeff started his practice at Doherty, Rumble & Butler, PA, one of the most prominent law firms in Minnesota. After five years as an associate, he was made a full equity shareholder. He remained at Doherty, Rumble & Butler until 1999. In 1999, Jeff joined Oppenheimer Wolff & Donnelly LLP, which was at that time a 350-lawyer law firm, with 12 offices throughout the world. Jeff initially joined Oppenheimer as a Partner and was made a full equity partner after six months at the firm. He continued the same high-level employment practice and serving public and private corporations, officers and executives, in employment and litigation matters, and counseling the firm in employment law matters. In 2003, after 27 years at large law firms, Jeff co-founded Oberman & Segal, LLC in 2003, an employment law and litigation boutique, which later became known as Oberman Thompson, LLC. Jeff joined TMB on January 1, 2022 as Of Counsel in order to add the depth and breadth that the attorneys and staff at TMB can provide to his clients.
Throughout his career, Jeff has been active in many bar association and pro bono activities, as well as in the community. Among other activities, he served on the Boards of Directors for Talmud Torah of St. Paul, Mount Zion Temple, the Jewish Federation of Greater St. Paul and the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas. He was President of the JCRC in 2017-2018.