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Clayton D. Halunen is an American attorney, writer, and speaker on employment law, consumer class actions, and actions arising under the False Claims Act. He is the managing partner of Halunen Law (1998-present), where he represents employees, consumers, and whistleblowers reporting fraud against the government to the United States Department of Justice. Halunen began his own employment practice after seeing his parents suffer sex discrimination and age discrimination at the hands of their employers.
Halunen represented ex-Minnesota Viking's player Chris Kluwe in an employment discrimination and retaliation case. Kluwe alleged that the Vikings discriminated against him for his support of LGBT couples right to be married, and due to his public support he was denied the opportunity to continue to work with the team. As a result of the case brought by Halunen on behalf of Kluwe, the Vikings organization agreed to make substantial contributions to a number of local and national LGBT-related organizations. Halunen was also featured on The Ed Show with Kluwe speaking about working towards equality in the NFL organization.
Halunen also litigated, and won, numerous high profile cases including a whistleblower case against a for profit school in Minnesota. Halunen represented ex-dean Heidi Weber who alleged that Globe University had dismissed her for exposing unlawful and unethical practices the school was engaging in, including consumer fraud. Halunen obtained a judgement in excess of 1 million dollars. His efforts have been followed up by the Minnesota Attorney General's office who announced in July that it would be bringing a consumer-fraud lawsuit against the school.
Halunen was counsel for a whistleblower in the second largest qui tam settlement against a drug company - $1.5 billion. The case against Abbot Labs involved several whistleblowers who spoke out against the promotion of the prescription drug Depakote for uses that had not been approved by the FDA. The company was accused of marketing the drug "off-label," including for nursing home-patients, persons with schizophrenia, as well as for children, and providing kickbacks to medical providers who prescribed the drug.
Awards and Recognition
In 2014, Halunen was named one of Minnesota Lawyers "Attorneys of the Year" for his advocacy of LGBT rights in the NFL.
In 2014, Halunen recieved the distiction of "Top 100 Trial Lawyers" from The National Trial Lawyers.
In 2013-2015, Halunen was recognized as "Lead Counsel Rated" by the Lead Counsel Review Board.
In October of 2016, Halunen was named Minnesota Attorney of the Month by Attorney at Law Magazine. Halunen was featured on the cover of the magazine, and was interviewed for a four page editorial about his career in law.
Halunen has also been designated as a "Super Lawyer" every year since 2003 by Super Lawyers Magazine.
- ↑ Clayon D. Halunen. Halunen Law. Retrieved 17 March 2017.
- ↑ Kluwe, Vikings Reach Settlment to Avert Lawsuit. Retrieved on 7 April 2015.
- ↑ Fighting for equality in the NFL. msnbc. Retrieved on 7 April 2015.
- ↑ Ex-dean wins whistleblower lawsuit against Globe University. StarTribune. Retrieved on 8 April 2015.
- ↑ Lawsuit: Minn. School of Business, Globe U. misled students. StarTribune.
- ↑ Abbot Labs to Pay 1.5 Billion to Resolve Criminal & Civil Investigations of Off-label Promotion of Depakote. Department of Justice. Retrieved on 9 April 2015.
- ↑ Clayton Halunen On the offense against the NFL. Minnesota Lawyer. Retrieved on 7 April 2015.
- ↑ Top 100 Trial Lawyers.
- ↑ Attorney Clayton Halunen. Thomson Reuters.
- ↑ Attorney of the Month Clayton D. Halunen. Attorney At Law Magazine. Retrieved 17 March 2017.
- ↑ Clayton Haluen. Thomson Reuters.
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