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Susan M. Coler - Minneapolis, MN

IDS Center80 South 8th Street#1650 Minneapolis, MN 55402

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Updated: 06/16/2020

Minneapolis False Claims Act (Qui Tam) Whistleblower Lawyer


Courage. Perseverance. Integrity. Susan Coler is energized and inspired daily by all her clients bring to their fight against fraud. A Partner at Halunen Law, Susan represents whistleblowers across the United States in many different industries who challenge illegal corporate conduct, including fraud against the government...

About Susan M. Coler

Practice Areas

  • False Claims Act (Qui Tam) Whistleblower
  • IRS Whistleblower Representation
  • SEC Whistleblower Representation
  • CFTC Whisteblower Representation
  • FCPA Whistleblower Representation
  • FIRREA Whistleblower Representation
  • Whistleblower Employment Retaliation
  • Whistleblower Protection

Current Employment Position(s)

  • Partner, Chair FCA/Whistleblower Practice Area


Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota
  • Illinois

Specialties and Certifications

  • MSBA Certified Labor and Employment Law Specialist

Other Affiliations

  • Tax Payers Against Fraud
  • National Employment Lawyers Association
  • National Employment Lawyers Association, Minnesota Chapter
  • Federal Bar Association


  • Northwestern University School of Law, Chicago, Illinois, 1989
    Juris Doctor
    Honors: cum laude
    Honors: Order of the Coif
    Honors: Legal Clinic
    Law Review: Northwestern University Law Review, , 1987 - 1989
  • Loyola University
    Major: Pastoral Studies
  • University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory
    Major: Music History
  • Mundelein College, Chicago, Illinois, 1971
    Honors: summa cum laude
    Major: Music

Past Positions

  • Hon. Robert G. Renner, United States District Court, District of Minnesota, Law Clerk, 1989 - 1991
  • Sprenger & Lang, 1991 - 1997
  • Messerli & Kramer PA, 1997 - 2000
  • Sprenger & Lang, 2001 - 2009

Classes and Seminars

  • “False CLaims Act 101 – What’s a Whistleblower to Do?”, Eighth Circuit NELA Conference, 2018
  • “Practical Issues in Damages Calculations”, Taxpayers Against Fraud National Conference, 2017
  • “The False Claims Act – Opportunities and Pratfalls”, Minnesota Association for Justice, 35th Annual Convention, 2017
  • “Employment Law: Navigating Lincoln’s Law – The False Claims Act for Employment Lawyers", Minnesota CLE Webcast, 2017
  • “Not to be Overlooked – The Nuts and Bolts of 3730(h) Claims”, Taxpayers Against Fraud National Conference, 2016
  • "There’s No Smoking Gun: Proving Discrimination & Retaliation by Pretext”, National NELA Convention, 2016
  • “Pratfalls, Cat’s Paws, and Fact Questions: Maximizing the Potential in Employee Retaliation Claims”, Minnesota CLE Webcast, 2016
  • “There’s No Smoking Gun: Plaintiffs’ Perspective on Proving Discrimination and Retaliation by Pretext”, Minnesota Employment Law Institute, 2015
  • “Cutting Edge ADEA Issues in Litigation”, Employment Law Institute, 2014
  • “The MHRA Right to a Jury Trial—When Does It Apply?”, Minnesota NELA, 2014
  • “Tips and Strategies for Intersectional Discrimination Claims”, Minnesota NELA, 2014
  • “Whistleblowers and the False Claims Act”, Legal Journal on Business 1570, 2013
  • “New Developments in the False Claims Act and Retaliation”, NELA 8th Circuit Conference, 2012
  • "Recent Developments: Retaliation and Post-Dukes Class Litigation", Minnesota CLE Webcast, 2012
  • "Ethical Issues in Class Actions", NELA's National Convention, 2010
  • "Family Responsibilities Discrimination: New Resources and another Lens for Analyzing and Winning Gender and Caregiver Discrimination Cases", Minn. NELA Monthly Meeting, 2009
  • "Attacking Mass Layoffs", NELA's National Convention, 2009
  • “Hot Topics in Electronic Discovery”, Eighth Circuit NELA Conference, 2008
  • "Representing Immigrant Workers: The Intersection of Employment, Immigration and Human Trafficking Law", Minn. NELA Monthly Meeting, 2008
  • "High-Caliber Litigation of Employment Cases in an Ever Expanding E-World", NELA Eighth Circuit Conference, 2008
  • "Rethinking Remedies: Effective Approaches to Changing a Discriminatory Workplace", Strategic Conference on Title VII Class Actions, Impact Fund, 2007
  • "Attacking Releases and Waivers: A Plaintiff’s Perspective", Employment Law Institute, Minnesota CLE, 2007
  • "Class Actions: Do Big Cases Against Big Defendants Get a Small Office, Big Money, Big Problems or Both?", NELA Eighth Circuit Conference, 2006
  • "Handling Class Actions Under the ADEA", Impact Litigation: Representing Workers in Class, Collective & Multiple Plaintiff Actions, NELA, 2005
  • "Developments in Minnesota Whistleblower Law", MSBA Mid-Winter Labor and Employment Section Lunch Meeting, 2005
  • "Punitive Damages After Kolstad", Employment Law Institute, Minnesota CLE, 2002
  • "Resisting and Limiting Defense Access to Medical and Other Private Information", NELA National Convention, 2001



  • AV-Preeminent Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Super Lawyer, 2008 - Present
  • Karla Wahl Dedicated Advocacy Award, National Employment Lawyers Association, Minnesota Chapter, 2015

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Office Information


IDS Center80 South 8th Street#1650 Minneapolis, MN 55402


  • (612) 605-4099

Offers Free Initial Consultation


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  • "Handling Class Actions under the ADEA", (Co-Author with Laurie A. McCann, Cathy Ventrell-Monsees), Employee Rights and Employment Law Journal (Chicago-Kent College of Law/Illinois Institute of Technology), Vol. 10, Number 2, 2006

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