Seymour Mansfield
Mansfield Tanick & Cohen, P.A.

220 South 6th Street, Suite 1700
Minneapolis, MN 55402, United States
Areas of Practice
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
  • Antitrust & Trade Regulation
  • Business Torts
  • Civil Rights
  • Class Action
  • Commercial Law & Contracts
  • Constitutional Law
  • International Law & Trade
  • Labor & Employment Law
  • Litigation

Practice/Organization Description

Seymour Mansfield is founding shareholder of Mansfield Tanick & Cohen, P.A., with 40 years of diverse lawyer experience. An honors graduate from DePaul University Law School, where he was Editor-in-Chief of DePaul Law Review, prior to co-founding Mansfield & Tanick, P.A. in 1989, he was principal shareholder in Seymour Mansfield & Associates and before that, he was a legal aid lawyer in Illinois and Minnesota, culminating in his tenure as the Executive Director and Chief Counsel for Minnesota's largest program for civil legal aid to the poor and disadvantaged in Minneapolis and 22 counties. He is licensed to practice in Minnesota and Illinois, as well as before the U.S. Supreme Court and various federal districts and courts of appeal. Since the inception of "Super Lawyers" for Minnesota, Mr. Mansfield has been selected in a statewide survey of Minnesota lawyers as a "Super Lawyer" and among the Top 40 Super Lawyers in the area of Labor and Employment Law. Over the years, he has also been selected as a "Super Lawyer" or "Leading Lawyer" in the areas of Commercial Litigation; Employer - Individual; and Employment Law - Management.

Mr. Mansfield now focuses on business and complex litigation, mediation, executive employment and employee benefits, trade secrets and restrictive covenants, and international business law. He is the Firm's primary representative to Lawyers Associated Worldwide (LAW), a commercial association of over 105 independent commercial law firms located in 55 countries and 148 key cities, comprising over 3500 lawyers worldwide, and he served on LAW's governing board from 2002 through 2008.

Mr. Mansfield frequently lectures and writes on business law and litigation-related topics.

Mr. Mansfield has always been active in volunteering, pro bono legal services, philanthropy and other ways of giving back to the community. He was recognized as 2009 Honoree of The Fund for the Legal Aid Society at its Law Day Testimonial Dinner for his life time achievements in supporting legal services and the pursuit of social and economic justice for the disadvantaged.

Mr. Mansfield resides in southwest Minneapolis with Susan, his wife of over 40 years. He has two grown children, Alexis and Justin, and a foster son, Steven. He enjoys scuba diving, underwater photography, ping-pong, tennis and fitness training.

Bar Admissions

Minnesota, 1978

Illinois, 1969

U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois, 1970

U.S. District Court District of Minnesota, 1978

U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 1994

U.S. District Court Western District of Wisconsin, 1995

U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, 1970

U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit, 1984

U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit, 1997

U.S. Supreme Court, 1975


DePaul University College of Law, Chicago, Illinois, 1969

J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence

Honors: With Honors

Law Review: De Paul Law Review, Editor-in-Chief, 1969

University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois, 1966


Major: Sociology

Professional Associations & Memberships

American Bar Association, 2007 - Present

Advisory Panel

Fund for Legal Aid Society, 1998 - Present

Executive Committee

Possis Medical, Inc. (NASDAQ - POSS), 1998 - 2008

Chairman, Executive Committee

Hennepin County Bar Association, 1997 - Present

Member, Board of Governors, 1999-2004

Minnesota State Bar Association Foundation, 1997 - 1998

President, 1998

American Bar Association, 1969 - Present

House of Delegates, 2000-2006

Network of Leading Lawyers, 1996 - 2005

Firm Representative

Minnesota State Bar Association, 1979 - Present

Board, 1999-2004

National Employment Lawyers Association, 1989-present

Firm Representative

Lawyers Associated Worldwide

Firm Representative, 1999-present

Executive Committee (Gov. Board),2002-2008

Fund for Legal Aid Society, Board & Executive Committee, 1982 - Present

Jewish Community Action of Minnesota, Board Member, 2008 - Present

Honors and Awards

(Partial Listing)

*HCBA Pro Bono Publico Award, 1994

*The Fund for the Legal Aid Society, Lifetime Achievement Award, 2009

*Honored fot Leadership in Catholic--Jewish Interfaith Activities, World Premier, St. Mary's Basillica's Oratorio, "To be Cetain of the Dawn", 2007

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