Melinda M. Gau

Melinda M. Gau

Saint Cloud, Minnesota

Melinda brings a passion for the community and the law to work every day. She first joined the Q&H team in 1994 and became known for helping nonprofits and employers navigate challenges, new laws and ways to further their mission. Her commitment to community led her to take a position as Director of Donor Relations at the Central Minnesota Community Foundation where she helped the organization develop a new growth structure and launch Community Giving. She returned to the firm in 2015 after realizing how much she missed the law and her clients, and continues to serve the community as an avid volunteer.

Serving on the Employment Practice Team, Melinda represents and advises employers on hiring and firing, leaves of absence, discrimination, reasonable accommodation, performance management and contracts. She also conducts workplace investigations, and educates employees, human resource professionals, and supervisors on various employment laws and workplace issues. As a member of the Trusts & Estates Group, Melinda prepares wills, trusts, powers of attorney, and health care directives, and handles probate and trust administration.

A seasoned trainer and coach, Melinda also developed and led a variety of employment law programs, including the four-hour course entitled "Keeping Your Employer Out of Trouble" as part of the St. Cloud Area Chamber's Supervisor Development Certification Program.

  • Areas of Practice
    • 40% Employment and Litigation
    • 40% Trusts and Estates
  • Year Joined Firm
    • 1994
  • Litigation Percentage
    • 20% of Practice Devoted to Litigation
  • Bar Admissions
    • Minnesota, 1994
    • U.S. District Court District of Minnesota, 1994
  • Education
    • University of Minnesota Law School, Minneapolis, Minnesota
      • J.D. cum laude - 1994
    • St. Cloud State University, St Cloud, Minnesota
      • B.S. summa cum laude - 1991
  • Classes/Seminars
    • I-9 Compliance
    • New Guidance from the EEOC: Are You Discriminating Against Caregivers?
    • Fair Labor Standards Act and the Exempt Worker
    • Legal Ramifications of Ageism in the Workplace
    • Termination Checklist
    • Mandatory Employment Benefits and Entitlements under Minnesota Law
    • Performance Management
    • Your Rights and Responsibilities: Anti-Discrimination Laws
    • Reasonable Suspicion Training (drug/alcohol testing)
    • Common Sense Tips for Employers
  • Professional Associations and Memberships
    • Minnesota State Bar Association
    • Minnesota Women Lawyers Association
    • Seventh Judicial District Bar Association
    • Stearns/Benton Bar Association
    • St. Cloud Area Chamber of Commerce
    • Judicial Selection Commission for the Seventh Judicial District, Governor Pawlenty-appointee
  • Past Employment Positions
    • Central Minnesota Community Foundation, Director of Donor Relations, 2013 - 2015
  • Community Involvement
    • Wills for Heroes
    • Debtor/Creditor Clinic - St. Cloud Area Legal Aid
    • St. Cloud Hospital Board
    • United Way of Central Minnesota Board
    • Downtown St. Cloud Kiwanis Club
    • Light the Legacy Board of Trustees
    • Women’s Fund Presents Committee
  • Ancillary Businesses
    • Adjunct Professor - Concordia - St. Paul, MN
  • Languages
    • English