Who We Are

Adam Hansen (612.927.2969 / adam@apollo-law.com) founded Apollo Law in 2016 to help advance the rights of employees and consumers in appellate litigation. 

In 2014 and 2015, Adam successfully sought Supreme Court review of a D.C. Circuit opinion siding with the banking industry over ordinary employees. In Nickols v. Mortgage Bankers Association, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously in Adam's clients' favor. The case resolved a seminal issue of administrative law, establishing that federal agencies may revise their interpretative rules without going through notice-and-comment rulemaking. (Opinion / Opening brief / Reply / Petition for Certiorari)

In 2017, Adam represented a proposed class of employees before the U.S. Supreme Court in Lewis v. Epic Systems, a case presenting the question of whether the National Labor Relations Act prohibits employers from forcing employees to resolve employment-related disputes through individual arbitration. (Briefing)

In another high-profile appeal briefed and argued by Adam, the Sixth Circuit in Monroe v. FTS affirmed a jury verdict in favor of a class of cable installers. The court re-affirmed the use of representative proof in establishing liability and damages, reinforcing the crucial avenues available to employees to band together and challenge an employer's unlawful policies. (Opinion / Merits Brief / Opposition to Certiorari)

Throughout his practice, Adam has litigated numerous cases advancing the rights of employees and consumers in the Supreme Court as well as the United States Court of Appeals for the Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, Ninth, and D.C. Circuits. For a more detailed description of Adam's representative work, see here

Adam dedicates a significant amount of his time and energy to pro bono work and community service, with a particular emphasis on cases involving low wage and vulnerable workers. Adam served as lead counsel in two recent class action cases challenging the pay practices in the retail janitorial industry. Both cases, Alvarez v. Diversified Maintenance Systems and Hussein v. Capital Building Services Group, resulted in favorable class-wide settlements including mandatory changes to the companies' employment practices moving forward. Adam has been appointed as counsel in multiple cases by the Pro Se Project, a program run by the Minnesota Federal District Court that matches pro se litigants with qualified volunteer attorneys—including the Project's first appointment to represent an indigent client before the Eighth Circuit. Adam serves as a volunteer lawyer for the Legal Aid Housing Clinic and as an attorney adviser to the Legal Aid Society's Employment Law Center. Adam serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Minnesota Law School teaching a course on Federal Jurisdiction. He has also taught numerous courses on appellate practice and legal writing.

Adam is active in numerous bar and community organizations. He serves as the Vice President and Co-Director of Legal Education for the Minnesota Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, and as an active member of the American Bar Association, Eighth Circuit Bar Association, Minnesota State Bar Association, American Association for Justice, and National Employment Lawyers Association. Adam coaches baseball for the Minneapolis Youth Baseball Association and sits on the board of directors of Wilderness Classroom, a non-profit organization promoting environmental conservation through elementary school education. 

Before entering private practice, Adam clerked for Chief Justice Eric Magnuson of the Minnesota Supreme Court and Judge Kermit Bye of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.  

Adam graduated from the University of Minnesota Law School with high honors. During law school, Adam served as an Article Editor for the Minnesota Law Review and as a constitutional law student instructor to Professor Dale Carpenter

Outside the practice of law, Adam can be found camping in the Boundary Water Canoe Area Wilderness, eating street food in foreign countries, and spending time with his family. 

Eleanor Frisch (612.217.4876 / eleanor@apollo-law.com) joined Apollo Law in 2018, bringing broad appellate and trial court experience in diverse areas of law, including consumer, employment, employee benefits, and immigration. Her experience extends to both class actions and individual cases. 

Eleanor currently focuses her practice on the rights of employees, consumers, and other individuals who have been victimized by corporate or governmental misconduct. Although her focus is now on representing clients in appellate proceedings, she draws upon her ample experience litigating cases at the district court level.

Before joining Apollo Law, Eleanor served as an attorney at Nichols Kaster, PLLP, where she represented consumers, employees, and retirement plan participants, and at Wilson Law Group, LLC, where she represented individuals in federal court and before the Board of Immigration Appeals.

In 2014 and 2015, Eleanor served as a judicial clerk to the Honorable Roger L. Wollman of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. 

As part of her commitment to achieving justice for underserved populations, Eleanor has also volunteered for the Advocates for Human Rights, the Minnesota Justice Foundation, and the Volunteer Lawyer’s Network.

Eleanor received her J.D. magna cum laude from the University of Minnesota in 2014, where she received the National Association of Women Lawyers Outstanding Law Student Award and served on the Executive Board of the Minnesota Law Review.

 Adam Hansen / June 2015 / San Francisco / A particularly windy day

Adam Hansen / June 2015 / San Francisco / A particularly windy day