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Brent A. Lorentz

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Duke University School of Law, J.D., 2006
University of North Dakota, B.S., Mechanical Engineering, summa cum laude, 2003
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Brent Lorentz represents a diverse range of clients in complex litigation matters, as well as a number of other legal issues.  He has represented large corporations, small businesses, and individuals in disputes involving intellectual property, contracts and insurance, employment, securities, and even constitutional issues.  Brent has experience practicing in state and federal district courts, appeals courts, and arbitration forums.

In addition to thoughtful litigation advice and strong advocacy, Brent works with clients in pursuing long term solutions to prevent a lawsuit before it begins.  His varied education and legal experience allow him to see potential problems from different vantage points, and find creative solutions.

Brent was counsel of record in two of Twin Cities Business Magazine’s Top 10 Lawsuits of 2012, and is a Volunteer Attorney with the Children’s Law Center of Minnesota.

Bar Admissions
Minnesota, 2006
U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, 2006
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, 2009
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin, 2011

Representative Matters
  • Represented a board game manufacturer in connection with a license dispute.
  • Represented the manufacturer of complex mechanical testing devices in a lengthy patent dispute.
  • Represented clients in connection with securities litigation and responses to SEC subpoenas.
  • Represented clients in connection with a constitutional challenge to Minnesota Statute regarding emissions from generation and transmission of electricity.
  • Represented a local law firm in its defense against malpractice allegations.
  • Represented various insurers and insureds in coverage disputes.
  • Advised clients regarding implications of employment agreements and trade secret law on future business opportunities.
Honors & Awards
  • "Local Litigation Star," Benchmark Litigation, 2015-2016
  • Minnesota Rising Stars, Super Lawyers®, 2013-2015
  • Up & Coming Attorney, Chambers USA, in Litigation: Appellate, 2013
  • University of North Dakota Presidential Scholar
  • Freeman Award for Innovation –2nd Runner Up
  • Tau Beta Pi National Engineering Honor Society
  • Duke Journal of Constitutional Law and Policy
  • Board Member, Intellectual Property and Cyberlaw Society 



Articles & Publications
Qtd. "Michael Jordan sues grocery chain over 'congratulations' ad." KMSP-TV Fox News. 05 Oct. 2015.

Author. "Is Tiffany's Major Victory Short-Lived." Mondaq. 1 October 2015.

Author. "Why 'Escape From Tomorrow' Likely Won't Make It To Theaters." Law360. 16 May 2013.

Co-author. “Top Ten Recent UDRP Decisions.” 2007 IP Book. Minneapolis: Minnesota CLE, 2007.

Co-presenter. “Experimental Testing of a PCM Slurry System to Shift Peak Air-Conditioning Loads.” Phase Change Material and Slurry Scientific Conference and Business Forum. Yverdon-les-Bains, Switzerland. 23-25 Apr. 2003.

Press Releases
Brent blogs on the firm's trademark and brand blog, DuetsBlog. Follow the links below to read his posts.

Dedicated to bridging the gap between creativity and the law.

The Other Border Patrol
Posted on Nov 20, 2015 by Brent Lorentz
With all the flaming rhetoric going on these days relating to immigration, refugees, and border fences, I thought now might be a good time to introduce (or reintroduce) the w...

Unhappy Birthday
Posted on Oct 15, 2015 by Brent Lorentz
About a month ago, the United States District Court for the Central District of California issued a summary judgment ruling putting a nail in the coffin of one of the most tr...

Is Tiffany’s Major Victory Short-Lived?
Posted on Sep 21, 2015 by Brent Lorentz
On September 8, Judge Laura Taylor Swain ruled on summary judgment that Costco Wholesale Corp. had willfully infringed Tiffany & Co.’s trademark by selling engageme...

It’s DangeRuss, So DangeRuss
Posted on Aug 31, 2015 by Brent Lorentz
Russell Wilson (whose twitter handle is @DangeRussWilson) recently courted controversy with some comments made in an August 26 Rolling Stone article: Another venture is sligh...

Justice Delayed or Justice Denied?
Posted on Aug 07, 2015 by Brent Lorentz
Many college sports aficionados are likely aware of the long-raging debate about whether college athletes in high revenue sports, like football and basketball, ought to be pa...

Pay Attention! Symbols Matter!
Posted on Jul 10, 2015 by Brent Lorentz
A couple different events occurred this past week which ought to serve as reminders of the importance of symbols and the need to protect brand perception when dealing with sy...

Protect and Serve Your Image
Posted on Jun 12, 2015 by Brent Lorentz
The few of you that read my posts probably know that I often use this as an opportunity to meander into observations that I find interesting from a branding perspective.  Aft...

Is the Skype Falling?
Posted on May 08, 2015 by Brent Lorentz
  An interesting battle ground may be brewing in light of the United States Supreme Court’s recent ruling in the B&B Hardware case which Duetsblog authors have...

Slanted Perspective?
Posted on Apr 27, 2015 by Brent Lorentz
What’s the first thing that comes to mind when I refer you to “the Slants?”  Is it a non-perpendicular or horizontal line?  Is it the news coverage of MSNBC...

The Lazarus Award
Posted on Mar 20, 2015 by Brent Lorentz
It’s the end of March which can mean only one thing:  March Madness!  For many sports fans, this is easily the “most wonderful time of the year” –Chri...

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