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Brooks F. Poley

p (612) 604-6619   f (612) 604-6819 
William Mitchell College of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 1987
Colgate University & the University of Minnesota, B.A., 1982
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Brooks F. Poley is a shareholder with Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A. and represents clients in complex commercial litigation matters. His experience includes contract, misrepresentation and fiduciary duty actions; shareholder disputes; private and government antitrust matters; securities actions; intellectual property actions involving patent, trademark, copyright and trade secret claims; insurance coverage disputes; and product liability claims.  His clients have extended across numerous industries including banking and financial services, food, energy, transportation, consumer products, insurance, professional services and construction.  Mr. Poley is married and has three children.

Representative Matters
Shareholder Disputes
  • Represented California utility against claims seeking in excess of $125 million regarding ownership dispute over wind energy projects.  Summary judgment granted in favor of client on virtually all claims and damages.  Settlement of remaining claim followed.
  • Represented prominent construction company in minority shareholder dispute.  Matter favorably resolved following partial summary judgment granted in favor of client.
  • Represented marketing business in connection with shareholder claims.  Following dismissal of most claims, case settled at mediation.       
Financial Services
  • Represented national bank in defense of contract and misrepresentation claims in connection with sale of assets.  All claims dismissed prior to trial.
  • Represented leading financial institution against claims arising from securities lending program losses incurred during financial crisis.  Following seven week trial, jury verdict returned in favor of bank client on all counts.
  • Defended national bank against antitrust, RICO, fraud, and contract claims asserted in connection with asset sale and seeking over $180 million in damages. Dispositive motion granted with respect to all claims.
  • Represented major broker-dealer in UCC dispute. All claims dismissed without cost to client.
  • Represented community bank in dispute regarding midnight deadline.  Prevailed at district court and affirmed on appeal. 
  •  Lead or co-lead counsel in numerous Sherman Act Section 1 and 2 actions, on behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants, including matters involving chemicals, flat glass, dispute resolution services, insurance, consumer products, food, and electronics. ·       
Various Matters
  •  Represented construction business in arbitration proceeding requesting damages of $3 million for alleged construction defects.  Following two week hearing, arbitrator returned decision in favor of client and awarded no damages.
  • Represented major investment bank in actions relating to sale of mortgage-backed securities. All counts successfully resolved following dispositive motion practice.
  • Represented leading Minneapolis law firm in two separate professional negligence actions.  First case resolved with Plaintiff making payments to law firm client; second matter favorably resolved following submission of dispositive motion.
  • Represented aircraft lessor in action with regional carrier over duration and terms of fleet leases.  Summary judgment granted in favor of lessor client.
Bar Admissions
Minnesota, 1987
U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin
U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th and 11th Circuits
U.S. Supreme Court

Community Involvement
  • American Bar Association
  • Minnesota State Bar Association

Honors & Awards

  • The Best Lawyers in America©
    • Commercial Litigation, 2016-2018
  • "Local Litigation Star," Benchmark Litigation, 2010-2018
  • Ranked as “AV Preeminent” in LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell’s peer review ratings
  • Minnesota Super Lawyers®, 2003-2017
    • Listed in "Top 100" Minnesota Super Lawyers®, 2009
    • Listed in Top 40 Business Litigation Attorneys
Press Releases

August 15, 2017
Twenty-Nine Winthrop & Weinstine Attorneys Named to 2018 “Best Lawyers In America” List

July 05, 2017
Thirty Winthrop & Weinstine Attorneys Named to Super Lawyers List

October 24, 2016
Benchmark Litigation 2017 Recognized Winthrop & Weinstine as “Highly Recommended”

August 15, 2016
Twenty-Six Winthrop & Weinstine Attorneys Named to 2017 “Best Lawyers In America” List

July 05, 2016
Forty-Six Winthrop & Weinstine Attorneys Named as Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

October 29, 2015
Benchmark Litigation 2016 Recognized Winthrop & Weinstine as “Highly Recommended”

August 17, 2015
Twenty-Five Winthrop & Weinstine Attorneys Named to 2016 “Best Lawyers In America” List

July 07, 2015
Twenty-Nine Winthrop & Weinstine Attorneys Named to Super Lawyers List

November 04, 2014
Benchmark Litigation 2015 Recognized Winthrop & Weinstine as "Highly Recommended"

July 07, 2014
Twenty-Eight Attorneys Named to Super Lawyers List

November 19, 2013
Benchmark Litigation 2014 Recognizes Winthrop & Weinstine as “Highly Recommended”

July 08, 2013
Twenty-Four Attorneys Named as Super Lawyers®

December 11, 2012
Winthrop & Weinstine Selected as a Go-To Law Firm® for Fortune 500 Companies

July 09, 2012
Twenty-Three Winthrop & Weinstine Attorneys Named as Super Lawyers®

January 17, 2012
Winthrop & Weinstine Announces 2012 Board of Directors

July 12, 2011
Minnesota Super Lawyers® Includes Over Twenty Attorneys at Winthrop & Weinstine

March 21, 2011
Winthrop & Weinstine Announces 2011 Board of Directors

December 21, 2010
Winthrop & Weinstine Celebrates This Holiday Season with the Help of Local Talent

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