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I have worked on numerous appeals — preserving wins and also successfully reversing adverse rulings at the trial court level. When you’re involved in a legal dispute, you need someone strong in your corner. I want to be that person.
—Tiffany A. Blofield

Tiffany A. Blofield

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Education
University of Minnesota Law School, J.D., cum laude, 1993
St. Olaf College, B.A., Economics & Psychology, magna cum laude, 1990
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Tiffany A. Blofield | Minneapolis Attorney and Lawyer

Experience
As a corporate litigator and trial attorney at Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A., Tiffany A. Blofield represents companies and professionals and helps them to protect their assets and reputations. She joined the firm in 1995 and is known for her work settling contract disputes, protecting intellectual property and representing clients in complex litigation, including state and national appeals.

Tiffany is an active contributor to the firm’s intellectual property practice, representing clients primarily in trademark disputes. She also supports clients in pre-litigation preparation and during litigation with e-discovery processes and research. She is familiar with compliance issues involving technology, including health care privacy regulations and infringement on the Internet.

She is also an advocate for dentists and medical professionals in representing them in matters before professional licensing boards, including the Minnesota Board of Medical Practice and the Minnesota Board of Dentistry. This includes her work in HIPAA and HITECH compliance as well as guiding clients through the sale or acquisition of medical and dental practices.

Tiffany’s corporate litigation experience includes a variety of contract disputes, Uniform Commercial Code matters, bank litigation, employment matters, product liability and shareholder disputes, among others. 

She is a qualified neutral pursuant to Rule 114 of the Minnesota Rules of General Practice for the District Courts.  She is listed on the Minnesota Supreme Court ADR-Rule 114 Qualified Neutrals Roster enabling her to conduct mediations. 

Prior to joining the firm, Tiffany clerked for United States Magistrate Judge Franklin Noel of the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota from 1993 to 1995. She served on the Federal Practice Committee for the U.S. District Court of Minnesota. She also writes for the firm’s DuetsBlog on interesting and cutting-edge trademark issues. In her spare time, Tiffany supports a variety of charitable causes, including St. Jude’s Children's Research Hospital.

Bar Admissions
Minnesota, 1993
U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, 1994
U.S. Court of Appeals for the 1st Circuit, 2003
U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit, 2006
U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit, 1996


Representative Cases & Matters
  • Trial counsel for Kuryakyn Holdings, Inc., a company that distributes and sells innovative, after-market products for motorcycles, in a breach of contract case against a former designer of motorcycle lighting products, Just In Time Distribution Company. Just In Time initiated a suit in California alleging RICO violations, fraud, and breach of the parties’ licensing agreement and claiming damages in excess of $3 million. Kuryakyn initiated a separate suit in Wisconsin alleging breach of the parties’ licensing agreement and seeking damages in excess of approximately $2 million. The cases were consolidated in federal court in the Western District of Wisconsin, and the case proceeded to a jury trial to decide the liability claims. The jury awarded a complete verdict on all liability claims in favor of Kuryakyn.
  • Obtained a reversal of a summary judgment and remand of the case in AMCO Ins. Co. v. Inspired Technologies, 648 F. 3d 875 (8th Cir. 2011) relating to a duty to defend insured from a Lanham Act claim.
  • Prevailed on a motion to dismiss third party defendants in Meecorp v. Oliver, et al, 09-CV-02067 (D. Minn. 2010).
  • Prevailed on a motion for summary judgment in Austad v. Beliveau et al., 07-CV-3043 (D. Minn. 2008).
  • Defeated a motion to amend for punitive damages in Zaccardi v. Moss, PI 03-5721 (Minn. Dist. Ct. 2004).

Community Involvement

  • Federal Practice Committee of the U.S. District Court of Minnesota
    • Chair, Publicity Subcommittee
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association’s Pro Se Project
  • American Bar Association
  • Hennepin County Bar Association
  • University of St. Thomas School of Law, Mentor
  • Women's Health Leadership Trust
  • Minnesota Women Lawyers
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital

Honors & Awards

  • Minnesota Super Lawyers®, 2014
  • MSBA North Star Lawyer for Pro Bono Service, 2013
  • Ranked as “AV Preeminent” in LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell’s peer review ratings
  • Rising Stars, Minnesota Law & Politics, 2002-2007
  • Member of the National Registry of Who’s Who

 


Articles & Presentations

Speaker. "Trademark Issues and Labels." Cold Climate Conference. 22 February 2014. 

Author.  "Courts Look at First Amendment and Third-Party Infringement." Minnesota Lawyer. 13 March 2014. 

Speaker. "IP Series: The Year in Trademark Law." Minnesota CLE, Minneapolis. 13 December 2013.

Speaker. Welcome Speech, Winthrop & Weinstine Women's Networking Event. The American Swedish Institute. 21 May 2013.

Author. "Recent Revision to Local Rule 7.1." The Hennepin Lawyer. 01 January 2013.

Speaker. "IP Series: What Color is Your Trademark?" Minnesota CLE, Minneapolis. 14 December 2011.

Speaker. "Are You in Compliance with HITECH and HIPAA?" Star of the North Meeting. 23 April 2010.

Featured article. "New niche has law firm smiling." Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal. 18 May 2007.

 
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