William Mitchell College of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 1987
University of Minnesota, B.A., 1982
U.S. District Court, D. Minn.
U.S. District Court, W.D. Wis.
U.S. Court of Appeals, 8th Cir.
U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Cir.
U.S. Supreme Court
I am a shareholder with Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A. and represent clients in complex commercial litigation matters. My experience includes contract cases, 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. My clients have extended across numerous industries including banking and financial services, food, energy, transportation, consumer products, insurance, professional services and construction. I am married and have three children.
Practicing 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. De minimus 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.
Represented firm’s shareholder of industrial enterprise against fiduciary buyout claims. All claims resolved on favorable terms.
Represented national trucking company in connection with minority shareholder dispute.
Defended family trustee in connection with claims against leading generic drug manufacturer and from shareholders.
Practicing Financial Services Litigation
Represented national bank in defense of contract, misrepresentation and antitrust claims seeking $20 million in damages in connection with sale of assets. Summary judgement granted in favor of client on all claims. Court awarded sanctions against Plaintiff.
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.
Local Litigation Star
Benchmark Litigation, 2010-2018
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.
Practicing Business & Commercial Litigation
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.
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