A groundbreaking moment in my career occurred at my first court appearance to argue a simple motion. Fresh out of law school, I was confident that I knew what I was doing. I didn’t. The motion pleadings had been filed incorrectly, and I was unprepared for the judge’s questions. Looking over his spectacles, the veteran judge looked at me sternly, observing “they shouldn’t have sent you down here today.” I vowed that would never happen again. Preparation, preparation, and more preparation are the watch words of a successful lawyer. That, as well as learning and innovating. Learning and preparation never end.
I have been fortunate to represent clients in factually and legally complex lawsuits that pose a significant monetary or enterprise risk. For example, I represent corporate management of public and private corporations in securities fraud and fiduciary duty claims, and insurance companies in a broad range of complex policy disputes. These cases often have layers of intertwined factual/legal issues, some of which are critical and dispositive, but many of which are noisy distractions. Success in this litigation arena requires a disciplined, rigorous strategy that will identify and frame the critical issues, and then drive the litigation process in a way that will prevail on those issues. I am practicing law because of the intellectual and emotional challenge these cases present, and because I truly enjoy my clients – people who need superior representation in a time of risk and challenge.
Outside the office, I love running, sailing, hunting waterfowl, fishing and hiking – anything that gets me outdoors, and I also enjoy reading biographies of great figures in history. I raise perennials that are good for pollinators, and I’m attempting (but struggling) to raise fruit trees.
A Groundbreaking Moment in My Career
Honors & Awards
Local Litigation Star
Benchmark Litigation, 2015-2018
Securities Litigation, 2000-2002, 2004-2017
The Best Lawyers in America©
Commercial Litigation, 2007-2019
Managing IP, 2014-2015
LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell, Peer review ratings
Associations & Memberships
America Intellectual Property Law Association
American Bar Association
Minnesota State Bar Association
Governing Counsel of the Labor and Employment Law Section, 1997-1998