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Local litigation firms            Local litigation stars                                 Lauren Lonergan
                                                                                         Briggs & Morgan
                                                                                         Business, Employment, Insurance
Highly recommended                Joseph Anthony
                                  Anthony Ostlund Baer & Louwagie                        Andrew Luger
Dorsey & Whitney                  Antitrust, Commercial, Financial Fraud, Real Estate,   Greene Espel
                                  Securities                                             Business, Criminal, White Collar Crime
Faegre & Benson
                                  Peter Carter                                           Martin Lueck
Greene Espel                      Dorsey & Whitney                                       Robins Kaplan Miller & Ciresi
                                  Securities                                             Antitrust, Business, Intellectual Property
Leonard Street and Deinard
                                  Michael Ciresi                                         Roger Magnuson
Robins Kaplan Miller & Ciresi     Robins Kaplan Miller & Ciresi                          Dorsey & Whitney
                                  Business, Commercial, Intellectual Property, Product   Antitrust, Class Actions, White Collar Crime
                                  Liability
                                                                                         Richard Mark
Recommended
                                  Jan Conlin                                             Briggs & Morgan
                                  Robins Kaplan Miller & Ciresi                          Business, Class Action, Intellectual Property,
Anthony Ostlund Baer & Louwagie
                                  Business                                               Product Liability
Bassford Remele
                                  Bethany Culp                                           James McCarthy
Briggs & Morgan                   Hinshaw & Culbertson                                   Lindquist & Vennum
                                  Insurance                                              Antitrust, Business Fraud, Director & Officer Liability,
Fredrikson & Byron                                                                       Tax
                                  R Scott Davies
Lindquist & Vennum                Briggs & Morgan                                        Gregory Merz
                                  Employment                                             Gray Plant Mooty
Maslon Edelman Borman & Brand                                                            Antitrust, Employment, Health & Human Services
                                  Barbara Jean D’Aquila
Winthrop & Weinstine              Fulbright & Jaworski                                   Chris Messerly
                                  Commercial, Employment                                 Robins Kaplan Miller & Ciresi
                                                                                         Mass Torts, Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury
                                  Larry Espel
                                  Greene Espel                                           Todd Noteboom
                                  Class Actions, Commercial, Construction,               Leonard Street and Deinard
                                  Environmental, Product Liability                       Class Actions, Securities

                                  Lawrence Field                                         William Pentelovitch
                                  Leonard Street & Deinard                               Maslon Edelman Borman & Brand
                                  Business, Class Actions, Securities                    Antitrust, Appellate, Business, Intellectual Property,
                                                                                         Securities
                                  Terrence Fleming
                                  Lindquist & Vennum                                     Doug Peterson
                                  Commercial Fraud                                       Leonard Street & Deinard
                                                                                         Business
                                  Thomas Fraser
                                  Fredrikson & Byron                                     Kathleen Flynn Peterson
                                  Antitrust, Class Actions, Health Law, Insurance,       Robins Kaplan Miller & Ciresi
                                  Securities                                             Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury

                                  Clifford Greene                                        Brooks Poley
                                  Greene Espel                                           Winthrop & Weinstine
                                  Appellate, Business, Employment, Product Liability     Commercial, White Collar Crime

                                  William Greene                                         R Lawrence Purdy
                                  Leonard Street & Deinard                               Maslon Edelman Borman & Brand
                                  Antitrust, Business & Commercial, Class Action,        Mass Torts, Products Liability
                                  Professional Responsibility/Ethics, Securities,
                                                                                         Lewis Remele, Jr
                                  David Gross                                            Bassford Remele
                                  Faegre & Benson                                        Antitrust, Commercial Litigation, Employment,
                                  Intellectual Property                                  Product Liability, Securities

                                  Richard Ihrig                                          Ronald Schutz
                                  Lindquist & Vennum                                     Robins Kaplan Miller & Ciresi
                                  Antitrust, Commercial                                  Intellectual Property



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      Marianne Short
      Dorsey & Whitney
                                                             Future stars
      Antitrust, Class Actions, Health Care, Product
      Liability, Securities                                  Norman Abramson
                                                             Gray Plant Mooty
      Jerry Snider
      Faegre & Benson                                        J Scott Andresen
      Antitrust, Contract, Employment, Fiduciary Duty        Bassford Remele

      Byron Starns                                           Elizabeth Brama
      Leonard Street and Deinard                             Briggs & Morgan
      Energy, Environmental, Real Estate
                                                             Dominic Cecere
      Timothy Thornton                                       Leonard Street & Deinard
      Briggs & Morgan
      Appellate, Business, Class Actions, Employment,        Kevin Decker
      Environmental, Product Liability                       Briggs & Morgan

      Thomas Tinkham                                         Tracey Holmes Donesky
      Dorsey & Whitney                                       Leonard Street & Deinard
      Commercial, Employment, Insurance
                                                             Dean Eyler
      James Volling                                          Gray Plant Mooty
      Faegre & Benson
      Appellate, Class Actions, Securities, White Collar     Christianna Finnern
      Crime                                                  Winthrop & Weinstine

      Charles Webber                                         Amy Fiterman
      Faegre & Benson                                        Faegre & Benson
      Appellate, Class Actions, Natural Resources,
                                                             Timothy Gelinske
      Securities
                                                             Briggs & Morgan
      Robert Weinstine
                                                             Justice Ericson Lindell
      Winthrop & Weinstine
                                                             Winthrop & Weinstine
      Antitrust, Commercial, Product Liability, Securities
      Fraud
                                                             Anne Lockner
                                                             Robins Kaplan Miller & Ciresi
      Wendy Wildung
      Faegre & Benson
                                                             Courtland Merrill
      Appellate, Business
                                                             Anthony Ostlund Baer & Louwagie

                                                             Crystal Patterson
                                                             Fredrikson & Byron

                                                             Daniel Sacco
                                                             Lindquist & Vennum

                                                             Samuel Sigelman
                                                             Lindquist & Vennum

                                                             Bryant Tchida
                                                             Leonard Street & Deinard

                                                             John Ursu
                                                             Greene Espel




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Minnesota                                                                                              white-collar criminal matters. Todd
                                                                                                       Noteboom focuses on business and class
                                                                                                       action litigation, primarily on issues
                                                                                                       involving securities and financial services. A
                                                                                                       former assistant attorney general, William
                                                                                                       Greene concentrates on antitrust and
Much of the state’s disputes are being handled from Minneapolis, where most of                         commercial matters. He was lead counsel in a
                                                                                                       contract dispute with more than $200 million
the state’s top firms were founded. Lawyers say clients have become more                               in damages at stake. Larry Field is noted for
vigilant about litigation expenses, prompting what could be long-term changes                          his expertise in business, class action, and
toward finding cost-efficient methods. The stratification and segmentation of the                      securities litigation.
industry have led to fewer firms getting a bigger share of litigation. While overall                      Recognized for his commercial litigation
litigation is down, the firms with national practices are busier than ever.                            practice, Byron Starns primarily handles
                                                                                                       cases involving energy, environmental, and
Lawyers are handling an abundance of intellectual property, antitrust, and                             real estate matters. Starns is advising Land
financial services claims.                                                                             O’Lakes in its compliance with the US
                                                                                                       Environmental Protection Agency as the sole
Highly recommended firms                           cases, successfully obtaining consent               party responsible for the cleanup of an
                                                   judgments of infringement. Wendy Wildung            abandoned oil refinery Superfund site. The
Dorsey & Whitney                                   has a diverse business litigation practice and      government-funded cleanup has amounted to
Founded in 1912 to provide legal services to       primarily handles securities matters. Wildung       $25 million in costs over 25 years. In 2009,
the First National Bank of Minneapolis,            is the “go-to person in securities litigation,”     the USEPA issued an order against Land
Dorsey and Whitney has grown to more than          says a peer. “Smart litigator. Knows her            O’Lakes to fund additional cleanup activities,
600 lawyers in 19 offices in the US, Europe,       stuff.” Jerry Snider has a broad civil litigation   estimated to cost $9 million. The agency has
and Asia. Its Minneapolis office is its largest,   practice involving antitrust, employment, and       further stated it seeks to recover the $25
with 300 lawyers. The firm has an extensive        oil and gas matters.                                million of past costs from the client. The firm
litigation practice serving companies in                                                               likely will represent the company in claims
various industries including health care,          Greene Espel                                        against the recovery order, which will be filed
manufacturing, and financial services. With        Established in 1993, Greene Espel is a              in federal court. The proceedings will present
more than 30 years of experience, Marianne         boutique that excels in various areas               some issues of first impression on Superfund
Short has an excellent reputation for her          including white-collar criminal defense,            claims, including whether a recent Supreme
work in antitrust, securities, healthcare,         environmental law, intellectual property, and       Court decision limiting liability under the
product liability, and class action cases.         product liability. The firm is known to hire        Superfund can be applied, as well as the
“Damn fine lawyer,” says a peer. Short             accomplished attorneys who have served in           exclusion of petroleum and petroleum
successfully represented Medica Health Plans       judicial clerkships and government agencies.        products from Superfund cleanup.
and its board of directors in a lawsuit            “Terrific, marvelous firm,” says a competitor.
brought by the Minnesota attorney general,         “They belong on this list.” Founders Clifford       Robins Kaplan Miller & Ciresi
who alleged issues of self-governance. The         Greene and Larry Espel are respected by             Robins Kaplan Miller & Ciresi distinguishes
allegations were later dismissed in a              peers. Greene handles commercial and                itself from regional competitors by tackling
landmark decision. Peter Carter has                product liability matters. He often defends         cases of national significance. The firm’s
successfully represented a number of public        government agencies and offices in                  more than 600 attorneys, with about half
companies and their officers in securities class   constitutional litigation. Espel focuses on         headquartered in Minneapolis, primarily
actions and shareholder actions. Roger             significant disputes involving class actions,       handle matters outside the state. Founded in
Magnuson has tried significant cases in a          multidistrict suits, and disputes in                1938, the firm excels in several areas
variety of areas, including class actions,         commercial, environmental, and product              including insurance, mass tort, and
white-collar crime, antitrust, and securities.     liability matters. A former assistant US            intellectual property. It’s a “terrific plaintiff-
Thomas Tinkham serves as of counsel,               attorney, Andrew Luger is recognized for his        side firm,” says a competitor, who adds
securing a $32 million verdict for Cargill.        business litigation and white-collar criminal       lawyers there have “enjoyed tremendous
                                                   defense practice. A competitor describes            success with large contingent-fee cases.”
Faegre & Benson                                    Luger as “a real tenacious prosecutor, knows           Chris     Messerly       handles      medical
Faegre & Benson is one of the country’s            his way around the courtroom, which a lot of        malpractice, personal injury, and mass tort
largest law firms, with more than 475              lawyers don’t anymore. He tries cases – not         cases. He represented the survivors of the
attorneys who serve the US, Europe, and            every litigator does that.”                         Minneapolis I-35W bridge collapse against
Asia. Established in Minneapolis in 1886, the                                                          the URS Corporation in a settlement of $40
firm is widely considered as one of the top        Leonard Street & Deinard                            million. Messerly and Philip Sieff were lead
firms in the state. James Volling is a             Leonard Street & Deinard’s commercial               counsel in a group of 17 law firms
prominent commercial litigator and has             litigation group is the firm’s largest, serving     representing more than 100 clients. The team
expertise in a wide range of matters. He has       businesses of all sizes in various industries.      also retrieved $1.5 million from URS to use
tried antitrust, RICO, environmental, and          Founded in 1922, the firm sets precedent in         toward a memorial for the deceased. Jan
class action suits. Charles Webber heads the       the courtroom as well as in the legal               Conlin successfully defended Great Clips in a
firm’s business litigation group and is noted      community, in the 1950s becoming the first          trademark      infringement       and     unfair
for his victories in financial services,           law firm in the state to have a woman made          competition case in which the plaintiff sought
consumer credit, oil and gas, and                  partner. More than 185 attorneys handle             to prevent use of the brand in New England.
employment disputes. He successfully               litigation in the health care, real estate,         Noted for his intellectual property practice,
defended a US refining company in a $1             manufacturing, construction, and industrial         Ronald Schutz represents St Clair Intellectual
billion whistleblower suit. Described by peers     industries.                                         Property Consultants in five patent
a great trial lawyer, David Gross is a leading        A former assistant US attorney, Douglas          infringement cases against digital camera
intellectual property lawyer. He was lead trial    Peterson handles business and commercial            giants Samsung, General Imaging, Kodak,
counsel for 3M in several patent infringement      litigation, and has significant experience in       LG, Sanyo, and Motorola.

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         Martin Lueck and Michael Ciresi                and sought $350 million in damages. In               handles a variety of matters, ranging from
      successfully represented UnitedHealth Group       addition to not finding TransUnion liable of         personal disputes to multimillion-dollar
      and its subsidiaries in an antitrust suit filed   the claims, Minnesota’s District Court found         commercial cases. Formed in 1946, the firm
      by Omnicare, alleging anticompetitive             Fair Isaac had committed fraud on the                has offices in Minnesota and Colorado.
      behavior conducted in the merger between          Trademark Office. Fair Isaac is appealing the        Terrence Fleming focuses on commercial
      the company and PacifiCare Health Systems.        case.                                                fraud cases involving disputes among law
      The companies had separate contracts with                                                              firms, investor brokers, and minority
      Omnicare regarding Medicare Part D                Briggs & Morgan                                      shareholders. James McCarthy handles
      prescription drug reimbursement, with             Briggs & Morgan has an extensive business            antitrust, business fraud, director and officer
      PacifiCare’s being the less expensive of the      litigation practice. The firm represents food        liability, and tax disputes. Richard Ihrig
      two. After the merger, UnitedHealth               manufacturers, mortgage bankers, and                 concentrates on commercial disputes,
      withdrew from its contract with Omnicare in       financial services companies. Lauren                 primarily antitrust matters.
      favor of using PacifiCare’s terms. Among the      Lonergan handles insurance coverage,
      alleged violations was that United and            business and employment litigation. For 25           Maslon Edelman Borman & Brand
      PacifiCare actively coordinated their             years, R Scott Davies has represented                Established in the 1920s in Minneapolis,
      negotiations to prompt Omnicare to sign the       corporations in employment litigation                Maslon Edelman Borman & Brand
      less expensive contract with PacifiCare. The      matters. Before joining the firm, he was a           represents various entities – government
      long-term care pharmacy provider sought $1
      billion in damages. The firm obtained
      summary judgment in District Court of
      Massachusetss, which rejected Omnicare’s
      claims. An appeal in the Seventh Circuit
                                                        “A competitor [of Robinsin this community and asays, ‘[Joseph
                                                        Anthony] is a name player
                                                                                  Kaplan Miller & Ciresi]
                                                                                                          very gifted
      Court of Appeals has been filed.

      Recommended firms
                                                        lawyer.’ Another adds, ‘Joe Anthony is one of the best litigators in

      Anthony Ostlund Baer & Louwagie
      Anthony Ostlund Baer & Louwagie focuses
                                                        the state, one of the best nationally.’                 ”
      solely on business litigation and has             prosecutor and a St Paul city attorney.              agencies, manufacturers, utility companies –
      developed a strong reputation among the           Richard Mark focuses on disputes involving           as plaintiffs or defendants in a host of
      people it serves as well as those it opposes. A   business matters. He is a former assistant           litigation matters. More than 80 attorneys
      peer notes the boutique has a “collection of      solicitor general for the state, a role in which     handle securities, unfair competition, and
      some very talented, capable litigators.” Since    he tried two first-degree murder cases. Mark         general commercial cases. R Lawrence Purdy
      1985 the firm has been around in various          has successfully defended a $100-million             is noted for his product liability and mass tort
      incarnations under founder Joseph Anthony,        securities fraud case and is representing an         practice. He has a significant practice in
      one of the most respected lawyers in the state.   officer in securities and class-action litigation.   regulatory control involving FDA-approved
      A competitor says, “He is a name player in        Timothy Thornton has a diverse business              medical devices. William Pentelovitch has
      this community and a very gifted lawyer.”         litigation practice involving mass torts,            more than 35 years of experience with
      Another adds, “Joe Anthony is one of the          securities, and product liability disputes.          business-related disputes, with emphasis in
      best litigators in the state, one of the best                                                          non-compete, trade secrets, and unfair
      nationally.” In 2009, Ostlund successfully        Fredrikson & Byron                                   competition litigation.
      arbitrated a $5.6 million award for his client,   Headquartered in Minneapolis since 1948,
      a Minneapolis veterinarian who sued RBC           Fredrikson & Byron has additional offices in         Winthrop & Weinstine
      Dain Rauscher for losses in an investment         Iowa, North Dakota, Mexico, and Shanghai.            Winthrop & Weinstine has offices in the
      account      due     to      the     company’s    The firm has a diverse clientele that includes       twin cities of Minneapolis and St Paul takes
      mismanagement and negligence.                     privately held businesses, government                on a variety of business litigation cases
                                                        agencies, and multinational corporations.            including labor and employment, white
      Bassford Remele                                   Described by a peer as a standout, Thomas            collar crime, and trade secrets. Some of its
      Founded in 1882, Bassford Remele has a            Fraser has more than 30 years of experience          significant clients are Marvin Lumber and
      broad commercial litigation practice that         in commercial litigation. He takes on cases          Cedar Company, Dominium Development &
      includes securities, employment, and class        involving insurance, securities, and class-          Acquisition, and the Navarre Corporation.
      action expertise. Lewis Remele, Jr, is well       action disputes. Fraser is “an absolutely            Brooks Poley handles commercial and white-
      regarded by peers for his work in civil           marvelous litigator,” says a competitor. He          collar criminal cases. He has handled
      matters. He handles lawsuits involving            has defended health care institutions, the           disputes involving intellectual property,
      fiduciary claims, insurance coverage, and         principals    of     Mall     of    America,         insurance coverage, product liability, and
      shareholder disputes. He recently obtained a      anesthesiologists, and various shareholder           shareholders. Founding partner Robert
      favorable verdict for TransUnion in an            groups.                                              Weinstine is recognized for his commercial
      intellectual property suit brought by Fair                                                             litigation practice, including his work in
      Isaac Corporation in which it alleged             Lindquist & Vennum                                   antitrust, securities fraud, and product
      TransUnion had violated certain trademarks        Lindquist & Vennum’s litigation practice             liability matters.




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