- Loe v. Landis (MN) – Obtained and successfully defended on appeal summary judgment for motor carrier alleged to be vicarious liable for its employee’s assault of another commercial truck driver as plaintiff’s vocational consultant was not qualified to opine as to foreseeability of assaults in the trucking industry.
- Brown v. Gold Star Taxi (MN) – Obtained and successfully defended on appeal ruling that negative online review posted about an attorney who had issued a conciliation court order against a taxi company was pure opinion, so defamation claim failed.
- Great West Cas. Co. v. Decker (8th Cir./MN) – Obtained and successfully defended multiple-count claim, including determination that insurer was not required to provide liability coverage to person loading hay bales onto trailer as a “moving property exclusion” was found valid under Minnesota law.
- Great West Cas. Co. v. XTO Energy, Inc. (ND) – Obtained summary judgment for insurer in case arising when persons were injured in a flash fire at an oil well site as insurer’s “hydrofracking” exclusion applied.
- Great West Cas. Co. v. National Cas. Co. (8th Cir./ND) – Brought successful declaratory judgment action in case involving trucking vs. non-trucking insurance obligations for injuries to motor carrier’s employee while performing maintenance on tanker used in oil fields.
- Star Ins. Co. v. Continental Resources, Inc., et. al (ND) – Successfully defended and obtained significant reimbursement for insurer in declaratory judgment action seeking determinations as to coverage and indemnity obligations for persons injured in an oil rig explosion.
- Casey v. Smith (U.S./WI) – Successfully obtained decision finding commercial truck driver was not acting “in the business of” a motor carrier as he drove to get unnecessary repairs to semi-tractor such that the non-trucking (bobtail) insurer must afford coverage for an accident.
- Perry v. Zurich North American, Inc. (MN) – Obtained and successfully defended trial court decision that California UIM policy endorsement and California law, not Minnesota, applied and precluded recovery of UIM benefits for wrongful death resulting from a single-vehicle accident.
- Great West Cas. Co. v. Carolina Cas. Co. (MN) – Obtained favorable decision finding an implied lease and, in turn, that an owner-operator was acting “in the business of” a motor carrier when he stopped for tools and gas on the way to complete paperwork and get the carrier’s placards affixed to his semi-truck per the carrier’s orders so he could continue working on the carrier’s job so trucking insurer was responsible for wrongful death claim.
- Auto-Owners Ins. Co. v. Great West Casualty (MN) – Obtained favorable decision that insurer of stalled vehicle was responsible for payment of no-fault benefits to person injured as he jumped from the path of the stalled vehicle he was pulling off a transport trailer; injury arose from “maintenance or use” of the vehicle, not the trailer.
- Precision Diversified Indus. v. Colgate (MN) – Obtained summary judgment for trustee’s attorney in legal malpractice claim brought by beneficiaries of their father’s trust.
- Obtained defense ruling for flooring subcontractor in binding arbitration claim seeking several million dollars in damages for defective construction of office building.
- Successfully defeated motions seeking to assert claims for punitive damages in commercial trucking, motor vehicle/intoxication, employment, and nursing home cases.
- Represented and negotiated favorable settlement for foreign manufacturer in product defect case which involved a plaintiff who suffered a crush injury to his foot and underwent more than a dozen surgical procedures.
- Represented technology company in case arising from fire in sporting venue due to malfunction in sound system which resulted in several million dollars in damages.
- Represented and defended businesses and employers in claims alleging whistleblower violations, discrimination, and harassment in matters before the Minnesota Department of Human Rights, North Dakota Department of Labor and Human Rights, the EEOC, and state and federal courts, including claims alleging ADA violations.
- Represented doctors, nurses and administrators in matters before the MN Board of Medical Practice, MN Board of Nursing, MN Board of Psychology and MN Board of Examiners for Board on Nursing Home Administrators.