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Alan I. Silver

Shareholder

Alan I. Silver

Shareholder

Practice Groups

Commercial Litigation, Trust and Estates Litigation

Industry Groups

Financial Services

Overview

Mr. Silver is a litigator with more than four decades of experience representing clients in trust and estates litigation, ERISA litigation, and commercial and business disputes, including appellate matters.

Mr. Silver has been involved in many of the most high-profile trust and estates lawsuits in Minnesota, including litigation involving the Prince Estate, the Hill Trust, the Galloway Trust, the Binger Estate, and the Williams Trust, the family who started the Creamette Pasta Company. He regularly defends large corporations, affluent families, charitable organizations, and individuals in probate, state, federal, and appellate courts, including the Minnesota Supreme Court.

Mr. Silver is chair of Bassford Remele’s Trust and Estates Litigation Practice Group.

Education & Admissions

Education

  • University of Minnesota Law School, J.D., cum laude, 1975
  • University of Minnesota, B.A., cum laude, 1971

Bar Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin
  • Minnesota

Experience

Representative Cases

Currently representing an iconic singer-songwriter and former advisor, who also acted as an advisor to the special administrator of the singer-songwriter’s estate, in connection with a dispute over music rights. In re: Estate of Prince Rogers Nelson, No. 10-PR-16-46 (Carver Cty. Minn.).

Currently representing directors and executives of a manufacturing company in a United States Department of Labor claim arising out of the sale of company stock to an ESOP.

Represented a minority shareholder, obtaining a favorable resolution in a shareholder dispute against management for allegedly spending money improperly. Cymek v. HBHA Peterson Corp., No. 27-CV-13-2024 (Hennepin Cty. 2017).

Represented a minority owner, obtaining a favorable resolution in a dispute involving deprivation of equity, income, and control. Kuhlman v. The IPGuys.net, LLC, No. 01-16-0000-9267 (A.A.A. 2016).

In re Estate of Johnson, 878 N.W.2d 510 (Minn. Ct. App. 2016).

Chesemore v. Alliance Holdings, Inc., 886 F. Supp. 2d 1007 (W.D. Wis. 2012), 948 F. Supp. 2d 926 (W.D. Wis.2013).

In re Van Dusen, 834 N.W.2d 514 (Minn. Ct. App. 2013).

In re Stisser Trust, 818 N.W.2d 495 (Minn. 2012).

In re: Galloway, No. C5-04-20042, 2007 WL 5125298 (Minn. Dist. Ct. Apr. 5, 2007).

In re Trusts A & B of Divine, 672 N.W.2d 912 (Minn. App. 2004).

Golden v. wwwrrr, Inc., No. 01-346, 2002 WL 264947 (D. Minn. Feb. 22, 2002).

In re Trusteeship of Trust of Williams, 631 N.W.2d 398 (Minn. Ct. App. 2001); No. C-5-52-237, 2000 WL 1920038 (Minn. Dist. Ct. Apr. 14, 2000); 591 N.W.2d 743 (Minn. Ct. App. 1999).

Beatty v. N. Cent. Cos., 170 F. Supp. 2d 868 (D. Minn. 2001).

Kryzer v. BMC Profit Sharing Plan, No. 01-299, 2001 WL 1587177 (D. Minn. Nov. 1, 2001).

Bond v. Twin Cities Carpenters Pension Fund, 307 F.3d 704 (8th Cir. 2002).

Minn. Forest Prods., Inc. v. Ligna Mach., Inc., 17 F. Supp. 2d 892 (D. Minn. 1998).

Pac. Equip. & Irrigation, Inc. v. Toro Co., 519 N.W.2d 911 (Minn. Ct. App. 1994).

In re Trust Created by Hill, 499 N.W.2d 475 (Minn. Ct. App. 1993).

Professional & Civic

Professional Achievements

  • American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, Fellow

Bar Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
    • Litigation Committee on Probate and Trust Section, Chair, 1998-present
  • Hennepin County Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association

Professional Associations

  • Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association

Civic Involvement

  • Volunteer Lawyers Network, Conciliation Court Clinic
  • Jewish Community Relations Council
    • Member, Board of Directors, 1988-1994; 1996-2011; 2016-present
    • President, 2006-2008
    • Vice President, 2003-2006
  • Temple Israel
    • Member, Board of Directors, 2010-2017
    • President, 2013-2015
    • Vice President, 2011-2013
  • St. Louis Park School Board
    • Board Member, 1993-1999
    • Chair, 1995-1997, 1998-1999

Accolades

Honors & Awards

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Publications

  • Economic Loss Doctrine, co-reporter, Vol. 39, Minnesota Statutes Annotated, Section 604.101, 2000
  • Building a New Foundation, Torts, Contracts and The Economic Loss Doctrine, author, Bench & Bar of Minnesota, September 2000
  • Fiduciary Obligations of ERISA Trustees, author, Minnesota ESOP Association, 1999
  • An Overview of ERISA Litigation, author, Minnesota CLE, 1996 and 1997
  • Getting to the Customer: An Exploration of Franchising and Independent Distributors, author, The Collaborative, 1995
  • ERISA Litigation Involving Multiple Claimants, author, Minnesota CLE, 1988
  • The Law of Tying: Trademarks, Required Purchases and other Perils in the Dealer Context, author, Minnesota Institute of Legal Education

Seminars

  • Trust and Estate Litigation in Minnesota, panel moderator, Minnesota State Bar Association Probate and Trust Law Section Conference, June 2017
  • Six Months Under the Minnesota UTC, panel moderator, Minnesota State Bar Association, Probate and Trust Law Section Conference, June 7, 2016 (Judge Jamie Anderson, Judge B. William Ekstrum and Referee Joel Olson)
  • Trust and Estate Litigation: What Trust and Estate Litigators Think Non-Litigators Need to Know, presenter, Twin Cities Financial and Estate Planning Councils, March 22, 2016
  • Litigating Under Minnesota’s Uniform Trust Code, presenter, U.S. Bank, January 27, 2016
  • The Minnesota Uniform Trust Code, presenter, Trust Point, December 1, 2015
  • Mom Always Liked You Best – Trust and Estate Litigation and the New Minnesota UTC, presenter, Bremer Wealth Management, November 9, 2015
  • Litigation Under Minnesota’s New Trust Code, presenter, Minnesota Continuing Legal Education, Minneapolis, MN, October 28, 2015
  • One if by Land, Two if by UTC. Be Ready for New Developments Coming in Probate and Trust Litigation, presenter, Minnesota State Bar Association, Probate and Trust Law Section, Minneapolis, MN, November 18, 2013
  • The Art and Science of Being a Trustee Part II, presenter, Private Trustees, October 27, 2013
  • Mom Always Liked You Best – Probate and Trust Litigation, presenter, BMO Private Bank, June 18, 2013
  • Using Experts in Trusts and Estate Litigation, presenter, National Business Institute, December 20, 2012
  • Attorney-Client Privilege in Estate Planning, presenter, Estates and Trust Section, Ramsey County Bar Association, September 13, 2012
  • Mom Always Liked You Best – Probate and Trust Litigation, presenter, Anchor Bank, May 16, 2012
  • Resolving Estate, Will and Trust Contests, National Business Institute, presenter, April 11, 2012
  • Appeals in a Probate and Estate Practice, panelist, Minnesota Continuing Legal Education, Minneapolis, MN, February 10, 2012
  • Mom Always Liked You Best – Probate and Trust Litigation, presenter, M&I Wealth Management, January 12, 2011
  • A View from the Probate Bench, moderator, Minnesota State Bar Association, Probate & Trust Law Section, Minneapolis, MN, November 19, 2010
  • Mom Always Liked You Best – Estate and Trust Litigation, presenter, Twin Cities Financial and Estate Planning Councils, St. Paul and Minneapolis, April 20 and April 27, 2010
  • Trust and Estate Litigation: You can’t take it with you but maybe you should!!! presenter, Minnesota State Bar Association, Probate and Trust Law Section, Minneapolis, MN, December 3, 2009
  • Legislative Updates and ERISA Litigation Hot Topics, presenter, Minnesota State Bar Association, Advanced Employee Benefits Workshop, Minneapolis, MN, January 22, 2009
  • The Galloway Trust Litigation, presenter, Ramsey County Bar Association, Estates and Trusts Section, November 13, 2008
  • Margoles: What Happened?  What Should I Do? presenter, Minnesota State Bar Association, Probate and Trust Law Section, November 30, 2007
  • Mom Always Liked You Best: Probate and Trust Litigation, presenter, Iowa State Bar Association, Probate and Trust Law Seminar, October 17, 2007
  • Community Forum:  Religious Freedom in the Workplace, moderator, sponsored by the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas, October 7, 2007
  • Directors and Officers Liability and Fiduciary Litigation, presenter, Twin Cities Insurance Brokers by Chubb Insurance, October 3, 2007
  • Probate and Trust Litigation, presenter, Fall 2007 Probate Seminar, Iowa State Bar Association, October 19, 2007
  • Mom Always Liked You Best - Probate and Trust Litigation, presenter, Minnesota State Bar Association, Probate and Trust Law Section CLE, 2007
  • Referees Roundtable, presenter, Minnesota State Bar Association, Probate and Trust Law Section, 2006
  • Probate and Trust Litigation - How to Avoid Litigation - But if You Can’t, How to Improve the Odds, presenter, Marquette Asset Management and Marquette Trust, 2006
  • Really Understanding the Economic Loss Doctrine, presenter, Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association, 2005
  • What Litigators Think Estate Planning Attorneys Should Know About Probate and Trust Litigation, presenter, Arrowhead Estate Planning Council, 2005
  • Really Understanding the Economic Loss Doctrine, presenter, Minnesota CLE, 2005
  • Probate and Trust Litigation - What the Judges Think You Should Know, presenter, Minnesota State Bar Association, Probate and Trust Law Section Committee, 2003 and 2004
  • Diversification of Trust Assets - How Many Eggs Can One Basket Hold? presenter, Minnesota State Bar Association, Probate and Trust Law Section Committee, 2003
  • Estate and Trust Litigation, presenter, Minnesota CLE, 2002
  • Really Understanding the Economic Loss Doctrine, presenter, Minnesota CLE, 2002
  • What Trial Lawyers Think Non-Litigators Need to Know About Probate and Trust Litigation, presenter, Minnesota State Bar Association, 2002
  • Law versus Contract – Minnesota’s Economic Loss Statute, presenter, Minnesota Institute of Legal Education, 2001
  • Ethics, ERISA and the Attorney-Client Privilege, presenter, Minnesota Institute of Legal Education, 2001
  • Fiduciary Obligations of ERISA Trustees, presenter, Minnesota ESOP Association, 1999
  • An Overview of ERISA Litigation, presenter, Twin Cities Business Monthly Employment Seminar Series, 1998
  • Significant Litigation Issues for Estate Planning and Probate Professionals, presenter, Minnesota State Bar Association, Probate and Trust Law Section Conference, 1997
  • An Overview of ERISA Litigation, presenter, Minnesota CLE, 1996 and 1997
  • Advising the Trustee: Is Counsel’s Advice Protected by the Attorney- Client Privilege or the Work Product Doctrine? presenter, Minnesota State Bar Association, Probate & Trust Law Section Conference, 1996
  • ERISA Litigation Involving Multiple Claimants, presenter, Minnesota CLE, 1988
  • The Law of Tying: Trademarks, Required Purchases and other Perils in the Dealer Context, presenter, Minnesota Institute of Legal Education, 1988
  • Territorial and Customer Restrictions, Resale Price Maintenance and Dual Distribution, presenter, Minnesota CLE, 1986
  • Antitrust Law and Unfair Trade Practices: Remedies under the State and Federal Antitrust Laws, Minnesota Unlawful Trade Practices Act, and Consumer Fraud Statutes, presenter, Minnesota Institute of Legal Education, 1986