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Janine M. Loetscher


Janine M. Loetscher


Practice Groups

Construction, Insurance Coverage, Products Liability

Industry Groups

Construction, Insurance


Ms. Loetscher is a litigator with substantial large-scale loss experience, whose practice focuses in construction, insurance coverage, products liability, and personal injury matters.

Ms. Loetscher represents corporations and individuals in state, district, and appellate courts, and also in mediation and other ADR venues. She has represented clients in numerous trials, obtaining defense and favorable verdicts, and she has frequently obtained favorable results on dispositive motions. Ms. Loetscher has defended contractors and individuals in construction defect lawsuits, and has represented both insurers and policyholders on numerous coverage issues. She has significant experience in the products liability arena, particularly defending clients against fire, explosion, and catastrophic loss claims.

As co-chair of Bassford Remele’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee, Ms. Loetscher promotes initiatives for increasing the firm’s and the legal community’s diversity initiatives, and she participates in various recruiting and affinity bar activities. She is involved in her community as a volunteer at Prodeo Academy, and also volunteers at a local shelter for women and children.

Education & Admissions


  • William Mitchell College of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 2008
    • William Mitchell Law Review; staff member, Vol. 33; Assistant Editor, Vol. 34
    • Journal of National Security Forum, Executive Editor
    • Selected to participate in the Fall 2006 Negotiation Competition Seminar
    • Trustee Merit Scholarship
    • Dean’s List; spring 2006, fall 2007, spring 2008
    • CALI Award for highest grade in Torts II, spring 2006
  • College of St. Benedict, B.A., 2002
    • President’s Scholarship

Bar Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota
  • Minnesota

Professional & Civic

Bar Associations

  • Minnesota State Bar Association
    • Construction Law Section
  • Hennepin County Bar Association

Professional Associations

  • Defense Research Institute
  • Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association
    • Insurance Law Committee, Co-Chair, 2016-present
  • Association of Women Contractors
    • Networking Committee, 2013-present
  • Associated General Contractors of Minnesota
  • Minnesota Mother Attorneys Association
  • Minnesota Women Lawyers

Civic Involvement

  • Prodeo Academy, tutor
  • Cornerstone, volunteer


Honors & Awards

  • Minnesota Rising Stars List, Super Lawyers, 2014-present



  • The Reptile Theory: How to Spot the Snake in the Grass and Strike Back Before Trial, co-presenter, Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association Trial Techniques Seminar, Duluth, MN, August 17, 2018
  • Diversity & Inclusion, panelist, Minnesota Lawyer, January 23, 2018
  • Number of Occurrences: Recent Minnesota Case Law Developments, presenter, Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association, Insurance Law Committee Meeting, Minneapolis, MN, May 9, 2017
  • CGL Policy Occurrences, Exclusions and Exceptions - Complex Issues, co-presenter and co-author, National Business Institute Webinar, April 6, 2017
  • Construction Law Essentials for the Real Estate Professional, co-presenter, Minnesota CLE August Real Estate Series, August 17, 2016
  • An Attorney's Guide to CGL Policy and Coverage, co-presenter, National Business Institute Webinar, May 20, 2016
  • Expecting the Unexpected: How to Keep Your Cool Under Pressure, co-presenter, Minnesota Defense Lawyers Mid-Winter Conference, January 29, 2016
  • Commercial General Liability Policy: The Complete Guide for Attorneys, co-presenter, National Business Institute Webinar, December 9, 2015
  • Illuminating the Path: Scaling the Obstacles on Your Way, moderator, 14th Annual MDLA Women Lawyers’ Breakfast, Minneapolis, MN, July 9, 2015
  • H.B. Fuller Co. v. United States Fire Insurance Co. - Allocation, Exhaustion, and Occurrence, presenter, Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association, Insurance Law Committee Meeting, Minneapolis, MN, May 12, 2015
  • Swanson v. Brewster and the Collateral Source Law, presenter, Ramsey County Bar Association, December 13, 2011