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Janine M. Loetscher

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Janine M. Loetscher

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Practice Groups

Construction, Insurance Coverage, Products Liability, Real Estate Litigation

Industry Groups

Construction Industry, Insurance Industry

Overview

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.

Ms. Loetscher serves as the Legal Advisor to the Association of Women Contractors. As co-chair of Bassford Remele’s Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Team, 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. Ms. Loetscher also serves on Bassford Remele’s Compensation Committee and as co-chair of its Associate Development Committee.

EDUCATION & ADMISSIONS

Education

  • 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

EXPERIENCE

Representative Cases

Represented contractor in a construction defect claim by homeowners alleging negligent work and breach of contract and warranties. Obtained defense verdict in favor of contractor and further jury award of full damages on contractor’s counterclaims against homeowner.

Represented contractor in a construction defect claim by homeowners alleging negligent work and breach of contract and warranties. Obtained defense verdict in favor of contractor and further jury award of full damages on contractor’s counterclaims against homeowner.

Represented large insurance broker in case alleging negligence and breach of fiduciary duty. Obtained appellate decision sustaining summary judgment as a matter of law in favor of broker.

Represented insurance company in claim alleging breach of the insurance policy. Obtained summary judgment in favor of insurance company on all claims.

Representative Appellate Case
Rosso v. Hallmark Homes of Minneapolis, Inc.843 N.W.2d 798 (Minn. App. 2014).

NEWS & EVENTS

Women in the Law | Janine Loetscher

Celebrating Women in the Law | Janine Loetscher What advice would you give to young women aspiring...

Bassford Remele Hosts Construction Summit

2024 Annual Construction Law Summit Join us for Bassford Remele's 2024 Annual Construction Law...

Janine Loetscher to Moderate Construction Panel

Bassford Remele Construction Practice Group Co-Chair Janine Loetscher will moderate the "Diversity...

Fourteen Attorneys Selected to The Best Lawyers in America

Bassford Remele is pleased to announce that fourteen lawyers have been included in the 2024 Edition...

Sixteen Attorneys Selected to Super Lawyers Lists; Lew Remele is Top Vote-Getter

Bassford Remele is pleased to announce that Lewis Remele is the top vote-getter in the 2023...

Firm Holds Monthly DEI Event Celebrating Pride

Bassford Remele continued its monthly DEI Awareness Event initiative promoting awareness of diverse...

Janine Loetscher, Jeffrey Mulder and Beth LaCanne Contribute to Insurance Law Deskbook

Janine Loetscher, Jeffrey Mulder and Beth LaCanne were contributors to the Minnesota Insurance...

Janine Loetscher Appointed Legal Advisor for the Association of Women Contractors

Bassford Remele Construction Practice Group Co-Chair Janine Loetscher has been appointed Legal...

Firm Holds Monthly DEI Awareness Event on Pronouns

Bassford Remele continued its monthly “DEI Awareness Event” initiative that promotes awareness of...

Bassford Remele Featured in Attorney at Law Women in Law Issue

The Bassford Remele female shareholders were featured in Attorney at Law's Women in Law issue. As...

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, 2016-2019
  • Association of Women Contractors
    • Legal Advisor, 2023-present
    • Scholarship Committee, 2021-2022
    • Networking Committee, past member
  • Associated General Contractors of Minnesota
  • Minnesota Mother Attorneys Association
  • Minnesota Women Lawyers
    • Partnership Leadership Council, 2020-present

Civic Involvement

  • Prodeo Academy, tutor
  • Cornerstone, volunteer

ACCOLADES

Honors & Awards

  • The Best Lawyers in America©, Product Liability Litigation, 2024 ed.
  • Minnesota Super Lawyers list, Super Lawyers, 2021-present
  • Minnesota Rising Stars list, Super Lawyers, 2014-2020
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Publications

Seminars

  • How to Win or Defend a Bad Faith Claim, co-presenter, Uninsured, Underinsured, No-Fault Insurance & Bodily Injury, Minnesota Continuing Legal Education, March 19, 2024
  • Exploring the Legal Landscape of First Party and Third Party Bad Faith, presenter, August 25, 2023
  • Construction Contracts, presenter, Association of Women Contractors, January 26, 2022
  • 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