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Jeffrey R. Mulder


Jeffrey R. Mulder


Practice Groups

Commercial Litigation, Insurance Coverage, Professional Liability/Claim Prevention, Real Estate Litigation

Industry Groups

Insurance, Law Firms and Lawyers, Real Estate and Residential Property Management


Mr. Mulder is a litigator whose practice focuses in commercial, insurance coverage and professional liability matters, with significant high stakes claims and class action experience.

Mr. Mulder represents corporations and professionals before trial and appellate courts, licensing boards, arbitration, and mediation venues. He has defended insurers in multiple actions seeking tens of millions of dollars in insurance claims and helped a technology company obtain an $800 million arbitration award. Mr. Mulder also has successfully defended real estate brokerages in antitrust cases and has represented lawyers on numerous issues, including malpractice claims, ethics complaints and sanctions motions.

As Co-Chair of Bassford Remele’s Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Team, Mr. Mulder helps develop and drive initiatives across the firm while keeping it connected to affinity, community, and bar groups. He is the firm's representative to Twin Cities Diversity in Practice and also involved in his community through the Pro Se Project. In addition, Mr. Mulder serves as Bassford Remele's Chief Financial Officer.

Education & Admissions


  • University of Minnesota Law School, J.D., magna cum laude, 2008
    • Journal of International Law, Articles Editor and Staff Member, 2006-2008
  • Hamline University, B.A., magna cum laude, 2005
    • Recipient of Joe Hutton Memorial Scholarship
    • Men’s Golf Team, Captain; Men’s Basketball Team

Bar Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal 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


Representative Cases

Over the course of his career, Mr. Mulder has litigated numerous high stakes cases in federal and state courts as well as arbitration proceedings.

Obtained defense jury verdict for law firm in legal malpractice action.

Obtained summary judgment dismissing legal malpractice claims for law firm, affirmed on appeal.

Successfully defended real estate brokerage in antitrust matter; Regional Multiple Listing Serv. of Minn. v. Am. Home Realty Network, No. 12-CV-0965 JRT/FLN (D. Minn. 2014).

Represented plaintiffs and corporate defendants in shareholder disputes, including shareholder derivative actions.

Successfully represented a company in obtaining multi-million dollar payment of proceeds under a D&O policy.

Represented policyholders, claimants, and insurers on numerous insurance coverage matters, including those involving CGL, umbrella, excess, D&O, and E&O insurance policies.

Part of trial and appellate team that obtained $630 million arbitration award for computer-device client in trade secret/unfair competition case and reversal of district court ruling limiting the amount of post-award interest. $806 million ultimately recovered for client; Seagate Technology, LLC v. Western Digital Corp., 854 N.W.2d 750 (Minn. 2014); Seagate Tech., LLC v. Western Digital Corp., 2016 Minn. App. LEXIS 96, *1 (Minn. Ct. App. Jan. 25, 2016). 

Obtained dismissal of antitrust claims asserted against real-estate brokerage; TheMLSOnline.com, Inc. v. Regional Multiple Listing Serv. of Minn., Inc., 840 F. Supp. 2d 1174 (D. Minn. 2012).

Additional Representative Cases
Successfully defended against motion seeking sanctions against counsel.

Obtained summary judgment in action seeking insurance coverage for defense and indemnification of underlying copyright infringement action.

Obtained dismissal of legal malpractice claims and affirmance on appeal.

Obtained dismissal of legal malpractice claims, successfully defended against motion to re-open action, and obtained affirmance on appeal.

Obtained judgment on pleadings and affirmance on appeal in action against company specializing in drug testing.

Obtained dismissal in professional liability action against attorney.

Allen v. Burnet Realty, LLC, 801 N.W.2d 153 (Minn. 2011) (successfully supported real-estate brokerage in purported class action involving independent-contractor agents) (represented amicus curiae Edina Realty, Inc.).

Cenveo Corp. v. S. Graphic Sys., Inc., 784 F. Supp. 2d 1130 (D. Minn. 2011) (obtained partial summary judgment on unfair competition claims). 

Served as counsel in disputing an insurance claim by a Fortune 500 company to recoup over $450 million that the company paid in settlement to reimburse its subscribers' medical bills, which had allegedly been systematically underpaid by the company. The company’s claims for coverage arose out of several underlying claims, including class actions and a proceeding brought by the New York Attorney General. UnitedHealth Grp. Inc. v. Columbia Cas. Co., 836 F. Supp. 2d 912 (D. Minn. 2011).

Obtained stay and ultimately a dismissal of claims for insurance coverage for underlying claims involving exposure to asbestos.

Professional & Civic

Bar Associations

  • Minnesota State Bar Association
    • Appellate Practice
    • Civil Litigation
    • Corporate Counsel Section
  • Hennepin County Bar Association

Professional Associations

  • Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association
    • Editorial Committee, Co-Chair, 2019-present
    • Insurance Law Committee
  • Defense Research Institute

Civic Involvement

  • Twin Cities Diversity in Practice, firm member representative
  • Volunteer Lawyers Network
  • Pro Se Project


Honors & Awards

  • Up and Coming Attorney, Minnesota Lawyer, 2012
  • Minnesota Rising Stars list, Super Lawyers, 2013-present
  • Top Lawyers list, Minnesota Monthly, 2022
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  • Notes & Trends - Torts and Insurance, monthly column author, Bench and Bar, Minnesota State Bar Association, 2011-present
  • Bad Faith and Wrongful Refusal to Settle: Liability in Excess of Policy Limits, co-author in part with K.J. Nelson, Chapter 4 Update, Minnesota Insurance Law Deskbook, Minnesota State Bar Association, 4th Ed., 2015; 5th Ed., 2017; 6th Ed., 2019; 7th Ed., 2021
  • Contractual Indemnity and Additional Insured Endorsements in the Construction Context - Application of Existing Precedent or a Dramatic Departure?, author, Minnesota Defense, Vol. 34, Issue 3, Fall 2013
  • Special Verdict Forms and Jury Instructions, co-author, Chapter 19 Update, Minnesota Motor Vehicle Accident Deskbook, Minnesota State Bar Association, 4th ed., 2009-2013


  • Real Estate Claims, co-presenter, Minnesota Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company, July 24, 2018
  • CGL Policy Occurrences, Exclusions and Exceptions - Complex Issues, co-presenter, National Business Institute Webinar, April 6, 2017
  • Clarity in Award Writing, co-presenter, American Arbitration Association webinar, August 23, 2016
  • Construction Law Essentials for the Real Estate Professional, co-presenter, Minnesota CLE August Real Estate Series, August 17, 2016
  • The Effective Use of Experts for the Discovery Process, presenter, Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association Mid-Winter Conference, January 31, 2014