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Mark R. Bradford


Mark R. Bradford


Practice Groups

Appellate Practice, Commercial Litigation, Insurance Coverage, Professional Liability/Claim Prevention


Mr. Bradford is an accomplished appellate lawyer with additional focuses in commercial, insurance coverage, and professional liability litigation. He regularly advocates for Fortune 500 clients, law firm clients, and many others in appeals stemming from diverse areas of law.

Having argued a substantial number of cases before appellate and supreme courts across the Midwest, Mr. Bradford leverages his procedural and strategic knowledge to efficiently bring resolution to clients’ disputes. He was part of a trial and appellate team who obtained an $800 million arbitration award against a large computer device company, which was affirmed by the Minnesota Supreme Court. He was also part of an appellate team who achieved a reversal of a $52.5 million verdict against an insurer, and a trial team who achieved a $21.6 million verdict against a railroad in a wrongful death case.

Mr. Bradford is chair of Bassford Remele’s Appellate Practice Group and serves on the firm’s Board of Directors. Mr. Bradford teaches appellate advocacy as an adjunct professor at the St. Thomas School of Law.

Education & Admissions


  • DePaul University College of Law, J.D., summa cum laude, 2003
  • Beloit College, B.A., cum laude, 1999

Bar Admissions

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


Representative Cases

Obtained jury defense verdict against assertion of claims for malicious prosecution, abuse of process, fraud, unjust enrichment, civil conspiracy, and punitive damages; Kannan v. Prabhakaran, No. 27-CV-15-16516 (Hennepin Cty. Minn. 2017).

Obtained reversal of summary judgment dismissing insurer’s contribution claims in case arising out of death following discharge of anhydrous ammonia; Nationwide Agribusiness Ins. Co. v. PGI, Inc., 882 N.W.2d 512 (Iowa Ct. App. 2016).

Obtained reversal of district court’s grant of preliminary injunction against non-party in action to enforce non-competition covenants on behalf of medical-device company; Medtronic, Inc. v. Doerr, 2015 WL 1674567 (Minn. Ct. App. Feb. 9, 2015).

Obtained reversal of denial of summary judgment on behalf of police officer and employer on grounds of qualified immunity; Meehan v. Thompson, 763 F.3d 936 (8th Cir. 2014).

Obtained reinstatement of $630 million arbitration award for computer-device company; Seagate Tech. v. W. Digital Corp., 854 N.W.2d 750 (Minn. 2014).

Obtained defense verdict for Oklahoma energy company in jury trial involving alleged tortious interference with frac-sand mining contract and claimed damages exceeding $60 million; Stein v. Windsor Energy Group (Goodhue Cty. Minn. 2013).

Additional Representative Cases
Obtained affirmance of defense verdict against challenge to jury instructions in case involving industrial fire on behalf of farmer’s cooperative; Tamco Pork II, LLC v. Heartland Co-op876 N.W.2d 687 (Iowa App. 2015).

Obtained affirmance of personal representative’s decision to settle litigation over dissent from beneficiary on behalf of trustee; In re Estate of Brian K. Johnson878 N.W.2d 510 (Minn. Ct. App. Feb. 9, 2016).

Obtained verdict for medical device company client arising out of breach of contract for a specified term of employment; St. Jude Medical S.C., Inc. v. Neal D. Hanson (D. Minn. 2015).

Obtained dismissal of appeal in case involving suit-limitation clause in insurance policy on behalf of insurer (argued in May 2015); Alpine Glass, Inc. v. Country Mut. Ins. Co., No. 14-2578.

Obtained affirmance of summary judgment on behalf of medical-records provider on grounds that Minnesota Health Records Act does not confer private cause of action; Larson v. Northwestern Mutual Life Ins. Co., 855 N.W.2d 293 (Minn. 2014).

Obtained $1.4 million verdict for client in jury trial involving tortious interference with contract for a specified term of employment on behalf of medical-device company client; St. Jude Medical S.C., Inc. v. Biosense Webster, Inc. (D. Minn. 2014).

Obtained $2.4 million recovery for breach of buyout agreement involving casino-development project near Sacramento, Calif. on behalf of individual real-estate developer; Argovitz v. Lakes Entertainment, Inc. (2014).

Obtained $4.9 million jury verdict for client in fraudulent-transfer case on behalf of individual entrepreneur client; Johnson v. USL Prods, Inc. (Hennepin Cty. Minn. 2014).

Obtained reversal of grant of summary judgment in subrogation action involving fatal propane explosion on behalf of insurer; Lyzhoft v. Waconia Farm Supply, 2013 WL 3368832 (Minn. Ct. App. July 8, 2013).

Obtained affirmance of grant of summary judgment to sellers in non-disclosure action involving sale of real estate on behalf of homeowner; Penn v. Wexler, 2012 WL 1942651 (Minn. Ct. App. Sept. 10, 2012).

Obtained affirmance of trial court’s award of money damages to individual in real estate development case under promissory-estoppel theory; Heffron v. Burlington N. Santa Fe, 2012 WL 3262968 (Minn. App. Aug. 6, 2012).

Obtained affirmance of grant of summary judgment to insurer in declaratory judgment action; Koskovich v. American Family Mut. Ins. Co., 2012 WL 2369001 (Minn. Ct. App. June 25, 2012).

Obtained reversal of grant of summary judgment to defendant corporation in fraudulent-transfer case; Johnson v. USL Prods. Inc., 2012 WL 20788478 (Minn. Ct. App. June 11, 2012).

Obtained reversal of Court of Appeals’ decision and achieved reinstatement of wrongful-death verdicts in consolidated railroad-crossing case on behalf of family of decedent client; Frazier v. Burlington N. Santa Fe, 811 N.W.2d 618 (Minn. 2012).

Part of trial team who obtained $630 million award for computer device company in case involving theft and misappropriation of trade secrets) (affirmed on appeal; Seagate Tech. v. W. Digital Corp. (2012).

Obtained affirmance of grant of summary judgment to landowner in premises liability case involving substantial injuries; Kalenda v. Veit & Co., Inc., 2011 WL 589619 (Minn. Ct. App. Feb. 22, 2011).

Obtained reversal of grant of summary judgment against taconite company in case involving damage to mining equipment; Driscoll v. Standard Hardware, Inc., 785 N.W.2d 805 (Minn. Ct. App. 2010).

Obtained defense verdict for Nebraska trucking company in bench trial involving alleged employment discrimination; Maroko v. Werner Enterprises, Inc. (D. Minn. 2010).

Obtained reversal of district court’s refusal to enforce arbitration clause in real-estate purchase contract on behalf of real-estate broker; Hummell v. Edina Realty, 2009 WL 1048850 (Minn. Ct. App. Apr. 21, 2009).

Obtained affirmance of district court’s denial of defendant’s motion to dismiss based on lack of personal jurisdiction on behalf of individual; Peterson v. Harward, 2009 WL 22254 (Minn. Ct. App. Jan. 6, 2009).

Obtained affirmance of district court’s enforcement of anti-assignment clause in insurance contract on behalf of insurer client; Star Windshield Repair, Inc. v. Western Nat’l Ins. Co., 744 N.W.2d 237 (Minn. Ct. App. 2008).

Obtained defense verdict for premises owner in just trial involving alleged personal-injuries on behalf of landlord; Peterson v. Ball (Hennepin Cty. Minn. 2004).

Professional & Civic

Professional Achievements

  • American Bar Association, Fellow
  • Douglas K. Amdahl Inn of Court, Barrister
  • Minnesota Supreme Court Advisory Committee on the Rules of Civil Appellate Procedure, Appointed Member, 2013-present

Bar Associations

  • Association of the Bar of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • American Bar Association
    • Litigation Section
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
    • Appellate Practice Section, Appellate Council Member
    • Civil Litigation Section
  • Hennepin County Bar Association

Professional Associations

  • Defense Research Institute
  • Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association
    • Insurance Law Committee, Co-Chair, 2011-2016
  • Minnesota Supreme Court Historical Society
    • Treasurer, 2019-present

Civic Involvement

  • University of St. Thomas School of Law, Appellate Advocacy Adjunct Professor, 2012-present
  • Prodeo Academy, tutor, 2015-present


Honors & Awards

  • The Best Lawyers in America©, Appellate Practice, 2018-present; Commercial Litigation, 2019-present
  • Minnesota Top 100 Super Lawyers list, Super Lawyers, 2018
  • Minnesota Super Lawyers list, Super Lawyers, 2014-present
  • Minnesota Rising Stars list, Super Lawyers, 2007-2013
  • Up and Coming Attorney, Minnesota Lawyer, 2009
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  • Moving Toward Improved Legal Writing, author, Minnesota Defense, Vol. 1, Issue 1, Spring 2012
  • Products Liability Defenses, A State-by-State Compendium (Minnesota Chapter), author, DRI (2007)
  • The Interplay Between Contractual Indemnity Provisions and Liability Insurance, author, DRI Construction Defect Compendium (2007)
  • Who’s on the Risk?  Allocating Damages Among Insurers in Construction Defect Claims, author, Minnesota Defense (Summer 2006)
  • An Introduction to Race as Proxy, author, 53 DePaul L. Rev. 929 (2004)


  • Voir Dire, presenter, Jurors Live, Pulling the Curtain Back, 2018 Trial Advocacy Seminar, Robins Kaplan, Minneapolis, MN, October 9, 2018
  • Preserving the Record for Appeal, panelist with the Honorable James A. Moore, Fourth Judicial District, the Honorable Peter M. Reyes, Jr., Minnesota Court of Appeals, and Kay Nord Hunt, Lommen, Abdo, Bench and Bar Committee, Hennepin County Bar Association, Minneapolis, MN, April 17, 2018
  • 10 Tips and Techniques for Winning on Appeal, presenter, Mid-Winter Conference, Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association, Walker, MN, February 10, 2017
  • Protecting the Record: Appellate Considerations for District Court Litigation, panelist with the Honorable Heidi Schellhas and the Honorable Larry Stauber, Minnesota Court of Appeals, Hennepin County Bar Association, Minneapolis, MN, September 20, 2016
  • Clarity in Award Writing, presenter, American Arbitration Association webinar, Minneapolis, MN, August 23, 2016
  • State of the Courts and Keys to Effective Advocacy, panelist with Justice Natalie E. Hudson and Judge Denise D. Reilly, Minnesota State Bar Association, Nine Days in June Annual Convention, Mankato, MN, June 21, 2016
  • Nine Keys to a Successful Appellate Brief, presenter, Minnesota CLE, Minneapolis, MN, December 9, 2015
  • How to Succeed on Appeal: 10 Tips and Techniques, presenter, Minnesota CLE, Minneapolis, MN, December 16, 2014
  • Amicus Briefs: How to Find (and Be) “Friends of the Court,” panelist with Chief Justice Lorie Skjerven Gildea, Solicitor General Alan Gilbert and ACLU-MN Legal Director Teresa Nelson, Minnesota State Bar Association, Appellate Practice Institute, Minneapolis, MN, March 14, 2014
  • Negotiating Claims with Insurance Companies, presenter, National Business Institute, Minneapolis, MN, January 21, 2014 and May 21, 2013
  • Recent Appellate Cases, panelist with Justice G. Barry Anderson and Judge John R. Rodenberg, Minnesota State Bar Association, Nine Days in June Annual Convention, Mankato, MN, June 13, 2013
  • What You Need to Know About Coverage Law, presenter, Mid-Winter Conference, Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association, Nisswa, MN, February 10, 2013
  • Recent Appellate Cases Every Lawyer Should Know:  A Review of Significant Minnesota Appellate Decisions That Will Affect Your Practice, panelist with Justice G. Barry Anderson and Judge Terri J. Stoneburner, Minnesota State Bar Association, Nine Days in June Annual Convention, June 13, 2012
  • Appeals: Can I Appeal? Should I? How? presenter, Minnesota State Bar Association, Minneapolis, MN, May 30, 2012
  • Settlement Agreements, presenter, Hennepin County Bar Association, Minneapolis, MN, October 10, 2011
  • Coverage Disputes, presenter, Construction Insurance and Disputes Seminar, National Business Institute, Minneapolis, MN, May 26, 2010
  • First-Party Bad Faith, presenter, Minnesota Insurance Law Today Seminar, Minnesota State Bar Association, Minnesota CLE, Minneapolis, MN, June 17, 2009