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Robin Ann Williams

Shareholder

Robin Ann Williams

Shareholder

Practice Groups

Housing Law, Insurance Coverage, Trust and Estates Litigation

Industry Groups

Insurance, Real Estate and Residential Property Management

Overview

Ms. Williams has 20 years of experience representing clients in insurance coverage and trust and estates litigation. She has been involved in some of the most complex coverage and high-profile trust matters filed in Minnesota. She also represents large residential owners and management agents in housing disputes.

Ms. Williams frequently serves as course chair or speaker at national and statewide continuing legal education seminars, speaking on insurance coverage and housing topics. She has also conducted numerous trainings and employee seminars for her housing clients. She served as Visiting Clinical Professor of Law and as an adjunct professor at the University of Minnesota Law School, where she developed a commercial general liability insurance coverage course. For several years, she was also an adjunct professor at William Mitchell College of Law.

Ms. Williams previously served as the firm’s Chief Operating Officer. She has been recognized as both a Top 100 Super Lawyer and Top 50 Women Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers, Mpls.St.Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business. She is listed in The Best Lawyers in America for Insurance Law and for Commercial Litigation and is a Fellow in the Litigation Counsel of America. In 2017, she was a Diversity & Inclusion honoree selected by Minnesota Lawyer.

Education & Admissions

Education & Admissions

  • University of Minnesota Law School, J.D., cum laude, 1993
  • Texas Christian University, B.A., magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 1989

Bar Admissions

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

Experience

Representative Cases

Cocchiarella v. Driggs, 884 N.W.2d 621 (Minn. 2016).

In re Estate of Brian K. Johnson, 878 N.W.2d 510 (Minn. App. Feb. 9, 2016).

Seward Towers Corp. v. Ogbe, 2013 WL 5676924 (Minn. App. Oct. 21, 2013).

Columbia Cas. Co. v. 3M Co., 814 N.W.2d 33 (Minn. 2012).

API, Inc. Asbestos Settlement Trust v. Atl. Mut. Ins. Co., 2011 WL 5244669 (D. Minn. Nov. 2, 2011).

Rucki v. Grazzini, Nos. A09-0694, A09-0700, A09-1693, 2010 WL 1286725 (Minn. App. Apr. 6, 2010).

Thelen v. City of Elba, No. 08-1150, 2009 WL 2208161 (D. Minn. July 22, 2009).

In re Galloway, No. C5-04-200042, 2007 WL 5125298 (D. Minn. Apr. 5, 2007).

STAR Ctrs., Inc. v. Faegre & Benson, L.L.P., 644 N.W.2d 72 (Minn. 2002).

Stucke v. Thomas Chevrolet, Cadillac, No. C8-98-2405, 1999 WL 486947 (Minn. App. July 6, 1999).

Professional & Civic

Professional Achievements

  • Litigation Counsel of America, Fellow
  • Douglas K. Amdahl Inn of Court, 2012-2016

Bar Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Hennepin County Bar Association
    • Chair, Landlord-Tenant Committee, 1997-2000

Professional Associations

  • Defense Research Institute
  • Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association

Civic Involvement

  • Central Minnesota Legal Services
    • Board Member, 2007-present
  • Minneapolis Downtown Council
    • DT 2025, 2014-2017
  • Minnesota Multi Housing Association
    • Board Member, 2015-2017
  • The Fund for Legal Aid
    • Board Member, 2013-2018
  • The McKnight Foundation
    • Member, Minneapolis Landlord/Tenant Initiative, 2015-present
  • Volunteer Lawyers Network
    • Housing Law Committee, 2006-present
  • Coach, Eastview High School Mock Trial Team, 2010-2012
  • Mentor, CommonBond Communities Study Buddies Program, 2005-2010

Accolades

Honors & Awards

  • Diversity & Inclusion honoree, Minnesota Lawyer, 2017
  • The Best Lawyers in America©, Insurance Law, 2015-2018 and Commercial Litigation, 2016-2018
  • Minnesota Super Lawyers Top 50 Female list, Super Lawyers, 2011-2016
  • Minnesota Super Lawyers Top 100 Female list, Super Lawyers, 2005-2009
  • Top 100 Minnesota Super Lawyer, Super Lawyers, 2012, 2016
  • Minnesota Super Lawyers list, Super Lawyers, 2002-present

Seminars

General

  • Know Your Court, speaker, Civil Litigation session, Hennepin County District Court, July 14, 2017 and June 8, 2018
  • Critical Conversation: Innovation in Legal Education – The Future of Legal Education in Minnesota and Beyond, panelist, Minnesota State Bar Association Annual Convention, June 15, 2017
  • When Good Attorneys Go Bad: PR Violations and Bias Pitfalls, co-presenter with Timothy J. Gephart of Minnesota Lawyers Mutual, Minnesota State Bar Association Annual Convention, June 24, 2010

Trust and Estate Litigation

  • Mom Always Liked You Best – Trust and Estate Litigation, speaker, U.S. Trust, June 2017
  • Litigating Under Minnesota’s Uniform Trust Code, speaker, U.S. Bank, January 2016
  • Mom Always Liked You Best – Trust and Estate Litigation and the New Minnesota UTC, speaker, Bremer Wealth Management, November 2015
  • Using Experts in Trusts and Estate Litigation, speaker, National Business Institute, December 2012

Insurance Coverage

  • “Occurrences” and “Wrongful Acts”: One Plus One Does Not Always Equal Two, speaker, ABA Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee CLE Seminar, Tucson, Arizona, March 3, 2018
  • Insurance Law 101, trainer, Central Minnesota Multi Housing Conference and Products Show, June 8, 2017
  • Insurance Law 101, speaker, Minnesota Multi Housing Association Annual Working Together Conference, April 19, 2017
  • Attorney-Client Privilege in Insurance Disputes: Preserving Confidentiality and Meeting Legal Ethics Standards, speaker, Strafford CLE Webinar, June 14, 2016
  • Our Lips Are Sealed ... Until They’re Not: The Attorney-Client Privilege and Work Product Doctrine in Insurance Claims Disputes and the Tripartite Relationship, speaker, ABA Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee CLE Seminar, Tucson, Arizona, March 4, 2017
  • Covered Versus Uncovered Claims: Navigating Allocation in Mixed-Claim Scenarios, speaker, American Bar Association Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee CLE Seminar, Tucson, Arizona, March 3, 2016
  • Covered Claim vs. Uncovered Claim Quandaries, speaker, Insurance Coverage and Claims Institute, Defense Research Institute, Chicago, Illinois, March 27, 2015
  • Three’s Company. Or Is It?: The Interplay Between a Declaratory Judgment Action and the Underlying Claim/Litigation, speaker, Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association Trial Techniques Seminar, August 15, 2014
  • New Interest Statutes in Minnesota, speaker, Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association Insurance Law Institute, October 7, 2010

Housing CLEs

  • Residential Landlord/Tenant Law, speaker, Real Property Law in Minnesota, Minnesota CLE, January 23, 2018
  • Residential Landlord-Tenant Law, The Basics, speaker, 2017 Real Estate Institute, November 28, 2017
  • Tenant Screening - Including New Fair Housing Requirements, speaker, 2016 Real Estate Institute, November 3, 2016
  • Top 10 Landlord/Tenant Issues, speaker, Volunteer Lawyers Network, October 12, 2016
  • Residential Landlord-Tenant Law in Minnesota, speaker, Minnesota CLE Real Estate Series, August 15, 2016
  • Housing CLE - Fair Housing (Americans with Disabilities Act, Fair Housing Act & Minnesota Human Rights Act), speaker, Ramsey County District Court, June 2, 2016
  • Residential Landlord-Tenant Law The Basics, speaker, 2014 Real Estate Institute, November 14, 2014
  • Ask the Attorney: Legal and Property Management Issues, speaker, Minnesota Housing Finance Agency 2013 Long Term Homeless Provider Forum, November 14, 2013
  • Hoarders and Other Tales of Woe: Understanding Mental Health Issues in Residential Housing, speaker and course chair, Residential Landlord-Tenant Law Conference, Minnesota Continuing Legal Education, September 13, 2012
  • Answers to the Top Questions Asked by Residential Landlords, also known as . . . A 6-minute-per-issue tour of what bothers residential landlords the most, speaker and planning committee, Real Estate Institute, November 9, 2011 and November 12, 2010
  • A View from the Bench and The Eviction Process: A Hypothetical, speaker, moderator, and course chair, Residential Landlord-Tenant Law in Minnesota, Minnesota Continuing Legal Education, September 29, 2009

Housing Trainings and Speaking Engagements

  • Fair Housing and VAWA, trainer, Sherman Associates, July 25, 2018
  • Fair Housing, trainer, Norhart, June 22, 2018
  • Fair Housing and Assistance Animals, trainer, Gaughan Companies, May 22, 2018
  • Advanced Fair Housing: Reasonable Accommodations, speaker, Minnesota Multi Housing Association Shaping the Future Conference, St. Cloud, Minnesota, June 6, 2018
  • Best Practices, speaker, Minnesota Multi Housing Association Shaping the Future Conference, St. Cloud, Minnesota, June 6, 2018
  • Fair Housing, trainer, Minnesota Multi Housing Association, May 22, 2018
  • Employment Harassment and Fair Housing Training, trainer, Property Solutions & Services, May 16, 2018
  • Advanced Fair Housing: Reasonable Accommodations, speaker, Minnesota Multi Housing Association Building Bridges Conference & Products Show, May 3, 2018
  • Best Practices, speaker, Minnesota Multi Housing Association Building Bridges Conference & Products Show, May 3, 2018
  • Ask the Attorney, speaker, Minnesota Multi Housing Association Annual Working Together Conference, April 18, 2018
  • Best Practices, speaker, Minnesota Multi Housing Association Annual Working Together Conference, April 18, 2018
  • Fair Housing, speaker, Minnesota Multi Housing Association, February 16, 2018
  • The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), trainer, CommonBond Communities, February 15, 2018
  • Reasonable Accommodations and Assistance Animals, trainer, Preferred Management Services, February 6, 2018
  • CRM: Discrimination and Fair Housing, trainer, Minnesota Multi Housing Association, February 5, 2018
  • Fair Housing, Reasonable Accommodations, VAWA, and Agency Law and Relationships, trainer, Janken Housing Solutions, December 5, 2017
  • Fair Housing, trainer, MBG Property Management, December 4, 2017
  • Fair Housing, trainer, Real Estate Equities, November 16, 2017
  • Fair Housing, trainer, TCG Management, LLC, November 8, 2017
  • Advanced Fair Housing, speaker, Building Communities, Rochester Area Conference and Products Show, September 14, 2017
  • Fair Housing, speaker, Minnesota Multi Housing Association, September 13, 2017
  • Landlord-Tenant Law, trainer, 2017 Certified Resident Manager Program, August 24, 2017
  • Fair Housing, trainer, Titan Development & Investments, August 8, 2017
  • Fair Housing, trainer, CPM Companies, July 27, 2017
  • Advanced Fair Housing Plus Legal Q&A, speaker, Minnesota Multi Housing Association, July 20, 2017
  • Fair Housing, Reasonable Accommodations, VAWA, and Agency Law and Relationships, trainer, Janken Housing Solutions, Inc., June 29, 2017
  • Fair Housing, trainer, Sherman Associates, June 15, 2017
  • Advanced Fair Housing, speaker, Central Minnesota Multi Housing Conference and Products Show, June 8, 2017
  • Fair Housing, trainer, Aeon, May 9, 2017
  • Advanced Fair Housing, speaker, Minnesota Multi Housing Association Building Bridges Conference & Products Show, May 4, 2017
  • Employment Harassment and Fair Housing, trainer, Property Solutions & Services, May 2, 2017
  • Fair Housing, trainer, Boisclair Corporation, March 22, 2017
  • Fair Housing, speaker, Minnesota Multi Housing Association, February 7, 2017
  • Fair Housing, the Violence Against Women Act, and Agency Law, trainer, Janken Housing Solutions Seminar, December 7, 2016, and December 15, 2016
  • Advanced Fair Housing Q&A with the Attorney, speaker, Minnesota Multi Housing Association, October 27, 2016
  • Sexual Harassment, Fair Housing, and Discrimination, trainer, Premier Housing Management, October 13, 2016
  • Fair Housing, trainer, RS EDEN, September 30, 2016
  • Manager Training Program, trainer, Titan Development and Investments, Inc., September 22, 2016
  • Fair Housing, speaker, Minnesota Multi Housing Association, September 16, 2016
  • Fair Housing and Reasonable Accommodation, trainer, Lee Square Cooperative, August 16, 2016
  • Fair Housing and Reasonable Accommodation, trainer, Brott's Family Care Center, August 12, 2016
  • Fair Housing, trainer, Sherman Associates, July 21, 2016
  • Fair Housing, trainer, Lang Nelson Associates, May 18, 2016
  • Fair Housing, trainer, Aeon, May 10, 2016
  • Ask the Attorney, speaker, Minnesota Multi Housing Association Annual Working Together Conference, April 12, 2016
  • Advanced Fair Housing Q&A With The Attorney, speaker, Minnesota Multi Housing Association, February 11, 2016 and February 24, 2016