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Mr. Andresen is a creative and collaborative advocate for clients in construction and commercial matters, having litigated and arbitrated hundreds of disputes throughout his career.
Mr. Andresen has extensive experience with construction cases involving building and product defects, MCIOA warranties, indemnity rights, mechanic’s liens and other payment claims, insurance coverage, surety bonds, OSHA citations, and premises liability. Mr. Andresen has obtained successful jury verdicts and arbitration awards for clients in more than two dozen construction cases, including a recent case where he secured a $10 million arbitration award for a client. But he understands that parties prefer to avoid disputes when possible, so also he works with clients to manage and transfer risk through contract negotiation on the front end of projects. Based on his vast experience, Mr. Andresen is regularly asked to serve as a mediator in construction cases and to testify on construction law matters at the Minnesota State Legislature.
In addition to his construction practice, Mr. Andresen represents corporations and individuals in complex commercial matters, including a case where he obtained a $4.75 million jury verdict for a client in a fraudulent transfer action. He also handles class-action matters, where he has played a central role in multi-district litigation.
Mr. Andresen serves as Chair of the Minnesota State Bar Association Construction Law Section. He is a Fellow of the Construction Lawyers Association of America. Mr. Andresen is recognized by the international research firm Chambers and Partners as a top construction lawyer and was named the 2022 Minneapolis Construction Law Lawyer of the Year by The Best Lawyers in America. He has been selected to the Minnesota Lawyer Power 30 Real Estate and Construction Law list. He has been named to the Minnesota Super Lawyers list since 2013 and Benchmark Litigation has identified him as a Local Litigation Star since 2016.
Currently serving as liaison counsel to a proposed class in a multi-district class action involving the National Hockey League, obtaining a ruling denying a motion to dismiss.
Represented a food product exporter against a dairy manufacturer and defended related customer claims, obtaining a favorable resolution in a multi-state product liability case involving moldy cream cheese exported to China.
Represented a property owner in a lawsuit where an experienced mechanical worker was seriously injured on the job when he fell from the building’s attic. Obtained summary judgment for the owner because it had no duty to warn the worker of the risk of performing his job without taking proper safety precautions. Affirmed by the Minnesota Court of Appeals.
Represented a small business claiming that a successor company should be responsible for a $3 million judgment against a predecessor based on a fraudulent transfer. After extensive litigation that included two trips to the Minnesota Court of Appeals, obtained a $4.75 million jury verdict for the client.
Represented an oil refinery in a Wisconsin lawsuit against a company that allegedly caused a fire while cleaning a holding tank. Obtained a jury verdict in the full amount of the damages sought by Bassford’s client (approximately $1.4 million).
Represented a general contractor in a claim for extra compensation by a material supplier on an industrial warehouse project. The general contractor alleged that the extras were caused by the supplier’s delays and defective products, and counterclaimed seeking indemnity for its defense costs. A three-day arbitration resulted in an award rejecting the material supplier’s claims and requiring it to reimburse the general contractor for its attorney’s fees and costs.
Represented a general contractor in a construction defect lawsuit brought by a condominium association. Obtained summary judgment for the general contractor dismissing the association’s claims and ordering the subcontractors to indemnify the general contractor for all of its defense costs.
Represented property owners against contractors in two separate construction defect lawsuits. In both cases, obtained jury verdicts awarding the property owners all of the damages they were seeking.
Representative Appellate Cases
Rosso v. Hallmark Homes of Minneapolis, Inc., 843 N.W.2d 798 (Minn. App. 2014).
Camacho v. Todd and Lieser Homes, 706 N.W.2d 49 (Minn. 2005).
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