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J. Scott Andresen

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J. Scott Andresen

Shareholder

Practice Groups

Construction, Commercial Litigation, Appellate Practice

Industry Groups

Construction, Real Estate and Residential Property Management

Overview

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 a dozen construction cases, but he understands that parties prefer to avoid disputes when possible, so 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 testify on construction law matters at the Minnesota State Legislature.

Mr. Andresen also represents corporations and individuals in complex commercial matters, including multidistrict litigation and a recent case where he obtained a $4.75 million jury verdict for a client in a fraudulent transfer action. He also handles class-action matters, such as In re NHL Players’ Concussion Injury Litigation, where he plays a central role in nationwide litigation.

Mr. Andresen is recognized in The Best Lawyers in America© for Construction Law has been named by Super Lawyers magazine as one of the Top 100 Minnesota Super Lawyers in 2015, 2016, and 2017, and Benchmark Litigation identified him as a Local Litigation Star in 2016, 2017, and 2018.

Education & Admissions

Education

  • Southern Illinois University School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 1999
    • Southern Illinois University Law Journal, editor and member
  • University of Minnesota, B.A., 1996

Bar Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth 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
  • Wisconsin


Experience

Representative Cases

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).

Professional & Civic

Professional Achievements

  • Douglas K. Amdahl Inn of Court, Master
  • Construction Lawyers Society of America, Fellow

Bar Associations

  • Minnesota State Bar Association
    • Legislative Committee of the Construction Law Section Council, Co-Chair, 2015-present
  • Wisconsin State Bar Association
  • Hennepin County Bar Association

Professional Associations

  • Associated General Contractors of Minnesota
  • Minneapolis Downtown Council
    • 2025 Development Committee, member, 2015-present
    • Housing Options Coalition, Co-Chair, 2015-present
  • Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association

Civic Involvement

  • Volunteer Lawyers Network, 2006-present
  • Highland Baseball, Commissioner and Coach

Accolades

Honors & Awards

  • Recognized Practitioner, Chambers and Partners, Construction, 2019-present
  • Minneapolis Downtown Council 2025 Plan Leadership Award as Co-Chair of the Housing Options Coalition, 2017
  • The Best Lawyers in America©, Construction Law, 2019-present; Construction Litigation, 2020
  • Minnesota Super Lawyers Top 100 list, Super Lawyers, 2015-2017
  • Rated AV Preeminent® by Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Local Litigation Star, Benchmark Litigation, 2016-present
  • Future Star, Benchmark Litigation, 2015-2016
  • Minnesota Super Lawyers list, Super Lawyers, 2013-present
  • Minnesota Rising Stars list, Super Lawyers, 2002, 2004–2008, 2011–2012
  • Up-and-Coming Attorney, Minnesota Lawyer, 2004

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Seminars

  • Member Forum | Downtown Residential Development, presenter, Minneapolis Downtown Council, October 11, 2018
  • The Effects of Condo Litigation and Proposed Legislative Reform, presenter, Minnesota Real Estate Journal Condominium & Townhome Development Summit, February 25, 2017
  • MSBA Construction Law Section's Annual Legislative Update, presenter, Minnesota State Bar Association, Construction Law Section, October 14, 2016
  • The Effects of Condo Litigation and Proposed Legislative Reform, presenter, Condominium and Townhome Development Summit, Minnesota Real Estate Journal, February 25, 2016
  • Condo Reform, presenter, Regional Council of Mayors Meeting, Urban Land Institute, Minneapolis, Minnesota, July 13, 2015
  • Creative Settlements in Construction Disputes, presenter, Minnesota State Bar Association, Construction Law Section, March 13, 2015
  • Cedar Bluff v. American Family Mutual Insurance Company – A Discussion of the Issues, co-presenter, MDLA Insurance Law Committee and MDLA Construction Law Committee, March 10, 2015
  • Construction Law for the Non-Specialist, presenter, 2014 Real Estate Institute, November 13, 2014
  • Indemnification, presenter, Associated General Contractors of Minnesota, Annual Meeting, November 20, 2013
  • The New Law and New Debate for Contractual Indemnity Cases; A Discussion of Bolduc, United Prairie, and Amendments to Minn. Stat. § 337.05, presenter, Minnesota CLE, September 24, 2013
  • Amendments to Minn. Stat. 337.05, presenter, Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association, September 10, 2013
  • Two Timely Legal Topics for Contractors and Developers: The Indemnity Law and Minimizing Condo Litigation, presenter, Real Estate and Construction Contractors Summit, Minnesota Real Estate Journal, September 6, 2013
  • Is There a New Normal in Contractual Indemnity Cases?, presenter, Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association, Trial Techniques Seminar, August 23, 2013
  • Free Legal Advice on Common Construction Issues, presenter, Maxxon Corporation, June 4, 2013
  • Securing Your Legal Interests and Reducing Your Overall Risk, presenter, Real Estate and Construction Contractors Summit, Minnesota Real Estate Journal, September 7, 2012
  • Risk Shifting in Construction Contracts, presenter, Real Estate Convenience Series, Minnesota State Bar Association, May 15, 2012
  • A Primer on Mechanic’s Liens in Minnesota, presenter, Forius, Business Credit Resources, Golden Valley, MN, April 21, 2011
  • Persons Entitled to and Property Subject to Mechanics' Liens, presenter, A Comprehensive Guide to Mechanics' Liens in Minnesota Seminar, Minnesota State Bar Association, September 22, 2009
  • Condo Conversions and Cooperatives, presenter, Timely Topics in Construction Litigation Seminar, Minnesota State Bar Association, June 10, 2009
  • Persons Entitled to and Property Subject to Mechanics' Liens, presenter, A Comprehensive Guide to Mechanics' Liens in Minnesota Seminar, Minnesota State Bar Association, October 15, 2008
  • Strategies for Bringing or Defending Condominium or Townhouse Claims, co-chair, Residential Construction Law Seminar, Minnesota State Bar Association, March 12, 2008
  • Anatomy of a 2007 Residential Construction Defect Case Seminar, co-chair, Minnesota CLE, May 23, 2007
  • Sources of Recovery, presenter, Anatomy of a 2007 Residential Construction Defect Case Seminar, Minnesota CLE, May 23, 2007
  • Finding Insurance Coverage for Construction Defects:  Understanding Wooddale Builders v. Maryland Casualty, presenter, Minnesota State Bar Association, Construction Law Section, December 8, 2006
  • The Implications of Contractor Dissolution After Camacho, presenter, Residential Construction Defect Claims Seminar, Minnesota State Bar Association, May 10, 2006
  • Appearing as a Witness in a Civil Case: The Basics for Architects and Engineers, presenter, Legal Issues for Minnesota Design Professionals Seminar, HalfMoon LLC, May 4, 2006
  • Economic Loss Doctrine, presenter, Minnesota State Bar Association, Construction Law Section, April 28, 2006
  • Common Issues in Construction Defect/Water Intrusion Claims, presenter, CPCU Society Symposium, April 19, 2006
  • Mold and Water Intrusion, A Comprehensive Overview of Litigation and Claims in Minnesota, seminar co-chair, Minnesota State Bar Association, December 6, 2005
  • General Overview of Mold Litigation and the Future of Mold Claims, presenter, Minnesota State Bar Association, December 6, 2005
  • Construction Defect Claims – The Plaintiff’s Perspective, presenter, Minnesota State Bar Association, December 6, 2005
  • Residential Construction Defect Claims, seminar co-chair, Minnesota State Bar Association, May 23, 2005
  • Negotiating and Drafting the Settlement Agreement, presenter, Minnesota State Bar Association, May 23, 2005
  • Residential Construction Defect Claims – Plaintiff’s Perspective, presenter, Minnesota State Bar Association, May 24, 2004
  • Mold Litigation in Minnesota, presenter, Lorman Education Services, March 26, 2003
  • Mold - Why Mold? Why Now?, presenter, Minnesota State Bar Association, November 21 and 22, 2002
  • The 2002 Real Estate Convenience Series, presenter, Minnesota State Bar Association, June 13, 2002
  • Solving Water Intrusion and Mold Problems, presenter, Lorman Education Services, April 24, 2002