Practice Groups

Professional Liability/Claim Prevention

We have nearly a half century of experience successfully representing professionals facing liability or malpractice claims from a range of professions, from healthcare providers to insurers, lawyers to real estate agents and brokers. Over the course of our expansive case experience, we have built a strong reputation within the legal community that serves our clients well.

Professional liability and claim prevention cases come with high stakes, often with professional careers hanging in the balance. Our dedicated teams are fully versed in the laws and regulations governing the business trades of the professionals we represent. We also make it a priority to listen to our clients, employing expertise and empathy throughout the entire process as we help them navigate their case. As accomplished litigators, we are extremely familiar with the inside of a courtroom and committed to achieving the best solution for our clients.

Representative Cases

Defended a long-term care facility at trial, obtaining a defense jury verdict in a case involving pressure ulcers. Cuff v. Welcov Healthcare LLC, No. 62-CV-15-5868 (Ramsey Cty. Minn. 2017).

Defended a physician in one of the largest exposure medical malpractice cases ever tried in Minnesota, obtaining a defense jury verdict in a birth injury claim. Damgaard v. Avera McKennan, No. 13-CV-2192 (D. Minn. 2016).

Represented a health system, obtaining a decision in a case of first impression, where the Minnesota Supreme Court clarified the extent of good-faith immunity under the Minnesota Commitment and Treatment Act. Binkley v. Allina Health Sys., 877 N.W.2d 547 (Minn. 2016).

Represented two major Twin Cities health systems, obtaining decisions on their behalf in separate credentialing disputes with members of the systems’ medical staff. In re: the Prof’l Staff Membership and Clinical Privileges of Doctors (2016 and 2017).

Represented a long-term care facility, obtaining dismissal of a claim for alleged violations of a resident’s rights under the Federal Nursing Home Reform Act. Fiers v. La Crosse Cty., 132 F. Supp. 3d 1111 (W.D. Wis. 2015).

Defended a law firm and its attorneys at trial, obtaining a defense jury verdict involving negligence and but-for causation claims. Schmidt v. Harlan, No. 27-CV-12-2105 (Hennepin Cty. Minn. 2015).

Defended a realty and title company in a matter involving claims for contribution, indemnification, breach of fiduciary duty, negligence, fraud, and violations of the Minnesota Consumer Fraud Act and Deceptive Trade Practices Act. Auleciems v. Edina Realty, Inc., No. A14-2064 (Minn. App. June 22, 2015).

Represented a law firm, obtaining summary judgment on causation grounds. McGrann Shea Carnival Straughn & Lamb v. Roberts, 2014 WL 3892593 (Minn. App. Aug. 11, 2014).

Defended an insurance broker in district court and on appeal, winning summary judgment for the alleged failure to procure workers’ compensation insurance. Grounded Air, Inc. v. Cottingham & Butler Ins. Servs., Inc., No. A14-0528 (Minn. Ct. App. Jan. 12, 2014).

Defended an architect in a lengthy arbitration, obtaining a favorable resolution in a case involving negligence and breach of contract claims brought by a school district.