Jack Van de North

Professional Profile
Jack’s practice focuses on resolving disputes as a mediator, arbitrator, and court-appointed special master.  He also provides counsel to a variety of private and public entities.

Before joining the firm, Jack was a Ramsey County District Court judge from 1998 to 2015.  While on the bench, Jack handled all types of cases which included misdemeanors to murders on the criminal side; and simple to multi-party, multi-issue, multi-million dollar civil matters.

As a District Court judge, Jack chaired the Civil and Family/Juvenile Divisions in Ramsey County District Court and was appointed Lead Judge for the Minnesota Asbestos Litigation which involved over 1,500 asbestos-related cancer claims. The Minnesota Supreme Court assigned Jack to address sensitive attorney disciplinary proceedings, sex offender appeals, and a 2014 United States Senate election contest.   For three years, at the conclusion of his judicial career, Jack presided over the highly-publicized and challenging clergy sex abuse cases in Minnesota.  These involved issues of first impression and attracted national attention. 

Jack had a distinguished career as an attorney.  While working for the Minnesota Attorney General and in private practice, he specialized in matters involving regulated industries and environmental contamination for more than 25 years.  He represented individuals, businesses and municipalities in ground breaking cases before the Public Utilities Commission, the Pollution Control Agency, and in court.  He was Lead Plaintiffs’ Counsel in a 10 year lawsuit between the United States Government and Minnesota municipalities and individuals over groundwater contamination at the Twin Cities Army Ammunitions Plant.  He defended industrial clients against Superfund liability at sites throughout the State of Minnesota.

Since joining Larson • King in early 2015, Jack has helped resolve the following types of disputes, among others:

  • Multi-party and multi-million dollar cases involving:
    • Construction Defects
    • Insurance Coverage
    • Damages Allocation
    • Product Liability (GMOs and Asbestos)
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Business Dissolutions
  • Trust Administration
  • Defamation
  • Divorce
  • Personal Injury
  • Premises Liability

Law School
University of Notre Dame Law School, J.D., 1970

College
Saint John’s University, Collegeville, B.A., 1967

Professional Associations
Minnesota State Bar Association
Ramsey County Bar Association

Admitted
Minnesota; U.S. Supreme Court  (inactive); U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota (inactive);  U.S. Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit (inactive); Qualified Neutral under Rule 114 of the Minnesota General Rules of Practice; AAA Arbitrator

Honors and Awards
American Board of Trial Advocates’ Best Trial Judge in MN, 2014
Distinguished Humanitarian Service Award, Ramsey County Bar Association,  2011
William Spurgeon National Explorer Scouting Award,1999
Who’s Who in American Law, 1994-1995
The Best Lawyers in America, 1997-1998
Minnesota Leading Attorneys, 1994-1996

Publications
Co-Author, 2nd Judicial District Condemnation Proceedings Handbook, (2013)

MSBA Civil Gideon Task Force Report and Symposium, (December 2011)

William Mitchell Law Review, “Problem-Solving Judges: Meddlers or Innovators?”, 32 Wm. Mitchell L. Rev. 3 (April 2006)

William Mitchell College of Law Symposium on Regulating Judicial Campaign Speech (March 2006)

Representative Types of Cases Handled as an Attorney or Judge

  • Sexual Abuse of Minors by Clergy
  • Asbestos/Mesothelioma
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Telecommunications and Energy Company Licensing, Rate, and Service
  • Groundwater and Air Contamination/Toxic Tort
  • Construction Design and Defect
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Anti-Trust and Consumer Protection
  • Franchise and Agency Agreements
  • Complex Commercial Leases and Contracts
  • Defamation
  • Non-Compete and Tortious Interference
  • Whistleblower and Wrongful Discharge