John A. Markert

Professional Profile
John focuses his practice on the construction industry, assisting a wide variety of clients with their legal needs, including contract drafting, negotiation and disputes, payment claims, delay claims, defective design litigation, as well as property damage and personal injury claims. John represents clients in multiple forums, including state and federal court, arbitration and administrative hearings. John’s 16 years of experience in the construction industry affords him the ability to quickly understand the technical aspects of his client’s business and claims. His experience also allows him to provide his clients with “real world” advice and practical, proactive steps to avoid claims and effectively manage them if they cannot be avoided.

John represents clients in both offensive and defensive claims. Specific areas of expertise include payment disputes, including mechanic’s liens and bond claims; design defect claims; delay and cumulative impact claims; warranty claims; insurance coverage disputes; defense of wrongful death and catastrophic injury claims; and administrative board actions. John was recognized as a “Rising Young Star” for 10 consecutive years and named a “Super Lawyer” in 2014, 2015 and 2016 by the Minnesota Law & Politics magazine.

Law School
William Mitchell College of Law, J.D., (2001)

University of Minnesota, B.A., (1996)

Minnesota Bar Association
Ramsey County Bar Association
Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association
American Bar Association – Construction Law Forum
Construction Financial Management Association
Minnesota Construction Association

Minnesota, U.S. District Court – Minnesota, U. S. Court of Appeals – 8th Circuit; admitted pro-hac vice in Wisconsin, Colorado and North Dakota.

Rising Star 2002-2011; Super Lawyer 2014-2016

Co-Author: ConsensusDOCS 240: What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You, The Construction Lawyer, Winter 2010

Co-Author: Lessons Learned – How the 1997 Revisions to A201 Have Fared After 10 Years, presented at the Forum on the Construction Industry’s Mid-Winter Meeting, January 2007

Reported Decisions
Eckert/Wordell Architects, Inc. v. FJM Properties of Willmar, LLC, 756 F.3d 1098 (8th Cir. 2014)

Minn. Pipe & Equip. Co. v. Ameron Int.’l Corp., 938 F.Supp. 2d 862 (Minn. D. Ct. 2013)

Slindee v. Fritch Invs., LLC, 760 N.W.2d 903 (Minn. Ct. App. 2009)

Lake Superior Ctr. Auth. V. Hammel, Green & Abrahamson, Inc., 715 N.W.2d 458 (Minn. Ct. App. 2006)