Mark A. Solheim

Professional Profile
Mark’s trial work focuses on litigation of product, professional, oil & gas and transportation liability matters. Mark is a partner and serves on the firm's executive committee.

Mark has served in leadership positions for state and national defense organizations for many years. Mark served as the President of the Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association (2011); as Chair of the DRI Trial Tactics Committee (2006-2008); as Co-Chair of the MDLA Nursing Home & Assisted Living Committee (2006) and as Chair of the USLAW Network (2008); Member, DRI Law Institute Committee - Drug & Medical Device, Trial Tactics, Retail and Professional Liability (2011-2014); Co-Chair of USLAW's Product Liability Committee (2016 - present). In addition, Mark served on the Board of Directors for the Regions Hospital Foundation (2012-2014).

Mark and his wife, Christine, keep busy with their three daughters.  As a family, they enjoy spending time at their cabin in northern Minnesota, where Mark was born and raised.  An avid outdoorsman, Mark loves to hunt, fish and hike.

Law School 
Hamline University School of Law, J.D., cum laude (1990)
Silver Gavel National Honor Society

Hamline University, B.A., cum laude (1988)
Pi Gamma Mu National Honor Society

Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association

Minnesota, North Dakota, Wisconsin and Three Affiliated Tribes. U.S. Supreme Court. U.S. District Court: Minnesota, Wisconsin and North Dakota.

Admitted pro hac vice in Iowa, Illinois, New York, Texas, Florida, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Montana, Indiana, Nevada, North Carolina, California, Kansas, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Wyoming, Colorado, Alaska, Arkansas, Idaho, Missouri, Arizona and Washington.

Honors & Awards
Named a Fellow in the Trial Lawyer Honorary Society of the Litigation Counsel of America (2017); named a Top 100 attorney (2016); named one of Attorneys of the Year by Minnesota Lawyer (2016); named to the Best Lawyers in America for Product Liability, based on a peer review survey comprised of 2.5 million confidential evaluations (named yearly since 2009); rated "AV Preeminent" by his peers in Martindale Hubbell, the highest lawyer rating for both skills and ethics; named a "Super Lawyer" by Minnesota Law & Politics, representing the top 5% of Minnesota lawyers (yearly since 2000); named in the top 100 "Super Lawyers" (2008, 2016-2017); named a "Rising Star" by Minnesota Law & Politics (1996-1999); Hamline University Athletic Hall of Fame, Football Team.

Exemplar Trial List
Wagner vs. BHOO Land Dispute. Defense verdict.

Hester vs. Janning Professional Liability. Defense Verdict.

Morgan vs. BHI Wrongful Death. Directed Verdict.

Lien vs. V&C Brain injury/Loss of vision.  Plaintiff's verdict.

Weinkauff vs. Nelson Professional liability. Wrongful death. Defense Verdict.

Canadian Pacific vs. Werner $9M Train Derailment. Defense Verdict. Cert. denied by United States Supreme Court.

McRunnel vs. Batco  Products liability.  Defense Verdict. 

Minke vs. Freedom Solutions  $8M Financial Fraud.  Defense Verdict. 

Yang vs. C.T. Products Liability. Quadriplegic. Defense Verdict.

Gniffke vs. Sysco Brain Injury. Plaintiff's Verdict.

Kaliveh vs. T.C. Professional Liability. Directed Verdict.

Meinershagen vs. Konasiewicz Brain Surgery. Defense Verdict.

Aristy vs. Holinka Brain injury. 50-50 allocation.

Walter vs. Andrews Emergency response. Defense Verdict.

McDonald vs. Pietrafitta Professional Liability. Punitive Damages. Defense Verdict.

Simonson vs. Comfort Gardens Ventilator Dependent Plaintiff. Defense Verdict.

Reitzner vs. American Family Arson. Defense Verdict.

Kaupa vs. Rison Professional liability. Defense Verdict.

Christians vs. Xcel Electrical contact. Defense Verdict.

Larson vs. Wasemiller Professional liability. Defense Verdict.

Browning v. G.A. Favorable defense of CRPS/RSD arbitration claim.

Jones vs. Highland Chateau  Professional liability.  Offer accepted after commencement of trial.

Roehl Transport v. Liberty Mutual Bad Faith Policyholder Claim. Verdict in Favor of Client.

Davis v. St. Ann's Assisted Living Professional Liability Claim.

Brown v. Horseshoe Billiards General Liability Defense Verdict.

First State v. 3M Coverage claim. Confidential result.

Turek v. Stostrand Personal injury. Verdict at offer of settlement.

Community Housing Corp. v. Alternative Building Group Contract Dispute over ownership of 501 (c) (3) property in Texas. Defense Verdict.

I-Systems v. Software's, Inc. Copyright Infringement.

Seurer v. Wheaton Personal injury. Defense Verdict.

Rootness v. Willey Wrongful death. Defense Verdict.

Buckhanan v. Mendota Insurance Company Personal injury. Defense Verdict.

Staeheli v. Moser Defamation. Directed Verdict.

Right Management, Inc v. Backer Employment matter. Favorable court trial.

Gerhardson v. Milton Personal injury. Defense Verdict.

Gohman v. Schneider National Subrogation. Defense Verdict.

Carpenter v. Wozney Land dispute. Defense Verdict.

Escher v. Land O’Lakes Brain injury. Defense Verdict.

Sheppard v. Duffy’s Dram shop. Defense Verdict.

Morse v. Gerst Professional liability. Defense Verdict.

Rafai v. Gustafson Personal injury. Defense Verdict.

Perkins v. Ebert Personal injury. Settled before verdict.

Garding v. Porterhouse Wrongful death. Defense Verdict.

Waldhalm v. Sturgeon Lake O.L. Commercial dispute. Defense Verdict.

Market Square v. West Bend Declaratory judgment. Defense Verdict.

Conaway v. Bucko’s Dram shop. Verdict at offer.

Korby v. McNaught Brain injury. Defense Verdict.

Gabrielson v. Moe Brain injury. Verdict at offer.

Guy v. West Point General Liability. Defense Verdict.

Howard, et al. v. Mackenhausen Burn and wrongful death. Defense Verdict.

Foss v. Shady Oak General Liability. Defense Verdict.

Tinglov v. Hartle Personal injury. Verdict returned at offer.

Morrisey v. McKinney Medical negligence – wrongful death. Verdict below offer.

Freeman v. Stapp Personal injury. Plaintiff’s Verdict pursuant to high/low agreement.

Piper v. Pommerining Personal injury. Defense Verdict.

Brown v. Johnson Wrongful death. Defense Verdict.

Zimmerman v. Soderquist Personal injury. Defense Verdict.

Heron v. New Market Brain injury. Defense Verdict.

Publications & Seminars
Mark is a frequent presenter at legal seminars and conferences, including: Strategies for Mitigating Damages Through the Corporate Apology, North Dakota Defense Lawyers Association Annual Meeting (2017); Strategies for Mitigating Anger: Pros & Cons of Conceding Liability/Countering Sympathy in Catastrophic Injury Cases (2017); Building the Defense of a Product:  Moderator, Avoiding the Second Burn:  Strategies for Successful Fire Scene Investigation. USLAW (2016); Taking a Technical Approach to Defending Products Claims, Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association Annual Seminar (2016); Advanced Investigation Techniques and Strategies, Fighting Fire with Fire Seminar, Union League Club of Chicago (2016); The Assertion of Privilege, Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association Annual Meeting (2015); Preparing the Corporate Representative for the 30(6)(6) Deposition, USLAW (2015); Faculty, An Interactive Case Study of a Modern Product Liability Claim (USLAW 2014); Faculty, Product Liability Class Actions, USLAW Vancouver (2013); Handling and Defending Your Worst Exposure Case, Crittenden Medical Insurance Conference (Apr. 2013); Cutting-Edge Settlement and Defense Strategies for Complex Litigation, USLAW Network Spring Conference (Apr. 2012); Civil Voir Dire & Jury Instructions, Annual Conference of Judges (Dec. 2011); Chair, Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association Trial Tactics Seminar - Duluth (2011), The Difficult Expert Witness, DRI Damages - Las Vegas (Mar. 2011); Strategies for Defending Insurance Class Actions, IADC Regional Meeting - New York (Dec. 2010); Dealing with Difficult Witnesses, North Dakota Defense Lawyers Association (Sept. 2010); Assertion of Privilege, Corporate Counsel Summit on Litigation and Trial Strategy (Oct. 2009); Faculty, Expanding Liability in Dram Shop Litigation, USLAW Conference (2009); Chair, Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association Mid-Winter Conference (2009); Faculty, Strategies for Effective Negotiations in Mediation and Court Moderated Settlement Conferences, DRI Seminar (2009); Steering Committee Member, Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association Trial Academy (2009); Defense Perspectives on the Handling of Wrongful Death Actions, Minnesota Association for Justice (Mar. 2008); Faculty, Effective Management of Nursing Home Wrongful Death Litigation, Care Providers of Minnesota Convention (2007); Faculty, Preeminent Lawyers - Superstars of Trial, DRI Seminar (2007); Faculty, Ethical Considerations for the Assertion of Privilege, DRI Seminar, (2007); Faculty, Defending the Brand, USLAW Network (2007); Faculty, Care Providers of Minnesota on Nursing Home Litigation Crisis: How to Avoid/Minimize Risk and Adverse Publicity ( Nov. 2006); Faculty, IADC Trial Academy at Stanford University Law School (2006); Faculty, DRI Trial Techniques Seminar on Complex Medicine (2005); Faculty, Minnesota Defense Lawyers Brown Bag Seminar Series on Deposition Technique (2004); Faculty, DRI Products Liability Conference (2004); Vice Chair, USLAW Network Client Conference, Backdraft: Avoiding the Flashfires of Litigation (2003); Chair, DRI Trial Techniques Seminar on Complex Medical Issues (2003); Vice Chair and faculty member, DRI Trial Techniques Violent Crime Seminar (2001); Faculty, Trial Techniques Seminar, Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association (1999); Chair, DRI Trial Techniques Y.L. Seminar (1997); Faculty, DRI Trial Techniques Seminar (1997); Y.L. Co-Chair, DRI Annual Convention (1996); Faculty, DRI Trial Techniques Y.L. Seminar (1995); Faculty at the DRI Trial Techniques Y.L. Seminar (1994).

Mark is author of “A Call For A Purposive Approach To The Application Of The Reallocation Provisions of Minnesota's Joint and Several Liability Statute” for Minnesota Defense Lawyers Magazine (Winter 2009), author of "The Attorney-Client Privilege Primer” for DRI's Trial Tactics Defense Litigation Manual (2006), co-author of "Understanding Toxicology: Defense of Alcohol Related Negligence Claims, "For The Defense (1996), co-author of "Psychological & Damages From Toxic Substances: Problems & Solution, "Defense Counsel Journal (1993) and author of "The Application of the McDonnell-Douglas Analysis to Mixed-Motive Employment Discrimination" (1989).