Stephen P. Laitinen

Professional Profile
Steve, a partner with Larson • King, works for clients in the areas of complex commercial, professional liability, construction defect, intellectual property, debtor/creditor and product liability disputes. He regularly tries cases to verdict in state, federal and administrative courts, and litigates in state and federal courts throughout the country.

Steve is a qualified ADR-Rule 114 neutral as a mediator and an arbitrator.  In addition, Steve is an approved early neutral evaluator for the Minnesota Department of Labor & Industry's Homeowner Warranty Dispute Program.  Steve also proudly serves as a volunteer attorney for The Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota.

Law School
Drake University, J.D., 1993

University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, B.S., 1985

Minnesota State Bar Association
Ramsey County Bar Association
Hennepin County Bar Association
Amicus Curie Committee, Minnesota Defense Lawyer Association
Defense Research Institute

Minnesota; U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota; U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit; U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin

Honors & Awards
"AV Preeminent" Rating in Martindale-Hubbel, the highest lawyer rating for both skills and ethics

Publications & Seminars

How to Be Hundo P and on Fleek: The Millennial Factor in Jury Selection, by Stephen P. Laitinen and Merrie Jo Pitera, FOR THE DEFENSE, July 2017

Litigating Construction Defect Insurance Coverage Claims: Start to Finish, National Business Institute Webcast, September 2014

Indemnification Provisions in Construction Contracts: Owners, Contractors, and Subcontractors, National Business Institute Webcast, March 2014

Federal Court 101 Panelist, National Business Institute Webcast, March 2014

Advanced Construction Defect Litigation, National Business Institute Webcast, May 2013

Strategies for Legal Research on the Web, National Business Institute, April 2013

The Future is Now: The Supreme Court's Third and Fourth Trilogies Enforcing the Federal Arbitration Act Create Challenges for Commerical Litigators, MINNESOTA DEFENSE, Winter 2013

Swanson v. Brewster: Are the Minnesota Courts Reforming the Tort System? William Mitchell College of Law, Journal of Law and Practice (April 2011)

Social Media: A New "Must See" Tool in Litigation?, by Stephen P. Laitinen and Hilary J. Loynes, FOR THE DEFENSE, August 2010

Managing Expectations: Clients, Opposing Counsel, Neutrals, Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association Trial Techniques Seminar, August 2009

Prevention: How Experts Can Best Insulate Themselves From Cross-Examination, SEAK 18th Annual National Expert Witness Conference, Hyannis, Massachusetts, June 2009

Succeeding at Trial/Tips for Assisting with Settlement Negotiations, National Business Institute Seminar, June 2009

Pre-Litigation Crisis Management: Development of Overall Strategies for Upper Level Management to Prepare for Wrongful Death Claims, Care Providers of Minnesota Annual Convention, November 2008

Protect Yourself! Effective Management of Nursing Home Wrongful Death Cases, Minnesota Health & Housing Alliance Annual Convention, February 2008

ADR Best Practice – Settlement & Preparation: A Case Study, Kramer v. Java World, Inc., Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association Mid-Winter Conference, January 2008

Case Study Perspective: Wrongful Death Cases, Care Providers of Minnesota Annual Convention, November 2007

Destroying the Opposing Expert’s Credibility, by Stephen P. Laitinen and David Classen, FOR THE DEFENSE, September 2007

Civil Juries and the Gordian Knot of Complex Litigation, by Stephen P. Laitinen and Jennifer Lurken, FOR THE DEFENSE, July 2005

Prior Bad Acts: Keeping Your Client’s Skeletons Where They Belong – In the Closet, by Stephen P. Laitinen and Jennifer G. Daugherty, MINNESOTA DEFENSE, Fall 2003 Edition

Defending the Fortress: Guarding Your Client’s Trade Secrets in Minnesota, by Stephen P. Laitinen and Carrie A. Daniel, MINNESOTA DEFENSE, Spring 2002 Edition