Bill has counseled and advocated on behalf of his clients for over 30 years. He takes pride in positive resolutions for his clients, pragmatic advice, and gaining an understanding of the clients’ business, culture and motivations. He believes in trying the cases that need to be tried, and has successfully taken cases to verdict, to both juries and the Court, state and federal, within and outside the state of Minnesota.
Bill’s cases have involved personal injury, agricultural losses, product liability negligence and design claims, insurance coverage, dealership termination claims, breach of contract, and defense of warranty claims. Since 2003, Bill has defended over 75 claims of clergy sexual abuse.
Bill has served as national trial counsel for an international manufacturer of dairy equipment since 1997.
Bill provides product liability defense for a Fortune One Hundred company.
Bill is an adjunct professor at Mitchell Hamline Law School and has previously served as a guest lecturer on trial practice techniques at both the William Mitchell College of Law and the University of Minnesota Law School.
Bill acts as a mentor to younger lawyers and law students and has a special interest in advancing the status of women and the under-represented in the profession.
Bill and his wife Marla have raised two sons and are devoted to their community, church, family and friends, both in Minnesota and at their cabin in northern Wisconsin.
William Mitchell College of Law, J.D., magna cum laude (1985)
Carleton College, B.A., (1977)
Hennepin County Bar Association
Ramsey County Bar Association
Minnesota State Bar Association
National Mastitis Counsel
American Bar Association
Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church (Lay Leader)
Minnesota; US District Court, Minnesota
Admitted pro hac vice: Wisconsin, Idaho, (state, federal and Idaho Supreme Court) Washington, Texas, Missouri, Ohio and Illinois
Honors & Awards
Honored as “Lawyer of the Year” for Product Liability Defense by Best Lawyers® for 2015 (based on a peer review survey)
Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© for Product Liability Defense (annually since 2015)
Received “AV Preeminent” rating by Martindale Hubbell, the highest ranking for both skills and ethics.
Named to the Minnesota Super Lawyers list ten times.
Not all positive results for our clients require taking a case to verdict. The last three examples follow:
- Following focused discovery, prevailed on a multi-million dollar claim for attorney’s fees arising out of a patent case and indemnity agreement. The client is a major manufacturer of various materials, including in this case, screen mesh. United States District Court, District of Minnesota.
- Prevailed on a Daubert-type motion excluding a liability expert’s testimony in Texas State Court, Texas Panhandle. Motion to exclude was based on discovery targeting methodology and alternative cause. This exclusion of testimony cut $6,000,000 out of the damages alleged, allowing for a reasonable settlement of the lawsuit.
- Defense verdict in multimillion dollar dairy production case on the issue of causation following adverse findings on theories of negligence and breach of contract in U.S. District Court, District of Idaho.