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For more than 25 years, John has defended manufacturers in product liability litigation in trial and appellate courts involving a multitude of products ranging from ATVs and RVs to suction vibrasorbers. He has tried cases from Idaho to Indiana and defended clients in courtrooms from California to Connecticut, Minnesota to Florida. From single cases to mass tort litigation and class actions, he has defended it all. 

Although John has defended a variety of products, he has focused his practice principally on defending pharmaceutical, medical device and chemical manufacturers. Most recently, John has defended leading medical device and pharmaceutical manufacturers in mass tort litigation involving infusion pumps and acne medication. John's work has been at the forefront of the infusion pump litigation, including the first summary judgment and appeal for any pump manufacturer. More than 15 years ago, John began defending a leading manufacturer and marketer of institutional cleaning and sanitizing products against claims their products caused leukemia and other cancers, multiple chemical sensitivities, birth defects, and major organ diseases, and acute injuries and illnesses resulting from inhalation, dermal, ocular, and ingestion exposures.

Regardless of the type of case he is defending, John prides himself on attacking the scientific and technical basis for allegations against his clients. He has earned a reputation for developing and advancing Daubert challenges to opponents’ expert testimony, from deposition through motion briefing and hearing and appeal.  John has briefed and argued Daubert motions in such fields as chemistry, toxicology, orthopaedics, epidemiology, human factors, mechanical engineering, biomechanics, economics, materials science, obstetrics and veterinary medicine.

 

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota, 1991
  • North Dakota, 1999
  • South Dakota, 2016

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Arkansas
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Arkansas
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court District of North Dakota
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin

Education

  • University of Iowa College of Law, J.D., 1991
    —with high distinction
    —Moot Court Board, 1990-1991
    —Iowa Law Review, Member, 1989 - 1990; Assoc. Editor, 1990 - 1991
  • Iowa State University, B.A., 1988
    —with distinction
    —Major: Political Science

Memberships

    • American Bar Association
    • Hennepin County Bar Association
    • Minnesota State Bar Association

Distinctions

    • Burton Award
      —Excellence in Legal Writing, 2017
    • The Legal 500
      —Named in Litigation: Product Liability Defense, Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices, 2014
    • Super Lawyers Magazine
      Minnesota Super Lawyers, 2009 – 2017

Recent Verdicts & Case Studies


CASE RESULTS DEPEND UPON A VARIETY OF FACTORS UNIQUE TO EACH CASE. CASE RESULTS DO NOT GUARANTEE OR PREDICT A SIMILAR RESULT IN ANY FUTURE CASE.

Recent News, Events and Blogs


Speaking Engagements

  • "Anticipating and Avoiding Expert Deposition Fee Disputes," Client Webinar, Co-Presenter, February 2017
  • "Everything You Need To Know About Class Actions, But Were Afraid To Ask," Co-Presenter, Client Webinar, June 2016
  • "Defending Fire Loss Subrogation Claims," RVIA Lawyers Committee Meeting, San Diego, CA, February 2014
  • "Summary Judgment Strategies for Challenging General and Specific Causation, and Effective Techniques for Developing Them," DRI Products Liability Conference, April 2010, Las Vegas, NV
  • "Preparing for Deposition: Strategies for Cooling the Hot Seat," 2006 Annual Product Safety & Liability Conference, July 2006
  • "National Defense Counsel Programs: Corporate America's Secret Weapon," 2006 Annual Product Safety & Liability Conference, July 2006
  • "Designing Warranties That Make Sense," Composites Fabricators Association, October 1997, Orlando, Florida

Publications

  • "A Tough Pill for Plaintiffs to Swallow: Supreme Court Finds No Specific Personal Jurisdiction Over Manufacturer in State Court for Nonresident Claims," Client Alert, Co-Author, June 2017
  • "Anticipating and Avoiding Expert Deposition Fee Disputes," ABA Section of Litigation, Expert Witnesses, Co-Author, July 2016
  • "TSCA Overhaul Creates Uncertain Litigation Risks for Chemical Manufacturers," Client Alert, Co-Author, June 2016
  • "Sweeping Chemical Safety Reform Legislation Afoot in Washington," Client Alert, Co-Author, December 2015
  • "Effective Use of Evidence-Based Medicine to Challenge Causation Testimony," Product Liability Law & Strategy, August 2011
  • "A Daubert Checklist: Tips for Posturing Your Case for Successful Daubert Challenge," Product Liability Law & Strategy, February 2010
  • "The Impact of 2009 Amendments to Rule 15," Product Liability Law360, January 11, 2009
  • "Huddled Masses Yearning to Strike It Rich: Foreign Plaintiffs Shopping for Gold in American Courts,"
    Co-Author, Law.com, July 2009
  • "Uncertainties of Federal Disclosure Requirements for Employee Experts," Product Liability Law & Strategy, September 2008
  • "Evidentiary Privileges for Corporate Counsel," The DRI Defense Library Series, Chapter Co-Author, 2008
  • "Removal to Federal Court: Death of the First-Served Defendant Doctrine," Product Liability Law & Strategy, January 2007
  • "The Uniform Statute of Limitations for Maritime Torts: It Tolls for No One," 25 Prod. Safety & Liab. Rep. 908, September 1997
  • "An Introduction to Warranties: Are Your Composites As Good As You Say They Are?," Composites Fabrication, April 1997
  • "Developing A Warning Strategy," Professional BoatBuilder Magazine, February 1997
  • "Psychotherapist's Duty to Warn," 40 Federation of Insurance and Corporate Counsel Quarterly 406, Summer 1990

Classes and Seminars Taught

  • "Product Liability," Guest Lecturer, University of Minnesota Law School, October 2009