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Isaac W. Messmore

Isaac W. Messmore


Ike Messmore focuses his practice on complex litigation matters, including class action defense, appeals and advanced motions, and commercial and product liability defense. He defends manufacturers of products from many industries, including motor vehicles, chemical products, and industrial power-generation equipment. 

With his verbal prowess and an innate ability to recognize the importance of the smallest details of a case, Ike excels at handling all stages of complex litigation. Notably, he prepared and argued a motion for summary judgment in a $7 million commercial arbitration, securing complete dismissal of the claims. He also prepared briefing that capped damages at $1 million in an $11 million commercial dispute over a power-plant explosion, arguing that an insurer could not circumvent a contractual subrogation-waiver through use of a loan-receipt. 

Further, Ike has prepared briefing for a high-profile trade secrets case before the Minnesota Supreme Court; helped secure dismissal through motion practice in a large shareholder derivative suit; prepared motions that have narrowed the scope of the proposed classes in multiple national class actions; and secured voluntary dismissal through depositions and motion practice in several products cases.

Ike's shrewd approach to case strategy prompted him to help design and implement a class action analytical tool for the firm that helps clients evaluate current class action issues and plan for the future.

An active member of the community, Ike serves on the Steering Committee of the Defense Research Institute’s Young Lawyers section. He also serves as Secretary on the Board of Directors for the Hennepin County Sheriff Foundation and is a member of the firm’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

Outside of work, Ike enjoys being outdoors, riding his motorcycle and reading.


Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota, 2012

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota, 2012
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida, 2013
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin, 2013


  • University of Minnesota Law School, J.D., 2012

    magna cum laude

    Dean's List

    Legal Writing Honors

    Practice and Professionalism Honors

  • University of Vermont, B.A., 2009

    magna cum laude

    Dean's List

    Major: Philosophy, Political Science

    Honors College

    John Dewey Philosophy Prize

    Philo Sherman Bennett Prize, Outstanding Political Theory Paper 

Professional Associations

    • Defense Research Institute
      —DRI Young Lawyers Steering Committee, 2014 – 2019
    • Hennepin County Sheriff Foundation
      —Board of Directors, Secretary, 2015 – 2019


    • Minnesota Lawyer
      —"Up & Coming Attorney," 2016
    • Super Lawyers Magazine
      —Minnesota Rising Star, 2017 – 2020

Recent News, Events and Blogs

Speaking Engagements

  • “Are the Twin Cities Really a Judicial Hellhole?” Presenter, Webinar, August 2019
  • Civil Justice in the Twin Cities: Why the ATRF now considers the Twin Cities a “Judicial” Hellhole,” Speaker, MDLA Product Liability Committee Meeting, June 2019
  • "Quick Hitters: Developing Your Specialty,” Speaker, DRI Young Lawyers, June 2018


  • "Microsoft v. Baker: Supreme Court Blocks Plaintiffs' Path to Immediate Appeal of Orders Denying Class Certification," Co-Author, Legal Alert, June 2017
  • "Airing Class Action Dirty Laundry In Washer Mold Cases," Law360, Co-Author, May 2013