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, successfully 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, as a member of the Board of Directors for the Friends of the Minnesota Orchestra, as a mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Great Twin Cities, and as a member of the firm’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee.
Outside of work, Ike enjoys being outdoors, riding his motorcycle, reading, and playing with his German Shepherd, Odin.