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Jennifer K. Wichelman

Jennifer K. Wichelman

Senior Counsel
Phone:612.672.3254
Fax:612.672.3200

Jennifer Wichelman focuses her practice on product liability and personal injury claims within the automotive and consumer products industries. Known for her attention to detail, Jennifer is thorough in her preparation of complex, high-exposure litigation, from case inception through trial. She has tried multiple cases in Minnesota, Wisconsin and North Dakota and has practiced pro hac vice in numerous states across the country.

Jennifer has defended automotive manufacturers against defect claims relating to unintended acceleration, seatbacks, airbags and post-collision fuel fed fires, among others. Jennifer also defends premises liability claims for a national retailer and has defended claims involving drug and medical devices, construction defect, mass tort, consumer warranty and commercial litigation.

In addition to her work inside the courtroom, Jennifer actively participates in firm recruitment, has served on the firm's Policy Committee, served as the Paralegal Manager in the Minneapolis office, and has previously co-chaired committees for Minnesota Women Lawyers.

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota, 1998
  • Wisconsin, 2004

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota

Education

  • William Mitchell College of Law, J.D., 1998
    cum laude
    William Mitchell Law Review, 1996
  • Gustavus Adolphus College, B.A., 1993
    cum laude
    Major:  Organizational Management
    Major:  Speech/Communications

Professional Associations

    • Minnesota Women Lawyers
      —Member, Publications Committee
      —Professional Development Committee, Former Co-Chair
      —Communications Committee, Former Co-Chair
      —Nominating Committee, Former Member
    • Minnesota State Bar Association
      —Member, Food and Drug Law Section
    • Hennepin County Bar Association

Distinctions

    • Minnesota Lawyer
      —"Up & Coming Attorney," 2007
    • Super Lawyers Magazine
      —Minnesota Rising Stars, 2005 – 2008

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.
Practice
Industry
Sep 04, 2008
Jul 21, 2004

Recent News, Events and Blogs


Speaking Engagements

  • "Emerging Issues in Premises Liability Claims Relating to Children," ABA's Emerging Issues in Premises Liability Litigation, St. Petersburg, FL, November 2009

Publications

  • The Importance of Marketing for Young Lawyers, DRI, The Whisper, March 2008

Representative Experience

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.

The following are some of the decisions and verdicts in which Jennifer has been involved:

Varda v. General Motors Corp., 242 Wis.2d 756, 626 N.W.2d 346 (Ct. App. 2001) (appeal)

Olson v. Synergistic Technologies Business Systems, Inc., 628 N.W.2d 142 (Minn. 2001) (appeal)

In re: Estate of Brian Miedema v. Ford Motor Co., Kanabec County, Minn. (Jan. 17, 2001) (emergency ex parte restraining order granted)

Steinke v. Hyundai, Eau Claire County, Wis. (July 2004) (trial)

Nickell v. Ford Motor Co., Ramsey County, Minn. (Aug. 31, 2005) (order granting motion to dismiss due to forum non conveniens)

Olson v. Ford Motor Co., U.S. District Court, District of North Dakota (Feb. 2006) (trial)

Bernard v. Ford Motor Co., Hennepin County, Minn. (May 24, 2006) (order granting summary judgment)

Wisconsin Mutual v. Hyundai, Dane County, Wis. (Sept. 2008) (trial)

In re Medtronic, Inc. Sprint Fidelis Leads Prods. Liab. Litig., 592 F. Supp. 2d 1147 (D. Minn. 2009) (order dismissing complaint due to preemption)

Gonzalez-Servin et. al. v. Ford Motor Co., et. al., U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana, Indianapolis Division (Apr. 19, 2010, aff'd Nov. 23, 2011) (order granting motion to dismiss due to forum non conveniens)

Daigle v. Ford Motor Co., U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota (July 31, 2012) (order granting summary judgment and denying motion for class certification)