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Rachelle A. Velgersdyk

Rachelle A. Velgersdyk

Associate
Phone:612.656.4025
Fax:612.672.3200

Rachelle Velgersdyk knows what it takes to work for a trial firm, having stood up in court to represent clients in criminal proceedings. She brings this resiliency to her associate practice of product liability litigation for medical device clients.  

Rachelle is heavily involved in all active claims and litigation nationwide for a device manufacturer. Day in and day out, she advises in-house counsel on the defense of men's health products from the early stages of a claim through litigation. She performs thorough research and review of medical records, internal documents and reports concerning each individual claim. Whether advising on settlement agreements or working up summary judgments, Rachelle is committed to serving her client's best interest in the courtroom and the boardroom. 

Her additional work for medical device manufacturers involves arguments of preemption and extensive research into premarket approval regulations. Rachelle particularly enjoys the early stages of a case where strategy is built. 

Rachelle previously represented clients during arraignments, probation violation hearings, and pre-trial hearings as a student attorney at the 10th District Public Defender’s Office. This courtroom experience taught her to be quick on her feet as she routinely met with prosecutors, negotiated plea agreements and argued sentencing in front of a judge. 

Rachelle travels whenever she can and has visited four continents, 23 countries and countless cities to date. She also coaches a moot court team for her alma mater.

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota, 2014
  • Montana, 2016

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota, 2014

Education

  • University of St. Thomas School of Law, J.D., 2014

    magna cum laude
    Mission Award for Scholarly Engagement and Societal Reform
    Dean’s Awards in Federal Jurisdiction, Negotiations, Client Interview and Counseling, Wrongful Convictions, Infamous Trials
    Dean’s List
    Judge Earl R. Larson Award, 2014
    FBA, MN Chapter
    ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition 
    National Best Brief, 2014
    Regional Champion, 2014
  • Calvin College, B.A., 2009

Professional Associations

    • American Bar Association

Distinctions

    • Super Lawyers Magazine
      —Minnesota Rising Stars, 2018

Publications

  • "California Courts Open for Business: The Rise of Consumer Class Actions in California," Co-Author, Commercial Litigation Section Newsletter, The Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel, December 2015