Faegre Drinker

Litigation Department

Minnesota
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What the team is known for Commercial litigation powerhouse, highly regarded by peers and clients for its extensive trial practice. Acts on high-value single-plaintiff claims and class actions involving a range of issues including product liability, antitrust, franchise and IP suits, among other areas of expertise. Also renowned for its standout appellate team as well as its work on multidistrict cases. Represents a diverse group of clients from industry sectors such as finance, chemicals, food and beverages, pharmaceuticals and retail.

Strengths One impressed client says: "They make us feel we are their only client and they deliver results in that way. The quality of their written work is also excellent, as well as their briefings and arguments."

Another interviewee says: "They take a global perspective and give legal advice that is targeted specifically at my business."

Work highlights Represented CommScope in a case which alleged an international conspiracy to misappropriate CommScope’s trade secrets across the three continents of Asia, Europe and North America.

Notable practitioners


Aaron Van Oort
cochairs the firm's appellate team and represents clients in appellate courts nationwide. One source says: "He has notable prominence and presence in this field. He is fantastic and I would be comfortable for him to take any case."


Bruce Jones
has a strong reputation for representing his clients in federal and state courts to challenge or defend judicial outcomes. One source notes: "He is very capable and a strong appeals attorney."


Charles Webber
continues to act for clients in commercial trials and appeals. He has handled a broad span of matters, including business tort cases and disputes regarding financial transactions and commercial contracts. A client remarks: "He is highly experienced but also a quick learner with issues that he is not familiar with."


Deborah Ellingboe
focuses on commercial trials and also handles regulatory matters, internal investigations and white-collar criminal cases. One interviewee describes her as "veryexperienced," while another says she is "absolutely fantastic."


Jeffrey Justman
continues to grow his reputation for the expert handling of appeals. One source says: "He is a solid adversary and great to deal with. He is a very talented attorney."


Randall Kahnke
is highly prevalent in IP litigation and has experience handling trials nationwide. One interviewee notes: "I would definitely recommend him for high-profile work."

The "terrific"
Wendy Wildung
is "a strong lawyer." She is an expert in securities litigation. Her clients include financial advisers, companies and directors.