Chief Executive Officer: Mark R. Whitmore
Managing Partner: Kelly A. Putney
Number of shareholders: 34 Number of lawyers: 46
Bassford Remele is a full-service litigation firm that devotes its practice to providing trial and appellate representation for regional, national and international clients in a wide array of complex business litigation. Traditionally considered a ‘mid-sized’ firm, with nearly 50 attorneys practicing exclusively in litigation, Bassford matches the fire power of the litigation departments of the Twin Cities’ largest firms. Numerous firm members also serve as mediators, arbitrators, special masters, employment investigators and special legal counsel to boards of directors.
Main Areas of Practice:
Business & Commercial Litigation
Employment & Labor
Intellectual Property Litigation
Organizational Liability for Sexual Misconduct/Abuse
Trust & Estates Litigation
Bassford lawyers are experienced, efficient and aggressive. Equally comfortable in state and federal courts, they also understand their clients’ business needs.
■ Represented a global technology company in misappropriation of trade secret dispute; appellate rulings affirming and reinstating arbitration award resulting in total award exceeding $800 million
■ Represented the chief executive officer and founding shareholder in a shareholder dispute involving an international manufacturing company
■ Represented a global medical-device company in breach of non-competition covenant and misappropriation of confidential information matter resulting in injunctive relief protecting $100 million research and development project
Class Actions & Multi-District:
Procedural and logistical complexities require specialized experience. Bassford has been lead counsel in class actions and in multi-district cases.
■ Served as co-lead counsel on behalf of more than 70,000 individual plaintiffs seeking damages from a multinational biotechnology conglomerate’s alleged premature commercialization of genetically modified corn products
■ Liaison counsel to proposed class of retired NHL players in multi-district, class action litigation
Bassford represents clients in real estate and construction-related cases involving commercial and multi-family projects ranging from arbitration of contract disputes to multi-party lawsuits.
Consumer Law Defense:
Bassford defends financial institutions, creditors, collection agencies, attorneys, hospitals, and other businesses facing consumer-protection lawsuits. During the last 25 years, Bassford has handled thousands of these cases brought under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, Fair Credit Reporting Act, Telephone Consumer Practices Act, and other consumerprotection statutes, as well as investigations and claims brought by government regulators against clients in the credit and collection industry.
Employment & Labor:
Bassford advises and represents clients in the entire spectrum of employment law matters, including discrimination and harassment complaints, noncompetition disputes, wage and hour matters, ERISA litigation, prevailing wage compliance matters, and labor disputes.
Bassford litigates coverage issues in both state and federal courts and has helped shape insurance coverage law in Minnesota and surrounding states.
Intellectual Property Litigation:
Bassford represents clients in intellectual property matters involving trademark infringement, trade dress infringement, copyright infringement, advertising injuries, and trade secret disputes, often involving hundreds of millions of dollars.
Organizational Liability for Sexual Misconduct/Abuse:
Bassford is one of only a handful of Minnesota firms with significant experience handling sexual misconduct cases. The firm represents regional and national not for profits and other entities facing charges of liability for the sexual misconduct of one of their employees or volunteers.
Bassford represents clients on matters involving a wide range of industries and products from medical devices, pharmaceuticals, food safety, industrial equipment, propane and natural gas systems, agribusiness products, and the full spectrum of related litigation, from individual claims to mass torts.
Bassford represents professionals and their insurers in litigation and licensing board proceedings. Clients include attorneys, health care professionals, contractors, architects, engineers, brokers, agents, directors and officers and credit and collection professionals.
Trust & Estates Litigation:
Bassford has been involved in many of the most significant trust and estates lawsuits in Minnesota over the past 25 years. Clients include beneficiaries, individual trustees and corporate trustees.
Fortune 500 companies, health systems and providers, insurers, financial institutions, professional organizations, non-profits, and businesses of all sizes. Allina Health; Ceres Global Ag Corp.; Children’s Minnesota; Chubb; ConAgra; CNA Insurance Company; Costco Wholesale Company; Dynamic Air Inc.; Honeywell International Inc.; Kraus-Anderson Construction; Minnesota Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company; Seagate Technology; U.S. Bank; United Bankers’ Bank.