ATTORNEY PROFILES

David Donna Leslie Gelhar Julius Gernes Scott Festin
Tom Flaskamp Dan Gendreau Eric Holman David Koob
Lonnie Marion Daniel Mitchell Nicholas Mooney Steven Pattee Paralegals




DAVID A. DONNA
Born in Chicago, Illinois; admitted to bar, 1983, Illinois; 1985, Minnesota; 1999, California; 2007, Pennsylvania; 2013, Wisconsin. Admitted to the following United States District Courts: District of Minnesota, Northern District of Illinois, Eastern District of Michigan, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Western District of Tennessee, Eastern District of Louisiana, Eastern District of Kentucky, District of Maryland and Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit Court.
Education/Honors:
University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (B.S., 1979); Chicago-Kent College of Law (J.D., with high honors, 1983). Listed in Best Lawyers in America, past 20 years. AV rating, Martindale Hubbell.
Presentations:
"FELA Basics and Trends", Marsh Railroad Roundtable, September 2008; "Litigation Strategies in General Liability Cases", National Restaurant Association Risk and Safety Managers Meeting, July 2008; "General Liability Roundtable", Marsh Restaurant Roundtable, June 2008; "Defending Food Borne Illness Cases", National Restaurant Association Risk and Safety Managers Meeting, January 2003; "Mediating a FELA Case", National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel, February 2001; "Don't Buy Your Lawyer a Lamborghini!", Restaurant Risk Management Summit, June 2014; "Legal Ramifications of Utilizing Drivers and Third-party Delivery Companies”, RLPSA, May 2018.
Member:
Minnesota State Bar Associations; State Bar of California.
Practice Areas:
Restaurant/Hospitality Law; Premises Liability Defense; Dram Shop Defense; Personal Injury Defense; FELA/Railroad Law; Automobile Litigation; Commercial Litigation.
 


LESLIE A. GELHAR
Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota; admitted to bar, 1982, Minnesota; 2013, Ohio and 2015; Iowa. Admitted to the following United States District Courts: District of Minnesota; District of Colorado; and District of North Dakota.
Education/Honors:
University of Minnesota (B.A., 1979; J.D., cum laude, 1982). MSBA Board Certified Civil Trial Specialist.
Member:
Minnesota Bar Association; Defense Research Institute (DRI).
Practice Areas:
Restaurant/Hospitality Law; Premises Liability Defense; Personal Injury Defense; Dram Shop Defense; FELA/Railroad Law; Automobile Litigation; Real Estate and Construction Litigation; Commercial Litigation.
 


JULIUS W. GERNES
Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota; admitted to bar, 1988, Minnesota; 1995, Wisconsin; 2013, Iowa. Admitted to the following United States District Courts: District of Minnesota, and Western District of Wisconsin.
Education/Honors:
St. Olaf College (B.A., cum laude, 1984); William Mitchell College of Law (J.D., cum laude, 1988). "Super Lawyer", Minnesota Law & Politics, 2003-2005, 2021; Listed in Best Lawyers in America, 2007-2009. AV rating, Martindale-Hubbell.
Member:
Ramsey County, Minnesota Defense Lawyers, and Minnesota State Bar Associations; Transportation Lawyers Association; Minnesota Trucking Association; National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel.
Practice Areas:
Restaurant/Hospitality Law; Personal Injury Defense; Insurance Defense; Premises Liability Defense; Automobile/Trucking Litigation; Construction Defect; Dram Shop Defense; FELA/Railroad Crossing Litigation; Construction Defect Litigation.
 


SCOTT D. FESTIN
Born in Chicago, Illinois; admitted to bar 2011, Minnesota. Admitted to the following United States District Court: District of Minnesota.
Education/Honors:
University of Iowa (B.B.A., 2006); Hamline University School of Law (J.D., 2011).
Member:
Transportation Lawyers Association; Minnesota State Bar Association; Hennepin County Bar Association.
Publications:
Co-Author, "Employee Driver or Independent Contractor?", Trucking Minnesota, October 2013.
Practice Areas:
Premise Liability, Restaurant/Hospitality Law, Construction Defect Litigation, Automobile Litigation; Product Liability Defense; Commercial Litigation; Transportation and Logistics; Contract Review and Negotiation; and Insurance Defense.
 


THOMAS M. FLASKAMP
Born in Minneapolis, MN: admitted to the bar, 1990, Minnesota; 1997, Montana; 2007, Wisconsin; 2011, Oklahoma. Admitted to the following United States District Courts: District of Minnesota, Eastern District of Wisconsin, District of Colorado, District of Montana, Northern District of Texas, Eastern District of Texas, Southern District of Oklahoma, Western District of Oklahoma, Central District of Illinois, Northern District of Illinois, District of New Mexico, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.
Education/Honors:
Arizona State University (B.S., 1982); William Mitchell College of Law (J.D., with honors, 1990).
Member:
Hennepin County and Minnesota State Bar Associations; Warren E. Burger Inn of Court (Past President); American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA); Academy of Certified Trial Lawyers of Minnesota (ACTLM); Fellow – International Society of Barristers; Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum.
Certifications:
Minnesota Civil Trial Specialist (MSBA)
Practice Areas:
Restaurant/Hospitality Law; Premises Liability Defense; Dram Shop Defense; Automobile Litigation; Personal Injury Defense; FELA/Railroad Law.
 
DAN J. GENDREAU
Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota; admitted to bar, 1993, Wisconsin; 1996, Minnesota. Admitted to the following United States District Courts: District of Minnesota, District of Eastern Wisconsin, District of Western Wisconsin and District of Northern Illinois.
Education/Honors:
University of Notre Dame (B.A., cum laude, 1987);University of Wisconsin Law School (J.D.,cum laude, 1993).
Presentations:
"The Before and After of Negligent Security Claims; How to Prevent and Respond to Violent Criminal Activity," DRI Retail and Hospitality Seminar, Chicago, IL., May 2012.
Publications:
Co-Author, “Defending Negligent Security Claims”, For the Defense, February 2015.
Member:
Minnesota Bar Association; State Bar of Wisconsin; The Academy of Hospitality Industry Attorneys.
Practice Areas:
Restaurant/Hospitality Law; Premises Liability Defense; Personal Injury Defense; FELA/Railroad defense; Dram Shop Defense; Real Estate and Construction Litigation; Commercial Litigation.
 


ERIC E. HOLMAN
Born in Shenandoah, Iowa: admitted to the bar, 2003, Minnesota; 2008, Wisconsin. Admitted to the following United States District Court: District of Minnesota and Western District of Wisconsin. Qualified Neutral (Civil) under Rule 114 of the Minnesota General Rules of Practice.
Education/Honors:
University of Iowa (B.B.A., magna cum laude, 1999); University of Minnesota Law School (J.D., 2003); University of Wisconsin-Superior (coursework/training approved by Minnesota State Court Administration to satisfy Rule 114 requirements for civil facilitative mediation roster, 2020); “Rising Star,” Minnesota Law & Politics (2010, 2013, and 2014).
Member:
Minnesota State Bar Associations; Wisconsin State Bar Association.
Publications:
Co-Author, “Social Host Liability in Minnesota,” Bench & Bar, Vol. 54, No. 11, Dec. 2007.
Practice Areas:
FELA/Railroad Law; Restaurant/Hospitality Law; Premises Liability Defense; Dram Shop Defense; Automobile Litigation; Personal Injury Defense; Insurance Defense; General Civil Litigation Defense.
 


DAVID J. KOOB
Born in Grand Forks, North Dakota; admitted to bar, 1999, California; 2000, Minnesota. Admitted to the following United States District Court: District of Minnesota.
Education/Honors:
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (B.A. 1995); University of Minnesota Law School (J.D., 1998). Adjunct Professor, William Mitchell College of Law.
Member:
Minnesota State Bar Associations; Hennepin County Bar Association; Minnesota Trial Lawyers Association; Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers.
Practice Areas:
Restaurant/Hospitality Law; Premises Liability Defense; Dram Shop Defense; Personal Injury and Insurance Defense; FELA/Railroad Law; Product Liability Defense; Real Estate and Construction Litigation; Automobile Litigation; Commercial Litigation.
 


LONNIE H. MARION
Born in Los Angeles, California; admitted to bar, 1990; California. Admitted to the following United States District Court: Central District of California.
Education/Honors:
Arizona State University (1977); Western State University College of Law (J.D. 1989)
Member:
California State Bar; Workers’ Compensation Section.
Practice Areas:
Workers' Compensation Law, including Subrogation, Serious and Willful and Discrimination; Personal Injury and Commercial Lines/Transportation Defense.
 


DANIEL R. MITCHELL
Born in Ely, Minnesota; admitted to bar, 2003, Minnesota. Admitted to the following United States District Court: District of Minnesota.
Education/Honors:
University of Minnesota (B.A., 1995); William Mitchell College of Law (J.D., 2003)
Member:
Minnesota State Bar Associations; Dakota County Bar Association; Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association.
Practice Areas:
Insurance Defense; Personal Injury Defense; UM/UIM and No-Fault; Premises Liability Defense; Dram Shop Defense; Wrongful Death; and Automobile/Trucking Litigation. Certified Neutral Arbitrator, American Arbitration Association.
 


NICHOLAS F. MOONEY
Born in Alexandria, Virginia; admitted to Florida Bar, 1985, North Carolina, 2015. Admitted to the following United States District Court: Middle District of Florida.
Education/Honors:
University of Tampa (B.S. Business Management, 1982) NCAA Division II Swimming All American; Stetson University College of Law (J.D., 1985); Law Review. BV+ rating, Martindale Hubbell; 1999 State of Florida Prosecutor of the Year.
Presentations:
Legal Aspects of RICO Investigations & Prosecutions; Legal Aspects of Financial / White Collar Crime; Legal Aspects of Interception of Communications.
Practice Areas:
Premises Liability Defense; Dram Shop Defense; Personal Injury; Wrongful Death Defense; Product Liability Defense; Automobile Litigation; Commercial Litigation.
 


STEVEN D. PATTEE
Born in Harlan, Iowa; admitted to bar, 1996, Minnesota; 2002 Wisconsin; 2014 North Dakota. Admitted to the following United States District Courts: District of Minnesota, District of Western Wisconsin.
Education/Honors:
University of Iowa (B.S., 1993); University of Iowa College of Law (J.D., with distinction, 1996). Named Rising Star of Minnesota Law (2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2011); Profiled as one of Minnesota’s “Up and Coming Lawyers” by Minnesota Lawyer (April 2001); AV Rated by Martindale Hubbell
Member:
American Bar Association,Minnesota State Bar Association, Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association, Defense Research Institute, Wisconsin State Bar Association, North Dakota State Bar Association, Dakota County Bar Association.
Presentations:
January 2007, Wichita, KS “Drafting Denial Letters and Avoiding Bad Faith Claims” NAU Country Insurance Company; March, May, June 2007, “The Arbitration Process in Federal Crop Insurance Claims” Rain & Hail, LLC; June 2007, Ramsey, MN “Avoiding Bad Faith Claims Through Effective Claim Handling and Communication” NAU Country Insurance Company; August 2007 Minneapolis, MN “New Lawyer Experience – Personal Injury Basics” MCLE; January 2008 Minneapolis, MN “Trying a Personal Injury Case" MCLE; February 2008, Memphis, TN “Investigation, File Documentation, and Bad Faith Avoidance in Crop Insurance Claims” NAU Country Insurance Company; March, April, June, 2008, “Documenting the Claim File to Win at Arbitration” Rain & Hail, LLC; July 2008, Minneapolis, MN “New Lawyer Experience – Personal Injury Basics” MCLE; March 2009, Manhattan, KS and Des Moines, IA “Drafting Denial Letters and Avoiding Bad Faith Claims” Crop1 Insurance; July, August 2009, “New Lawyer Experience – Personal Injury Basics” MCLE; May 2011, Ramsey, MN “Top Ten Things To NOT Do When Handling a Claim” NAU Country Insurance Company; December 2011, Ramsey, MN “Investigation and Documentation of Crop Insurance Claims” NAU Country Insurance Company; April 2015, Fergus Falls, MN “Navigating the Arbitration Process in Federal Crop Insurance” Rain & Hail, LLC.
Publications:
Dram Shop 101: Liquor Liability for New Attorneys, Minnesota Defense, Fall 2001; Application of Subrogation Waivers in Light of Employers Mutual Casualty Co. v. A.C.C.T., Inc., Minnesota Defense, Fall 1998.
Practice Areas:
Insurance Defense; Personal Injury Defense; Premises Liability Defense; Dram Shop Defense; Federal Crop Insurance Claims and Compliance; Restaurant/Hospitality Law; Automobile/Trucking Litigation; Alternative Dispute Resolution.
 



PARALEGAL PROFILES

Brenda Christensen Lisa Fitch Chad Holmquist Colleen Jackson Lori Kaderly Melissa Turner


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BRENDA K. CHRISTENSEN
Brenda started working as a legal secretary in 1989 and began working as a paralegal in 1997. She is involved in all aspects of case handling and works exclusively on national accounts.
Education:
Metropolitan State University (Liberal Arts); Legal Assistant Certificate and Applied Science Degree (graduated with honors), North Hennepin Community College, 1991.
Practice Areas:
Restaurant/Hospitality Defense; Premises Liability Defense; Personal Injury Defense.
 
LISA K. FITCH
Lisa has worked as a paralegal since 1996 for insurance staff counsel and private law firms. She is involved in all aspects of claim and case handling and works on a wide variety of claims for our national accounts.
Education:
University of Hartford (A.A., 1983); University of Connecticut (B.A., 1985); University of Hartford (Certificate, Legal Assistant/Paralegal Program, 1994).
Practice Areas:
FELA/ Railroad; Restaurant/Hospitality Defense; Premises Liability Defense; Personal Injury Defense; Automobile/Trucking Litigation; Workers’ Compensation.
 
CHAD E. HOLMQUIST
Chad has been working as a paralegal since 1997. He is involved in all aspects of case handling and works on a wide variety of cases for our national accounts.
Education:
Associate of Applied Science Degree, Inver Hills Community College, (Paralegal Certificate, 1997).
Practice Areas:
Restaurant/Hospitality Defense; Premises Liability Defense; Personal Injury Defense; Construction Defect; General Litigation; Class Action/Mass Torts; Insurance Coverage Litigation.
 
COLLEEN M. JACKSON
Colleen came to our firm in 2010. She has nineteen years experience as a litigation paralegal and handles a wide variety of claims for our national accounts.
Education:
University of New Mexico, working toward a BA in History and English. Paralegal Studies, Pensacola Jr. College 1994.
Practice Areas:
Restaurant/Hospitality Defense; Premises Liability Defense; Personal Injury Defense; Insurance Defense; Automobile/Trucking Litigation.
 
LORI J. KADERLY
Lori has worked as a litigation paralegal since 1996. She is involved in all aspects of claim and case handling and works on national accounts.
Education:
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Campus, (B.A., 1995); Minnesota Paralegal Institute (Paralegal Certificate, 1996); Registered Paralegal Credential (2007).
Member:
Minnesota Paralegal Association (Board of Directors, 2007); National Federation of Paralegal Associations.
Practice Areas:
Restaurant/Hospitality; Premises Liability Defense; Personal Injury Defense; Insurance Defense; Automobile/Trucking Litigation; FELA/Railroad.
 
MELISSA M. TURNER
Melissa has worked as a litigation paralegal since 1998. She is involved in all aspects of claim and case handling and works on a wide variety of claims for our national accounts.
Education:
University of Houston, Texas (B.S., 2009); Del Mar College, Corpus Christi, Texas (A.S., 1998). Graduated with Honors in Legal Studies and Psychology.
Practice Areas:
Restaurant/Hospitality; Premises Liability Defense; Personal Injury; FELA/Railroad; Automobile/Trucking Litigation; Workers Compensation; Mass Tort; and Social Security Disability.