Kelly G. Laudon

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Kelly G. Laudon
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2000 IDS Center
80 South 8th Street
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55402
T 612.371.3957
F 612.371.3207
Amy Crawford
T 612.752.1067
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
  • Minnesota
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit

Kelly Laudon is a trusted advocate and skilled litigator who represents clients in business-to-business and consumer disputes in state and federal court and arbitration. Kelly brings significant litigation experience to clients in the food and beverage industry, as well as financial services and technology companies. She specializes in litigating complex commercial disputes, including claims for antitrust violations, food product mislabeling, breach of contract, breach of warranty, and indemnification.

Kelly is an active leader of the Minnesota Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, and she frequently serves as local counsel to out-of-state parties litigating in Minnesota. After graduating from the University of Minnesota Law School, Kelly clerked for then-Chief Judge James M. Rosenbaum, United States District Court for the District of Minnesota.

Awards & Recognition
  • Minnesota Super Lawyers, Rising Star, Top Women Attorneys in Minnesota (2016)
  • North Star Lawyer, Minnesota State Bar Association (2015)
  • Minnesota Super Lawyers, Rising Star (2015, 2016)
Experience

Food Industry Litigation

  • Obtained early dismissal on favorable terms on behalf of client defending claims that its snack product was allegedly mislabeled as “All Natural,” and avoided public disclosure of plaintiff’s claims through out-of-court, confidential settlement.
  • Defended food producer against indemnification claims made by national grocery retailer against dozens of vendors of privately labeled grocery products, arising from consumer class action suit brought in the Northern District of California against the retailer for alleged mislabeling of goods.
  • Represented food distributor bringing new ingredient product to market in Colorado federal court action against prospective customer on claims of intentional interference with exclusive distribution contract. Issues in dispute included expert opinions on testing, authenticity, and accurate labeling of the new product.  Achieved favorable resolution of claims shortly before trial.
  • Litigated action in Kansas federal court between beef supplier and beef processor for cross-claims of contamination, breach of warranty, and breach of contract. After extensive discovery and the exchange of expert reports, negotiated favorable resolution on behalf of beef processor.

Technology Litigation

  • Won early, pre-discovery dismissal of breach of warranty claim brought in Minnesota federal court against technology manufacturer Ideum, Inc., on the grounds the court lacked personal jurisdiction over Ideum.
  • Achieved favorable resolution through pre-lawsuit settlement negotiations on behalf of health care provider concerning claims for breach of contract and breach of warranty arising from installation and implementation of electronic health and medical record software. 
  • Successfully defended internet retail sales giant against claims for shipper liability arising from dispute between two companies delivering packages on behalf of client. 

Financial Services Litigation

  • Defended prepaid debit card issuer and servicer in dispute over constitutional claims related to the assessment of fees related to card use in federal court in Georgia. Moved to dismiss action pursuant to arbitration clause.
  • On behalf of a mortgage loan originator, achieved favorable and early resolution of indemnification and breach of warranty claims arising from the 2008 mortgage loan crisis brought in Minnesota federal court by a bankrupt mortgage loan repurchaser.  
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Admissions
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
  • Minnesota
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
Professional & Community

Memberships

  • Federal Bar Association, Minnesota Chapter, Executive Committee, Board of Directors Member (2011-Present), Communications Committee, Co-Chair (Present), Monthly Meetings, Former Co-Chair, Newer Lawyer’s Committee, Former Co-Chair
  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Food, Drug, and Device Law Section Council, Secretary
  • Minnesota Mother Attorneys Association, Member
  • American Bar Association, Litigation and Antitrust Law Sections, Member

Community Involvement

  • Twin Cities German Immersion School, School Board Member
  • Bethlehem Covenant Church, Minneapolis, Strategic Planning Commission Member

Languages

  • German
2000 IDS Center
80 South 8th Street
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55402
T 612.371.3957
F 612.371.3207
Amy Crawford
T 612.752.1067
  • University of Minnesota Law School

    (J.D., magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, 2006) 

  • Rhodes College

    (B.A., magna cum laude, 1999)

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

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