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Education

  • University of Minnesota Law School
    (
    J.D., magna cum laude; articles editor, U. of Minnesota Journal of International Law, 2006)
  • Yale University
    (
    B.A., History, with distinction, 2003)

Admissions

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

Bryan R. Freeman

Partner

4200 IDS Center
80 South 8th Street
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55402
T (612) 752-1076
F (612) 371-3207

As a commercial litigator with a focus on insurance recovery, Bryan helps business policyholders secure the benefits and protections their commercial insurance is meant to provide. He has represented policyholders in disputes over coverage for third-party liability (including product, environmental, fiduciary, excess, and commercial general liability) and coverage for fidelity and crime loss, property loss, and business interruption.

Bryan served on the team of Lindquist & Vennum attorneys who recently secured passage of a new law--the Minnesota Business Policyholder Protection Act (Minn. Stat. § 60A.0811)--which significantly levels the playing field between businesses and their property-casualty insurers when coverage disputes arise.

Clients and colleagues value Bryan for his strong writing skills, sharp analytical abilities, and service-driven perspective to vigorously advocate for his clients’ legal rights and help ensure that their interests are fully served both in and out of the courtroom. 

Bryan also has broad commercial litigation experience, having represented businesses in disputes involving contractual claims under the Uniform Commercial Code, administrative law, employment law, and shareholder rights. Bryan’s commercial litigation work is often in the appellate arena. His appellate clerkship experiences have provided him with a unique perspective on the inner-workings and expectations of both state and federal appellate. He has represented all kinds of commercial clients and briefed numerous motions and appeals to the Minnesota Court of Appeals and Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Before joining Lindquist & Vennum, Bryan served as a law clerk for Judge David Hansen of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit and Judge David Minge of the Minnesota Court of Appeals. 

Representative Insurance Recovery Experience
  • Represented a business policyholder in a lawsuit against an insurance agent, and tried the case to a successful jury verdict that compensated the policyholder for losses arising out of the agent’s failure to place the correct insurance.
  • Obtained a favorable, multimillion dollar recovery for a Minnesota food processor in complex litigation over insurance coverage under a business interruption policy.
  • Obtained a successful settlement for a medical-device manufacturer involved in a hotly-contested dispute over product-liability coverage under the manufacturer’s excess insurance policy.
  • Obtained a successful settlement for a commercial policyholder seeking errors-and-omissions coverage under its excess insurance policy.

Representative Commercial Litigation Experience
  • Obtained a preliminary injunction for First Premier Bank and Premier Bankcard, LLC, enjoining the United States Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s enforcement of a regulation that threatened to shut down a line of Premier’s business.  See First Premier Bank v. U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, 2011 WL 4458785 (D.S.D.,  Sept. 23, 2011).
  • Obtained approval of a multi-million dollar settlement in appeal to the United States Bankruptcy Appellate Panel of the Eighth Circuit.  See In re Petters Co., Inc., 455 B.R. 166 (8th Cir. BAP 2011).
  • As lead counsel, obtained summary judgment ruling and complete dismissal of litigation for a Minnesota business sued by a minority shareholder seeking a court-ordered buyout of his membership interest.

    Publications and Presentations
    • “The Insurability of Punitive Damages,” Chapter 9 of the 2011 Minnesota Insurance Law Deskbook, May 2011
    • “Five D&O Provisions that Every Practitioner Should Know,” 2011 American Bar Association Insurance Coverage Litigation Seminar, March 2011
    • “Minnesota's New 10% Interest Statute is Paying Off Big for Business Policyholders,” Lindquist & Vennum, Legal Alert, May 2011

    Honors and Awards
    • Minnesota Super Lawyers, 2013
    • "Up & Coming Attorney," Minnesota Lawyer, 2012

    Community Involvement
    • Adjunct Faculty Member, University of Minnesota Law School