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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


Bryan Freeman adds value to his policyholder clients by helping them secure the benefits and protection their commercial insurance is meant to provide.  Bryan is experienced in navigating the maze of insurance policies and protecting policyholders’ rights in the face of insurers’ denials of coverage.  He has represented policyholders in all kinds of insurance disputes, including disputes over coverage for D&O, employment-practices, product, environmental, and fiduciary liability.  And Bryan also has broad experience securing coverage for fidelity and crime loss, property loss, and business interruption.

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.

Representative Experience

Insurance Recovery
  • 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.

Commercial Litigation
  • 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, 2014 
    • North Star Lawyer, Minnesota State Bar Association, 2013
    • "Up & Coming Attorney," Minnesota Lawyer, 2012

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