Jim Lockhart represents businesses in complex litigation involving commercial disputes, real estate and construction, and antitrust cases. His trial practice experience in state and federal courts, as well as before administrative agencies and arbitration panels, includes price fixing, market allocation, and other antitrust matters, complex breach of contract claims, professional liability, fraud and defalcation claims, shareholder disputes, insurance law, creditors' rights, real estate, zoning and land use, construction litigation, and other business and commercial disputes.
Jim uses his broad experience to efficiently resolve disputes both large and small and to counsel clients about measures to prevent litigation. He has also served on the Management Committee at Lindquist since 2012.
Awards & Recognition
- Best Lawyers in America (2017-2018)
- Minnesota Super Lawyers (2014-2017)
- Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent® Rated (2016)
- North Star Lawyer, Minnesota State Bar Association (2013, 2014, 2016)
- Represented national freight forwarder in federal court litigation involving alleged kickback scheme by an independent contractor.
- Represented owner of historic, 1,300 unit apartment complex in Minneapolis, Minnesota obtaining dismissal of lawsuit seeking to eliminate numerous easements providing virtually all of the access and utility services to the complex. In re Crablex, Inc., 762 N.W.2d 247 (Minn. Ct. App. 2009) rev. denied.
- Represented national title insurer in successful action to enforce an escrow agreement providing that $2,400,000 in escrow funds could be used by title insurer to settle mechanic’s lien claims against large Minneapolis condominium project.
- Prevailed on behalf of property owner in complex bankruptcy adversary proceeding involving issues related to alleged post-petition transfers and violations of the automatic stay. In re Hecker, 496 B.R. 541 (B.A.P 8th Cir. 2013).
- Represented national title insurer in obtaining summary judgment dismissal of coverage, consumer fraud and false advertising claims brought by insured. 266 Summit, LLC v. Lawyers Title Ins. Corp., 2011 WL 3020301 (D. Minn. 2011).
- Represented national title insurer on summary judgment dismissal of insured’s claimed $600,000 loss after insured sold the property for more than fair market value. Court held there was no loss. Associated Bank, N.A. v. Stewart Title Guaranty Co., 881 F.Supp.2d 1058 (D. Minn. 2012).
- Representing a leading global paint manufacturer in opt-out litigation relating to Titanium Dioxide price fixing allegations against DuPont, Millennium, Kronos, and The Huntsman Corp.
- Represented national livestock feed supplier and food manufacturers in litigation involving price fixing in the raw-vitamin industry.
- Represented companies that opted out of the class in a class-action price fixing lawsuit involving dynamic random-access memory (DRAM).
- Represented national food companies in a direct action price-fixing lawsuit concerning purchasers of corrugated box materials.
Media & Presentations
"Lender Has No Loss When It Settles Debt For More Than Property Value," The Title Insurance Law Newsletter
"The 10 Cases That Will Help You Through a Mechanic's Lien Foreclosure Action," Presenter, Real Estate Institute, Minnesota
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