Cost-plus contracts are common in the construction industry, and a recent case in Iowa will have significant implications for business practices in that industry.
With over 80 attorneys, our Litigation group is one of the largest and most experienced in the Upper Midwest. In addition to trying cases in the state and federal courts, our attorneys also litigate before domestic and international arbitration tribunals and administrative agencies.
What We Do
Every day, thousands of individuals and businesses face lawsuits – and the possibility of extended courtroom battles. When those prospective clients seek counsel, they want more than just aggressive representation. They want an attorney that has the experience and judgment to guide them to the best resolution possible, whether that be through settlement or trial. In short, they want attorneys who have a proven track record of success.
At Fredrikson & Byron, we deliver on both counts. With over 80 attorneys, our Litigation group is one of the largest and most experienced in the Upper Midwest. In addition to trying cases in the state and federal courts, our attorneys also litigate before domestic and international arbitration tribunals and administrative agencies. Because we have substantial experience in a wide range of litigation focus areas, including the emerging area of electronic discovery, our attorneys are frequently called upon to represent clients in highly complex local, national and international disputes. In each case, our goal remains the same: To achieve the best possible outcome for clients through aggressive, experienced and ethical representation.
Our Litigation practice group offers a comprehensive range of services, including:
- Alternative Dispute Resolution
- Antitrust Litigation
- Arbitration & Mediation
- Artificial Intelligence
- Banking & Financial Services Litigation
- Bankruptcy, Restructuring & Workouts
- Class Action/Wage and Hour Litigation
- Collective Actions
- Commercial Litigation
- Communications, Media & Entertainment Litigation
- Construction Disputes
- Contract Litigation
- Corporate Sustainability & Social Responsibility
- Director & Officer Liability
- E-Discovery Strategy & Advocacy
- Condemnation & Eminent Domain
- Employment & Labor Litigation
- Energy Regulation & Permitting
- Environmental and Land Use Disputes
- Franchise Litigation
- Government Contracts & Grants
- Government and Regulatory Cases
- Health Licensing Defense
- Insurance and Indemnification Cases
- Intellectual Property Litigation
- Internal Investigations
- Medical Practices Defense
- Product Liability Cases
- Professional Malpractice
- Restrictive Covenants
- Securities Litigation
- Shareholder Derivative Lawsuits
- Shareholder & Partnership Disputes
- Tax Disputes
- Trade Secrets
- Trusts & Estates Litigation
- Unfair Competition
- White Collar & Regulatory Defense
- Starting in 2014, we defended Hormel Foods Corporation in Minnesota Federal Court against claims that it misappropriated trade secrets, and breached multiple contracts with the plaintiff related to a failed joint development program. At the center of the lawsuit was Hormel’s innovative and revolutionary new process for making a next generation of pre-cooked bacon Hormel markets under the brand Bacon1. The plaintiff sought damages in excess of $60 million. After two years of litigation, Fredrikson’s litigation team defeated each of the plaintiff’s claims on summary judgment. The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed Hormel’s victory in 2018, and the District Court subsequently awarded Hormel over $800,000 in fees and costs in defending the lawsuit. Fredrikson is also representing Hormel in two patent infringement lawsuits filed in 2018 relating to this hybrid bacon cooking process technology, and has already defeated the infringement claims in one of those lawsuits.
- Fredrikson & Byron Captures Two Iowa Supreme Court Wins in Favor of Wind Energy Development. Click here for more information.
- Fredrikson & Byron Obtains $12.8 Million Award for H.B. Fuller Company (NYSE: FUL) in an arbitration against the consulting company Accenture for failing to lead H.B. Fuller’s global ERP (enterprise resource planning software) implementation. Click here for more information.
- Fredrikson & Byron Represents City of New Brighton in Contamination Settlement with U.S. Army. Click here for more information.
News & Articles
October 4, 2019
Fredrikson & Byron has been listed to the Honor Roll in BTI Consulting Group’s BTI Litigation Outlook 2020.
May 8, 2019
Fredrikson & Byron attorneys Bret A. Dublinske and Brant M. Leonard captured victories in two separate cases before the Iowa Supreme Court on May 3, 2019.
March 19, 2019
On April 24, 2019, Fredrikson & Byron’s Litigation Group presented a moderated panel discussion with United States District Court Magistrate Judges Bowbeer, Thorson, Menendez and Wright.
April 10, 2018
Fredrikson presented a moderated panel discussion for practicing lawyers regarding district court and appellate practice with Minnesota Court of Appeals Judges on May 15.
February 5, 2015
Fredrikson & Byron represented the City of New Brighton in achieving a $59.4 million settlement with the United States Army.
January 19, 2015
Attorney Aron J. Frakes joins Fredrikson & Byron’s Litigation Group as an officer. Frakes was most recently a litigation partner in the Chicago office of McDermott Will & Emery. Frakes represents clients in a wide variety of disputes, including large contract disputes, product liability defense, class action defense, fraud and conspiracy cases, consumer fraud actions, construction litigation, professional engineering malpractice defense, and toxic tort mass actions. Frakes is licensed to practice in Illinois and is in the process of applying to be licensed in Minnesota.
Grant Fairbairn Named Chair of the MN Intellectual Property Law Association’s Patent Litigation – ADR – CAFC Committee
February 19, 2014
Fredrikson & Byron attorney Grant D. Fairbairn was recently appointed to Chair of the Minnesota Intellectual Property Law Association’s Patent Litigation – ADR – CAFC Committee.
February 2, 2014
NITA selected Jeffrey to join the faculty of NITA Gulf Coast Regional Trial Advocacy Training Program.