Steven J. Weintraut

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"I assist clients with transactions and I have litigated various types of cases through trial or arbitration award, and appeal. My litigation experience provides clients with insights on how their particular issue will likely evolve, which helps us make better strategic and cost-effective decisions together."

Steven represents and counsels businesses and individuals in litigation and transactions to help them efficiently resolve a variety of legal issues. He employs a comprehensive approach, and has particular experience in litigation and dispute resolution, employment, real estate, closely held businesses, land use, and construction. Steven brings attention to detail, creativity, and persistence to every issue that he helps his clients resolve.

An experienced litigator, Steven represents clients in many types of cases, including employment, commercial, real estate, land use, and construction litigation, and property tax appeals. He zealously handles all phases of conflict resolution, from initial negotiations prior to suit to jury verdicts, court orders, arbitration awards, appellate court opinions, and favorable settlements. Steven utilizes his experiences in litigating cases to conclusion to help clients determine when and how to best use litigation to reach their objectives. He also serves as a mediator and arbitrator.

As part of his employment practice, Steven advises businesses and individuals on how to address a range of issues, including employment contracts and non-compete agreements, disciplinary and termination decisions, and negotiation and drafting of severance agreements. Steven also enjoys assisting clients with transactions and with negotiation and drafting of a variety of types of other agreements, including commercial contracts, leases, purchase agreements, buy-sell agreements, and construction contracts.

Whether he is litigating a dispute or working on a transaction, Steven's comprehensive approach will assist you in the areas of Litigation and Dispute Resolution, Employment, Real Estate, Closely Held Businesses, Land Use, and Construction.

Some of Steven's representative cases/matters include:

  • Obtaining after trial dismissal of employment discrimination claims brought against client under the Minnesota Human Rights Act, and appellate court opinion that ruled that plaintiff was not entitled to any recovery.
  • After court trial, obtaining ruling that client had no liability for any portion of the city's assessment of additional property taxes that were based on the resurfacing of a street in front of client's building.
  • After nine days of trial, securing a directed verdict and dismissal of all claims asserted against excavating subcontractor for alleged failure to remove and alleged reburying of concrete debris.
  • After two-week jury trial, obtaining favorable verdict and an award of the client's attorney's fees against insurance company in action to recover damages caused to building when rain entered through the roof during construction.
  • On appeal, securing for property owners an appellate court opinion that successfully limited extent of their neighbors' use of lakeshore access easement that ran across clients' lakefront property, and an award of clients' attorney's fees and costs.
  • After nine days of arbitration, obtaining favorable arbitration award for design/build prime contractor in action against school district to recover payment for work completed and delay damages.

EDUCATION

University of Iowa College of Law, J.D., 1994, with High Distinction
Member of Iowa Law Review; Recipient of International Academy of Trial Lawyers Award
University of Iowa College of Business, B.B.A., Finance, 1991

ACHIEVEMENTS / INVOLVEMENT

  • President, Board Member, and Volunteer, United Cerebral Palsy of Minnesota, Inc. (1994-2012)
  • Navy Reserve, Navy Construction Battalion (Seabees); served as Platoon Leader while on active duty

INTERESTS

Youth sports - coaching and volunteering
Spending time with family

MEMBERSHIPS / LICENSES

Qualified Neutral Under Rule 114 of the Minnesota General Rules of Practice (ADR Bio)
Minnesota State Bar Association
U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota and Western District of Wisconsin
U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
Hennepin County and Dakota County Bar Associations

Author, "The U.S. Supreme Court's Recent Concepcion Decision Regarding Class Action Waivers, and What it Means for Employers."