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Michael J. Vanselow

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Michael J. Vanselow
Of Counsel
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Practices

Health Care Law
Consumer Protection
Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Industry Litigation

Overview

Michael J. Vanselow concentrates his practice in the areas of consumer protection, health care, and pharmaceutical and medical device industry litigation. He was a Deputy Attorney General with the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office where he litigated the Office’s highest profile cases and supervised the civil litigation, employment and torts, public utilities, education, Medicaid fraud, tax litigation, consumer enforcement, environmental protection, residential utilities, labor, human rights, corrections and collections Divisions. He was also an equity partner with, and Chair of the Healthcare Litigation Group of, Oppenheimer Wolff & Donnelly. He graduated magna cum laude and Order of the Coif from the University of Minnesota Law School where he was President and Editor-in-Chief of Volume 67 of the Minnesota Law Review. He has handled many complex litigation matters in federal and state district and appellate courts. He has also authored numerous publications, including two books on deposition and appellate practice, and taught pretrial litigation and appellate practice for many years as an adjunct professor at the University of Minnesota Law School and William Mitchell College of Law.

Education

  • University of Minnesota Law School J.D., May 1983
    • Graduated Magna Cum Laude
    • Order of the Coif
    • Dean’s List with an “A” Average
    • President and Editor-in-Chief of Volume 67 of the Minnesota Law Review
    • Judge Clarence A. Rolloff Scholarship Award
  • University of Wisconsin – Madison B.S., May 1979;
    • Graduated with Distinction
    • Graduated Dean’s List

Court Admissions

  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • United States District Court for the District of Minnesota
  • Supreme Court of the State of Minnesota

Representative Cases

  • Ponce v. Lenovo, Inc. (D. Minn.)
  • Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals “Bendectin” Litigation (D. Minn.)
  • Sandoz Nutrition “Optifast” Litigation (numerous state courts across the nation)
  • State of Minnesota v. Pharmacia Corp. (Henn. Cty.)
  • State of Minnesota v. Dey, Corp. (Henn. Ct.)
  • State of Minnesota v. SmithKline Beecham Corp. (Ramsey Cty.)
  • Minneapolis Branch of the NAACP v. State of Minnesota (Henn. Cty.)
  • Independent School District No. 651 v. State of Minnesota (Ramsey Cty.)
  • Nelson v. Trinity Medical Center (N.D.)
  • Northwest Publications, Inc. v. City of St. Paul (Minn. Ct. App.)
  • Huyen v. City of St. Paul (Minn. Ct. App.)
  • Child Evangelism Foundation v. Minneapolis Public Schools (8th Cir.)
  • Holahan v. Day, Treasurer of IMPACE-MEA (8th Cir.)
  • Kennedy v. Carlson (Henn. Cty)
  • McMaster v. State of Minnesota (8th Cir.)
  • Employers Ass’n Inc. v. United Steelworkers of America (8th Cir.)
  • Midwest Motor Express, Inc. v. International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 120 (Minn.)
  • State of Minnesota v. Pharmacia Corp. (Henn. Cty.)
  • State of Minnesota v. Dey, Inc. (Henn. Ct.)
  • State of Minnesota v. SmithKline Beecham Corp. (Ramsey Cty.)
  • Philip Morris, Inc. v. State of Minnesota (Minn.)
  • Sviggum v. Ingison (Minn. Ct. App.)
  • Holahan v. Day, Treasurer of IMPACE-MEA (8th Cir.)
  • Kennedy v. Carlson (Minn.)
  • McMaster v. State of Minnesota (8th Cir.)
  • In re LTV Steel Mining Co. (Bankr. Minn.)

Teaching

  • University of Minnesota Law School (Adjunct Professor responsible for coaching Law School’s competition teams in ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition Program and teaching Depositions course)
  • William Mitchell College of Law (Adjunct Professor responsible for teaching Pretrial Litigation course and for supervising independent research and writing project)

Publications

  • Bradley G. Clary, Sharon Reich Paulsen & Michael J. Vanselow, SUCCESSFUL FIRST DEPOSITIONS (West Group 4 editions)
  • Bradley G. Clary, Sharon Reich Paulsen & Michael J. Vanselow, ADVOCACY ON APPEAL (West Group 3 editions)
  • Co-author of chapter on Minnesota Occupational Safety and Health and Law in Stephen B. Befort & Karen G. Schanfield, Minnesota Employment Law and Practice (1995)
  • Comment, Prison Overcrowding as Cruel and Unusual Punishment: Rhodes v. Chapman, 66 Minn. 1215 (1982)
  • Various other articles in national publications.

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Hennepin County Bar Association

Professional Recognition

  • Recognized as a Minnesota “Super Lawyer” by Minnesota Law & Politics (2001, 2003, 2004, 2005)
  • Awarded “2013 Top Rated Lawyers in Health Care” and AV Preeminent Rating (highest accolade) by Martindale-Hubbell (January 2013)
  • Who’s Who in American Law (1999)