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Robert K. Shelquist



Robert K. Shelquist
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Robert K. Shelquist, a partner in the firm, is a trial attorney who practices in the areas of products liability, business litigation, securities, environmental law and antitrust. Much of Mr. Shelquist's plaintiff practice consists of complex litigation, consumer fraud, and securities, and he has defended actions involving claims of product liability, toxic torts and contracts. A 1987 graduate of the University of California at Berkeley with a double major in legal studies and political science, with high honors, Mr. Shelquist was elected to the Golden Key Society. He received his J.D. degree from the University of Minnesota Law School, cum laude, in 1990.

Mr. Shelquist has represented farmers, small businesses and individuals in complex class actions on their behalf in both state and federal court. In Peterson v. BASF Corp., Mr. Shelquist was court-appointed class counsel and was one of the trial attorneys who secured a jury verdict for a nation-wide class seeking redress for defendantÂ’s marketing of its herbicide products. After multiple state appellate opinions and two trips to the U.S. Supreme Court, a judgment in excess of $60,000,000 was paid.

Representative Cases

  • In Re CertainTeed Corp. Roofing Shingle Products Liability Litig., MDL 1817 (E.D. Pa.) (Co-Lead Counsel)
  • Eliason v. Gentek Building Products, Inc., et al., Civ. No. 10-cv-2093 (N.D. Ohio) (Executive Committee)
  • In Re HardiePlank Fiber Cement Siding Litig., MDL No. 2359 (D. Minn.) (Lead Counsel)
  • In Re IKO Roofing Shingle Products Liability Litig., MDL No. 2104 (C.D. Ill.) (Co-Lead Counsel)
  • In Re Kitec Plumbing Systems Products Liab. Litig. MDL No. 2098 (N.D. Tex.) (Co-Lead Counsel)
  • McFerren v. AT&T Mobility LLC, Civil No. 2008-cv-151322 (Superior Court Fulton County, GA) (Chairman of Plaintiffs' Steering Committee)
  • In Re Medtronic, Inc. Sprint Fidelis Leads Products Liability Litig., MDL 08-1905 (D. Minn.) (Liaison Counsel)
  • In Re Navistar Diesel Engine Products Liab. Litig., MDL No. 2223 (N.D. Ill.) (Plaintiffs' Steering Committee)
  • In Re Northstar Education Finance, Inc. Contract Litig., MDL 08-1990 (D. Minn.) (Co-Lead Counsel)
  • Cynthia Walker v. Cellfish Media, LLC, No. 08 CH 40592 (IL. Cir. Ct.) (Plaintiffs' Steering Committee)
  • Patricia Wright, et al. v. Owens Corning, MDL No. 1567 (W.D. Pa) (Co-Lead Counsel)
  • In re Google Android Consumer Privacy Litig., MDL No. 2264 (N.D. Calif.) (Interim Co-Lead Counsel)
  • In Re Zurn Pex Products Liability Litig., MDL 1958 (D. Minn.) (Co-Chair Plaintiffs' Steering Committee)
  • In Re Aredia and Zometa Products Liability Litig., MDL 06-1760 (M.D. Tenn.) (Plaintiffs' Steering Committee)
  • In Re Baycol Products Litig., MDL No. 1431 (D. Minn.) (Discovery and Briefing Committees)
  • In Re Blue Cross Blue Shield Subscriber Litig., Master File No. 19-C3-98-7780 (Dakota County District Court, Minn.) (Co-Chair Discovery Committee)
  • Davenport, et al. v. Illinois Farmers Insurance Company, et al., Case No. CIV-03-158-F (W.D. Ok.)
  • In Re Guidant Corp. Implantable Defibrillators Products Liability Litig., MDL No. 05-1708 (DWF/AJB) (D. Minn.) (Trial Team)
  • In Re IPhone Application Litig., Civil No. 10-CV-05878-LHK (N.D. Calif.) (Executive Committee)
  • In Re Medtronic, Inc., Inplantable Defibrillators Products Liability Litig., MDL No. 05-1726 (JMR/AJB) (D. Minn.) (Trial Team)
  • In Re Meridia Products Liability Litig., MDL 1481 (N.D. Ohio) (Co-Chair Discovery Committee)
  • In Re Milk Products Antitrust Litig., Master File 3-96-458 (D. Minn.) (Co-Chair Discovery Committee)
  • In Re National Arbitration Forum Litig., Civil No. 09-1939 (D. Minn.) (Plaintiffs' Lead Counsel Committee)
  • Robert Smale v. Sears Roebuck & Co. and Whirlpool Corp., Court File No. C3-04-8891 (Hennepin County District Court) (Liaison Counsel)
  • George v. Uponor Corporation, et al., Court File No. 12-249 (D. Minn.) (Co-Lead Counsel)


Mr. Shelquist lectures on a variety of legal topics.

Professional Recognition

  • Named a Minnesota Super Lawyer from 2003-2014 by Super Lawyers®, a Thomson Reuters business.
  • Mr. Shelquist has been recognized as a Super Lawyer by Minnesota Law and Politics and listed in the Guide to Leading American Attorneys.

Professional Associations

  • AAJ
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Minnesota Bar Association

Community Organizations

Mr. Shelquist is involved with a number of community organizations as a volunteer.


  • University of Minnesota Law School, 1990, cum laude

Bar Admissions

  • 1990, Minnesota

Court Admissions

  • Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota
  • Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • U.S. Supreme Court