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Patricia St. Peter
Partner
Minneapolis
500 Washington Avenue South
Suite 4000
Minneapolis MN 55415
TEL: (612) 336-9112
FAX: (612) 336-9100
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Patricia St. Peter

Pat concentrates her practice in the area of complex business disputes including insurance coverage, reinsurance and bad faith litigation. Pat has served as lead counsel in the prosecution and defense of matters brought in state and federal courts in over 30 jurisdictions. Pat has handled matters involving the September 11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center, Hurricanes Katrina, Wilma and Rita, builder's risk, environmental and long-term exposure to harmful substances, asbestos, product recalls, construction defects, intellectual property, technology, and cyber risks.

Pat is a qualified neutral under Rule 114 of the Minnesota General Rules of Practice.

Pat also has extensive experience in all phases of the appellate process - strategy whether to bring an appeal, brief writing, and oral argument.

Pat has spoken at seminars on numerous topics including effective trial presentation, claims litigation strategy, management of outside counsel, risk management, advertising injury, successor liability, and bad faith. Pat also conducts in-house training seminars for the firm's clients. 

Pat served for five years as the President of U.S. Figure Skating (2009-2014), the national governing body of the sport of figure skating as recognized by the U.S. Olympic Committee. Pat is also a National Singles and Pairs Judge and National Referee in U.S. Figure Skating, and previously served as Midwestern Vice President, Administrative/Legal Group Coordinator, and Chair of the Ethics Committee of U.S. Figure Skating.

In June 2004, the International Skating Union elected Pat as a member of a five-person international Disciplinary Commission which hears all charges of disciplinary, doping, and ethical offenses brought against skaters, judging officials, office holders, or member federations of the International Skating Union. The International Skating Union is the international governing body recognized by the International Olympic Committee for the sports of figure skating and speed skating. The International Skating Union established the Disciplinary Commission in response to the judging scandal at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City.

Pat was recognized by William Mitchell College of Law in "Women in Law - 100 Years of Challenge and Change."

Representative Matters

Kraus-Anderson Construction Co. v. Transportation Insurance Co., et al., 2011 WL 1364251 (Minn. Ct. App. April 12, 2011)

Northrop Grumman Corporation v. Factory Mutual Insurance Company, currently pending in the U.S. District Court, Central District of California

Allianz Insurance v. World Trade Center Properties LLC (2nd Cir. 2006)

The Pillsbury Co. v. Zurich American Ins. Co., 2005 WL 2778752 (D. Minn. Oct. 25, 2005)

TIG Ins. Co. v. NAFCO Ins. Co., Ltd. , 177 F.Supp.2d 561 (N.D. TX 2001)

South Dakota State Cement Plant Com’n v. Wausau Underwriters Ins. Co. , 616 N.W.2d 397 (S.D. 2000)

National Union Fire Ins. Co. v. American Motors Ins. Co. , 504 S.E.2d 673 (Ga. 1998)

Elan Pharmaceutical Research Corp. v. Employers Ins. of Wausau, 144 F.3d 1372 (11th Cir. 1998)

Lapham-Hickey Steel Corp. v. Protection Mut. Ins. Co. , 655 N.E.2d 842 (Ill. 1995)

Employers Ins. of Wausau v. Petroleum Specialties, Inc. , 69 F.3d 98 (6th Cir. 1995)

Evergreen Park School Dist. No. 124 v. Federal Ins. Co. , 658 N.E.2d 1235 (Ill. App. Ct. 1995)

Ticor Title Ins. Co. v. Employers Ins. of Wausau , 48 Cal.Rptr.2d 368 (Cal. Ct. App. 1995)

Gencor Industries, Inc. v. Wausau Underwriters Ins. Co. , 857 F.Supp. 1560 (M.D. Fla. 1994)

Fireman’s Fund Ins. Companies v. Ex-Cell-O Corp. , 790 F.Supp. 1318 (E.D. Mich., 1992)

Hogs Unlimited v. Farm Bureau Mut. Ins. Co. , 401 N.W.2d 381 (Minn. 1987)

In re Telemark Management Co., Inc. , 51 B.R. 623 (Bankr. Wis. 1984)

Articles & Presentations

"The 9/11 Litigation - The "Number of Occurrences" Dispute of the Century," The Brief, Fall 2016, co-author

"Competing Claims Challenges And The Right To Recover," Insurance Law360, January 6, 2015, co-author

"Summary Judgment Is No Dress Rehearsal," Insurance Law360, October 17, 2014, co-author

"The Brave New World of Cyber Risks," Emerging Issues in Property Insurance, Chicago, IL, March 28, 2013, co-presenter

Professional Affiliations

Noteworthy

Pat is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell. She was named a Minnesota "Super Lawyer" for 2010-2017.



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