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Zelle has long served its national banking and financial services clients in jurisdictions across the United States.  The firm has broad and deep experience in virtually every type of dispute which banks and financial institutions face, including: investment mismanagement claims, securities lending practices, mortgage lending practices, claims against trustees, credit card practices, employment claims, class action claims, breach of fiduciary duty claims, breach of contract claims, and bondholder disputes.  

We have represented clients in state and federal court litigation, regulatory and investigative proceedings, and arbitrations throughout the country.  Over the years we have achieved significant success for our clients through early dismissals of actions and through summary judgments.   We have also successfully tried numerous cases and arbitrations.  Because our attorneys are skilled trial lawyers and prepare each case with an eye toward presenting the case before a judge or jury, we are often able to obtain favorable resolutions for our clients without actually having to go to trial.

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James Robertson Martin


Dan Millea


Representative Matters

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota, et al. v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. (securities lending defense)

City of Farmington Hills Employees’ Retirement System, et al. v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. (defense of securities lending class action involving claims of more than $500 million)

U.S. Bank v. First American Title Company (prosecution of breach of contract and bad faith action)

Meyer, et. al. v. J.P. Morgan Chase Bank, N.A (representing beneficiaries in action against a trustee concerning allegations of negligence, mismanagement and self-dealing)

Residential Funding Company, LLC v. Decision One Mortgage Company

Residential Funding Company, LLC v. HSBC Mortgage Corp. (USA)

Securian Financial Group, et. al. v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. (securities lending defense)

COPIC Insurance Company v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. (securities lending defense)

WCRA, et al. v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. (securities lending defense)

Menzel, et al. v. Beneficial Loan & Thrift, et al. (defense of class action claiming violations of lending agreements and usury law)

Field v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. (defense of multi-million dollar securities law claims)

Kawulok v. Lowry Hill (defense of financial advisory firm against claims brought by investor)

Taunus Corporation v. Allianz Insurance Company (insurance coverage action and appraisal involving Deutsche Bank’s $1 billion-plus insurance claim following 9/11)

Tonnemacher v. Sasak (securities fraud)

United Bank of Arizona v. Sun Mesa Corp. (securities fraud)

Assisted financial services provider in successful prosecution of several theft of trade secret claims

Defended London market insurers against a large international bank in an AAA arbitration against a US $20m claim for expropriation and devaluation following emergency legislation in Argentina in 2002

Represented CEO of Fortune 500 company in $30 million litigation involving alleged securities violations

Kitchar v. Adix (defense of securities arbitration)

In re Hennepin County 1986 Recycling Bond Litigation (class action securities litigation)

Langford Tool v. The 401 Group, LLC (loan default litigation)

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