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Elizabeth Kniffen
Partner
Minneapolis
500 Washington Avenue South
Suite 4000
Minneapolis MN 55415
TEL: (612) 359-4261
FAX: (612) 336-9100
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Elizabeth Kniffen

Liz is a partner in the firm's Minneapolis office where her practice is focused on complex commercial litigation, and insurance and reinsurance disputes. 

Liz handles first-party property coverage disputes in a variety of contexts and has dealt extensively with issues relating to policy interpretation, as well as the application of a wide variety of coverage exclusions and policy endorsements.  Liz also handles liability coverage matters and matters involving structured insurance programs.  She has also represented cedents, reinsurers, and retrocessionaires in confidential arbitrations concerning a wide range of matters including rescission, coverage reinstatements, ex gratia payments, claims control, punitive/exemplary damages, and global property/casualty programs.  

She represents clients in financial services litigation and other complex commercial disputes, taking cases from the early stages of investigation through trial.

Liz represents clients in all aspects of litigation in federal and state courts as well as alternative dispute resolution proceedings. She has handled matters in numerous state and federal courts throughout the country including California, Iowa, Minnesota, Nevada, New York, South Dakota, Washington, and Wisconsin. 

Liz is actively involved with Twin Cities Diversity in Practice and serves on its Professional Development and Recruiting committees.  She is also the Past-Chair of the ABA Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section, Excess, Surplus Lines and Reinsurance Committee.

Representative Matters

Financial Services Litigation (Counsel to Wells Fargo Bank in litigation concerning securities lending and 2007-08 financial crisis – Blue Cross/Blue Shield et al. v. Wells Fargo; City of Farmington Hills v. Wells Fargo; Securian v. Wells Fargo; Workers Compensation Reinsurance Association, et al. v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.)

Allianz Global Risks US Insurance Co. v. MGM Mirage (high value insurance coverage litigation in connection with Hurricane Katrina)

Comes v. Microsoft Corp. (antitrust matter resulting in $180 million settlement)

Articles & Presentations

"Drop it Like it’s Hot," Northwest Loss Association Annual Trade Fair, February 15, 2017, presenter

"Estimating the Value of the Appraisal Process in Property Claims," Western Loss Association – Delavan, WI, September 22-23, 2016, co-presenter

"Reinsurance Considerations for Property Claims," Zelle Insurance Education Webinar Series, March 3, 2016, co-presenter

"Reinsurance Considerations for Property Claims," 2016 Northwest Loss Association Conference, Bloomington, MN, February 17, 2016, presenter

"Avoiding Lawsuits and Dealing With Lawsuits When They Are Unavoidable," October 7, 2015, co-presenter

"Reinsurance Essentials: Common Considerations for Insurance," Western Loss Association – Delavan, WI, September 23-25, 2015, co-presenter

"Law Committee Case Summaries," ARIAS Quarterly, Fourth Quarter, 2014, author

"Insurers Be Warned, Your Communications Are Discoverable," Insurance Law360, August 4, 2014, author

"Recent Developments in Excess Insurance, Surplus Lines Insurance, and Reinsurance," TIPS Law Journal, March 29, 2013, co-author

Professional Affiliations

Noteworthy

Liz was named a "Rising Star" for 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015 by Minnesota Law & Politics, and an "Up & Coming Attorney" for 2013 by Minnesota Lawyer.

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