Michael R. Moline

Michael R. Moline

Areas of Practice: Construction Litigation, Insurance Coverage, Litigation, Products Liability, Professional Liability

Office Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota / Hudson, Wisconsin 

Direct612.336.9354 / Emailmmoline@lommen.com 

Michael R. Moline / Biography

Michael Moline has a national practice handling construction litigation claims for product manufacturers, insurers, and property owners. He also provides litigation and transactional legal services to business owners, property developers, construction professionals, product manufacturers, product distributors and small businesses. Mike concentrates in the areas of: 

  • Construction law and construction litigation 
  • Property development and land use planning 
  • Zoning, permitting, and variances 
  • Property damage insurance claims and insurance appraisals 
  • Insurance coverage disputes 
  • Commercial arbitration 
  • Product manufacturer’s liability 
  • Product distribution and pass-through liability 
  • Property boundary disputes 

Mike has defended construction litigation claims throughout the upper Midwest, east coast, and Florida. He has tried more than 50 jury trials to a conclusion, argued hundreds of binding arbitrations and handled more than a dozen appeals. Mike’s property insurance appraisal experience includes hail damage insurance claims, fire insurance claims, storm damage insurance claims, and wind damage insurance claims. 

Mike’s recent successes include: 

  • Successfully represented Minneapolis’ largest parking ramp operator in the Minnesota Supreme Court
  • Obtained a $1 million award for a commercial client in a property boundary dispute
  • Successfully represented a property owner before the Minnesota Supreme Court in a case of first impression, defining total loss in insurance appraisals
  • Obtained a complete defense verdict in a 42 day, $16 million product liability/construction defect trial in Palm Beach County, Florida
  • Obtained a directed verdict in a $10 million product liability/construction defect trial
  • Obtained a $900,000 insurance appraisal award on behalf of a developer involving a first-party insurance claim for hail damage to a townhouse development
  • Successfully defended the world’s largest manufacturer of discrete electrical components in a product liability claim involving failed electronic electrical power meters; obtained defense verdict in a federal summary jury trial following a $3 million demand
  • Obtained a defense decision in a multimillion dollar product liability/construction defect trial in Miami-Dade County

Mike is certified as a civil trial specialist by the Minnesota State Bar Association and is board certified as a civil trial advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. He is listed as a Minnesota Super Lawyer and is rated Distinguishedfor high professional achievement by Martindale-Hubbell. 

Leadership + Activities

  • Hennepin County Bar Association 
  • Minnesota State Bar Association 
  • Minnesota Association for Justice 
  • Minnesota Multi Housing Association 
  • Minnesota Academy of Civil Trial Specialists 

Experience

  • Court Park Company v. Hennepin County, 907 N.W.2d 641 (Minn. 2018) 
  • Dakota Style Foods v Sunopta Grains and Foods, 329 F.Supp.3d (D. SD. 2018)
  • In re Minnwest Bank Litigation, 873 N.W.2d 135 (Minn. Ct. App. 2015)
  • Auto-Owners Insurance v. Second Chance Investments, 827 N.W.2d 766 (Minn. 2013)
  • Cannon Technologies v. Sensus Metering Systems, 734 F.Supp.2d (D. Minn. 2010)
  • Vlahos v. R & I Construction, 676 N.W.2d 672 (Minn. 2004)
  • Reiter v. Honeywell, 104 F.3d 1071 (8th Cir. 1997)
  • State v. Holmberg, 527 N.W.2d 100 (Minn. Ct. App. 1995)
  • State v. Peterson, 533 N.W.2d 87 (Minn. Ct. App. 1995)
  • Schibursky v. IBM, 820 F.Supp. 1169 (D.Minn. 1993)

Presentations

  • “Legal Roles in Construction Law,” Minnesota State Bar Association Construction Law Section, January 2019
  • “Construction Litigation: Lessons from the Trenches Part II,” Minnesota Construction Association, June 2018
  • “Bad-Faith Claims and Its Impact on Insurance Companies,” The Knowledge Group, October 2017
  • “Strategies to Perfect, Present and Preserve Appraisal Awards After Quade,” Premier Midwest Construction Defect & Dispute Conference, October 2016
  • “IOU an EUO?!” Midwinter Seminar, Minnesota Association for Justice, February 2015
  • “Protecting Our Assets: Best Practices for Administering the Cobell Settlement – Top 10 Lessons Learned,” Native Asset Building Summit, November 2014

Published Articles

  • “Rule changes for homeowner associations,” Minnesota Lawyer, September 2017

Education

  • University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, B.S., 1988 
  • Hamline University School of Law, J.D., 1991 

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota, 1992 
  • Wisconsin, 1992 
  • U.S. District Court District of Minnesota, 1992 
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Wisconsin, 1998 

News + Articles

Legal Roles in Construction Law

Mike Moline spoke at a seminar, Legal Roles in Construction Law, on January 10, 2019 which was presented by the Construction Law Section of the Minnesota State Bar Association.   Overview: It is fascinating to watch a building go up, but the physical piece is...

Construction Litigation: Lessons from the Trenches Part II

Keith Broady, Lauren Nuffort and Mike Moline participated in a seminar on June 13, 2018 which was presented by the Minnesota Construction Association, "Construction Litigation: Lessons from the Trenches Part II." Keith Broady, Lauren Nuffort and Karl Yeager of Meagher...

Bad-Faith Claims and Its Impact on Insurance Companies

Mike Moline spoke at a webinar, Bad-Faith Claims and Its Impact on Insurance Companies, on October 19, 2017 presented by the Knowledge Group.  Mike spoke with Aaron French and Nelson Bellido on topics such as "Bad Faith Set-Up - A Legal Primer," "Mechanics of Set-Up...

Resolving Property Damage Insurance Claims

Resolving Property Damage Insurance Claims

This year has again brought us countless hail and extreme weather events. In fact, only Texas has more hail claims per year than Minnesota. It’s an unfortunate fact of life that where there is property damage, insurance claims and disputes soon follow.  Fortunately,...