Firm Ranked First for Litigation by Chambers USA
(June 2007) - Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P. is pleased to announce that the firm has again been ranked first as a leading firm in Minnesota for the category ‘Litigation: General Commercial' in the Chambers USA 2007.
Additionally, firm chairman Michael V. Ciresi, and partners Martin R. Lueck and Ronald J. Schutz all shared the number one ranking as top Litigation: Intellectual Property practitioners in the state. Ciresi was also again recognized in first place as a top Litigation: General Commercial attorney in the state.
The Chambers USA 2007 profile about the firm says:
This firm "comes to mind as the leading litigation firm in the Twin Cities," with many of its lawyers appearing in state and federal courts in "many high-profile cases." Its reputation has been built up over the years from handling plaintiff class actions in the toxic torts and products liability field, and there is now also a highly regarded IP litigation practice, with the firm being hailed as "one of the best for contingent fee IP litigation." Despite being a well-known plaintiff firm, it also acts for defendants: for example, the lawyers obtained a dismissal on behalf of Arctic Cat in a patent infringement filed by Injection Research Specialists and Pacer Industries. IP litigation forms the largest part of the firm, with 60 lawyers in the team, and there is also an insurance litigation group handling insurance coverage issues. According to one client, this is "obviously a good firm to use for important matters" because it is "very attuned to litigation."
Chambers USA 2007 notes the following about the attorneys:
"The ‘exceptional' Michael Ciresi is highly rated by both general litigators and IP specialists, with sources agreeing that he is ‘one of the best litigators in the state - he has tried more big cases and won them.' For example, he has been trying a patent law infringement case in New Jersey for TriStrata Technology against Mary Kay Inc, in which he obtained a permanent injunction enjoining Mary Kay Inc against making or selling the infringing products, and $26 million in damages. He also acted as co-lead counsel defending Pitney Bowes in a patent infringement suit. On the commercial litigation side, he has been representing General Mills in a multimillion-dollar breach of contract claim arising out of a supply agreement for durum wheat. He is ‘extraordinarily well prepared and simply handles litigation better than most.'"
"Martin Lueck is ‘successful, talented and an excellent lawyer in the IP arena.' He has a patent litigation practice, and is also involved in other commercial cases; for example, he has been handling ongoing litigation for GE in a patent infringement action involving planetary and compressor bearings used in diesel locomotive engines."
"‘Consummate litigator' Ronald Schutz is ‘tremendously successful.' He handles IP litigation and IP-related antitrust cases across different technology areas, such as electronic, medical and biotech. He represented Fair Isaac in suing three major credit bureaus for unfair competition, trademark and antitrust violations, and he continues to handle a patent enforcement action involving digital camera technology. He acts for key patent owner St. Clair Intellectual Property Consultants, with the latest win being against Fuji, settling a case with Canon for an undisclosed sum."
*Being named to the list or receiving the award is not intended and should not be viewed as comparative to other lawyers or to create an expectation about results that might be achieved in a future matter.