Hamline University School of Law, J.D., 1997

Charles University School of Law, Prague Czech Republic, Summer 1995

Gustavus Adolphus College, B.A., 1994, Cum Laude (Geology and History)

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Minnesota
  • lllinois
  • Iowa
  • Nevada
  • U.S. District Court, Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court, Nevada


  • Honorable John S. McGroarty, Eighth Judicial District Court
  • Honorable A. William Maupin (extern)
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Anissa Mediger is a member of the Business Litigation section and practices primarily in the following areas: 

  • Products liability
  • Mass toxic torts
  • Environmental litigation
  • Premises and personal injury defense
  • Construction defect litigation

Since 2001, Anissa has successfully litigated cases through verdict, and has also served as national coordinating counsel for corporations facing claims in multiple jurisdictions. Her broad litigation experience ranges from heavy farm and industrial equipment to motor vehicle components and electrical service. She has defended manufacturers and suppliers of industrial chemicals facing allegations of environmental contamination and fuel emissions, and construction industry and service-related providers and product manufacturers accused of causing catastrophic injury. Anissa is routinely called upon to defend corporations facing significant settlement demands.

With an educational background in science, Anissa is a frequent speaker in toxic torts and product claims, and has provided counsel and represented clients in litigation involving asbestos, silica, talc, benzene, chemical exposure, and environmental pollution claims. She has spoken as a panelist at the ABA toxic tort and environmental law seminars, DRI, CLM, DALS and EECMA, and presented on evidentiary requirements of product and material testing results. In addition, she has defended entities facing invasion of privacy, dram shop, professional negligence and premises lawsuits. 

Anissa has been admitted pro hac vice to represent corporate clients in product liability and mass tort matters in Maryland, Washington, Pennsylvania, North Dakota, Missouri, Wisconsin, Iowa and Florida.

In addition, Anissa has tried cases through verdict, including:

  •  Co-chairing the legal team that represented a ceiling tile manufacturer in a living female mesothelioma take-home asbestos exposure case that resulted in a defense verdict based on the state-of-the-art of scientific and medical knowledge in the State of Minnesota. The trial gained national recognition and was highlighted by the Defense Research Institute (DRI) in their electronic publication, The Voice.
  • Successfully securing a defense verdict in a unique invasion of privacy matter involving a photography company. In two separate claims that were consolidated for trial, plaintiffs alleged that her client invaded their privacy by publishing photographs of the pair on the company's on line photo gallery. Anissa argued that the photo company did not invade the plaintiffs' privacy because there was no "reasonable expectation of privacy" in the photos at issue. The jury found that the photographs were "not private" prior to disclosure and therefore, plaintiffs' claims for invasion of privacy failed.

Honors & Awards

  • Who's Who of Lawyers in St. Paul, 2015
  • Rising Star, Super Lawyers Magazine, 2005-2012
  • America's Top 100 High Stakes Litigator

Professional Affiliations

American Bar Association, Member

  • Vice-Chair of Toxic Tort and Environmental Law Committee of TIPS

Minnesota State Bar Association, Member

  • Women in the Legal Profession Committee, Member, 2006

Warren E. Burger Inn of Court, Former Member

Nevada Bar Association, Member

Association of Defense Trial Attorneys, Member

Defense Research Institute, Member

  • Women in the Law Committee, Member
    • Vice Chair of the Substantive Law Committee, 2016

Illinois State Bar Association, Member

International Association of Defense Council (IADC), Member, 2017

Gustavus Women in Leadership National Advisory Board, Chair

Gustavus Crown Council, Member

CLM Toxic Tort and Environmental Law Committee, Chair