William Mitchell College of Law, J.D.

University of Minnesota

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  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit
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John Degnan is a member of the Business Litigation section. John is an accomplished trial lawyer and represents clients in the areas of:

  • Commercial/business litigation
  • Professional liability and disciplinary matters
  • Directors and officers liability
  • Intellectual property litigation
  • E-discovery and information governance
  • Personal injury
  • Employment law
  • Mediation and arbitration neutral and court-appointed special master

John regularly represents clients in business disputes, as well as members of the legal and medical communities in professional matters. He has more than 40 years of experience handling medical malpractice claims, prescription drug and pharmacy matters, products liability and issues relating to the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA) and the federal False Claims Act. John has also represented clients with electronic medical records (EMR) issues and has experience with HIPAA and HITECH. He is frequently chosen as a mediator and arbitrator in business disputes and employment, commercial and injury cases.

John is a member of the Minnesota E-Discovery Working Group, and was an author of an e-discovery article published in the 2014 William Mitchell Law Review, Volume 40, Number 2, entitled "An Electronic Discovery Primer." He is frequently invited to speak to members of the bench and bar on e-discovery best practices and information governance. John also participates in healthcare discussions locally and nationally. Recently, in an episode of Healthcare Matters, an internet television program that explores the intersection of medicine and the law, John shared his thoughts on the following topics:

Honors & Awards

  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Fellow, American Board of Trial Advocates
  • 2015 Lawyer of the Year, Legal Malpractice, The Best Lawyers in America
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants, Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
  • 2009 Attorney of the Year, Minnesota Lawyer
  • 2015 Attorney of the Year, Minnesota Lawyer
  • Alumnus of Notable of Achievement, U of M College of Liberal Arts, 2007
  • Top 40 Business Litigation Super Lawyer, Minnesota Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyer and Top 100 Super Lawyer, Minnesota Super Lawyers
  • Who's Who in America
  • Leading American Attorney
  • North Star Lawyer, Minnesota State Bar Association

Professional Affiliations

Minnesota State Bar Association, Member; Civil Trial Specialist

Minnesota Rule 114 Neutral

Board Certified Civil Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy

William Mitchell College of Law

  • Board of Directors, Member
  • Alumni Board of Directors, Member
  • Alumni Board, Former President

Warren E. Burger Inn of Court, Master, 2004-Present

Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services, Member, 2003-Present

  • Leadership Campaign Committee, Member

International Association of Defense Counsel, Member

Defense Research Institute, Member

Academy of Certified Trial Lawyers of Minnesota, Board Member, Secretary

Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association, Member

  • Former President

Hennepin County Bar Association, Member

American Bar Association, Member

Federal Bar Association, Member