William Mitchell College of Law, J.D.

University of Minnesota

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  • Minnesota
  • Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court District of Minnesota
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
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John Degnan is an accomplished trial lawyer, arbitrator and mediator. As a member of the firm’s Business Litigation section, John represents clients in the areas of:

  • Commercial/business litigation and shareholder disputes
  • Legal and Medical Professional Liability and Licensing Board Matters
  • Directors and officers liability
  • Intellectual property litigation
  • E-discovery, computer forensics and information governance
  • Personal injury
  • Employment law
  • Mediation and arbitration neutral,  court-appointed special master and e-neutral

John has over 40 years of experience handling malpractice claims, prescription drug and pharmacy matters, products liability and issues relating to the federal False Claims Act. John has also represented clients with electronic medical records (EMR) issues and has experience with HIPAA. He is frequently chosen as a mediator and arbitrator in business disputes and employment, commercial and injury cases.

John is a co-editor of the Minn CLE E-Discovery Deskbook and was a member of the Minnesota E-Discovery Working Group. He 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 computer forensics. John also participates in healthcare discussions locally and nationally.

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

Board Certified Civil Trial Advocate by both the National Board of Trial Advocacy and the Minnesota State Bar Association

Minnesota Rule 114 Neutral

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

Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services

  • Leadership Campaign Committee, Member

International Association of Defense Counsel, Member

Defense Research Institute, Member

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

Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association, Member

  • Past President

Hennepin County Bar Association, Member

  • Bench & Bar Committee

American Bar Association, Member

Federal Bar Association, Member