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Education

University of Minnesota Law School, J.D., 1982, Cum Laude

Macalester College, B.A., 1979, Summa Cum Laude

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court District of Minnesota
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit
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Lauren E. Lonergan
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Lauren Lonergan is the head of the Litigation department. Lauren has represented a broad range of businesses in state and federal courts and argued appeals before the Minnesota appellate courts, the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals and many other courts.

She practices primarily in the areas of:

  • Insurance coverage litigation
  • Employment and ERISA litigation
  • Business litigation
  • Food industry matters

Insurance Coverage
Lauren has represented corporate policyholders in suits for coverage of products liability, employment, directors and officers, fiduciary liability, environmental and first-party loss claims, as well as insurance insolvency matters.

Her insurance experience includes:

  • obtaining a summary judgment ruling that food product distributor entitled to recover from its CGL carrier the full amount of a settlement of food recall claim;
  • representing a manufacturer in a suit against multiple CGL carriers to obtain declaration of coverage for asbestos claims;
  • negotiating multiple CGL carrier cost-share agreements in mass tort cases including asbestos and benzene claims;
  • winning an Eighth Circuit appeal mandating excess coverage for waste hauler’s multi-million dollar settlement despite primary’s insolvency;
  • recovering a significant portion of large ERISA claim action settlement under D&O policy through a Bermuda arbitration; and
  • prevailing in action seeking coverage for an airline’s multi-million dollar maintenance hangar fire suppression system upgrade required by law after a tornado destroyed the hangar.

Employment
Lauren has defended employers in individual EEOC and class action discrimination and religious accommodation suits, as well as FLSA collective actions and ERISA claims. She also has successfully prosecuted non-compete actions against former employees and their new employers, including those involving employee theft of electronic documents containing trade secrets.

Her employment experience includes:

  • obtaining voluntary dismissal of class action against ESOP which alleged that a plan amendment regarding valuation method could not apply to class members who had already terminated their employment but not yet received a distribution;
  • successfully resolving an EEOC suit and related employee class action alleging failure to accommodate employees’ Muslim prayer practices;
  • defending several different employers against multi-plant FLSA "donning and doffing" collective action claims, resulting in favorable settlements;
  • representing a product manufacturer in multi-plant FLSA collective action asserting "donning and doffing" and "off the clock" claims;
  • defending a pension plan against ERISA claims by several women seeking pension service credit for their 1950s and 1960s service; and
  • prosecuting a pension plan’s ERISA breach of fiduciary duty claims against its fund manager for losses from the fund manager’s premature liquidation of the plan’s investment.

Business Litigation
Lauren has a wide range of business litigation experience ranging from regulatory litigation with states to defending "selling away" and fraud cases.

Significant business litigation handled by Lauren includes:

  • successfully prosecuting multiple actions for employers to enforce non-competes, mandate “return” of electronic confidential information and enjoin use of confidential information;
  • obtaining an injunction against the State of Arizona based on federal preemption of state food labeling standards;
  • winning a summary judgment for life insurer against claims its agent engaged in improper sales methods as to another company’s products; and
  • prosecuting arbitration claims against software manufacturer for failing to customize new loan servicing system.

Food Industry Experience
Lauren has represented food industry members in a broad array of matters ranging from employment claims (including FLSA, sex harassment, race and, national origin and religious discrimination claims) to grower/producer contract disputes, product contamination matters and food labeling issues.

Honors & Awards

  • Top 100 Women Super Lawyer, Minnesota Super Lawyers
  • Minnesota Super Lawyers
  • William Carleton Scholar
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Insurance Law
  • Super Lawyers Corporate Counsel Edition (Insurance)
  • Leading Attorney, Benchmark Litigation
  • Top 250 Women in Litigation, Benchmark Litigation

Experience

  • Advised client on coverage for construction product defect claims involving office towers throughout United States.
  • Advised client on insurance coverage and other options to recover losses due to Superstorm Sandy.
  • Negotiated multi-carrier/layer cost share for mass tort asbestos liabilities as well as obtained reimbursement from insolvent carriers.
  • Obtained a summary judgment against a party's insurer under a commercial general liability policy, determining that there was coverage for million dollar plus settlement of recall claims.
  • Obtained coverage for multi-million dollars in unpaid defense costs arising from shareholder dispute.
  • Obtained coverage for very large employee thefts in Middle Eastern Country.
  • Obtained coverage for European product liability claims.
  • Obtained coverage for Mexican product liability claims.
  • Obtained insurance coverage for large class action settlement through settlement following a Bermuda arbitration.
  • Obtained summary judgment resulting in insurance coverage for large personal injury settlement.
  • Obtained summary judgment against the party's insurer under a technology errors and omissions policy, for the reimbursement of approximately $1 million in defense costs incurred in an arbitration.
  • Obtaining summary judgment requiring carrier to cover $3 million upgrade costs resulting from storm damage to maintenance hangar.
  • Prepared insurance claim for losses arising from employee theft in Far East.
  • Provided guidance on numerous issues impacting poultry producer.
  • Represented employer in responding to embezzlement by employee of over $1 million.
  • Successfully represented food company in potential claims against carrier and warehouse for damages resulting from food product market withdrawal.
  • Represented specialty chemical manufacturer in litigation with multiple carriers (including multiple layers) to obtain coverage for asbestos mass tort liabilities.
  • Successfully obtained stay of Minnesota action and pursued Texas action leading to coverage for settlement of significant antitrust claim.
  • Successfully sued four carriers to obtain coverage for National Manufacturer on mass tort liabilities arising from construction products.
  • Assisted in the sale of a privately held producer of food products through a merger with a strategic acquirer.
  • Briggs and Morgan Attorneys Represent Midwest’s Leading Provider of Premium Quality Chicken in Sale to Largest Family-Owned Pork Production Company in North America.

Professional Affiliations

Minnesota Women Lawyers, Member

American Bar Association, Member, Subcommittees on Insurance and Insurance Coverage, Litigation Section

Hennepin County Bar Association, Member, Insurance Law Committee