University of Florida College of Law, J.D., 1978, With Honors
Lawrence University, B.A., 1976, Summa Cum Laude
- Phi Beta Kappa
Bar & Court Admissions
- U.S. District Court District of Minnesota
- U.S. District Court Eastern District of Wisconsin
- U.S. District Court District of Colorado
- U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals Federal Circuit
Mike Streater is a member of the Business Litigation section and practices principally in the areas of:
- Commercial litigation
- Intellectual property litigation
- Appellate law
Since 1979, Mike has practiced in the area of commercial litigation. In recent years, his practice has had an emphasis on intellectual property, minority business owner disputes, professional malpractice, construction litigation, and equine litigation and administrative proceedings. Over the last 30 years, Mike has served as lead counsel in the trials of numerous cases in state and federal courts in Minnesota and elsewhere. He has had extensive experience in alternative dispute resolution procedures, including arbitrations and mediations. Mike is a qualified neutral under Minnesota Practice Rule 114, authorized to conduct mediations and other alternative dispute resolution procedures.
Representative recent cases include:
- Obtained $23.6 million arbitration award for a local manufacturer against a component parts supplier for defective parts, confirmed by the United States District Court, Minnesota, in 2008;
- Obtained summary judgment against a party’s insurer under a commercial general liability policy, determining that there was coverage for $1,400,000 paid by the party in settlement of claims that it sold contaminated non-fat dried milk to a third party that resulted in a recall of the third party’s finished products. (United States District Court, Minnesota, 2013, affirmed by the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, 2014);
- Obtained summary judgment against a party’s insurer under a Technology Errors and Omissions policy, determining that the insurer breached its obligation to defend the party in connection with a Connecticut arbitration proceeding arising from the alleged failure of the party to timely develop and deliver a hydronic pump to a third party. The case was settled with a payment by the insurer of over $1,000,000 in reimbursement of the party’s attorney’s fees and costs. (Hennepin County District Court, Minnesota, 2013);
- Obtained summary judgment invalidating an employee’s non-compete agreement with a Wisconsin-based company and dismissing the company’s counterclaims for unfair competition against the employee, and received an award of $40,000 in attorney’s fees as a sanction against the company’s attorneys (U.S. District Court, Minnesota, 2012);
- Obtained summary judgment dismissing $1,250,000 in claims for misrepresentation, breach of fiduciary duty and breach of contract in connection with the cessation of a private jet service company. (Hennepin County District Court, Minnesota, 2012; affirmed by the Minnesota Court of Appeals);
- Obtained verdict in court trial in favor of the owners of an automobile dealership in a case brought by a former minority shareholder alleging in excess of $10 million in damages for alleged breaches of a shareholder agreement and violation of the minority shareholder’s rights (Hennepin County District Court, Minnesota, 2011);
- Obtained $2.8 million settlement on behalf of a local food processor, against its insurer, for a product contaminated by insects (U.S. District Court, Minnesota, 2008);
- Obtained summary judgment of non-infringement of a patent owned by Wilson Sporting Goods for eight bat models manufactured by a Minnesota softball bat company (U.S. District Court, Minnesota, affirmed by the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, 2008); and
- Obtained settlement on behalf of four South American Arabian horse associations and numerous South American individuals against the Arabian Horse Association, granting purebred Arabian status to thousands of horses in South America that were previously deemed to be of “mixed blood” (U.S. District Court, Colorado, 2006).
Mike has argued a number of cases before the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals, Minnesota Supreme Court and the Minnesota Court of Appeals.
While attending law school, Mike taught undergraduate business law at the University of Florida.
American Arbitration Association, Member, Panel of Arbitrators
American Bar Association, Member
Federal Bar Association, Member
Minnesota State Bar Association, Member
Hennepin County Bar Association, Member