Dan Supalla Places First in 2012 Alcatraz "Escape from the Rock" Swim

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September 14, 2012

Briggs associate Dan Supalla recently took his mettle out of the courtroom and into the San Francisco Bay, winning his age group at the August 2012 Alcatraz “Escape from the Rock” swim. With a water temperature of 62 degrees Fahrenheit, this one-and-a-half mile swim from Alcatraz Island to shore (in shark-infested waters) is not for the faint of heart. Competing for his second year in a row, Supalla emphasized the importance of swimming precisely due to the current’s tendency to pull swimmers off course and sweep them to the Golden Gate Bridge. He also noted this year’s particularly choppy conditions, commenting, “I essentially was fighting against the water; it felt like swimming uphill.” Finishing with a time of 37.35.40, this did nothing to deter Supalla, who placed third overall in a field of 400 competitors.

Supalla is a member of the firm’s Financial Markets Group and Business Litigation Section and has extensive experience in securities litigation. He represents broker-dealers involved in arbitrated and litigated disputes with customers and other broker-dealers, as well as insurers in disputes with customers, former salespersons and other insurers involving allegations of unfair sales practices, unfair termination and unlawful corporate raiding. He has handled pre-trial proceedings and coordinating discovery in 250+ arbitrations, state litigation, federal class-action litigation and bankruptcy litigation arising out of one of the nation’s largest Ponzi schemes. Supalla has been named a “Rising Star” by Minnesota Super Lawyers. He joined Briggs in 2006.