Briggs and Morgan Wins Fraud Case

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July 11, 2011

MINNEAPOLIS, MINN. (July 11, 2011) – Briggs and Morgan, P.A. attorneys David A. Schooler and Danielle W. Fitzsimmons successfully defended a national advertising agency against a claim that the firm stole ideas and artwork and used them in a campaign for a nationally recognized nonprofit for the biking industry. Four of the five counts were dismissed through summary judgment and directed verdict motions, but the fifth count of fraud went to a jury, which ruled in favor of Briggs and Morgan’s client. 

Schooler is a shareholder and a member of the firm’s Business Litigation and Employment, Benefits and Labor Section. He is an experienced trial attorney with more than 30 first-chair trials to-verdict and has a proven winning track record in complex employment and business litigation cases. Schooler has been certified as a Civil Trial Specialist by the Minnesota State Bar Association and is an elected member of the Academy of Certified Trial Lawyers of Minnesota, the American Board of Trial Advocates and the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel. He also was recently inducted into the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), a national, invitation-only organization of lawyers and judges who are recognized for their outstanding trial work and professionalism.

Fitzsimmons is an associate and member of the Employment, Benefits and Labor Group. She received her law degree summa cum laude from William Mitchell College of Law, where she was on the Dean’s List and served as both an executive editor of the Journal of the National Security Forum and an assistant editor of the William Mitchell Law Review. She externed for the for the Honorable John R. Tunheim and the United States Attorney’s Office.