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Mark P. Hodkinson

Mark is a trial lawyer with over 30 years of experience successfully trying and resolving many types of disputes. His practice involves defending municipalities and law enforcement agencies, products liability, construction, professional liability, liquor liability and general liability lawsuits, as well as representing parties in business and commercial disputes and people injured in accidents.

In recent years, he has begun to regularly serve as a mediator and arbitrator in all types of disputes and litigation, and joined Heley, Duncan & Melander, in part, to expand that practice.

Mark was with his prior firm for over 30 years following three years of experience working as a law clerk for a state district court judge while in law school and a one year clerkship with a federal magistrate judge. He is a frequent speaker on ethics, professionalism, and conflicts issues. He also is a Minnesota State Bar Association Board Certified Civil Trial Specialist, and appointed member of the Minnesota State Bar Association Civil Trial Certification Board.

Education:

William Mitchell College of Law, St. Paul, Minnesota J.D.
Honors: Magna Cum Laude

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan B.A.
Major: Anthropology

Certifications/Specialties

Minnesota State Bar Association Board Certified Civil Trial Specialist

Practice

HELEY, DUNCAN & MELANDER, PLLP (2017 – present)
8500 Normandale Lake Boulevard, Suite 2110,
Minneapolis, MN  55437

BASSFORD REMELE, A Professional Association (1985 – 2017)

United States District Court (1984 – 1985)
Law Clerk to The Honorable J. Earl Cudd, U.S. Magistrate Judge

Ramsey County District Court (1981 – 1984)
Law Clerk to The Honorable Edward D. Mulally

Areas of Practice

Alternative Dispute Resolution
Commercial Litigation Construction Litigation Employment Litigation General Liability
Intellectual Property Litigation
Legal Malpractice
Liquor Liability
Medical Malpractice Municipal Liability Personal Injury
Premises Liability
Product Liability
Professional Liability School Law
Science & Technology Law
Toxic Tort Litigation

Bar Admissions

Minnesota
U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota
U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit

Honors and Awards

Mark D. Wisser Award for Alumni Collegiality, William Mitchell College of Law, 2015

Selected to the Minnesota Super Lawyers list, Super Lawyers Magazine, (only five percent of lawyers in the state are selected), 2002 – 2006 and 2014 – Present

Top Lawyer, MPLS.ST.PAUL Magazine, 2002 – 2006 and 2014 – Present

Professional Associations

Minnesota State Bar Association

Civil Trial Certification Board, 2003 – Present

Ramsey County Bar Association Hennepin County Bar Association Defense Research Institute

Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association

Judicial Excellence Committee, 2012 – Present

Minnesota City/County Management Association

Representative Cases

Tichich v. City of Bloomington, 835 F.3d 856 (8th Cir. 2016). (Municipal Liability)

Meldahl v. City of Brooklyn Center, 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 134180 (D. Minn. 2015). (Municipal Liability)

Karasov v. Caplan Law Firm, P.A., 84 F. Supp. 3d 886 (D. Minn. 2015). (Municipal Liability)

McDonough v. Anoka County, 799 F.3d 931 (8th Cir. 2015). (Municipal Liability)

Reisdorf v. i3, LLC, 129 F. Supp. 3d 751 (D. Minn. 2015). (Employment Discrimination)

Kolls v. City of Edina, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 157940 (D. Minn. 2014). (Municipal Liability)

Krekelberg v. Anoka County, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 157985 (D. Minn 2014). (Municipal Liability)

Meehan v. Thompson, 763 F.3d 936 (8th Cir. 2014). (Municipal Liability)

Kolls v. City of Edina, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 157940 (D. Minn. 2014). (Municipal Liability)

Mitchell v. Aitkin County, 2014, U.S. Dist. LEXIS 27089 (D. Minn. 2014). (Municipal Liability)

Village Bank v. Sienna Corporation, 2009 WL 2226460 (Minn. App. July 28, 2009). (Commercial Litigation)

Housley v. City of Edina, 2007 WL 42990 (8th Cir. Jan. 5, 2007). (Municipal Liability)

Richter v. ITW Ransburg Electrostatic Sys. Group, No. 05-2832, 2006 WL 1130897 (8th Cir. Apr. 28, 2006). (Product Liability)

Hannon v. Sanner, 441 F.3d 635 (8th Cir. 2006). (Municipal Liability)

Camacho v. Todd and Lieser Homes, 706 N.W.2d 49 (Minn. 2005). (Construction)

Askari v. Kemp, No. C1-03-88, 2003 WL 21791607 (Minn. App. Aug. 5, 2003). (Municipal Liability)

Yeazizw v. City of Edina, No. 02-524, 2003 WL 1966285 (D. Minn. Apr. 28, 2003). (Municipal Liability)

Schendel v. Hennepin County Medical Center, 484 N.W.2d 803 (Minn. App. 1992). (Medical Malpractice)

Whitney v. Buttrick, No. C6-89-1505, 1990 WL 44 (Minn. App. Jan. 2, 1990). (Legal Malpractice)

High Country Fashions, Inc. v. Travelers Ins. Co., No. C8-89-629, 1989 WL 113016 (Minn. App. Oct. 3, 1989). (Insurance Coverage)

Padco, Inc. v. Kinney & Lange, 444 N.W.2d 889 (Minn. App. 1989). (Legal Malpractice)

Senger v. Minn. Lawyers Mut. Ins. Co., 415 N.W.2d 364 (Minn. App. 1987). (Legal Malpractice)

Kissner v. Norton, 412 N.W.2d 354 (Minn. App. 1987). (Auto Liability)

Carstedt v. Grindeland, 406 N.W.2d 39 (Minn. App. 1987). (Commercial Litigation)

Ayers v. Rudolph’s, Inc., 392 N.W.2d 647 (Minn. App. 1986). (Product Liability)

Fed. Deposit Ins. Corp. v. Shinnick, 635 F. Supp. 983 (D. Minn. 1986). (Commercial Litigation)

Representative Clients

Cemstone Products Company
City of Edina
Knutson Construction Company
League of Minnesota Cities Insurance Trust
Minnesota Association of Townships Insurance and Bond Trust
Riverport Insurance Company
Travelers Insurance Companies
Utica National Insurance Group

Classes/Seminars Taught

Understanding the Contracts That You’re Signing, North Risk Partners – Apollo Division, April 6, 2016

Risk Management, Cemstone Products Company, July, 2012, and January, 2013. Risk Management for Peace Officers, City of Edina, November, 2012.

Litigation Ethics, Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association Mid Winter Conference, February 11, 2012

Overview of Minnesota’s New False Claims Act – Minn. Stat. § 15C.01, MATIT Summer Attorney Seminar, Minnesota Association of Townships Insurance Trust, Berkley Risk Administrators Co., August 20, 2010

An Update on Litigation Ethics, Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association 32nd Annual Trial Techniques Seminar, August 18, 2007

Litigation Ethics, Minnesota State Bar Association Board Certified Trial Specialists Seminar, June 12, 2007

Overview of Construction Contracts and Other Legal Issues, Apollo Insurance Agency, February 2007

Insurance Agent Liability: Minnesota Law Update, North Risk Partners – Apollo Division, 2006

Liability of Governmental Entities, CPCU Society Symposium, 2006 Risk Management, City of Edina Fire Department, 2005

An Update on Conflicts and Ethical Issues, Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association, 2002

An Update on Conflicts and Ethical Issues, Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association, 1999

An Update on Conflicts and Ethical Issues, Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association, 1998

Investigation of Products Liability Claims, Twin Cities Claims Association, 1998

An Update on Conflicts of Interest Issues, Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association, 1997

Posturing The Medical Malpractice Case For Directed Verdict, MTLA/MDLA Education Alliance, 1995

Legal Issues Facing Care Providers/Educators of Young Children, Minnesota Association for the Education of Young Children, 1995

Investigation of Products Liability Claims, St. Paul Fire and Marine Insurance Company, 1995

The Medical Privilege in Minnesota, Minnesota Institute of Legal Education, 1993

Attorney Sanctions Under Rule 11 and Minn. State Sec. 549.21 — Staying Out of Trouble, Minnesota Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company, 1992

Liability Insurance Contracts — An Overview of Commercial General Liability Policies, Minnesota Institute of Legal Education, 1989

Publisher’s Liability for Advertising, Second Annual West Publishing Company Editor Exchange, 1989

Legal Aspects of Sleep Apnea, Methodist Hospital Sleep Disorders Center, 1989

No Fault Updates, Third Annual Update (1988) and Fourth Annual Update (1989), Bassford, Heckt, Lockhart, Truesdell & Briggs, P.A.

Community Involvement

Member, City of Shoreview, Human Rights Commission
Volunteer, Cornerstone (Domestic Abuse Agency in Bloomington, Minnesota)
Shareholder Liaison, United Way
Volunteer, Hennepin County Conciliation Court Pro Bono Project
Past Board of Directors, Community Shares of Minnesota

 

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