Andrew J. Pieper

Andrew J. Pieper
Associate
Minneapolis, MN
Overview

About Andrew

When multinational corporations, small businesses, or individuals in a variety of industries find themselves facing intractable legal disputes, they turn to Andy to develop and execute cost-effective trial strategies that leverage his client’s strengths to achieve the best possible results. Andy’s a trial attorney who applies his skills no matter how a dispute arises, whether in business, commerce, employment, bankruptcy, land use, natural resources, intellectual property, or other areas.

To that end, Andy has appeared in federal and state courts across the country and litigated cases involving contractual disputes; complex commercial relationships; business torts and anti-competitive trade practices; non-compete restrictions and employment agreements; environmental practices and land use; government and municipal liability; asset distributions in bankruptcy; professional liability; and patent infringement. Andy also has extensive experience handling employment, commercial, and consumer claims in arbitration.

Andy previously practiced business and intellectual property litigation at Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P. and worked for the Civil Division of the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office in Minneapolis. 

He’s also a Pro Se Project volunteer with the Minnesota chapter of the Federal Bar Association, through which he regularly assists and advises indigent clients in navigating litigation in federal court.

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Experience

Experience

Agribusiness, Energy, and Natural Resources

  • Successfully defended Nevada energy utility against a declaratory judgment claim in adversary proceeding brought by a Chapter 11 trustee in Delaware bankruptcy court related to the distribution of multimillion-dollar fiber optic network assets.
  • Represented renewable energy developer and wind farm applicant in evidentiary hearing before North Dakota Public Utilities Commissions concerning a permit application for 300-megawatt wind energy project.
  • Resolved breach of contract, third party beneficiary, and equitable claims on behalf of California biomass energy producer and its affiliates for less than 10 percent of the plaintiff’s purported damages following summary judgment arguments and on the eve of trial.
  • Represented Idaho- and Oregon-based energy utilities as amici curiae in North Dakota litigation challenging federal public land management plans concerning conservation of sage grouse habitat covering ten Western states.
  • Represented Minnesota local government unit seeking to recover past-due environmental service fees from regional refuse hauler in Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
  • Resolved Minnesota federal court action at outset of litigation by plaintiff railroad related to demurrage charges after successfully negotiating a discounted settlement on behalf of a multinational natural and organics food company.
  • Represented farmers’ cooperative in an adversary proceeding in Minnesota bankruptcy court concerning claims arising from past sale of ethanol plant.
  • Represented a non-profit in an action against the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources under the Minnesota Environmental Rights Act, which sought to prevent destruction and impairment of White Bear Lake and regional groundwater supplies. (Prior to joining Stoel Rives LLP.)
  • Represented mineral rights owners in a putative class action against the State of North Dakota and others for the alleged unlawful taking of mineral interests along the Missouri and Yellowstone rivers. (Prior to joining Stoel Rives LLP.)

Healthcare and Medical Devices

  • Obtained highly favorable defense verdict on behalf of a medical device manufacturer and one of its Texas-based executives after a seven-day jury trial in Minnesota state court. Prevailed on tortious interference with contract claim and limited the plaintiff to less than five percent of the total damages amount sought.
  • Assisted in defense of Kansas City-based medical device sales representative against claims of breach of employment agreement during five-day federal jury trial that resulted in a favorable split verdict and nominal damages. Earlier in the case, prevailed on summary judgment to dismiss tortious interference with contract and other claims against co-defendant medical device manufacturer.
  • Represented medical device manufacturer and Maryland-based sales executive in Minnesota federal court and defended against breach of contract, fraud, and tortious interference allegations, among others. The matter was dismissed after discovery closed and following submission of initial briefing on defendants’ summary judgment motion.
  • Resolved case involving breach of employment agreements, business defamation, antitrust violations and other claims in a mutually satisfactory manner on behalf of a Minnesota prosthetics and orthotics service provider and two of its co-owners, after successfully petitioning for an order to show cause why the case should not be dismissed on various grounds.
  • Defended a medical device manufacturer and several of its New York-based sales personnel against multimillion-dollar claims for tortious interference with contract and breach of employment agreements, among other claims.
  • Represented a medical device manufacturer in various employment-related arbitration matters, including disputes related to sales commission payments, wage-and-hour claims, and employment discrimination claims arising under federal and state laws.
  • Represented public university patent licensing organization and prosecuted a patent infringement case in Wisconsin federal court involving novel magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technology against multinational conglomerate. (Prior to joining Stoel Rives LLP.)

Retail, E-Commerce, and Technology

  • Defended Fortune 50 e-commerce retailer in federal court against breach of contract and other claims, which were dismissed after asserting counterclaims related to the plaintiffs’ purported sale of counterfeit goods.
  • Represented a major multinational internet retailer and e-commerce services provider in numerous consumer and commercial arbitrations in jurisdictions throughout the United States.
  • Represented multinational telecommunications company in Texas litigation against several e-commerce companies, alleging patent infringement concerning internet infrastructure and other web-related technologies. (Prior to joining Stoel Rives LLP.)

Manufacturing, Distribution, and Wholesale 

  • Defended manufacturer of demolition and scrap recycling equipment against patent infringement allegations in the Western District of Wisconsin. The matter settled and was dismissed with prejudice shortly before trial and following claim construction and summary judgment arguments.
  • Secured $800,000+ arbitration award, which included compensatory and punitive damages, on behalf of a Minnesota-based wholesale distributor of lumber goods under breach of contract, fraud, and civil theft claims against Illinois-based manufacturer of customized hardwood products.
  • Successfully obtained a cease-and-desist order from the Minnesota Department of Commerce on behalf of a foreign-based multinational building materials company whose business name was wrongfully used in furtherance of a fraudulent sales scheme.
  • Represented demolition equipment manufacturer in insurance coverage litigation in Wisconsin federal court.
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Honors

Honors & Activities

Professional Honors and Activities

  • Listed among Rising Stars (Business Litigation), Minnesota Super Lawyers® (2015-2017)
  • North Star Lawyer, Minnesota State Bar Association (2012, 2016) (recognition for donating 50+ annual pro bono hours)
  • Mentor of the Year, Stoel Rives LLP (2016)
  • Scholarly Engagement and Societal Reform Award, University of St. Thomas School of Law (2008)
  • Member, Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Member, Federal Bar Association
  • Member, Hennepin County Bar Association
  • Member, Ramsey County Bar Association

Civic Activities

  • Volunteer Attorney, Federal Bar Association - Pro Se Project (2015-present)
  • Board Member, University YMCA - Twin Cities (2014-present)
  • Firm Captain, The Fund For Legal Aid - Associates’ Campaign (2013-present)
  • Adjunct Professor, University of St. Thomas School of Law - Moot Court Program (2010‑2014)
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Insights & Presentations

Insights & Presentations

  • Andy is a contributor to the Stoel Rives Mineral Law Blog and Restructuring Debt Review blog
  • “Point/Counterpoint: Safeguarding Intellectual Property Rights,” St. Thomas Lawyer Magazine, Summer 2013
  • “Using Bilateral Investment Treaties to Protect a Company’s Foreign Assets,” Corporate Counsel Mar. 18, 2013
  • “3-D Printing: Strategies to Anticipate the Next Disruptive Technology,” The Corporate Counselor, Mar. 1, 2013
  • “Bilateral Investment: Treaties Mitigating Political Risks to Foreign Capital Investments,” Westlaw Insider, Jan. 29, 2013
  • “Evolution of Legal Technology: Adapting to Today’s New Technologies, Tomorrow,” Westlaw Insider, Jan. 22, 2013
  • “Foreign Corrupt Practices Act: The More You Know the Better for Your Business,” Westlaw Insider, Dec. 28, 2012
  • “Maintaining Jurisdictional Advantage in International Business Agreements: Forum-Selection and Arbitration Clauses,” Westlaw Insider, Dec. 4, 2012
  • “Does Employer or Employee Own Social Media Assets?” Daily Business Review, Nov. 27, 2012
  • “Litigation: 5 Things Your Outside Counsel Won’t Tell You,” InsideCounsel, Nov. 9, 2012
  • “Avoiding Potential Pitfalls in Corporate Attorney-Client Privilege,” Westlaw Insider, Nov. 6, 2012
  • “Litigation: Getting the Most from Legal Project Management,” InsideCounsel, Oct. 25, 2012
  • “Predictive Coding in Ediscovery: Cautionary Tales,” Westlaw Insider, Oct. 16, 2012
  • “Litigation: What You Do and Don’t Know About Your Company’s Foreign Activities Can Hurt You,” InsideCounsel, Oct. 16, 2012
  • Company vs. Employee Ownership of Social Media Assets: Who Owns What and What Are the Implications?” West LegalEdcenter, Oct. 2012
  • “Litigation: Keeping That Corporate Privilege,” InsideCounsel, Sept. 27, 2012
  • “Who Owns What? Navigating Ownership Issues Related to Social Media Assets,” Corporate Counsel, Sept. 21, 2012
  • “Litigation: Predictive Coding’s Grand Debut,” InsideCounsel, Sept. 13, 2012
  • “Litigation: Knowing What’s Next for In-House Counsel,” InsideCounsel, Aug. 30, 2012
  • “From the Experts: Company vs. Employee Ownership of Social Media Assets,” Corporate Counsel, Aug. 20, 2012
  • “Bakken Boom: A North Dakota Mineral Rights Primer,” Law360, Aug. 8, 2012
  • “The Moral Case for Intellectual Property Rights,” St. Thomas Lawyer Magazine, Winter 2010
  • “Beyond Pro Bono: Citizen Lawyer,” Minnesota State Bar Association (Feb. 2010)



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