About Andrew

When multinational corporations, small businesses, and individuals in a variety of industries find themselves facing intractable legal disputes, they turn to Andy Pieper to develop and execute cost-effective trial strategies that leverage his client’s strengths to achieve the best possible results. Andy’s an experienced trial attorney who applies his skills no matter how a dispute arises, whether in business, commerce, land use, natural resources, employment, intellectual property, bankruptcy, or other areas. He’s also a skilled appellate advocate and has secured successful results for clients at the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Minnesota Court of Appeals, and the Minnesota Supreme Court.

In addition, Andy provides risk mitigation advice to companies seeking to avoid litigation before it begins, and he evaluates the impact of existing and potential disputes on proposed business and commercial transactions.

Andy maintains an active pro bono practice in which he focuses on amplifying those voices of individuals in society too often ignored and diminished, including in cases involving violations of the federal and state constitutions. The Minnesota State Bar Association has repeatedly recognized him as a North Star Lawyer for annually donating 50+ hours of pro bono legal services, and he currently serves both as a member of the firm’s Pro Bono Committee and as the pro bono coordinator for Stoel Rives’ Minneapolis office.

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Agribusiness, Energy, and Natural Resources

  • Prevailed on cross-motions for summary judgment in Minnesota federal court in representation to local government unit against plaintiffs who challenged an ordinance designating delivery of mixed municipal solid waste to a designated resource recovery facility on grounds that it violated the Dormant Commerce Clause of the U.S. constitution. Briefed and further argued the case on appeal before the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, which affirmed.
  • Represented 50% owner of animal feed manufacturer in western Minnesota in shareholder dispute against 50% co-owner under claims for equitable sale or dissolution of the corporation and breaches of fiduciary duties. Prevailed on a contested motion to appoint limited receiver to break deadlocks on issues before the corporate board of directors.
  • 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 Service Commission concerning a permit application for a 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% of the plaintiff’s purported damages following summary judgment arguments and on the eve of trial.
  • Evaluated and completed statutory procedures concerning abandoned mineral interests impacted by North Dakota wind energy project.
  • 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 organic food company.

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 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.
  • Obtained arbitration award in favor of Minnesota lumber goods wholesale distributor on breach of contract claim against Nevada- and Louisiana-based industrial equipment trader while prevailing on personal liability claim against corporate defendant’s sole individual member.
  • 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.
  • Defended Minnesota lumber goods wholesale distributor against product liability and negligence claims.

Healthcare and Medical Devices

  • Defended medical device manufacturer and two of its Pennsylvania-based sales representatives in Minnesota federal court against claims of trade secrets misappropriation, breach of contract, tortious interference, among others.
  • 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 5% 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 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 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.

Real Estate, Construction, and Development

  • Represented former co-owner of a commercial real estate construction company in litigation against his prior business partners on breach of contract and securities-related claims arising out of a member interest purchase agreement. Achieved dismissal of defendants’ counterclaims on a summary judgment motion and later facilitated a settlement for value.
  • Prevailed on a motion to enforce a settlement agreement and dismiss claims in Minnesota state district court—and related appeal before the Minnesota Court of Appeals—as part of litigation between two real estate developers who sought to separate their business interests.
  • Secured a settlement valued at more than $1.2 million in monetary and non-monetary relief on behalf of a group of homeowners through litigation against a Twin Cities suburban municipality on claims of unlawful takings in violation of state and federal constitutions, negligence, trespass, and nuisance arising from allegations of frequent, substantial flooding that resulted from road and stormwater drainage improvements.
  • Favorably resolved inverse condemnation litigation in Wisconsin state court against a municipality on behalf of individual homeowners who experienced significant stormwater accumulation caused by changes to drainage patterns made during a road resurfacing project.
  • Successfully negotiated favorable settlement on behalf of a property buyer in litigation against a Minnesota municipality related to stormwater flooding conditions caused by drainage improvements after prevailing on motion to intervene contested by property seller.
  • Assisted federal government contractor that manages military housing units with disputes regarding issues of valuation and the extent of its taxable interests as part of multiple local property tax appeals.

Technology and E-Commerce

  • 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 major multinational internet retailer and e-commerce services provider in numerous consumer and commercial arbitrations in jurisdictions throughout the United States.

Pro Bono Representation

  • Successfully argued before the Minnesota Supreme Court on behalf of two individuals under civil commitments and obtained a result finding a clearly established federal constitutional right in timely implementation of court orders while overcoming a qualified immunity defense.
  • Represented League of Women Voters-Minnesota, Common Cause-Minnesota, and Minnesota Second Chance Coalition as amici curiae before the Minnesota Court of Appeals and the Minnesota Supreme Court in an action seeking to restore voting rights for citizens previously convicted of felonies and now living in the community on probation and supervised release.
  • Representing the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Minnesota as amici curiae before the Minnesota Supreme Court in a case alleging violations of the Education Clause in the Minnesota Constitution for de facto segregation of school districts on basis of race and socioeconomic status.
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Honors & Activities

Professional Honors and Activities

  • Pro Bono “Lawyer of the Year,” Minnesota Lawyer, 2023
  • Listed among Rising Stars (Business Litigation), Minnesota Super Lawyers®, 2015–2021
  • North Star Lawyer, Minnesota State Bar Association (recognition for donating 50+ annual pro bono hours), 2012, 2016, 2018, 2020–2022
  • Scholarly Engagement and Societal Reform Award, University of St. Thomas School of Law
  • Member, Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Member, Federal Bar Association
  • Member, Ramsey County Bar Association

Civic Activities

  • Volunteer Attorney, Federal Bar Association—Pro Se Project, 2015–present
  • Volunteer, University of St. Thomas School of Law Mentor Externship Program, 2019–present
  • Steering Committee Member, Nativity County Fair, 2023–present
  • Member, Nativity of Our Lord (St. Paul, Minnesota) Pastoral Council, 2017–2022
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