Barbara Jean D'Aquila is a partner in the Minneapolis office, where she manages the Litigation Department there and handles significant business matters, including commercial litigation, government investigations, and labor and employment matters.
In 2012, Barbara was recognized by Benchmark Litigation in its Inaugural Edition of the Top 250 Women in Litigation in the country. In 2011, in an order involving anti-trust class action claims, a well-respected federal judge specifically named Barbara, along with other defense counsel, as a "highly experienced, skilled, and extraordinarily professional defense counsel," noting the "professionalism, candor, and zealous and knowledgeable advocacy."
In addition to these honors, Barbara has enjoyed similar recognition from other professional sources. For example, Barbara has been recognized by Chambers USA for years and has been described as an "exceptional" and "skilled trial lawyer, an excellent brief writer, and a good negotiator," noting she is one of Minnesota's "definite first-tier attorneys" who is seen by clients as "extremely responsive, technically knowledgeable and creative about practical solutions" and regarded by peers as "a bright and practical litigator, who is a much-valued member of the community." Additionally, Chambers USA has noted that Barbara's "accounting background is also highly valued."
For over 30 years, Barbara has focused on matters of serious concern to corporate America. She represents corporations throughout the U.S. in federal and state courts, before administrative agencies and in arbitration forums. Barbara's clients include major FORTUNE 500 corporations and significant privately-held companies.
In the litigation arena, Barbara has assisted clients in obtaining numerous summary judgment orders, favorable awards and verdicts, precedent-setting appellate decisions, and beneficial settlements.
Specifically, Barbara's employment litigation experience involves the successful defense of traditional employment law class, multiple-party, and significant single-plaintiff claims, including but not limited to non-competition, discrimination, harassment, reasonable accommodation, retaliation, and various tort and breach of contract claims and complex employment-related suits, such as ownership of intellectual property. Barbara has been recognized as a certified specialist in labor and employment law by the Minnesota State Bar Association.
Handling both sides of commercial disputes, Barbara has had great success in a wide variety of business lawsuits, including but not limited to alleged anti-trust conspiracies, multi-million dollar breach of contract claims, violation of trade secrets lawsuits, breach of warranty actions, construction claims, tax litigation, intellectual property matters, and other business-related claims.
Throughout her career, Barbara has also helped clients with various government investigations and related regulatory compliance matters. Her experience includes advising publicly-traded companies in connection with matters involving various federal statutes such as the Internal Revenue Code, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the False Claims Act, federal banking laws, and a variety of federal and state discrimination, labor, and anti-retaliation laws.