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Ronn B. Kreps

Partner-in-Charge, Minneapolis

Ronn B. Kreps


T:+1 612 321 2810

Ronn is a partner in the Minneapolis office. He devotes his practice to complex civil litigation in the areas of intellectual property, products liability, and commercial matters. He has tried more than 25 cases in state and federal courts in Minnesota, New York, Texas and several other jurisdictions across the country. These trials covered topics as diverse as patents, banking, employment, commercial/contract matters, shareholder disputes and product liability claims.

His intellectual property litigation practice includes patent, trademark and trade secrets cases for small companies and Fortune 500 corporations. Mr. Kreps' products liability practice includes preventive advice, alternative dispute resolution and national defense programs. As a trial lawyer he recognizes that aggressive litigation skills and strategies must be paired with creative ADR approaches to solve clients' problems.

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  • Education

    JD, cum laude, William Mitchell College of Law, 1983
    BA, Bethel College, St. Paul, 1980

  • Representative experience

    Ronn's experience includes representation of the following:

    • Medical device company in one of the largest mass tort cases in U.S. history
    • Major pharmaceutical manufacturer in nationwide mass tort claim involving thousands of plaintiffs who allege that a drug causes serious injury and death
    • Companies in patent cases pending in the Eastern District of Texas in matters involving software, hardware, and business methods related to e-commerce
    • Leading financial institution in series of fraud claims, two of which went to trial and were resolved favorably for the company
    • Major pharmaceutical manufacturer in nationwide litigation involving hemorrhagic stroke cases
    • Major industrial manufacturers in significant property loss and personal injury claims around the country
    • Seller of commercial equipment in breach of contract cases
    • Franchisor in franchise, trademark and breach of contract cases
    • Patent holder in major patent infringement claims against other manufacturers of medical products
    • Energy company in one of the largest trademark disputes in the Upper Midwest involving a high profile new mark
    • Several manufacturers and retailers in trade secrets and employment matters involving non-compete agreements
    • Contractor in federal court jury trial which resulted in a seven figure verdict in the client's favor on a large construction project
    • Insurance companies in numerous coverage disputes involving property, casualty, boiler and machinery and fraud claims and exclusions
    • Government of India in the Bhopal gas disaster litigation
  • Admissions
    • Minnesota State Bar
  • Rankings and recognitions
    • Minnesota's Best Lawyers, Minnesota Monthly, January 2013
    • The Best Lawyers in America, Best Lawyers, 2011 - 2018
    • Minnesota Super Lawyer, Thomson Reuters, 2004
    • Minnesota Top Rated Lawyer, arbitration, commercial litigation, intellectual property, LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell, 2013 - 2014
  • Publications
    • "Navigating Expert Discovery," For the Defense, November 2010
    • "Protecting Your Company From Electronic-Data Litigation Risks," Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal, January 5, 2007
    • "Personal Jurisdiction and the Internet," 71 The Hennepin Lawyer 21, December 2002
  • Speaking engagements
    • "Taking the Mystery Out of Settlement," presented at Minnesota Association of Corporate Counsel's annual conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota on June 15, 2017
    • "Fulbright Forum: International eDiscovery – When Cyber Workspaces Collide with U.S. Litigation," Minneapolis, Minnesota, May 1, 2012
    • "Keep Your Eye on the Ball: Lessons Learned from the Latest Cases on Getting ESI into Evidence at Trial or on Summary Judgment," presented at the Advanced E-Discovery seminar sponsored by Minnesota CLE, Minneapolis, Minnesota, August 24, 2009
    • "Fulbright Forum: What Every Corporation Must Know About Jury Attitudes in Recessionary Times," Minneapolis, Minnesota, April 7, 2009
    • "Developing Optimal Internal and External Scientific Expert Witnesses Through Coordination of In-House and Outside Counsel Efforts," presented at ACI's 13th Annual Drug and Medical Device Litigation Conference, New York, New York, December 10, 2008
    • "Fulbright Forum: For the Corporation: The Virtues and Values of the Virtual Law Firm," Minneapolis, Minnesota, November 4, 2008
    • "Keep Your Eye on the Ball: Getting E-Discovery into Evidence at Trial or on Summary Judgment," presented at The Litigator's Annual Short Course, CLE sponsored by Minnesota CLE, Minneapolis, Minnesota, January 25, 2008
    • "Preparing and Defending Daubert Challenges to Causation Expert Testimony: From Theory to Practice," presented at ACI's 12th Annual Drug and Medical Device Litigation Conference, New York, New York, December 13, 2007
    • "The Smoking Gun that Could Have Been," presented in E-Discovery: Beyond the Basics to Today's Most Important "Make or Break" Practice Issues, CLE sponsored by Minnesota State Bar Association Continuing Legal Education, Minneapolis, Minnesota, August 20, 2007
    • Moderator, "Getting Ahead of the Game: Planning for E-Discovery Before Litigation Happens," Minneapolis, Minnesota, June 27, 2007
    • Moderator, Commercial Arbitration CLE, Minneapolis, Minnesota, May 6, 2003
    • Chair, "Taming the Tiger: Management of Litigation Risks and Costs," Minneapolis, Minnesota, January 23, 2003
    • "Exit at Your Own Risk: Injunctive Relief to Enforce Noncompete Agreements," presented in Employment Law: Jury Persuasion and Trial Preparation, CLE sponsored by Minnesota Institute Legal Education, Minneapolis, Minnesota, March 7, 2002
  • Memberships and activities
    • Federal Bar Association
    • American Bar Association
      • Sections of Intellectual Property and Litigation
    • American Intellectual Property Law Association
    • Defense Research Institute
    • Minnesota Bar Association
    • Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association
    • Hennepin County Bar Association
    • Diversity in Practice, Firm Member Representative and Mentoring Leader
    • President, Venité, a non-profit dedicated to personal retreats and spiritual formation for individuals and groups (2007 - 2016)
    • Numerous positions in church including Board of Elders, Sunday School Teacher, Youth Leader, and Missions Committee Chair
    • Incorporator, and one of the Founders, Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity
    • Board of Advisors, Habitat for Humanity International (1983 - 1985)
    • Volunteer, Habitat for Humanity in Zaire, Africa (1979)
    • Board of Advisors, Law and Democracy Initiative, Books for Africa, St. Paul, Minnesota (2009-2011)
    • Pro Bono activities include representing individuals in asylum matters and volunteering with Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services in immigration matters