“Adine’s ability to serve the bar, the community, and of course the interests of our clients is nothing short of amazing," stated Mark Hinderks, Stinson LLP Managing Partner.

Overview

A dedicated trial attorney, Adine defends complex business and commercial litigation matters for securities, banking, estates and trusts clients, and resolves creditors’ rights and bankruptcy cases in state and federal courts nationwide. She advises on complex business and regulatory disputes and investigations for businesses and individuals in diverse industries, ranging from Fortune 500 companies to emerging entrepreneurs.

In her securities and banking litigation practice, Adine regularly represents regional and national banks and financial institutions in matters involving breach of fiduciary duty, check endorsement issues, mortgage foreclosure and dual tracking defense, and defense of Regulation E claims. In her estates and trusts litigation practice, Adine regularly represents fiduciaries (individuals and corporate entities), beneficiaries or devisees, and other interested persons in matters involving will or trust contests and probate or trust administration. In her bankruptcy practice, Adine regularly represents clients in matters involving cash collateral, DIP financing, 363 sales, plan confirmation, claim and administrative expense resolution and defense, fraudulent conveyance, preferential transfers and other avoidance actions. 

Widely recognized for her community involvement, public service and professional achievements, Adine is the first black woman and youngest attorney to serve as president of the 8,000-member Hennepin County Bar Association. In 2016, the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges selected Adine as a Blackshear Presidential Fellow, which recognizes attorneys of color for their legal excellence in the practice of bankruptcy law, commitment to principles of civility, ethics and professionalism, and commitment to the continued educational development of bankruptcy professionals. In 2014, Adine received the Minnesota State Bar Association’s first ever Outstanding New Lawyer of the Year Award, and in 2013, Adine was named a Fellow of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity. 

Deeply committed to pro bono, Adine was recognized with Stinson's 2013 Pro Bono Service to the Indigent Award and her work with the firm’s Legal Clinic, the Federal Bar Association’s Pro Se Project, the Minnesota Appellate Public Defender and the Office of the Federal Defender for the District of Minnesota.

Experience

Commercial Litigation

First-chaired two-day trial on behalf of a national bank and federal agency in a mortgage-foreclosure matter where allegations included breach of contract and civil fraud and successes included receiving winning ruling from bench.

Second-chaired two-week arbitration in Chicago, representing Class I rail carrier in a multi-million dollar arbitration matter concerning an alleged breach of a railroad interchange agreement.

Successfully briefed and argued motion to compel arbitration and to dismiss securities litigation matter based in part on arbitration clause, lack of personal jurisdiction and federal preemption grounds.

Successfully briefed and argued temporary injunction motion in franchise litigation matter and received favorable ruling from bench.

Obtained summary judgment on behalf of a Forbes Global 2000 bank in an action involving claims under the Uniform Fiduciaries Act where damages claim exceeded $3.5 million and judgment was unanimously affirmed by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.

Successfully represented hotel franchisee in wrongful termination suit against franchisor where damages claim exceeded $9.0 million.

Defended client in breach of contract/fraudulent representation matter.

Obtained summary judgment on behalf of a Canadian grain warehouse in a North Dakota action, thereby defeating various claims concerning civil conspiracy, fraud and conversion.

Represented plaintiffs and defendants in numerous franchise/distribution disputes, including cases involving state franchise and dealer protection statutes.

Represented academic institution in civil investigative demand matter brought by the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office.

Defend financial services providers (broker-dealers, investment advisors, and large financial institutions) in various customer account and/or loan related litigation, in state and federal court as well as before the Securities Exchange Commission, involving, inter alia, claims of breach of fiduciary duty, breach of contract, violation of securities laws, violation of mortgage lending laws and other related claims with respect to a wide variety of investment vehicles, including equity and debt investments, affiliated mutual funds, commodities and insurance products.

Represent employees in unemployment compensation appeals before the Minnesota Court of Appeals.

Estates and Trusts Litigation

Represent nonprofit corporation, where successes to date include being awarded summary judgment on multiple claims of breaches of fiduciary duty and breach of trust agreement against individual trustees in lawsuit involving a charitable trust worth over $70 million.

Pursued and defended numerous claims against corporate and individual trustees involving claims of breaches of fiduciary duty and trust mismanagement.

Represented beneficiary of estate worth approximately $3.2 million and reached favorable settlement, going from a 20/80 bargaining position to a 80/20 bargaining position in favor of the client based on solid arguments under Minnesota Law regarding (1) testamentary capacity and (2) undue influence.

Represented out-of-state academic institution in will and trust contest where estate exceeded $700,000, and successfully briefed and argued opposition to motion to dismiss (receiving favorable ruling from the bench) and subsequent opposition to motion for summary judgment, where issues concerned latent ambiguity and testator intent.

Represent various beneficiaries, trustees and interested persons in actions commenced to construe and reform trusts.

Bankruptcy

Presently teaming with counsel from Chicago and Milwaukee in defending a major financial institution in bankruptcy adversary proceedings in connection with a notorious Ponzi scheme.

First-chaired trial in Chapter 13 bankruptcy matter before the U.S. Bankruptcy Court of Minnesota where successes included obtaining judgment after receiving winning ruling from the bench.

Second-chaired trial before U.S. Bankruptcy Court of Minnesota on behalf of Forbes Global 2000 bank in a fraudulent transfer action.

Served as second-chair attorney in federal trial regarding a Forbes Global 2000 bank in a fraudulent transfer action.

Represented multiple lenders defending claims, including preference and fraudulent transfer claims, in excess of $3 billion in a Minnesota-based fraud case.

Wrote various legal briefs, including portions of appellate briefs, on behalf of a successor liquidating trustee of a Delaware-based trucking company in a Chapter 11 bankruptcy that ultimately led to a $7.2 million verdict against the former trustee resulting from the trustee’s breach of fiduciary duties; the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California affirmed the verdict. Continue to represent the successor liquidating trustee in a variety of bankruptcy related matters, including a second appeal before the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.

Represent debtors, such as commercial real estate developers and restaurants, in Chapter 11 proceedings and prepare, among other things, “First Day Motions,” employment and fee applications on the behalf of debtors, objections to determinations that a debtor’s case is a single asset real estate case under Bankruptcy Code §§ 101(51B) and 362(d)(3), plans and disclosure statements, and motions for orders authorizing authority to reject or assume executory contracts.

Represent various creditors, including health care service providers and insurance companies, in defense of their respective administrative expense claims, as well as defend against preference claims and fraudulent transfer and conveyance claims in Chapter 7 and Chapter 11 proceedings.

Represent trustees to liquidating trusts by defending them from breach of fiduciary duty allegations, among other causes of action.

News & Insights

Speaking Engagements

"Ages and Stages of a Law Career," Panelist, National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL), October 2018

"Abuse of Trust: Best Practices for Avoiding Breach of Fiduciary Duty Claims Against Trustees," Stinson LLP Seminar, August 2018

"Minimizing Litigation Costs and Avoiding Litigation Altogether," Panelist, Stinson LLP Fiduciary Litigation and Estate Planning Seminar, June 2018

"'Zealous' or 'Unethical'? – A Practical Session for the Well-Intentioned Attorney," Minnesota Continuing Legal Education, April 2018

"The Bankruptcy Court has Denied Your Motion, Now What?" Motions for Relief from Judgment in Bankruptcy Court," Business Bankruptcy Roundtable, The 2017 Bankruptcy Institute, October 2017

"Minnesota Uniform Trust Code Update," Stinson LLP Estate Planning and Fiduciary Litigation Seminar, October 2017

"Give a Little, Get a Little: Non-Judicial Settlement Agreements under the Minnesota Trust Code," Stinson LLP Trust Administration and Fiduciary Litigation Seminar, May 2016

"Demystifying the World of Estate Planning: Issues and Practical Considerations," MABL Estates and Trusts Seminar, April 2016 

"Strengthening the Pipeline: Importance of Judicial Clerkships," The Infinity Project, February 2016

"My Will be Done: Honoring Testamentary Intent in Ambiguous Documents," Stinson LLP Estate Planning and Fiduciary Litigation Seminar, December 2015

"Hot Topics in Business Bankruptcy: Chapter 11 Roundtable," The 2015 Bankruptcy Institute, October 2015

"Litigating in Different Courts as a Zealous Advocate," The Effective Litigator, Minnesota Continuing Legal Education, September 2015

"New Lawyer: Introduction to Federal Court," Minnesota CLE Webcast, July 2015

“We’ve Got Data: Women Attorneys in Minnesota,” Minnesota Women Lawyers, May 2015

“‘Zealous’ or ‘Unethical’? – A Practical Session for the Well-Intentioned Attorney,” Minnesota Continuing Legal Education, February 2015

“Litigate or Mediate: Mediation as an Alternative to Litigation in Hennepin County,” Hennepin County Bar Association, May 2014

Keynote Speaker, 79th Annual Rose Rees Peace Awards, April 2014

“Walking the Line: Ethical Witness Preparation,” Hennepin County Bar Association, February 2014

Publications

Co-author, “MWL Announces Its Gender Data Project: 2019 Follow-Up Report,” Minnesota Women Lawyers’ With Equal Right, February 2019

Co-author, “MWL Gender Data Project: 2019 Follow-Up Report,” Minnesota Women Lawyers, February 2019

Co-author, Chapter on "Adversary Proceedings and Contested Matters," Bankruptcy Practice in Minnesota Deskbook 2016-2018

“Law of the Case, Waiver of SOL and Unjust Trial: FBA Younger Lawyers Division Celebrates Nineteenth Anniversary of Thurgood Marshall Memorial Moot Court Competition,” The Federal Lawyer, June 2016

"Younger Lawyers Perspective: Is the Odor of Legal Medicinal Marijuana Sufficient to Establish Probable Cause?," The Federal Lawyer, August 2015

Co-author, “MWL Gender Data Project: 2015 First Report,” Minnesota Women Lawyers, 2014

“Profile of Bankruptcy Judge Katherine A. Constantine,” 7 Bar Talk (Issue II) 9, 2014

“Fifty Years Later: Federal Bar Association’s Younger Lawyers Division Celebrates the Civil Rights Act and Criminal Justice Act,” The Federal Lawyer, August 2014

“Learning to Do Less With Less: Detroit’s Bankruptcy Sheds Light on Chapter 9 Eligibility,” Attorney at Law, November 2013

“Putting Substantive Knowledge to Practical Use: Thurgood A. Marshall Moot Court Competition Raises the Bar and Connects Students to the Practice of Law,” 60 The Federal Lawyer 15, August 2013

“Caveat Trade Vendor? Going Beyond Bankruptcy 101 to Add Value to Your ‘Client,’” 60 The Federal Lawyer, January 2013

“A Time of Change: Judge Kathleen Hvass Sanberg Joins the Bench of the United States Bankruptcy Court,” 6 Bar Talk (Issue II) 4, 2012

“Minnesota Chapter Recognized by FBA for Presidential Excellence,” 6 Bar Talk (Issue II) 8, 2012

“Fifteenth Annual Thurgood A. Marshall Memorial Moot Court Competition Results,” 5 Bar Talk (Issue IV) 10, 2012

“‘Being Cursed to be Born in Interesting Times’: State of the Bankruptcy Court Address,” 5 Bar Talk (Issue II) 14, 2011

“Leading by Example: Minnesota Chapter Prominent at National Level,” 5 Bar Talk (Issue I) 13, 2011

“IP Practice: The Art of Trying Patent Jury Trials,” 4 Bar Talk 6, 2011

“FBA National President Ashley Belleau Hopes to Increase the FBA’s Value, Relevance and Visibility,” 4 Bar Talk 18, 2010

“Gaming the System: ‘Are You Saying If We Plead Guilty We Will Not Be Able to Be Sentenced to Death?’” 35 William Mitchell Law Review 5119, 2009

“The Need for International Environmental Law—A Comparison of United States’ and Canadian Responses to the Kyoto Protocol,” Tri-State Academy of Legal Studies in Business Proceedings, 2005

Featurettes

Featured, “The 100th HCBA President,” Hennepin Lawyer, September/October 2018

Featured, "Hennepin Bar's President Looks to Rally Her Profession," Star Tribune, June 2018

Featured, "National FBA Recognizes Momoh for Moot Court Leadership," May 2017

Featured, "Future History Maker," Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights, February 2017

Profiled in Attorneys at Law, Minnesota Edition, May 2016

Featured, “Momoh will Be a First with Hennepin Bar Association,” Star Tribune, July 2015

Featured, “TCDIP Featured Lawyer: Adine Momoh,” Twin Cities Diversity in Practice, 2015

Featured, “Adine S. Momoh Is Appointed Eighth Circuit Co-Vice President,” 7 Bar Talk (Issue II) 18, 2014

Recognitions

Recognitions

Attorney of the Year, Minnesota Lawyer, 2019

40 Under 40 2018 Honoree, Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal 

2017 FBA Appreciation of Leadership Award

Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights 2017 Future History Maker

Federal Practice Committee Member, U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota

National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges (NCBJ) Blackshear Presidential Fellow

2016 Service to Minnesota Women Lawyers Award

The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation, Fellow

Top Women Attorneys in Minnesota® 2015-2018

Honored as a Finalist for the American Bar Association’s 2014 National Outstanding Young Attorney of the Year Award

Honored as an Up & Coming Attorney by Minnesota Lawyer, 2014

Selected to the Minnesota Super Lawyers© Rising Stars list, 2014-2018

Honored with the first ever Outstanding New Lawyer of the Year Award by the Minnesota State Bar Association, 2014

Honored with the North Star Lawyer award from the Minnesota State Bar Association for volunteering more than 50 hours to pro bono service, 2013-2017

Honored with the firm’s Pro Bono Service to the Indigent award for exemplary pro bono service, 2013

Named a Fellow of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, 2013

Selected by the Midwest Region of Lawyers of Color for its inaugural “Hot List” of exemplary up-and-coming attorneys, 2013

While attending William Mitchell College of Law:

  • Mitchell Fellow
  • Managing editor, William Mitchell Law Review (Journal of the National Security Forum), 2008-2009
  • Assistant editor, William Mitchell Law Review, 2008-2009
  • William Mitchell Trial Team, 2008-2009
  • American Association for Justice, 2009 National Trial Advocacy Competition (semifinalist in regional competition)
  • Member, Warren E. Burger Inn of Court
  • 2009 Clinical Legal Education Association Outstanding Student Award
  • Research assistant for Professor Afsheen John Radsan and Professor Richard Murphy
  • Recipient of six CALI Awards for excellent academic achievement in legal studies, including Business: Agency, Partnerships, and LLCs; Employment Law; and Evidence

While attending the University of St. Thomas:

  • Aquinas Honor Scholar
  • 2006 Delta Sigma Pi Scholarship Key recipient for graduating with the highest GPA (4.00) at the University of St. Thomas Opus College of Business
  • Delta Epsilon Sigma
  • Psi Chi
  • First Place Outstanding Paper Award recipient in the 2005 Tri-State Academy of Legal Studies in Business Student Paper Competition

Professional & Civic Activities

Professional & Civic Activities

U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, Federal Practice Committee

Minnesota Philanthropy Partners, The Saint Paul Foundation and Minnesota Community Foundation

  • Board of Directors, Director
  • Community Impact Committee (Grant-making Committee), Vice-Chair

Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers

  • Board of Directors, Director
  • Membership Committee, Chair

Federal Bar Association, National

  • Vice President of the Eighth Circuit 
  • Vice President & Board of Directors, Young Lawyers Division
  • Thurgood Marshall Memorial Moot Court Competition, Director, 2013-2017
  • Chapter Activity Fund Committee, Chair, 2016-2017

Federal Bar Association, Minnesota Chapter

  • Board of Directors, Director
  • Vice President of Membership
  • Law School Outreach Committee, Co-Chair, 2011-2016
  • Communications Committee

Hennepin County Bar Association

  • President-Elect
  • Treasurer, 2016-2017
  • Secretary, 2015-2016
  • Board of Directors, Director
  • Finance and Planning Committee, Chair, 2017-2018
  • Civil Litigation Section, Co-Chair, 2011-2015

Hennepin County Bar Foundation, Board of Directors, Director

Volunteer Lawyers Network, Board of Directors, 2015-2016

International Women’s Insolvency and Reorganization Confederation–Minnesota Network, Board of Directors

Minnesota Women Lawyers

  • Equity Committee, Co-Chair
  • Parity Committee, Co-Chair, 2014-2015
  • Leadership Committee, 2012-2015

Turnaround Management Association, Membership Committee

American Bar Association

  • Business Law Section
  • Collaborative Bar Leadership Academy, Participant, 2017

Minnesota Black Women’s Network

Twin Cities Diversity in Practice

  • Mentor
  • Young Lawyers Group Board, 2011-2017

Minnesota State Bar Association, Business Law Section and Bankruptcy Section

Risk Management Association

Admissions

  • Minnesota
  • North Dakota
  • District of Columbia
  • Colorado
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court for the District of North Dakota
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

Education

William Mitchell College of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 2009

University of St. Thomas, B.A., Business Administration-Legal Studies in Business, Psychology and Pre-Law, summa cum laude, 2006

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