A skilled strategist and litigator, Tim represents clients across a variety of industries in litigation and regulatory matters.


For over 20 years, Tim has defended diverse companies in individual and coordinated actions, arbitrations and regulatory matters in the United States. His experience handling various aspects of mass tort litigation and financial services industry litigation is significant, as is his experience representing parties challenging the constitutionality of government action and securing constitutional protections.


Product Liability & Personal Injury

Co-lead and liaison counsel for medical technology company in multidistrict product liability litigation involving hip replacement prostheses

Counsel for manufacturer of electronic nicotine delivery systems in action brought by a state attorney general

Minnesota counsel for manufacturer of medical devices in product liability actions involving female pelvic mesh

Minnesota counsel for insurer in trucking accident cases involving catastrophic injuries and death

Counsel for manufacturer of medical devices in product liability actions involving infusion pumps

Counsel for provider of diagnostic testing service in action alleging failure to diagnose birth defects

Minnesota counsel for medical technology company in product liability actions involving orthopedic implants

Financial Services

Counsel for mortgage loan originators in indemnity actions involving residential mortgage back securities and individual loans

Counsel for an insurer in putative class actions involving depreciating labor on actual cash value policies

Minnesota counsel for broker-dealer in arbitrations and litigation

National counsel for broker-dealer in arbitrations, litigation and regulatory investigations

Government Action & Constitutional Claims

Counsel for transgender student in a case of first impression establishing discrimination claims under both the Minnesota Human Rights Act and equal protection guarantees of the Minnesota Constitution

Counsel for nonprofit organizations challenging time, place and manner restrictions on political protests at national political convention

Counsel for organizations in a case of first impression challenging executive branch's use of good-cause exempt rule making

Tim has also advanced the interests of clients through amicus briefs, including counsel for organizations addressing the impact of government's refusal to respond to term search requests under open records law; counsel for organizations addressing the constitutionality of state college's restrictions on off-campus online speech; counsel for organizations addressing the impact on elderly of photographic identification requirement for voting.

News & Insights

Speaking Engagements



Minnesota Lawyer Attorney of the Year, 2021

Recognized by the Minnesota Supreme Court and the Minnesota State Bar Association Access to Justice Committee and for exceptional commitment to pro bono work, 2021

Hennepin County Bar Association's Excellence Award for Advancing Diversity and Inclusion, 2021

Leonard Street and Deinard P.A.'s Outstanding Service in the Public Interest

Minnesota Hispanic Bar Association's Courage in Leadership Award

Professional & Civic Activities

Professional & Civic Activities

American Bar Foundation, Fellow

American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota

  • Board of Directors, 2012-present
  • Governance Committee Chair, 2019-present

Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota

  • Institutional Review Board, Past Member

Federal Bar Association, Minnesota Chapter

  • Director, 2017-present
  • Mass Tort and Class Action Practice Group Chair, 2015-2020

Minnesota State Bar Association, Food, Drug & Device Law Section

  • Governing Council, 2015-2018


  • Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit


Hamline University School of Law (Mitchell Hamline School of Law), J.D., 1998

  • Commercial Law Concentration
  • Hamline Law Review, Production Editor

University of Wisconsin-Madison, B.S., 1993, “International Relations and Political Science”


  • Judicial Clerk for the Honorable Bruce M. Van Sickle, United States District Court, District of North Dakota
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