Amanda M. Cialkowski


Amanda is a thoughtful and accomplished litigator, and she truly exceeds client expectations as a defense trial attorney. Her skills in the courtroom have earned her a sought-after reputation when a case goes before a jury or judge. For example, in a trace benzene matter, Amanda won a complete defense verdict for our Fortune 500 client in plaintiff-friendly Madison County, Illinois.

Her success in the courtroom is partly due to her ability to explain a difficult set of facts to a jury in a way that makes them understand the client’s position. Amanda loves being able to dig into the details of a case and learn the industry or science behind the issue at hand to better arm her defense. Not only is she thorough and insightful, but Amanda is sensitive to balancing client’s business interests with the goals of litigation.

In her spare time, Amanda loves reading and spending time outdoors hiking, walking, gardening, or spending time with her husband and daughters.

  • Key Practice and Industry Experience
  • Representative Matters
  • Recognitions and Honors
  • Publications and Presentations
  • Community Involvement

Key Industry Experience

  • Chemical and Manufacturing
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Retail
  • Automotive and Trucking
  • Security Systems

Representative Matters

  • James Graham v. Coca-Cola (Hennepin County District Court, jury trial March 2014) (won a defense verdict as trial counsel in week-long jury trial involving claims that the plaintiff suffered significant injuries due to defendant’s alleged negligence
  • Andrew Stoddard v. A.H. Bennett et al. (Ramsey County District Court – jury trial January 2012) (won a defense verdict as trial counsel in a 2-week jury trial involving claims by plaintiff that he developed mesothelioma as a result of exposure to defendants’ products)
  • Kleinaitis v. 3M (Madison County Circuit Court – jury trial August 2010) (won defense verdict as lead trial counsel in 2-week jury trial involving personal injury claims as a result of alleged benzene exposure)
  • Slidell, Inc. v. Millennium Inorganic Chemicals, Inc., 460 F.3d 1047 (8th Cir. 2006) (won defense verdict as trial counsel in 7-week jury trial including claims of breach of contract, theft of trade secrets, and promissory estoppel)
  • Thompson v. Hirano Tecseed Co., Ltd., 456 F.3d 805 (8th Cir. 2006) (defended foreign manufacturer who designed a complex laminator to a buyer’s specs)
  • U.S. ex rel. Kinney v. Stoltz, 327 F.3d 671 (8th Cir. 2003) (successfully defended Hennepin County Medical Center in qui tam action brought pursuant to the False Claims Act)
  • Jefferson County School Dist. v. Lead Industries Ass’n, Inc., 223 F. Supp. 2d 771 (S.D. Miss. 2002) (successfully removed action to federal court on the basis of the fraudulent joinder of 28 co-defendants – case was ultimately dismissed)

Recognitions and Honors

  • Selected in the Minnesota Super Lawyers List (2012-2015)
  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Named one of the nation’s top product liability attorneys by Legal Media Group
  • Nominated by in-house counsel and peers to appear in the Guide to the World’s Leading Women in Business Law-second edition-as one of the outstanding practitioners in the field
  • Repeatedly named in Minnesota Rising Stars by Law & Politics magazine
  • Named one of the Top Women Attorneys in Minnesota by Minneapolis St. Paul Magazine 2015
  • Clerked for Oregon Court of Appeals

Publications and Presentations

  • “Ethics: Can a Party Ethically Influence the Internet in Anticipation of Juror Misconduct?”, ADTA Webinar, October 21, 2015
  • Speaker at DRI Product Liability Conference, Las Vegas, NV, April 2012, “Mother May I?  How You Can Ethically Influence the Internet to Anticipate Jury Misconduct”
  • Speaker at Hennepin County CLE, Minneapolis, MN, October 2010, “Product Liability: The Defense Perspective”
  • Speaker at DRI Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., October 2007, “Privilege or No Privilege; When are Communications with Third Parties Privileged?”
  • Keynote Speaker at Iowa Defense Counsel Association Products Practice Seminar, Des Moines, IA, April 2007, “Recent Developments in Product Liability Law”
  • Speaker at DRI’s Product Liability Conference, New Orleans, LA, February 2007, “Jeopardy: Where Your Clients Face New Perils – a Year in Review”
  • Moderator at DRI’s Product Liability Conference Young Lawyer Breakout Panel, Las Vegas, NV, February 2006
  • Speaker at Minnesota Defense Lawyers’ Annual Meeting, August 2003, Duluth, MN, “Conflicts of Law in Wrongful Death Cases”
  • Speaker at DRI’s Product Liability Conference, Las Vegas, NV, February 2003, “Oh Bother: The Increasing Use of Public Nuisance Counts in Products Liability Cases”
  • Speaker at DRI’s Product Liability Conference, Los Angeles, CA, February 2003, “Face Off: Putting a New Face on Bifurcation”

Professional Associations

  • Association of Defense Trial Attorneys (ADTA)
  • Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC)
  • DRI
  • Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Hennepin County Bar Association

Community Engagement

  • Past-President of Board of Isuroon, a Somali women’s health and wellness support group
  • Elections judge
  • Secretary, Board of Directors of Sweeney Lake Association