Erik T. Salveson

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Erik is an accomplished lawyer who excels at resolving legal disputes through aggressive representation. He is highly skilled in all phases of the litigation, including legal analysis, strategy, writing, oral advocacy, trials, appeals, and negotiations.

His clients appreciate his trial skills and believe he is particularly adept at boiling down complicated issues to simple, digestible points for juries.

When Erik is not working, you can find him spending time with his family, working out at the gym, driving his sports cars, or playing with his dogs.

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

Key Practice Experience

Key Industry Experience

  • Chemicals
  • Industrial equipment/machinery
  • Construction equipment
  • Transportation
  • Consumer products
  • Paints and coatings
  • Adhesives
  • Scaffold equipment/aerial devices
  • Motor vehicles
  • Recreational products
  • Computer software
  • Financial Services
  • Insurance

Representative Matters

  • Brower v. Kane et. al. – Partership dispute
  • Roth v. The Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company, summary judgment – insurance coverage claim
  • Hansen v. The Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company, summary judgment – insurance coverage claim, affirmed by the Minnesota Court of Appeals
  • The Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company v. Weiher, 2015 WL 7729493 (8th Cir. 2015), insurance coverage/rescission action
  • Dawson v. The Northwestern Mutual Life Ins. Co., summary judgment – insurance coverage claim
  • Interstate Logo, Inc. v. Logo Signs of America, Inc., arbitration trial 2013 – partnership dispute
  • Larson v. The Northwestern Mutual Life Ins. Co., 855 N.W.2d 293 (Minn. 2015) – insurance coverage/rescission action
  • Interstate Logo, Inc. v. Logo Signs of America, Inc., arbitration trial 2012 – partnership dispute
  • Rosholt v. Blaw Knox Construction Equipment Corporation, summary judgment – construction equipment product liability claim
  • Stengrim v. The Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company, summary judgment – insurance coverage claim
  • Steinhagen v. Wachholz Masonry, Inc., jury trial – fire property damage claim
  • Miller v. The Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company, 392 F.3d 973 (8th Cir. 2004), summary judgment affirmed by Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals – insurance coverage claim
  • Eick v. The Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company, summary judgment – insurance coverage claim
  • Budzak v. The Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company, court trial – insurance coverage claim
  • Transit Team, Inc. v. Metropolitan Council and Laidlaw Transit Services, Inc., court trial – government contract bid protest case
  • Bright Wood Corporation v. Bankers Standard Insurance Company, summary judgment – product liability claim
  • Dahlin, et al. v. Wagener, property dispute
  • Highland Manufacturing Co.  v. Carlson Systems Corporation et al., jury trial – product liability claim
  • Mason Bros. Co. v. Mchugh Software International, Inc., arbitration – product liability claim regarding computer software
  • Matteson v. Southwest Minnesota Housing Partnership, et al., court trial – product liability claim
  • Smuck v. Scaffold Service, Inc., jury trial – breach of contract claim
  • Fraser Shipyards, Inc. v. Simon Aerials, Inc., jury trial – wrongful death product liability claim
  • Wagener v. Western National Mutual Insurance Company, et al., jury trial – motor vehicle wrongful death claim
  • McCarthy v. Target and Ingersoll Rand Company, summary judgment affirmed by the Minnesota Court of Appeals – product liability claim
  • Comfort Lake Association, Inc. v. Dressel Contracting, Inc., and Fain Company, 138 F.3d 351 (8th Cir. 1998), summary judgment affirmed by the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals – Clean Water Act Claim
  • Kraft v. Ingersoll Rand Company, Inc., et al., summary judgment – product liability personal injury claim
  • Roensch v. Properties by Velasco, jury trial – personal injury claim
  • McKean v. LaCroix, jury trial – motor vehicle accident claim
  • Anderson v. State of Minnesota, et al., jury trial – motor vehicle accident claim
  • Nelson v. United Products Corporation of America, Inc., summary judgment – personal injury claim
  • Martin v. Yates American Machine Company, et al., summary judgment – personal injury product liability claim
  • Sunrise Specialty v. S.A. Comet, et al., summary judgment – personal injury product liability claim
  • Koronis Parts v. Productivity, Inc., et al., jury trial – product liability claim
  • Suiter v. CocaCola Bottling Midwest, Inc., summary judgment – motor vehicle accident personal injury claim
  • GeLet Corp. et al. v. Maryland Casualty Company, et al., court trial – fire property damage claim
  • White v. Travelers Insurance Company, et al., summary judgment – motor vehicle accident personal injury claim
  • Deters v. Columbia Heights Motors, et al., summary judgment – breach of contract claim
  • Bureau of Engraving, Inc. v. Federal Insurance Company, 5 F.3d 1175 (8th Cir. 1993), insurance coverage claim
  • O’Byrne v. Holland Ladder & Manufacturing, Inc., jury trial – personal injury product liability claim
  • Goetze v. Lachinski, et al., jury trial – motor vehicle accident claim
  • Haliday, et al. v. The Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company, jury trial – insurance coverage claim

Recognitions and Honors

  • Board Certified Civil Trial Senior Specialist, Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Elected to the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC)
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America, Trial Lawyer Honorary Society
  • Selected by peers for recognition in Minnesota Super Lawyers
  • Selected for recognition in National Super Lawyers, Corporate Counsel Edition
  • Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rated “AV® Preeminent™”

Publications and Presentations

  • Formaldehyde: The Next Litigation Wheat Field?, Toxics Law Reporter, December 9, 2010.
  • Co-Editor for the Minnesota Chapter of Tort Handbook: A Fifty-State Compendium (Aspen Law & Business, 2002-2006)
  • In addition to serving as a faculty member for continuing legal education seminars, Erik has spoken to various groups on litigation-related topics.

Professional Associations

  • Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA)
  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC)
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI)
  • American Bar Association (ABA)
  • Academy of Certified Trial Lawyers of Minnesota
  • Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association (MDLA)
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America (LCA), Trial Lawyer Honorary Society

Community Engagement

  • Past President, Vice President and Church Council, Mount Calvary Lutheran Church