Benjamin C. Johnson (Ben)


As a litigator, Ben is bright, hardworking, and calm under pressure. He has a knack for quickly digging in and learning a client’s business, products, and goals, and then tenaciously advocating on their behalf. Nothing could exemplify this more than when Ben first-chaired a jury trial when he was just a first-year associate, and won a complete defense verdict for the firm’s long-time automotive client. Since that time, Ben has continued to work tirelessly for his clients and has built a wealth of experience in a variety of different industries and practice areas.

Needless to say, Ben relishes the challenge of litigation and advocating on behalf of his clients. He prides himself on providing clients with litigation services that are both effective and efficient.

When not representing clients, you can find Ben outside—either biking, running, or skiing—and spending time with his wife and their son in South Minneapolis.

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

Key Practice Experience

  • Products liability defense
  • Commercial and business litigation
  • Toxic torts
  • Appellate practice
  • Fire and explosion litigation
  • Contract, warranty, and UCC disputes and litigation
  • Consumer warranty litigation
  • Premises liability
  • Fiduciary and professional liability
  • Business torts

Key Industry Experience

Representative Matters

  • Block v. Ford Motor Co. (won defense verdict as sole trial counsel in jury trial involving breach of warranty claims)
  • Interstate Logo, Inc. v. Logo Signs of America, Inc. (second chaired three-week AAA arbitration involving partnership dispute)
  • Illinois Farmers Ins. v. Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC (summary judgment for automobile manufacturer in fire case)
  • Alotech v. North Star Imaging, Inc. (summary judgment for manufacturer of X-ray imaging system in commercial dispute involving fraud and misrepresentation claims)
  • Hansen v. The Northwestern Mutual Life Ins. Co. (summary judgment in insurance coverage case, affirmed by Minnesota Court of Appeals)
  • Defense of recreational products manufacturer in multiple jurisdictions throughout the country in wrongful death and significant injury cases involving ATVs, side by sides, and snowmobiles
  • Multiple dismissals of product manufacturer in asbestos litigation in several jurisdictions
  • Part of local defense team for medical device company in consolidated spinal implant litigation
  • Defense of bicycle component manufacturer in traumatic brain injury case
  • Defense of ski area in ski and alpine slide injury cases
  • Defense of radiation therapy equipment manufacturer in medical malpractice case

Recognitions and Honors

  • Selected to Minnesota Rising Stars list, published by Super Lawyers (2014-2017)
  • Managing Editor, Hamline Law Review
  • CALI Awards (highest grade): Legal Research & Writing I & II, Contracts I, Intellectual Property, International Law, and Employment Law
  • MSBA Labor & Employment Award for Excellence in the Study of Employment Law
  • Law Clerk for the Honorable Larry B. Stauber, Minnesota Court of Appeals

Publications and Presentations

  • In-House Experts: How to Build Your Case Through the Use of Employee Experts, MDLA Mid-Winter Conference, January 2014

Professional Associations

  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Hennepin County Bar Association
  • Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association
    • Member, MDLA Editorial Committee

Community Engagement

  • Volunteer Lawyers Network