Tracy J. Van Steenburgh


Tracy partners with national clients in a variety of venues and enjoys a reputation of being a “go to” person for handling large scale complex litigation, bringing organization to chaos and generating creative solutions for marshalling facts for trial or developing legal strategy.  She is viewed as an extension of her clients both inside and outside the courtroom, displaying integrity and professionalism while also exhibiting true passion.

Tracy’s skills have earned her client’s trust whether it’s serving as trial counsel for bellwether and other cases or obtaining a defense verdict for a closely watched case with deep ramifications for the client.

When not representing clients, you can find Tracy outdoors in Minnesota and elsewhere, biking, hiking, and enjoying new travel adventures, and of course rooting for the Twins.

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

Representative Matters

Medical Device/Pharmaceutical

  • Schedin v. Ortho-McNeill-Janssen (pharmaceutical) (jury trial)
  • Christensen v. Ortho-McNeill-Janssen (pharmaceutical) (jury trial)
  • Kapps v. Biosense Webster (pharmaceutical) (summary judgment)
  • Riley v. Cordis (medical device) (motion to dismiss preemption)
  • Schmelzle v. ALZA (pharmaceutical) (motion to dismiss)
  • Hautala v. Johnson & Johnson (pharmaceutical) (summary judgment)
  • Foster v. St. Jude Medical, Inc. (medical device) (class action certification denied)

Multi-District Litigation

  • In re:  Levaquin Prods. Liab. Litig. (pharmaceutical)
  • In re:  Mirapex Prods. Liab. Litig. (pharmaceutical)
  • In re:  Medtronic, Inc. Implantable Defibrillators Prods. Liab. Litig. (medical device)
  • In re:  Baycol Prods. Liab. Litig.(pharmaceutical)
  • In re:  Silzone Heart Valves Prod. Liab. Litig. (medical device)


  • Woods v. Von Maur (race discrimination) (jury trial)
  • Williams v. Delavan (FMLA) (jury trial)
  • H & R Block v. Short (non-compete) (TRO)
  • Beveridge v. Northwest Airlines, Inc. (disability discrimination) (summary judgment)
  • Staples v. Delavan (gender discrimination/harassment) (dismissal)
  • Baehr v. Northwest Airlines, Inc. (gender discrimination) (summary judgment)
  • Noree v. Northwest Airlines, Inc. (national origin discrimination) (summary judgment)
  • Fahrman v. Fredd (wrongful termination) (summary judgment)

Recognitions and Honors

  • Labor & Employment Star, Benchmark Litigation
  • Local Litigation Star, Benchmark Litigation
  • Certified Civil Trial Specialist by the State of Minnesota, 2014
  • Selected to Super Lawyers list (2007-2019)

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
  • Federal Bar Association