Patrick Hauswald


Phone: 612.343.3291


Patrick Hauswald joined Blackwell Burke as a litigator following his judicial clerkship with the Honorable Kevin G. Ross of the Minnesota Court of Appeals. 

During law school, Mr. Hauswald served as a judicial extern to the Honorable Paul A. Magnuson, United States District Court for the District of Minnesota, and the Honorable Heidi S. Schellhas, Minnesota Court of Appeals. He also worked as a legal extern at Ecolab, Inc. in St. Paul and as a law clerk at a local general litigation firm and the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office.  He is admitted to practice in Minnesota state courts and the District of Minnesota.


  • University of St. Thomas School of Law, J.D., 2016, cum laude; Articles Editor, Editorial Board Member, University of St. Thomas Law Journal; Legal Writing Fellow
  • University of Iowa, B.A. English (Honors), 2012, with Distinction


  • Dean’s List, University of St. Thomas School of Law (Fall 2013, Fall 2014, Spring 2016)
  • Dean’s Award for highest grade in Lawyering Skills I, II & III, and Ethical Leadership in Corporate Practice


  • Common Interest Doctrine, Joint Defense Exception, and Joint Client Exception, Attorney-Client Privilege Deskbook, MN CLE (Aug. 2018) (Co-Authored)
  • Common Interest Doctrine, Joint Defense Exception, and Joint Client Exception, MN CLE, Minneapolis, Minnesota (Aug. 30, 2018)


Gareis v. 3M Company (Bair Hugger™). Member of trial team that won a complete defense verdict for one of the world's largest global innovation manufacturing companies in the first product liability multidistrict litigation (MDL) bellwether trial in Minnesota Federal District Court. The jury agreed with the defense that the warming device did not cause surgical site infections. This case is one of more than 4,500 cases in the Minnesota MDL all involving numerous complex novel scientific legal issues. With Mr. Blackwell’s leadership, the defense team has secured dismissal of all Minnesota State cases, prevented Plaintiffs from adding punitive damages, won a significant motion to compel, securing more than $11,000 in fees and costs for client. The verdict was widely covered in the media.


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