S. Jamal Faleel

Partner

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BACKGROUND

S. Jamal Faleel’s national trial and litigation experience includes representing Fortune 500 companies and health care institutions in complex, high-stakes litigation, with a focus on class action defense, products liability defense, and complex commercial litigation.

Mr. Faleel serves as national counsel for an international private label manufacturer in its high-profile defense of putative nationwide class actions pending in multiple jurisdictions. He also serves as class counsel for a Fortune 500 window manufacturer in its defense of a putative nationwide class action. Mr. Faleel serves as lead national counsel and trial counsel for a Fortune 100 corporation in its defense of product liability litigation across the United States. He also serves as co-lead counsel in advising a Fortune 500 product manufacturer with its data security and cybersecurity defense.

Before joining the Firm, Mr. Faleel was a litigation partner and co-chair of the commercial law group at a large law firm in the Twin Cities. Prior to entering private practice, he served as a law clerk to the Honorable James M. Rosenbaum (Ret.), then Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota.

Mr. Faleel is on the advisory board of the Minnesota Asian Pacific American Bar Association and member of the Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers. He has also previously been appointed by the Chief Judge of the District of Minnesota to serve on the Federal Practice Committee, elected and served as Chair of the Minnesota State Bar Association New Lawyers Section, and served as a Member of the Minnesota State Bar Governing Council and the Legislative Committee.

Mr. Faleel is admitted to practice in the State of Minnesota and the Federal District Court for the District of Minnesota.

EDUCATION

  • Hamline University School of Law, J.D. (2002) magna cum laude
  • University of Minnesota, B.A (1999), cum laude; Honors Thesis: The Use of Expert Testimony to Explain Eyewitness Memory.

AWARDS

  • Minnesota Lawyer, Rising Star
  • Minnesota Lawyer, one of 15 Up-and-Coming Attorneys

RECENT PRESENTATIONS

  • Class Action Litigation – 2015 Year in Review, NAMWOLF Product Liability Practice Area Committee, New Orleans, Louisiana (February 2016).
  • Top 10 Questions to Consider Before Settling a Class Action, NAMWOLF Product Liability Practice Area Committee, San Antonio, Texas (February 2015).
  • Remedies and Damages in Commercial Litigation, Minnesota CLE, Minneapolis, Minnesota (April 2014).
  • Remedies for Breach, Key Cases in Contract Law, Minnesota CLE, Minneapolis, Minnesota (January 2014).
  • Top 10 Tips for Practicing Before the Health Licensing Boards, Hamline Law CLE, St. Paul, Minnesota (January 2014).
  • Drafting Your First Contract, Course Chair, Minnesota CLE, Minneapolis, Minnesota (April 2013).

PUBLICATIONS

  • Remedies for Breach, Minnesota Contracts Deskbook (3rd Ed.)(August 2009-2016).
  • Working With Financial Forensic Expert Witnesses, National Litigation Consultants’ Review (December 2014).
  • The Practical Challenges of Litigating and Trying a Claim for Attorney Fees to a Jury in Minnesota: Providing Minnesota's District Court Judges, Lawyers, and Litigants the Guidance and Predictability They Need, Hamline Law Review: Vol. 37: Iss. 1, Article 4 (2014).
  • A Right to a Jury Trial on a Claim to Recover Attorney Fees, December 2012.
  • Minnesota Supreme Court Decision Provides Right to a Jury Trial for Claim to Recover Attorneys’ Fees, September 2012.
  • Minnesota Court of Appeals Clarifies When Dissenters are Entitled to an Award of Expert Witness Fees, co-authored with James E. Dorsey, May 2010.
  • Recent District Court Ruling – A Minority Shareholder’s Rights Trump the Squeeze-Out Merger that the Majority Shareholders Had Sought, co-authored with James E. Dorsey, September 2009.
  • When Does a Domestic Choice of Law Provision Result in the Application of International Contract Law?, co-authored with Harleigh E. Brown, June 2007.

REPRESENTATIVE CASES

  • Obtained Dismissal of Shareholder Derivative Action Related to a Multi-Billion Dollar Inversion Merger. Lead counsel for Fortune 500 medical device manufacturer in a shareholder derivative action related to a multi-billion dollar merger. Plaintiffs alleged that the corporation’s decision to approve a plan to gross up the excise tax liabilities of its executives and directors in connection with its merger constituted a breach of fiduciary duties and amounted to corporate waste.  Plaintiffs voluntarily dismissed the matter after the court denied plaintiffs’ motion for a preliminary injunction.
  • Seven-Figure Arbitration Award.Represented a healthcare institution in an arbitration proceeding against one of Minnesota’s largest insurers for improper reimbursement of medical services. Obtained a seven-figure award.
  • Multi-Million Dollar Fidelity Bond Insurance Settlement.Represented a large financial institution in a claim against its fidelity bond insurance carrier seeking to recover losses it suffered as a result of employee dishonesty and forgeries in loan transactions. After obtaining a favorable summary judgment ruling, the financial institution received a multi-million dollar settlement payment.
  • Multi-Million Dollar Fraud, Fiduciary Duty, and Contract Claims Summary Judgment Victory.Defended a professional association against multi-million dollar fraud, breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty claims brought by a former shareholder. The court dismissed all claims brought by the former shareholder and granted summary judgment in favor of the professional association.
  • Injunction Against Shooting Range for Violation of Shooting Range Protection Act.Represented one of the nation’s largest agricultural cooperatives in a dispute with an adjoining shooting range to prevent stray bullets from endangering the lives of the agricultural cooperative’s employees and causing significant property damage. In the first such decision in the State of Minnesota, the trial court held that the shooting range violated the Minnesota Shooting Range Protection Act and enjoined all shooting range operations on the land near the agricultural cooperative.
  • Pro Bono Asylum Matters. Successfully represented individuals seeking asylum in the United States.
  • Title IX Action. Successfully represented former Minnesota girls’ high school hockey players against federal agency for Title IX and constitutional violations.

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