Monica Davies has an extensive background in complex commercial litigation and class action defense, and has represented clients in commercial, product liability, financial and insurance disputes throughout the United States. Ms. Davies also has served as in-house general legal counsel for a community bank, where she managed litigation, helped to launch the first formal risk management committee, and coordinated the negotiation and closing of significant transactions including a merger/acquisition and significant private equity investments.
Drawing on her experience as both an in-house and outside counsel, Ms. Davies works closely with clients to solve their legal problems in a manner consistent with their long-term business strategies.
She is an active mentor for law students and recent law graduates in the community, and enjoys working with newer lawyers in the development of their technical and oral advocacy skills.
- JD, Hamline University School of Law (n/k/a Mitchell Hamline School of Law), 2001, magna cum laude
- BA, University of South Dakota, 1997, Psychology/Sociology, Cum Laude
- Selected as a Super Lawyers® Rising Star (multiple years)
- Gareis v. 3M Company (Bair Hugger™). 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.
- Won summary judgment in favor of insurer in an insurance class action. The win was affirmed by the Minnesota Supreme Court where. As a matter of first impression, the Court held the filed rate doctrine barred the insureds’ claims.
- Won dismissal of a putative class action alleging unfair business practices in California federal court.
- Won dismissal of a securities class action in Minnesota federal court.