Shannon Bjorklund
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Shannon Bjorklund

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bjorklund.shannon@dorsey.com

Overview

SHANNON PROVIDES ADVICE AND LITIGATION ASSISTANCE TO COMPANIES AND GOVERNMENT ENTITIES IN THE HIGHLY-REGULATED AREAS OF PATENTS, ERISA AND PUBLIC LAW. 

Shannon is both a litigator and a constructive problem-solver to avoid litigation.  Her litigation practice focuses on intellectual property litigation and representing healthcare-related companies with ERISA and other issues. Shannon also provides advice and compliance support to government entities, companies and non-profits in public law issues, particularly state and federal public open records laws including the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act and the federal Freedom of Information Act.  Shannon has been named to Minnesota Lawyer’s “Rising Stars” list for the past two years.  

Education & Admissions

University of Chicago Law School (J.D., 2009), with honors; Order of the Coif

Barnard College / Columbia University (B.A., 2004), magna cum laude

Admissions

  • Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit

Clerkships

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, Honorable James B. Loken, 2009-2010

Experience

Representative Litigation

  • Obtained preliminary injunction on behalf of medical device company to stop competitor from manufacturing or selling infringing product
  • Obtained summary judgment for insurance company in claim for ERISA benefits
  • Regularly advises public and private clients on compliance with the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act

News & Resources

Articles

Important Changes Under MN Data Practices Act for Public/Private Contracts for Government Functions
Force Majeure and Climate Change: What is the New Normal? (2014 Burton Award Winner for Distinguished Legal Writing)
Using Technology to Facilitate Production of E-Discovery, 40 Wm. Mitchell Law Rev. 558 (2014), with MSBA E-Discovery Working Group 5
Force Majeure and Climate Change: What is the New Normal?, 8 J. of the Am. College of Construction Lawyers 29 (2014), with Jocelyn L. Knoll
Chapter 41: Executive Compensation, in ERISA Litigation (4th ed. 2012), with Andrew Holly and Michael Stinson
Comment, The Impact of Pregnancy Discrimination on Retirement Benefits: A Present Violation of Title VII, or a Claim Belonging to History?, 75 U. Chi. L. Rev. 1191

News & Press Mentions

Super Lawyers Recognizes 37 Dorsey Lawyers in Minneapolis
Super Lawyers Recognizes 39 Dorsey Lawyers in Minneapolis
Super Lawyers Recognizes 39 Dorsey Lawyers in Minneapolis
Dorsey Asks Federal Circuit to Uphold Boston Scientific Injunction

Select Presentations

  • Business Data and the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act, May 2014
  • Government Email: Public or Private Record?, August 2013
  • Top Ten E-discovery Trends of 2012, December 2012
  • Force Majeure and Climate Change: What is the New Normal?, presented to MSBA Construction Law Section, September 2012
  • Significant E-discovery Cases of 2011, January 2012

Professional & Civic

Professional Achievements

  • Participant in Minnesota State Bar Association E-discovery working group and co-author of white paper on e-discovery issues 
  • Committee member of Ramsey County Bar Association Fundraiser Sponsorship Committee
  • Co-chair, Ramsey County Bar Association Bench & Bar Fundraiser Committee, 2014 to present
  • Committee member, Communications Committee for the Minnesota Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, 2014 to present

Community Involvement

  • ACT and academic tutor for Cristo Rey high school students.
  • Founder and coordinator of “Plant an Extra Row” group that donates extra garden produce to local food pantries.

Accolades

  • 2014 Burton Award Distinguished Legal Writing Winner: “Force Majeure and Climate Change: What is the New Normal?”
  • Listed as a “Rising Star” by Minnesota Super Lawyers, 2014–2016

North Star Lawyer logo

  • MSBA North Star Lawyer, 2012, 2013 and 2015
  • Top 10% of law school graduating class
  • Admitted to Order of the Coif
  • Joseph Henry Beale Prize for Legal Writing
  • The University of Chicago Law Review, Executive Articles Editor
Shannon Bjorklund