William R. Stoeri
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William R. Stoeri

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stoeri.bill@dorsey.com

Overview

BILL IS A HIGHLY EXPERIENCED TRIAL LAWYER WHO WORKS WITH CLIENTS TO FIND AND EXECUTE THE BEST STRATEGY FOR ACHIEVING JUST RESOLUTION OF THEIR LEGAL DISPUTES.

Bill’s practice covers general commercial litigation, with special expertise in the area of healthcare, and has included cases involving a wide variety of contract and tort claims, such as trade secrets, product liability, consumer fraud, class actions, ERISA, and medical malpractice. He has extensive experience before state and federal courts around the country and before national and international arbitration panels. Bill has tried over forty jury trials to verdict in federal and state courts. Bill is a member of the firm's Management Committee and is Partner-in-Charge of the firm's Global Trial Group. He previously served as a member of the firm’s Policy Committee (Board of Directors). He is also head of the firm’s Health Litigation Practice Group and co-head of the firm’s Healthcare Industry Group.

Education & Admissions

Yale Law School (J.D., 1982)

University of Erlangen - Nürnberg, Germany (DAAD Scholarship)

Kalamazoo College (B.A., 1978), summa cum laude, Honors in History and Philosophy
Phi Beta Kappa

Admissions

  • Minnesota
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Seventh and Eighth Circuits
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado

Languages

  • German

Clerkships

  • U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, The Honorable Diana E. Murphy

Experience

Representative Litigation

  • Sherr v. HealthEast, et al. (represented healthcare system and individual physicians in federal court action arising out of peer review proceedings; obtained Rule 12 dismissal of antitrust, peer review, and privacy claims.) 
  • In Re UnitedHealth Group PBM Litigation (represented pharmacy benefits manager in claims for benefits, prohibited transactions, and breaches of fiduciary duty based upon alleged fiduciary breaches, disloyalty, and prohibited transactions in receipt of “spread” from pharmacies; obtained Rule 12 dismissal.)
  • Denson Int’l v. Liberty Diversified International (represented defendant manufacturer in federal court case alleging theft of trade secrets relating to manufacturing processes in China; obtained summary judgment)
  • Represented health care providers in numerous malpractice jury trials, including recently:
    • Represented health care provider against plaintiffs’ allegation of nursing negligence when post-surgical patient died of sleep apnea.  Jury verdict of no negligence.
    • Represented health care provider against plaintiffs’ allegation that pulmonologist, who saw patient the day before she died of a pulmonary embolism, was negligent for not sending the patient for an emergency CT scan.  Jury verdict of no negligence.
    • Represented health care provider against plaintiffs’ allegation of negligence in care of patient who committed suicide after escaping from a supervised walk while an inpatient in the psychiatric ward.  Jury verdict of no negligence.
    • Represented health care provider against allegation of negligence in care of patient with a complicated medical history, including a rare form of leukemia, who died unexpectedly 15 hours after routine surgery.  Jury verdict of no negligence.
  • Kern v. Allina/Peterson v. Fairview (represented healthcare defendants in attempted class action regarding uninsured patients; class certification denied)
  • Olson v. Supervalu (represented grocery chain in consumer fraud class action; obtained summary judgment)
  • Lee v. Fairview (represented healthcare provider in False Claims case; obtained summary judgment affirmed on appeal) 
  • Whyte v. American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (represented physician certification board against allegations arising from physician discipline; obtained summary judgment) 
  • Marvin Windows v. PPG v. Elf Atochem (represented third -party defendant in products liability case; obtained summary judgment)
  • BASF v. Valspar Corp. (represented Valspar in international arbitration before Zurich Chamber of Commerce in trade secret case) 
  • Schacher v. American Academy of Ophthalmology (part of team representing national standard setting organization in antitrust case; defense verdict after four week trial, affirmed on appeal)

News & Resources

Articles

Health Care Discrimination Litigation Gets a New Set of Teeth under the ACA: 2015 Litigation Review and Preview of 2016
"How to Be an Expert on Expert Discovery," Bench & Bar of Minnesota
"Can Academic Materials Written by Physicians Constitute Binding Statements of Medical Institutions?" American Health Lawyers Association
Tort Reform: Is the World Flattening?

News & Press Mentions

‘Stoeried’ attorney takes the wheel at Dorsey
Dorsey & Whitney Taps Firm ‘Lifer’ as Managing Partner
William Stoeri named managing partner of Dorsey & Whitney
William Stoeri named managing partner of Dorsey & Whitney
Bill Stoeri Named to Lead Dorsey & Whitney LLP
54 Dorsey Lawyers in Minneapolis Selected for Inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2019 and 2019 Lawyers of the Year
Super Lawyers Recognizes 36 Dorsey Lawyers in Minneapolis
Benchmark Litigation Recognizes 16 Dorsey Lawyers
Super Lawyers Recognizes 36 Dorsey Lawyers in Minneapolis
Benchmark Litigation Recognizes 17 Dorsey Lawyers
Dorsey Partner William Stoeri Admitted to American College of Trial Lawyers
Benchmark Litigation Recognizes 15 Dorsey Lawyers
Super Lawyers Recognizes 37 Dorsey Lawyers in Minneapolis
Benchmark Litigation Recognizes 15 Dorsey Lawyers
Super Lawyers Recognizes 39 Dorsey Lawyers in Minneapolis
Dorsey’s Minneapolis Office Named - Complex Civil Litigation Law Firm of the Year in Minnesota
Benchmark Litigation Recognizes 17 Dorsey Lawyers
Super Lawyers Recognizes 39 Dorsey Lawyers in Minneapolis
Super Lawyers Recognizes 39 Dorsey Lawyers in Minneapolis
Dorsey's Bill Stoeri Noted For Mayo Clinic Trial Work

Events & Speaking Engagements

Medical Legal Landscape & Impact on Liability

Select Presentations

  • Has lectured at numerous Continuing Legal Education seminars, Continuing Medical Education seminars, and has given corporate education presentations

Professional & Civic

Professional Achievements

  • Reviewer, Mayo Clinic Proceedings peer-review medical journal
  • Minnesota Historical Society Executive Council (governing board) 2003-present 
    • President 2009-2015
    • Immediate Past President 2016-present
    • Chair of Governance Committee
    • Past Chair of Programs Committee
  • Kalamazoo College Board of Trustees 2005-present 
    • Chair of Risk Review Committee
    • Past Chair of Academic Affairs Committee
  • Kalamazoo College Alumni Association Executive Board
    • President 2012-2014 
  • Minnesota Supreme Court Historical Society Board of Directors 2012-2017 
  • 1 for 2 Education Foundation Board Member 2017-present
  • Served on Federal Magistrate Judge Reappointment Panel

Accolades

  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers 
  • Listed as a Minnesota Super Lawyer, 2012-2018

  • Recognized as a "Local Litigation Star – Minnesota" by Benchmark Litigation, 2015-2018
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America©, 2019
William R. Stoeri