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 and has included cases involving a wide variety of contract and tort claims, such as licensing agreements, trade secrets, product liability, consumer fraud, class actions, 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 thirty jury trials to verdict in federal and state courts. Bill is head of the firm’s Health Litigation Practice Group and serves on the firm’s governing board.

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

Languages

  • German

Clerkships

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

Experience

Representative Litigation

  • Numerous Plaintiffs v. Mayo Clinic (represented Mayo Clinic and other health care providers in numerous malpractice jury trials) 
  • Kern v. Allina/Peterson v. Fairview (represented healthcare defendants in attempted class action regarding uninsured patients; class certification denied)
  • 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; summary judgment obtained) 
  • Marvin Windows v. PPG v. Elf Atochem (represented third party defendant in products liability case; obtained summary judgment dismissal)
  • BASF v. Valspar Corp. (represented Valspar in international arbitration before Zurich Chamber of Commerce in trade secret case) 
  • Schacher v. American Academy of Ophthalmology (defended national standard setting organization in antitrust case; defense verdict after four week trial, affirmed on appeal)
  • Represented client facing Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) allegation and demand for money or threat of filing class action lawsuit. Investigated the claim and responded aggressively to the allegation and demand, offering no compensation. The matter was dropped.

News & Resources

Events & Speaking Engagements

Medical Legal Landscape & Impact on Liability

Select Presentations

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

Industries & Practices

  • Class Action Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Health Care
  • Health Litigation
  • Intellectual Property Litigation
  • International Arbitration & Litigation
  • Products Liability
  • Telephone Consumer Protection Act

Professional & Civic

Professional Achievements

  • Minnesota Historical Society
      • President, Executive Council (governing board) 2009-present
      • Executive Council (governing board) 2003-present
  • Kalamazoo College Board of Trustees 2005-present
  • Kalamazoo College Alumni Association Executive Board
      • President 2012-2014
  • Minnesota Supreme Court Historical Society
      • Board of Directors 2012-present

Accolades

  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers 
  • Listed as a Minnesota Super Lawyer, 2012-2017

  • Recognized as a "Local Litigation Star – Minnesota" by Benchmark Litigation, 2015-2018
William R. Stoeri