Steve Gaskins

Managing Partner


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Steve loves practicing law and intends to do so for a good long time. He is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers who regularly handles civil matters both in and prior to litigation. For the past several years his clients have involved him in out-of-the-ordinary projects like representing special litigation committees to investigate and decide whether shareholder suits against the officers and directors are worth pursuing.

He’s been involved in matters involving art auction houses, import/export problems, options issues, consumer class actions, securities-lending and sub-prime-mortgage-backed-securities litigation, credit-card payment chain disputes, and disputes in family-run and closely-held corporations. He also frequently serves as co-counsel locally in merger litigation, and in regulatory, anti-trust, federal securities, complex commercial, and consumer class-action cases. His practice is eclectic, his experience is broad, and he chooses not to hold the youth and inexperience of his opponents against them.


J.D. University of Texas at Austin, 1973
B.A. University of Texas at Austin, 1970


American College of Trial Lawyers
American Bar Association
Minnesota Bar Association
Hennepin County Bar Association

Recent CLE Presentation

Ethical Issues in Derivative Litigation, HCBA Panel Presentation, 5/11/2018

Bar Admissions

Supreme Court of the United States (1987)
Minnesota (1983)
New York, 2d Department (1974)
Texas (1973) (inactive)
United States Courts of Appeals:
   2d Circuit (1975)
   8th Circuit (2001)
   6th Circuit (1980)
United States District Courts:
   Southern District of New York (1975)
   District of Minnesota (1984)
   Eastern District of Michigan (1990)
   Western District of Wisconsin (1999)

Representative Cases

Kokocinski v. Collins

850, F.3d 354 (8th Cir. 2017)

Represented Medtronic Special Litigation Committee during 18-month investigation in trial court, and on appeal. This was one of several derivative claims and suits involving the investigation and court appearances for the SLC.

Davis, et al. v. Steinhafel, et al.

14-cv-00203 (PAM/JJK/2016)

Represented Target Special Litigation Committee in 21-month investigation and in trial court.

United Health Group Derivative Litigation

754 N.W.2d 544, United Health Group PSLRA Litigation (02-cv-1691)(JMR/FLN)

Represented CEO in multiple parallel proceedings involving derivative and securities cases.

Woodmen of the World Life Ins. Co. v. U.S. Bank, N.A.

8:09-cv-00407 D. Neb. 2013

Represented U.S. Bank’s interests in a securities lending dispute arising out of sub-prime mortgage paper crisis.