About Greg Weyandt
Words of "Wisdom" from Greg
Success as a mediator - resolving disputes - is different than success as a trial lawyer. Those who have mediated with me know they will hear stories. But the stories have a purpose and lead to a chance to listen and listening facilitates settlement. Even in commercial cases where one would expect rationality to prevail, emotion can control. Parties who are heard are more likely to settle. More important than my trial victories is what I learned from my losses and how that might bring about resolution.
Claims are resolved when the parties have been prepared well for the mediation and the mediator echoes what parties have been told by their attorney. It is more important that everyone examines the weaker part of the case rather than hammering continuously on strengths.
My practice is limited to Alternative Dispute Resolution. Prior to 2011, I tried over 150 cases to conclusion in state and federal courts. Those trials involved health, disability, fiduciary, securities, tax and trust, products liability, construction, insurance, personal injury, banking and trade secret issues. Additionally, I handled over 100 arbitrations. My experience as a trial lawyer led to my being selected numerous times as a mediator. Courts have appointed me as special master and special investigator. I now restrict my practice to mediation. As a mediator I've helped to settle everything from "routine" soft tissue cases to multi-party claims with numerous catastrophic injuries and multiple defendants to complex commercial matters involving banking, environmental, employment, construction and contractual disputes with and without insurance coverage.
I was Managing Partner and Chair of the Litigation group at Rider Bennett, LLP and a partner at Dorsey & Whitney, LLP. I then began an ADR career while of-counsel at Briol & Benson, PLLC.
EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE
Marquette University Law School
University of St. Thomas - Equivalent of Master's Degree in Pastoral Ministry (no thesis written-no degree granted).
State of Minnesota Felony Parole and Probation Agent, 1972-73.
United States Army Reserve, 1970-76; MOS 91B Medic; 91G; Psychology/Social Work Specialist; Honorable Discharge; Specialist E5.
University of Minnesota
Clerkship: Wisconsin Supreme Court, Chief Justice Bruce F. Beilfuss (1976-1977).
Recipient, 2008 David Graven Public Service Award (awarded annually by the Minnesota State Bar Association to the lawyer who best exemplifies the high standards of the profession in combination with a commitment to public or community service)
"The Best Lawyers in America", 2007 to present, in the practice areas of: Bet-the-company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Litigation-Antitrust, Litigation-Trusts & Estates and Personal Injury Litigation-Defendants; Lawyer of the year 2016 & 2018.
Named a "Super Lawyer," as published by Minnesota Super Lawyers Mpls-St. Paul and Twin Cities Business Magazines, 1994-present. Repeatedly selected: "Top 100" lawyers: "Top 40" business litigators and "Top 40" health lawyers
Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, 2001-2011
American Board of Trial Advocates, 1994 - 2016. Past President of Minnesota Chapter and National Board Member.