Brooke D. Anthony

Brooke D. Anthony

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Business Litigation Attorney in Minneapolis, MN

Anthony Ostlund Baer & Louwagie P.A.
 | 3600 Wells Fargo Center, 90 South Seventh Street
Minneapolis, MN 55402
Phone: 612-492-8214
Fax: 612-349-6996
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2019
Selected to Rising Stars: 2014 - 2018
Licensed Since: 2007
Practice Areas:
  • Business Litigation (50%),
  • Employment Litigation: Defense (30%),
  • Securities Litigation (20%)
Attorney Profile

Brooke Anthony is a trial lawyer and professional problem solver who internalizes her clients' passion for their business and shares her clients' commitment to success.

Brooke has represented Fortune 500 Companies, financial institutions, mid-size companies, closely-held corporations, and individuals in a number of different industries — both pursuing and defending against employment claims, securities arbitrations, insurance coverage matters, breach of contract actions, and other business torts. She has particular experience working with clients who face privately held company disputes and governance issues, employment matters, contract disputes, business torts, and professional malpractice claims. She works hard to find creative, analytical, practical, and efficient solutions to any legal problem, allowing her clients to focus on their business priorities.

Brooke knows that at times, trial is the only option. Brooke has first-chaired a number of trials and arbitrations for clients in state and federal court. In 2016 alone, she first-chaired two bench trials and one jury trial in Minnesota and New York. Brooke's advocacy, however, does not end in the trial court. In 2014, she successfully defended a decision in the Eighth Circuit on behalf of Anthony Ostlund's client, a Fortune 100 company.  In 2016, she successfully defended a summary judgment obtained in Minnesota state court on behalf of her clients defending against a claim for professional malpractice.

Brooke also enjoys and has dedicated a portion of her practice to pro bono work and to the community. Early in her career, she acted as court-appointed counsel for an incarcerated client who needed assistance briefing complicated legal issues under the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act and represented civilly committed individuals seeking to challenge an Illinois state treatment program under the Americans with Disabilities Act. She is currently a volunteer attorney for the Children's Law Center of Minnesota and is serving on the board of the Minnesota Mother Attorneys Association (MMAA). In 2015, she was selected to serve on the merit selection committee for the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota and from 2010-2012 she served a two-year term on the steering committee for United Way affinity group Women Investing in the Next Generation (WINGs).

Brooke began her practice in Chicago. Prior to joining Anthony Ostlund in 2010, she was an associate at Grippo & Elden LLC (now Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P.)

About Brooke Anthony

Admitted: 2007, Minnesota

Professional Webpage: http://www.anthonyostlund.com/brooke-d-anthony

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Extern, The Honorable Paul A. Magnuson, United States District Court for the District of Minnesota
  • Member, National Association of Women Lawyers
  • Member and Regional Champion, Northwestern National Trial Team
  • Member, Northwestern University School of Law Alumni Committee
  • Member, Hennepin County Bar Association
  • Extern, United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois
  • Member, Federal Bar Association
  • Member, The American Lawyer Magazine Young Lawyer Editorial Board, 2018
  • Admission to Minnesota State Bar, 2007
  • Member, Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Extern, Magistrate Judge Susan Richard Nelson, United States District Court for the District of Minnesota
  • Board Member, Minnesota Mother Attorneys Association
  • Member, The American Lawyer Magazine Young Lawyer Editorial Board
  • Admission to Illinois State Bar, 2005
  • Member, Merit Selection Panel, United States District Court District of Minnesota, 2015

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Volunteer, Steering Committee Member, United Way WINGs (Women Investing in the Next Generation), 2011-2013 
  • Board Member, Minnesota Mother Attorneys Association

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

Verdicts/Settlements:

  • Success in Defense of Professionals Brooke takes particular pride in representing other professionals facing contract and tort claims. In 2014, Brooke won summary judgment in favor of professionals who had been sued by a former client for professional negligence. The Minnesota Court of Appeals upheld the decision in 2016. In 2015, Brooke obtained a complete dismissal, in arbitration, of claims for breach of a partnership agreement as well as other tort and contract claims brought against a law firm by its former partner.
  • Product Liability Defense VerdictIn her first year of practice, Brooke second chaired a product liability jury trial in Federal Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin and was instrumental in securing a complete defense verdict for her client, a child car seat manufacturer.
  • Dismissal of Contract Claims In Connection with MergerBrooke obtained dismissal of contract claims as well as claims for breach of fiduciary duty and unjust enrichment on behalf of majority shareholder of acquired company who served as Shareholders’ Representative in a merger.
  • Favorable Case-Determinative Ruling in Insurance Coverage Case Brooke obtained a favorable ruling on behalf of her insurance company client on novel issue of insurance coverage law related to the proration of long-tail insurance coverage. Continental Cas. Co., Inc., et al. v. BorgWarner Inc., et al. No. 04-ch-1708, 2007 WL 8043985 (Ill. Tr. Ct., Aug. 2007)
  • In 2015, Brooke was a part of a team that obtained summary judgment in favor of her client, a local for-profit school, on an issue of Minnesota lending laws.  In 2016, that ruling was upheld on appeal. The Minnesota Attorney General had claimed that Brooke's client needed to be licensed under Minnesota law because it was making loans.  The AG also alleged that Brooke's client was making loans that charged an interest rate higher than what was permitted by law.  The district court and appellate court disagreed.  Both found that Brooke's client was not charging interest rates above that permitted by law and both found that Brooke's client did not need to be licensed. , 2016
  • Successful Defense in FINRA ArbitrationBrooke has also successfully defended her client, Piper Jaffray, as lead counsel, against claims brought by a former broker in a FINRA arbitration.
  • Dismissal of $1 Million Contract Claim Brooke obtained dismissal, before discovery, of a million dollar breach of contract claim brought against a Fortune 100 Company in federal court in the District of Minnesota. A former executive claimed that he was entitled to an incentive payment years after he had left his employment. Brooke argued that the contract did not allow for the relief requested and the district court agreed. Gorog v. Best Buy Co.Inc. et al., No. 0:12-cv-01307, (D. Minn. 2013).
  • Dismissal of Putative Class Action Against Minnesota Landlord Brooke obtained dismissal of a putative class action against Anthony Ostlund's client, a Minnesota landlord, who had been sued for allegedly violating a Minnesota statute governing the billing of utility fees to tenants.  The district court kept a portion of the claim alive at the district court after a motion to dismiss and the client appealed.  In a published decision, the Minnesota Appellate Court affirmed the district court's dismissal of part of the claim and directed the district court to dismiss the remaining part of the claim - a decision soundly in favor of Anthony Ostlund's client.  Persigehl et al. v. Ridgebrook Investments Limited Partnership et al.
  • Verdict for Plaintiff in Contract Case Brooke was lead trial counsel in a jury trial on behalf of the late Marion Levine to collect outstanding principal, interest and attorney’s fees in connection with a promissory note. Ultimately, the jury found in favor of Brooke's clients and awarded damages.Robert L. Larson, Personal Representative for the Estate of Marion Levine v. Rebecca and Bradly Caron (Hennepin County District Court, January 2014).
  • Dismissal of Whistleblower ClaimBrooke won summary judgment in favor of a Fortune 100 Company against a plaintiff claiming to be a whistleblower under Minn. Stat. § 181.932.
  • Shareholder and Private Company DisputesBrooke has represented a number of family-owners, shareholders, and private company executives in connection with closely-held company ownership disputes. Those cases - some of which involved multiple millions of dollars - have been resolved favorably before trial; some have even been resolved prior to the filing of a Complaint. 
  • Trial Court Successes Affirmed by the Appellate Courts Chubboy v. Best Buy Co. Inc. et al., No. A12-2328, 2013 WL 5022194 (Minn. App. Ct. Sept. 16, 2013) Houseman v. Whittington, No. A12-0602, 2012 WL 4052896 (Minn. App. Ct. Sept. 17, 2012). Benson v. Stafford, 941 N.E. 2d 386 (Ill. App. Ct. 2010).

Educational Background:

  • J.D., Northwestern University School of Law, 2005
  • B.A., cum laude, University of Pennsylvania, 2001
Office Location for Brooke D. Anthony

3600 Wells Fargo Center
90 South Seventh Street
Minneapolis, MN 55402

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Last Updated: 1/17/2019

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