Daniel J. Cragg

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Business Litigation Attorney in Minneapolis, MN

Eckland & Blando LLP
 | 10 South Fifth Street, 800 Lumber Exchange Building
Minneapolis, MN 55402-3901
Phone: 612-236-0165
Fax: 612-236-0179
Selected To Rising Stars: 2014 - 2021
Licensed Since: 2009
Practice Areas:
  • Business Litigation (60%),
  • Government Contracts (20%),
  • Employment Litigation: Defense (10%),
  • Transportation/Maritime (10%)
    Attorney Profile

    Attorney Daniel J. Cragg is a partner at the Minneapolis, Minnesota, based firm of Eckland & Blando. Mr. Cragg represents businesses, their owners, CEO’s and other individuals in business litigation, employer defense, and admiralty and maritime cases.

    Rated AV Preeminent* by Martindale-Hubbell, Mr. Cragg was also named an “up and coming attorney” by Minnesota Lawyer magazine in 2014. He has also been recognized by Lorman Education Services as a distinguished faculty member and received “North Star” recognition by the Minnesota State Bar Association for his pro bono representation of clients.

    Admitted to practice law since 2009, Mr. Cragg is admitted to all Minnesota state courts and the Minnesota Supreme Court. He is licensed to appear before federal courts in both Minnesota and Wisconsin, as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th, 8th, 9th and Federal circuits, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, the U.S. Court of International Trade, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

    Mr. Cragg is a member of the Hennepin County Bar Association, the Minnesota State Bar Association, the Federal Bar Association and the American Bar Association. He also belongs to the Minnesota Supreme Court Historical Society and the Maritime Law Association of the United States, serving as a proctor member of the organization and is Secretary of its Practice and Procedure Committee.  Mr. Cragg is a member of the Federalist Society and is Vice President of its Minnesota Lawyers Chapter.

    After graduating with distinction from the Virginia Military Institute, Mr. Cragg earned his law degree cum laude from William Mitchell College of Law.

    *AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

    Practice Areas
    • 60%Business Litigation
    • 20%Government Contracts
    • 10%Employment Litigation: Defense
    • 10%Transportation/Maritime
    Focus Areas

    Trade Secret, Non-Compete Agreements, Employment Discrimination, Wrongful Termination, Retaliation, Employment Law - Employer, Railroad Accident, Admiralty & Maritime Law, Transportation Law


    top-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 8 years

    Rising Stars: 2014 - 2021

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    About Daniel Cragg

    Admitted: 2009, Minnesota

    Professional Webpage: https://www.ecklandblando.com/attorneys/daniel-j-cragg/


    • Up & Coming Attorney, Minnesota Lawyer, 2014
    • Lead Counsel Rated for Civil Litigation, Lead Counsel Rated for Civil Litigation, Thomson Reuters, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019. 2020, 2020
    • AV Preeminent, AV Preeminent, Martindale-Hubbell, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2020
    • Minnesota State Bar Association North Star Lawyer recognition for providing pro bono service, North Star Lawyer, 2019
    • Super Lawyers Rising Star 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, Super Lawyers Rising Star, Thomsen Reuters, 2020

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • U.S. Supreme Court, 2017
    • Vice President, Federalist Society Minnesota Lawyers Chapter., 2020
    • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 2015, 2015
    • Secretary, Practice & Procedure Committee, Maritime Law Association of the United States, 2020
    • American Bar Association Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section, Admiralty and Maritime Law Committee
    • United States District Court for the District of Minnesota, 2009
    • United States Court of Federal Claims, 2011
    • United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, 2011
    • Proctor Member, Maritime Law Association of the United States, 2020
    • Member, Hennepin County Bar Association Board of Directors, 2020
    • Hennepin County Bar Association
    • Member, Minnesota State Bar Association Elections and Appointments Committee, 2018
    • Minnesota Supreme Court, 2009
    • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, 2012
    • United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, 2010
    • Chair, Minnesota State Bar Association Judiciary Committee., 2017
    • United States Court of International Trade, 2016
    • Minnesota Supreme Court Historical Society
    • Hennepin County Bar Association Representative to Minnesota State Bar Association Assembly, 2019
    • Federal Bar Association
    • United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin, 2010
    • United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, 2010

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Volunteer Attorney, Federal Bar Association's Pro Se Project, 2020

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • An analysis of the enforceability of arbitration clauses under the Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards and Chapter 2 of the Federal Arbitration Act., Keeping Litigation Ashore: How a Recent Decision Could Offer Maritime Practitioners an Escape from London Arbitration, ABA TIPS Admiralty and Maritime Newsletter, 2012
    • An analysis of whether federal courts sitting in admiralty may enjoin pilots from taking vessels out of port to allow the U.S. Marshal time to arrest or attach the vessel., The Libellant's Dilemma in Rule C Arrests and Rule B Attachments, Benedict's Maritime Bulletin, 2013


    • Fish v. Ramler Trucking, Inc., 935 N.W.2d 738 (Minn. 2019)., 2019
    • Maethner v. Someplace Safe, Inc., et al, 929 N.W.2d 868 (Minn. 2019)., 2019
    • Staffing Specifix, Inc. v. TempWorks Mgmt. Servs., Inc., 913 N.W.2d 687 (Minn. 2018), 2018
    • Fish v. Ramler Trucking, Inc., 23 N.W.2d 337 (Minn. App. 2019)., 2019
    • Gams v. Houghton, 884 N.W.2d. 611 (Minn. 2016)
    • ARA, Inc. v. Barnes Personnel Management, Inc. et al., 2014 WL 3748633 (D. Minn 2014)
    • City of Minneapolis v. Minneapolis Police Relief Association, 800 N.W.2d 165 (Minn. App. 2011)
    • JG Staffing, Inc. et al. v. TempWorks Software, Inc. et al, Ramsey County District Court, Court File No.: 62-CV-15-3329 (Obtained complete defense verdict on $10 million dollar claim and judgment in excess of $1 million on defense counterclaims)., 2016
    • Nichols v. State, 858 N.W.2d 773 (Minn. 2015)
    • Saleem v. Heimie's Haberdashery, 2011 WL 4971566 (D. Minn. 2011)
    • Abdurrahman v. Dayton, 903 F.3d 813 (8th Cir. 2018), 2018
    • ARA, Inc. v. City of Glendale, 2018 WL 1411787, 95 UCC Rep.Serv. 2d 476 (D. Ariz. March 21, 2018)., 2018
    • Cole v. Wutzke, 884 N.W.2d 634 (Minn. 2016)
    • U.S. ex rel Sandager v. Dell Marketing, L.P., 872 F.Supp.2d 801 (D. Minn. 2012)
    • Staffing Specifix, Inc. v. TempWorks Mgmt. Servs., Inc., 896 N.W.2d 115 (Minn. App. 2017), affirmed 913 N.W.2d 687 (June 23, 2018)

    Other Outstanding Achievements:

    • Minnesota State Bar Association President's Award., 2016

    Educational Background:

    • Virginia Military Institute, B.A. in History and International Studies, with distinction, 2004, 2004

    Industry Groups

    • Construction
    • Factoring
    • Manufacturing
    • Retail
    • Software
    • Technology
    • Transportation/Marine
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    Office Location for Daniel J. Cragg

    10 South Fifth Street
    800 Lumber Exchange Building
    Minneapolis, MN 55402-3901

    Phone: 612-236-0165

    Fax: 612-236-0179

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    Last Updated: 3/25/2021

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