Janel M. Dressen

Janel M. Dressen

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: 612-349-6969
Fax: 612-349-6996
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2016 - 2020
Selected To Rising Stars: 2004 - 2015
Licensed Since: 2000
Practice Areas:
  • Business Litigation (80%),
  • Closely Held Business (20%)
    Attorney Profile

    Janel Dressen has 19 years of experience as a trial lawyer. She thrives as an advocate for her clients needing counsel and representation to resolve their business related ownership and employment disputes. Her top two strengths being “achiever” and “focus” means if you need to get something done, Janel will get it done for you with attention to the important details. Janel prides herself on being the most prepared person in the room, solving problems that lawyers and clients refer to as “challenging” and getting to know her clients and their businesses as much as they do. Janel’s clients can expect to receive focus, determination and desire for excellence when working with her.

    Janel assists her clients to avoid and prepare for business and employment-related disputes, initiate legal actions, and appear in the courtroom. She spends a significant amount of her time resolving family-owned and privately-held business disputes for owners that are in need of separation. Her experience in these matters, together with her empathy for her clients, results in strong client satisfaction even in the most difficult and emotional times of their lives.

    Janel brings both courtroom and negotiating experience and common sense to the table to resolve business disputes, including negotiating, litigating, and resolving shareholder, partnership, LLC, officer, and director disputes; valuation and appraisal matters; employment matters; business competitor disputes, i.e., non-compete agreement disputes and trade secret disputes; bank-related matters; and general and complex contract matters through various dispute resolution methods, including mediation, arbitration, and court trials.

    Janel also counsels businesses, individuals, families, and boards of directors regarding risk management and avoidance, corporate governance, employment related and human resource matters, insurance coverage, and any other business or contract related disputes in an intended effort to avoid a dispute and/or effectively prepare for an inevitable dispute.

    Janel has the unique experience of having served as litigation counsel to a large public corporation with litigation internationally. She directed and supervised the strategy and defense of varied types of litigation, with a special emphasis on national product matters, worked with counsel nationwide in the development of case and claims strategy, litigation plans, case budgets, cost management, and procuring the early resolution of cases through alternative dispute resolution. As corporate litigation counsel, she also counseled business groups, executives and other members of senior management with respect to litigation strategy, risk management, preventive measures, and compliance matters.

    About Janel Dressen

    Admitted: 2000, Minnesota

    Professional Webpage: https://www.anthonyostlund.com/janel-m-dressen


    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    • Qualified Civil Mediator- Rule 114 Qualified, 2018

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Member, Hennepin County Bar Association  
    • Member, Minnesota Mother Attorneys Association  
    • Member, Federal Bar Association  
    • Member, Minnesota Women Lawyers  
    • Chair, Private Business Governance Committee, Minnesota State Bar Association's Business Law Section
    • Member, Minnesota State Bar Association  
    • Section Council Member - Civil Litigation, Minnesota State Bar Association and Co-Author of Civil Litigation Practice Tips

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Volunteer, Feed My Starving Children
    • Chair of the Board of Directors, The Academy of Whole Learning (2014-2017)
    • Volunteer, Legal Aid Society
    • Volunteer, Mary’s Place Legal Advice Clinic

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:


    • Minnesota Supreme Court Rejects Request for Review of Largest Fair Value Buyout on Record in Minnesota Upholding $45,225,000 Award in Favor of Anthony Ostlund Client Kim LundOn March 27, 2019, the Minnesota Supreme Court denied the defendants’ request to review the published Court of Appeals’ decision in the Lund et al. v. Lund et al., --N.W.2d--, 2019 WL 178461 (Minn. Ct. App. Jan. 14, 2019), upholding Anthony Ostlund Client’s, Kim Lund, $45,250,000 fair value award and the removal of Kim’s brother, Tres Lund, as her trustee.  After nearly five years of hard-fought litigation, Kim Lund will finally be separated from the family-owned business and be provided the financial liquidity and independence she has long been promised, and which her grandfather and father desired for her.  The published decision in this case serves as the largest fair value buyout award on record in Minnesota.  The Lunds decision will serve as powerful precedent in disputes among shareholders in closely-held businesses, as well as cases in which a beneficiary and/or co-trustee seeks the removal of a trustee based upon a change in circumstances.  This decision will also serve as influential precedent in all types of fair value valuation cases.  Janel Dressen served as lead counsel on this matter on behald of Kim Lund.    , 2019
    • FDIC v. Community Security Bank, New Prague — Negotiated settlement of claims substantially under the insurance policy limits against former bank officers and directors and obtained dismissal of all former bank officers and directors before action was commenced., 2015
    • Representation of Victim's Family in Bail Hearing — Helped secure $1 million bail for defendant on behalf of the family of an underage sexual assault victim., 2014
    • Illinois Farmers Ins. Co., et al. v. Mobile Diagnostic Imaging, Inc., et al., Civil No. 13-cv-2820 (PJS/TNL) (D. Minn.) — Obtained a complete dismissal, with prejudice, of Dr. Mark Johnson in an alleged fraud and kickback case against numerous Minnesota chiropractors in Minnesota., 2014
    • Charles Barry v. Twin City Fan Co. and Melanie Barry (2016-2018) - Served as lead counsel to Melanie Barry and her trusts in highly publicized litigation and arbitration proceedings involving her ownership interests in Twin City Fan and other family-owned businesses and her marital dissolution from her husband of fifty-five years, pending in Minnesota and Florida, arising out of her former husband’s alleged misappropriation and abuse of corporate assets, 17 year extramarital affair and dissipation of marital assets, and his demand for a fair value buyout.  All matters were fully resolved in early 2018 with a full separation of the parties and business interests, 2018
    • Toretta v. Lachinski et al. — Successfully defended two directors of a closely-held Minnesota company in a breach of fiduciary duty and Minn. Stat. 302A.751 (unfair prejudice) trial in state court in Minnesota. The trial’s court’s dismissal of claims against Janel's clients was affirmed on appeal.
    • Hinshon v. Westlake — Successfully negotiated a business break-up on behalf of client among two business owners of a closely-held Minnesota business after one day of trial in Minnesota state court.
    • The Cameron-Ehlen Group d/b/a Precision Lens v. Sightpath Medical, LLC, Joel Gaslin and Peter Flynn — Successfully defended Respondents in arbitration on claims seeking damages in seven figures for breach of non-compete agreement and tortious interference with non-compete agreement. Obtained complete dismissal of all claims and a full attorneys’ fee award in Respondents’ favor., 2015
    • Motion to Dismiss in Fraudulent Transfer Case — Successfully briefed and argued motion to dismiss in fraudulent transfer case relating to a mortgage real estate loan for case commenced in Florida state court., 2015
    • Manna Freight Systems, Inc. v. Steve Silver Co. — Obtained dismissal of action commenced against client in Texas and negotiated settlement of client’s claims in Minnesota action resulting in ongoing business agreement for client., 2015
    • Anthony Ostlund Client Kim Lund Is “Prevailing Party” And Is Awarded $45.2 Million in Ownership Buyout Dispute (2017) - Following a 5 day trial, Hennepin County District Court Judge Ivy Bernhardson ruled that Kim Lund was the “prevailing party” against her brother, Tres Lund, and various Lund’s entities, in a lengthy legal battle centered on the value of Kim Lund’s ownership interests and Tres Lund’s exercise of power and control over Kim’s interests. In the Court’s 54-page opinion concluding this complex shareholder dispute, the Court awarded Kim $45,225,000, which means that Lund’s must buy Kim Lund out over time for that price. The Court also awarded Kim her court costs, 2017
    • Alerus Financial National Association v. First Premier Capital LLC, T. Denny Sanford, William Kelly and Steve Alpeter — Awarded a complete dismissal of T. Denny Sanford, William Kelly and Steve Alpeter on claims against them on personal guarantees for in excess of $8,000,000 by arbitration panel after a full arbitration hearing.
    • Brauer v. Brauer — Obtained judgment on motion and without a trial in client’s favor in excess of $430,000 in Minnesota state court.
    • Non-Competition Agreements — Work with several employers to defend against and prosecute non-competition agreement claims.
    • Miller v. Miller — Successfully negotiated divorce involving business assets., 2015
    • Representation of LLC and LLC owner (2016-2017) - Served as lead counsel for LLC and LLC owner in 2016 and 2017 in an arbitration proceeding commenced by claimant in Arizona alleging ownership and employment related claims and seeking millions of dollars in damages and legal fees and expenses.  Obtained full defense verdict after multiple day arbitration proceeding with a panel of three arbitrators, 2017
    • First Security Bank – West and First Security Bank – Sleepy Eye v. First Premier Capital et al. — In a breach of contract case in state court Minnesota, obtained an early dismissal with prejudice of First Premier Capital LLC.
    • Cook v. Cook — Successfully obtained payment of $318,000 on behalf of client in a business fraud case against her ex-husband arising out of their divorce in approximately 90 days of representation.
    • Defense of FDIC Demands — On behalf of former bank officers and directors, successfully defended and resolved negligence and breach of fiduciary duty demands from the FDIC to former directors and officers of closed-down banks.

    Representative Clients:

    • I generally represent small to medium sized businesses and individuals with business-related disputes.  I also represent families facing legal challenges as well as boards of directors and governors.

    Educational Background:

    • J.D., The University of South Dakota School of Law, graduated in top 5%
    • B.A., with honors, Southwest Minnesota State University

    Industry Groups

    • All Industry Groupds
    • And Many Other Service And Retail Industries
    • Consumer Goods And Services
    • Directors And Officers
    • Family Owned And Closely Held Businesses
    • Insurance
    • Investment
    • Personal Care Products
    • Retail
    • Technology
    • With Experience In The Following: Banking
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    Office Location for Janel M. Dressen

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

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    Last Updated: 6/10/2020

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