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Jeff H. Eckland

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Top Rated State, Local & Municipal Attorney in Minneapolis, MN

Eckland & Blando LLP
10 South Fifth Street, 800 Lumber Exchange Building
Minneapolis, MN 55402-3901
Phone: 612-236-0160
Fax: 612-236-0179
Selected to Super Lawyers: 1998 - 2000
Licensed in Minnesota Since: 1982
Practice Areas: State, Local & Municipal (80%), Appellate (10%), Business Litigation (10%)
Attorney Profile

As a partner at Eckland & Blando in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Jeff. H. Eckland devotes his practice to general business litigation and cases involving state and federal government contracts. During a distinguished legal career spanning four decades, Mr. Eckland has litigated cases in a dozen states and obtained tens of millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts. In addition to advocating on behalf of his clients in matters ranging from alleged False Claims Act violations to intellectual property disputes, Mr. Eckland helps government contractors and subcontractors to avoid legal problems by counseling them on compliance and transactional issues. 

After earning his bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota in 1979, Mr. Eckland attended the University of Chicago Law School. He earned his Juris Doctor in 1982, and he is licensed to practice law before the state courts of Minnesota, the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 8th, 9th, 10th and Federal circuits and the U.S. Supreme Court. Mr. Eckland is a member of the American Bar Association’s Public Contract Law and Science and Technology Sections and serves on the National Contract Management Association’s board of advisors.

In a case that reached the U.S. Supreme Court in 2002, Mr. Eckland successfully argued that the federal government should be treated the same as any other party in a breach of contract dispute. The ensuing ruling has resulted in settlements for Mr. Eckland's clients totaling more than $500 million. A strict adherence to ethical standards and a track record of success in the courtroom and during negotiations and has helped Mr. Eckland to earn a rating of AV Preeminent* from his peers through Martindale-Hubbell. This is the most prestigious rating possible, and it is reserved for attorneys who maintain the very highest standards of professional conduct. 

*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
  • 80%State, Local & Municipal
  • 10%Appellate
  • 10%Business Litigation
Focus Areas

State, Local & Municipal Litigation, Appeals, Trade Secret, Non-Compete Agreements

Selections

3 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 1998 - 2000

About Jeff H. Eckland

First Admitted: 1982, Minnesota

Professional Webpage: https://www.ecklandblando.com/attorney/jeff-h-eckland/

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims Issues Ruling on Franconia Prepayment Case Council for Affordable and Rural Housing (CARH), Washington, D.C., CARH News (2004)
  • Demonstrative “Evidence”: Oxymoron or Winning Strategy? Minnesota Institute of Legal Education (MILE), Winning With Demonstrative Evidence (April 1998)
  • Congress Concedes It Violated the Prepayment Option: The Section 515 Program Debates Council for Affordable and Rural Housing (CARH), Washington, D.C., CARH News (1997)
  • Effective Claim Submittals National Contract Management Association (NCMA), Twin Cities Chapter, Chapter Newsletter (1996)
  • Phase II of Procurement Reform National Contract Management Association (NCMA), Twin Cities Chapter, Chapter Newsletter (1996)
  • Environmental Issues Affecting Government Contractors Contracting with the Federal Government, ABA Public Contract Law Section, Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA), and Minnesota Continuing Legal Education (May 1993)
  • Terminations Contracting With The Federal Government, Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA) and Minnesota Continuing Legal Education (May 1992)
  • Government Contract Law: Terminations, A Primer on T for C’s, T for D’s, and Breach of Contract41st Annual Spring Seminar on Government Contracting, National Contract Management Association (NCMA), Twin Cities Chapter (Minneapolis, Minnesota - April 2007)
  • Prepayment Litigation: A Progress Report Council for Affordable and Rural Housing (CARH), 2007 Mid-Year Meeting (Miami, Florida - January 2007)
  • Update on USDA Prepayment Litigation and Final Settlement California Council for Affordable Housing, Fall Conference (Palm Springs, California - November 2006)
  • Status Update, Prepayment Litigation Minnesota Council for Affordable and Rural Housing (MN CARH) (Hinckley, Minnesota - September 2006)
  • Prepayment Litigation Update Florida Council for Affordable and Rural Housing (Ocala, Florida - March 2006)
  • Status of Prepayment Litigation Cases Council for Affordable and Rural Housing (CARH), 2006 Mid-Year Meeting, Owners Committee Meeting (San Francisco, California - January 2006)
  • Prepayment Litigation Update Minnesota Council for Affordable and Rural Housing (MN CARH) (Bloomington, Minnesota - September 2005)
  • Status Update, Prepayment Litigation California Council for Affordable Housing (Reno, Nevada - June 2005)
  • Prepayment – The Law Suits Council for Affordable and Rural Housing (CARH), 2005 Mid-Year Meeting (New Orleans, Louisiana - January 2005)
  • Prepayment Litigation Update Minnesota Council for Affordable and Rural Housing (MN CARH) (Hinckley, Minnesota - September 2004)
  • Prepayment Litigation Update Rural Rental Housing Association (Springfield, Illinois - May 2004)
  • Status Update, Prepayment Litigation Council for Affordable and Rural Housing (CARH), 2004 Mid-Year Meeting (Scottsdale, Arizona - January 2004)
  • Prepayment Litigation Update Minnesota Council for Affordable and Rural Housing (MN CARH) (Hinckley, Minnesota - September 2003)
  • Prepayment Litigation Update Rural Rental Housing Association (Springfield, Illinois - May 2003)
  • Review of Prepayment Litigation Council for Affordable and Rural Housing (CARH), 2003 Mid-Year Meeting (New Orleans, Louisiana - January 2003)
  • United States Supreme Court Victory Wisconsin Council for Affordable and Rural Housing (Madison, Wisconsin - November 2002)
  • How to Win a United States Supreme Court Case 41st Annual National Seminar on Government Contracts, The University of Minnesota (St. Paul, Minnesota - October 2002)
  • Prepayment Litigation Update Minnesota Council for Affordable and Rural Housing (MN CARH) (Hinckley, Minnesota - September 2002)
  • Prepayment – Where Are We And Where Do We Go From Here? Council for Affordable and Rural Housing (CARH), 2002 Annual Meeting and Legislative Conference (Arlington, Virginia - June 2002)
  • Prepayment Rights Council for Affordable and Rural Housing (CARH), 2002 Mid-Year Meeting (Napa, California - January 2002)
  • Prepayment Litigation Update Minnesota Council for Affordable and Rural Housing (MN CARH) (Hinckley, Minnesota - September 2001)
  • Update on Prepayment Litigation Council for Affordable and Rural Housing (CARH), 2001 Annual Meeting and Legislative Conference, Owners Committee Meeting (Arlington, Virginia - June 2001)
  • Status Update, Prepayment Litigation Council for Affordable and Rural Housing (CARH), 2001 Mid-Year Meeting (Naples, Florida - January 2001)
  • Prepayment Litigation Update Minnesota Council for Affordable and Rural Housing (MN CARH) (September 2000)
  • Damages Lawsuit Update Council for Affordable and Rural Housing (CARH), 2000 Mid-Year Meeting, Owners Committee Meeting (Fort Lauderdale, Florida - January 2000)
  • Demonstrative Evidence: Magic That Brings Words To Life Minnesota Institute of Legal Education (MILE), Course Chair and Overview (Minneapolis, MN - December 1999)
  • Bid Protest Trends 38th Annual National Seminar on Government Contracts, The University of Minnesota (St. Paul, Minnesota - October 1999)
  • Litigation Update Regarding Winstar Claims Minnesota Council for Affordable and Rural Housing (MN CARH) (Hinckley, Minnesota - September 1999)
  • Acquisition Reform: Evolutions in Government Contracting 33rd Annual Spring Seminar on Government Contracting, National Contract Management Association (NCMA), Twin Cities Chapter (Minneapolis, Minnesota - April 1999)
  • Update on Prepayment Litigation Council for Affordable and Rural Housing (CARH), 1999 Mid-Year Meeting, Owners Committee Meeting (Fort Lauderdale, Florida - January 1999)
  • Prepayment Litigation Wisconsin Council for Affordable and Rural Housing (Madison, Wisconsin - November 1998)
  • Breach of Contract by the Government Minnesota Council for Affordable and Rural Housing (MN CARH) (Hinckley, Minnesota - September 1998)
  • The “Rosetta Stone” Approach to Winning Cases: Embody the Theme of Your Case in Demonstrative Evidence Minnesota Institute of Legal Education (MILE), Course Chair, Winning With Demonstrative Evidence (Minneapolis, MN - April 1998)
  • Congressional Debates Over Lost Prepayment Rights Minnesota Council for Affordable and Rural Housing (MN CARH) (Red Wing, Minnesota - September 1997)
  • Prepayment Rights Update Council for Affordable and Rural Housing (CARH), 1997 Annual Meeting and Legislative Conference (Arlington, Virginia - June 1997)
  • Lost Prepayment Rights Council for Affordable and Rural Housing (CARH) (Key West, Florida - January 1997)
  • International Trade in Government Contracting 35th Annual National Seminar on Government Contracts, The University of Minnesota (St. Paul, Minnesota - October 1996)
  • Issue Update on Winstar and Breaches of Contract by the Government Council for Affordable and Rural Housing (CARH) (Chicago, Illinois - September 1996)
  • Issue Update on Winstar and Breaches of Contract by the Government Minnesota Council for Affordable and Rural Housing (MN CARH) (October 1996)
  • Winstar Breach of Contract Claims Minnesota Council for Affordable and Rural Housing (MN CARH) (Owatonna, Minnesota - September 1996)
  • Government Contract Law National Education Seminar, National Contract Management Association (NCMA), Tulsa Chapter (Tulsa, Oklahoma - May 1996)
  • Winning Government Contract and High Technology Disputes National Contract Management Association (NCMA), Rockford Area Chapter (Rockford, Illinois - March 1996)
  • Litigating Against the Government Minnesota Council for Affordable and Rural Housing (MN CARH) (Bloomington, Minnesota - September 1995)
  • Effective Practice Before The Government 29th Annual Spring Seminar on Government Contracting, National Contract Management Association (NCMA), Twin Cities Chapter and The University of St. Thomas (Minneapolis, Minnesota - April 1995)
  • Winning Contract Disputes Act Appeals National Contract Management Association (NCMA), St. Louis Gateway Chapter (St. Louis, Missouri - April 1995)
  • Government Contracts National Education Seminar, National Contract Management Association (NCMA), Northeast Indiana Chapter (Fort Wayne, Indiana - March 1995)
  • Contract Costs National Education Seminar, National Contract Management Association (NCMA), Twin Cities Chapter (Minneapolis, Minnesota - February 1995)
  • Winning Bid Protests National Contract Management Association (NCMA), Twin Cities Chapter (St. Paul, Minnesota - January 1995)
  • Acquisition Reform Under The Federal Acquisition Streamlining Act National Contract Management Association (NCMA), Twin Cities Chapter (Minneapolis, Minnesota - November 1994)
  • Topical Environmental Issues Affecting the Government Contractor 33rd Annual National Seminar on Government Contracts, The University of Minnesota (St. Paul, Minnesota - October 1994)
  • Winning Bid Protests National Contract Management Association (NCMA), Tulsa Chapter (Tulsa, Oklahoma - May 1994)
  • Environmental Issues in Government Contracting National Education Seminar, National Contract Management Association (NCMA), Greater Iowa Chapter (Cedar Rapids, Iowa - April 1994)
  • Environmental Issues Affecting Government Contractors National Contract Management Association (NCMA), Tulsa Chapter (Tulsa, Oklahoma - December 1993)
  • Environmental Issues Affecting Government Contractors ABA Public Contract Law Section, Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA), and Minnesota Continuing Legal Education, Contracting with the Federal Government (Minneapolis, Minnesota - May 1993)
  • Government Contract Law Minneapolis, Minnesota, Government Contracts program sponsored by the University of St. Thomas (January 1993)
  • Contract Disputes, Terminations, and Stop Work Orders National Contract Management Association (NCMA), Twin Cities Chapter (Brooklyn Park, Minnesota - May 1992)
  • Terminations Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA) and Minnesota Continuing Legal Education, Contracting with the Federal Government (CLE) (Minneapolis, Minnesota - May 1992)

Verdicts/Settlements

  • Chancellor Manor v. the United States, U.S. Court of Federal Claims (Lettow), No. 94-1C, et. al., Washington, D.C. (2005); 67 Fed. Cl. 434 (2005) Ordering final judgment in an amount in excess of $15 Million against HUD for regulatory takings in violation of the 5th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution
  • Airport Road Associates, Ltd. v. United States, 866 F.3d 1346 (Fed. Cir. 2017), 866 F.3d, 2017, Fed. Cir. 2017
  • Kaphingst v. McDonald’s Corp., 1982
  • Foley v. McDonald’s Corp., 1982
  • Hall v. Aly, 1983
  • House v. Northwestern National Bank, 1983
  • Guiment v. Burnet Realty, Inc., 1983
  • Piper, Jaffray & Hopwood Incorporated v. Mackie, 1984
  • Munsingwear, Inc. v. Drake Fabrics, Inc., 1985
  • Christensen v. Armstrong World Industries, Inc., 1985
  • Flum v. Armstrong World Industries, Inc., 1986
  • Solutronix Corp. v. Eagan Technical Services, Inc., 1991
  • Technical Ordnance, Inc. v. Moore, Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, St. Paul, Minnesota, 2001
  • Franconia Associates v. the United States, U.S. Court of Federal Claims (Allegre), Nos. 97-381C & 97-38111C through 97-38130C, Washington, D.C. (2004) Order for final judgment against the USDA of $13.5 million in damages
  • Franconia Associates v. the United States, U.S. Court of Federal Claims (Allegre), Nos. 97-381C & 97-38111C through 97-38130C, Washington, D.C. (2004); 61 Fed. Cl. 718 (2004) Order entitling plaintiffs to damages for breach of contracts with the USDA
  • Allegre Villa v. the United States, U.S. Court of Federal Claims (Miller), No. Washington, D.C. (2004); 60 Fed. Cir. 11 (2004) Granting summary judgment for breach of contract liability in favor of government contractor affordable housing owners
  • Chancellor Manor v. United States, Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, No. __, Washington, D.C. (2003); 331 F.3d 891 (Fed. Cir. 2003)Rejecting government’s attempts to avoid liability for Fifth Amendment takings of properties owned by government contractor affordable housing owners On Remand, 67 Fed. Cl. 434 (2005), awarding over $15 million in damages to plaintiffs
  • Franconia Associates v. United States, United States Supreme Court, No, Washington, D.C. (2002); 536 U.S. 129 (2002)Unanimous decision (9-0) allowing a breach of contract and Fifth Amendment takings claims brought by government contractor affordable housing owners against the federal government to go forward On Remand, 61 Fed. Cl. 718 (2004), awarding over $13 million in damages to plaintiffs
  • Grass Valley Terrace v. United States, United States Court of Federal Claims (Damich), No. __, Washington, D.C. (2002); 51 Fed. Cl. 436 (2002)Rejecting sovereign defenses raised by the government against breach of contract claims brought by government contractor affordable housing owners Subsequent proceedings, 69 Fed. Cl. 543 (2006); 69 Fed. Cl. 506 (2006); 69 Fed. Cl. 341 (2005)
  • United Power Association v. FEMA, U.S. District Court (Webb), Case No. A2-99-180, Fargo, North Dakota (2001); 2001 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 12922 (D.N.D. 2001)Denying government’s motion to dismiss and allowing jury trial of damages claim against FEMA for denial of equal protection in violation of the Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution
  • Technical Ordnance, Inc. v. Moore, Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, No. __, St. Paul, Minnesota (2001); 214 F.3d 641 (2001)Reversal of trial court’s finding that genuine issues of material fact precluded summary judgment in favor of defendants, including a federal agent in a Bivens action for wrongful prosecution in violation of the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and the United States for claims under the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA)
  • Red Wing Shoe Co. v. HHI, Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, No. __, Washington, D.C. (1998); 148 F.3d 1355 (Fed. Cir. 1998) Affirming trial court finding of no jurisdiction by reason that internet advertising failed to satisfy minimum contacts test
  • Adams v. United States, U.S. Court of Federal Claims (Horn), No. __, Washington, D.C. (1998); 42 Fed. Cl. 463 (1998) Rejecting sovereign acts defense raised by government against breach of contract claims brought by government contractor affordable housing owners
  • Allstate Financial Corporation v. United States, U.S. District Court (Renner), Civil Action No. 4-93-959, St. Paul, Minnesota (1995), aff’d, 109 F.3d 1331 (8th Cir. 1997) Affirming final judgment plus interest in the amount of $1.5 Million for wrongful IRS seizure of government contract proceeds.
  • Gronholz v. Sears, Roebuck and Co., U.S. District Court (Davis), Civil Action No. 3-94-1239, St. Paul, Minnesota (1996)Special jury verdict finding no infringement and awarding $0 in damages in patent infringement action (Craftsman power tool) where plaintiff sought $3.2 Million in damages
  • Jurgens v. CBK, Ltd., U.S. District Court (Todd), Civ. No. 89-1140, Jackson, Tennessee (1994), aff’d, 80 F.3d 1566 (Fed. Cir. 1996)Remanding jury findings in favor of clients/plaintiffs for damages and willful patent infringement for application of proper application of damage multiplier Remand, case settled for $1.3 Million
  • Allstate Financial Corp. v. United States Postal Service, U.S. District Court (Doty), Civ. No. 4-93-1219, Minneapolis, MN (1994); 860 F.Supp. 653 (1994)United States Postal Service (USPS) has no liability arising from its compliance with a tax levy
  • UFE Inc. v. Methode Electronics, Inc., U.S. District Court (Doty), Civ. No. 4-90-103, Minneapolis, Minnesota (1992) Jury special verdict finding damages of $436,000 in breach of contract action involving airbag production for Ford, General Motors, and Chrysler automobiles
  • Appeals of Alliant Techsystems, Inc., ASBCA Nos. 47626, 51280, 00-2 BCA ¶ 31,042Finding Alliant Techsystems not liable for defective pricing of a “Black Ops” contract for a Persian Gulf War weapons system under the Truth in Negotiations Act (TINA), thereby avoiding $1.5 Million in excess costs and interest
  • Appeals of TMI Coatings, Inc., ASBCA Nos. 46682, 46871, 94-2 BCA ¶ 26,954Award for latent defects in jet fuel tanks at the U.S. Naval Air Station, Bermuda
  • Appeal of Technical Ordnance, Inc., ASBCA No. 38142, 93-3 BCA ¶ 26,089Conversion of default termination to termination for convenience of a MK Stabilizer contract for Navy torpedoes
  • Appeals of McNally Industries, Inc., ASBCA Nos. 43027, 44688, 93-3 BCA ¶ 26,130Award for Army machine gun defective technical data package
  • Application Under Equal Access to Justice Act, ASBCA No. 34748, 90-2 BCA ¶ 22,725Award of attorneys’ fees
  • Appeal of Technical Ordnance, Inc., ASBCA No. 34748, 89-2 BCA ¶ 21,818Conversion of default termination to termination for convenience of a contract for Navy MK 46 torpedoes
  • Appeal of Technical Ordnance, Inc., ASBCA No. 35184, 89-1 BCA ¶ 21,475Government waiver of excess reprocurement costs regarding Navy SEAWAR System
  • In re Intercomp Company, B-283354, August 27, 1999, ___ CPD ¶ ____Successful challenge to award of Air Force contract resulting in resolicitation of same
  • In re Intercomp Company, B-265638.2, B-265639.2, February 22, 1996, 96-1 CPD ¶ 110Protest of Air Force contract award for aircraft weighing systems
  • In re Control Corporation, B-253410.3, July 5, 1995, 95-2 CPD ¶ 127Protest of contract award to Control Data Systems, Inc. for the maintenance of computers at the Naval Air Warfare Center (NAWC) at Point Mugu, California
  • In re Multi-Bloc, Inc., B-259182.2, April 20, 1995, 95-1 CPD ¶ 217Award of fees and costs in protest of contract award for a firing range at the Grand Forks Air Force Base, North Dakota
  • In re Baxter-Travenol Protest by national medical products company of a $1 million contract awarded by the Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) to Baxter-Travenol, based upon alleged violations of Minnesota’s Uniform Municipal Contracting Law, resulting in solicitation of contract
  • In re Marconi Dynamics, Inc., B-252318, June 21, 1993, 93-1 CPD ¶ 475Sustained bid protest enabling competition for Maverick Missile contract
  • In re Control Corporation; Control Data Systems, Inc., B-251224.2, B-251224.3, B-251224.4, May 3, 1993, 93-1 CPD ¶ 353Denial of bid protests resulting in resolicitation of Cyber computer contract at Fort Huachuca, Arizona
  • In re Technical Ordnance, Inc., B-236873, January 19, 1990, 90-1 CPD ¶ 73Denial of bid protest regarding explosive requirements resulting in contract resolicitation and subsequent award
  • Little v. Colorbrite, Inc., No. C2-90-1135, 1990 Minn. App. LEXIS 1061 (Minn. Ct. App. Oct. 24, 1990), and No. C0-91-2293, 1992 Minn. App. LEXIS 586 (Minn. Ct. App. June 1, 1992)Affirming summary judgment orders regarding breach of employment agreement action
  • Munsingwear, Inc. v. Compar SRL, File No. 197167 (4th Judicial District, Minn. October 2, 1985) Special jury verdict award of $432,249 for breach of contract damages
  • DowBrands, L.P. v. Helene Curtis, Inc., U.S. District Court (Kyle), Civ. No. 3-93-440, Minneapolis, Minnesota (1994); 863 F. Supp. 963 (1994)Denial of cross-motions for summary judgment where the “fair use” defense was available and genuine issues of material fact existed regarding the issue of likelihood of confusion
  • Aveda Corp. v. Aura, Inc., U.S. District Court (Alsop), No. 3-90 Civ. 504, St. Paul, Minnesota (1991); 19 USPQ2d 1864; 1991 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 16335 (D. Minn. Feb. 20, 1991) Successfully opposed preliminary injunction against client Helene Curtis, Inc.
  • Donnaud’s v. Red Wing Shoe Co., Civ. No. __ (E.D. La., 1988)Summary judgment order dismissing dealer wrongful termination action
  • Schwebel v. T-S Development Corporation-I, U.S. District Court (McNulty), Civ. No. 5-87-124, Duluth, Minnesota (1988) Successful American Arbitration Association securities fraud award of $1,180,000
  • Green Tree Acceptance, Inc. v. Wheeler, ___ F.Supp. ___ (D. Minn. ____), rev’d, 832 F.2d 116 (8th Cir. 1987)Special jury verdict award finding no liability for alleged breach of covenant not to compete On Remand, the case settled
  • David L. Cook Shoes, Inc. v. Red Wing Shoe Co., No. CIV-86-702-TUC-WDB (D. Ariz. Dec. 24, 1986) Granting restricted preliminary injunction in dealer wrongful termination action
  • Toro Co. v. R&R Products Co., 600 F.Supp. 400 (D. Minn. 1984), aff’d, 787 F.2d 1208 (8thSpecial jury verdict award of $0 in copyright infringement action where plaintiff sought $4.4 Million in damages Cir. 1986)
  • Rush’s Inc. v. Koala Blue, Inc., Olivia Newton-John, et al., Civil No. 91-973 (4th Judicial District, Minn., 1991) Order granting temporary restraining order in breach of franchise agreement action
  • Tiegen v. Pennsylvania House, Inc., Civil No. 4-89-802 (4th Judicial District, Minn., 1991)Summary judgment order dismissing dealer wrongful termination action
  • State v. Red Wing Shoe Co., No. 242646 (Superior Court, California, County of Stanislaus, Oct. 10,1989)Consent decree in action regarding alleged violations of packaging and labeling regulations
  • Red Wing Shoe Co. v. Shearer’s, Inc., 769 S.W.2d 339 (Tex. Ct. App. 1989) Antitrust action regarding vertical non-price restraints
  • Webb Publishing Co. v. Fosshage, __ N.W.2d __ (Minn. Ct. App. 1988) Enforcing covenant not to compete in action for wrongful termination
  • Edin v. Jostens, Inc., 343 N.W.2d 691 (Minn. Ct. App. 1984) Refusing to enforce the covenant not to compete in action for wrongful termination
  • In re: the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Litigation, (D. Alaska 1994)Oil spill litigation regarding Prince William Sound, Alaska
  • Jurgens v. McCasy, 927 F.2d 1552 (Fed. Cir. 1991) $420,000 judgment in patent infringement, Lanham Act, and deceptive trade practices action
  • In re: the Glacier Bay, 741 F.Supp. 800 (D. Alaska 1989), and 746 F.Supp. 1379 (D. Alaska 1990) Oil spill litigation regarding Cook Inlet, Alaska
  • Defenders of Wildlife v. Administrator, EPA, U.S. District Court, Civ. No. St. Paul, Minnesota (1988) Award of attorneys’ fees under the Endangered Species Act
  • West Pub. Co. v. Mead Data Central, Inc., 616 F.Supp. 1571 (D. Minn. 1985), aff’d, 799 F.2d 1219 (8thCopyright infringement action regarding the “star pagination” of LEXIS Cir. 1986), cert. denied, 479 U.S. 1070 (1986)
  • Friends of Animals and Their Environment v. Commissioner of Natural Resources, (2d Judicial District, Minn.) Order granting permanent injunction for protection of elk herd
  • Sierra Club and Defenders of Wildlife v. Clark, 755 F.2d 608 (8th Cir. 1985) Protection of eastern timber wolf under the Endangered Species Act
  • In re: Exterior Siding and Aluminum Coil Antitrust Litigation, U.S. District Court (Weiner), Civ. No. __, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (198_)

Pro bono/Community Service

  • The Fund for Legal Aid, Director
  • Volunteer Lawyers Network (VLN), Director
  • University of Minnesota Alumni Society, Director
  • University of Minnesota Alumni Association

Educational Background

  • B.A., History, summa cum laude, University of Minnesota, 1979

Bar/Professional Activity

  • State of Minnesota, 1982
  • National Contract Management Association (NCMA), Twin Cities Chapter, Board of Directors, Member, 1994 to 2000
  • United States District Court of Minnesota, 1982
  • United States Court of Appeals for Eighth Circuit, 1987
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 1990
  • United States of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, 1993
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, 1993
  • United States Court of Federal Claims, 1993
  • United States Supreme Court, 1993
  • National Contract Management Association (NCMA), Twin Cities Chapter Chapter President, 1995-1996 National Director, 1996-1998 Board of Directors Member, 1994-2000 Member, 1991-Present, 1991
  • National Contract Management Association (NCMA), Board of Advisors Member, Present, 2003
  • American Bar Association, Section of Public Contract Law State Law Database Committee
  • American Bar Association, Section of Science and Technology
  • Court of Federal Claims Bar Association
  • Federal Circuit Bar Association
  • Planning Committee Member, Annual National Seminars on Government Contracts, University of Minnesota
  • The Fund for the Legal Aid Society, Director
  • University of Minnesota Alumni Association
  • University of Minnesota Alumni Society, Director
  • Volunteer Lawyers Network (VLN), Director

Honors/Awards

  • Super Lawyer, Minnesota Law and Politics, 1998
  • The National Trial Lawyers, Top 100 Civil Plaintiff Trial Lawyers in Minnesota
  • , AV Rating, Martindale-Hubbell Rated AV
  • Fellow, National Contract Management Association (NCMA
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Office Location for Jeff H. Eckland

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

Phone: 612-236-0160

Fax: 612-236-0179

Last Updated: 7/20/2021

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