Jenneane L. Jansen

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Insurance Coverage Attorney in Minneapolis, MN

Jansen & Palmer, LLC
 | 4746 Elliot Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55407
Phone: 612-245-8245
Fax: 612-824-4790
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2003 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1993
Practice Areas:
  • Insurance Coverage (40%),
  • Appellate (20%),
  • Administrative Law (10%),
  • Civil Litigation: Plaintiff (10%),
  • Business Litigation (10%),
  • Criminal Defense (10%)
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • French
Attorney Profile

Attorney Jenneane L. Jansen is one of the founders of Jansen & Palmer, LLC, located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Focusing her practice on appeals and motions, mainly in the areas of administrative law, insurance coverage and insurance bad faith, Ms. Jansen represents a variety of clients in the Twin Cities metropolitan area and throughout Minnesota. Over the course of her career, she has helped several clients to recover multimillion-dollar verdicts and settlements in a variety of cases.

After graduating from Swarthmore College, Ms. Jansen received her law degree from the University of Minnesota Law School. She is admitted to practice before Minnesota state courts, the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit, the Minnesota Supreme Court and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Ms. Jansen is active in professional organizations, including the American Bar Association, the Minnesota State Bar Association, the Hennepin County Bar Association, Minnesota Women Lawyers, the Swarthmore College Alumni Council and the Douglas K. Amdahl American Inn of Court.

Enthusiastic about volunteer work, Ms. Jansen regularly provides free legal advice or assistance to indigent and low-income clients. She has also been involved with Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid, and the Minnesota State Bar Association has named her a "North Star Lawyer" every year since the program's inception for performing over 50 hours of volunteer work during the previous year. 

Dedicated to sharing her legal knowledge with others, Ms. Jansen has also lectured and published on various legal topics throughout her career.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Insurance Coverage (40%): Insurance, Bad Faith Insurance

Appellate (20%): Appeals

Administrative Law (10%): Licensing

Civil Litigation (10%)

Business Litigation (10%)

Criminal Defense (10%): Criminal Law, Juvenile Delinquency, Misdemeanor, Parole, Sex Offenses

Focus Areas

Insurance, Bad Faith Insurance, Appeals, Licensing, Criminal Law, Juvenile Delinquency, Misdemeanor, Parole, Sex Offenses


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Super Lawyers: 2003 - 2019

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About Jenneane Jansen

Admitted: 1993, Minnesota

Professional Webpage:


  • Top 25 Appellate Superlawyer, Minnesota Law and Politics, 2003

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, 2013
  • U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, 2007
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, 2004
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2000
  • U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, 1999
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, 1998
  • Minnesota Supreme Court, 1993

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Co-Chair, Hennepin County Bar Association Tort and Insurance Practice Section, 2016
  • Hennepin County Bar Association, 1997-2016
  • American Bar Association, Council of Appellate Lawyers and Tort and Insurance Law Section, 2001-16
  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Appellate Practice, Civil Litigation, and Solo/Small Firm Sections, 1997-2016
  • Douglas K. Amdahl Inn of Court, 2000-16
  • Appointed by the Minnesota Supreme Court to the Advisory Committee on the Minnesota Rules of Civil Appellate Procedure, 2013
  • Chair, Minnesota State Bar Association, Appellate Practice Section, 2003-04
  • Minnesota Women Lawyer's Association, 1997-2011

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • MSBA North Star Lawyer, 2016
  • Ms. Jansen is passionate about pro bono work, particularly on behalf of indigent clients.  She has been a Minnesota Northstar Lawyer since the inception of the program, having performed at least 50 hours of pro bono work every year.  In 2009-10, Jenneane donated over 300 hours of pro bono time to the Minnesota State Public Defender's Office.  She has represented the Minnesota Association for Justice as amicus curiae, and the Minnesota State Bar Association in a successful petition to the Minnesota Supreme Court for adoption of a Model Rule Regarding Disaster Preparedness.  She has also performed various research projects for Mid-Minnesota Legal Assistance, and has provided pro bono advice and representation to countless indigent and low or middle-income clients in various matters throughout her career., 2016
  • Member, Swarthmore College Alumni Council, 2003-06
  • Alumni Representative, Swarthmore College Board of Managers, Ad Hoch Committee on Athletics, 2003-06
  • Board Member, Fund for the Legal Aid Society of Minneapolis, 2004-08

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • CLE regarding effect of homelessness on outcomes in criminal-justice system, Presenter, Organizer, The Least Among Us II, Douglas K. Amdahl Inn Of Court, 2011
  • CLE regarding effect of homelessness on outcomes in criminal-justice system, Presenter, Organizer, The Least Among Us, Douglas K. Amdahl Inn of Court, 2010
  • CLE and article regarding appellate practice, Presenter, Author, If It's All Over But The Shouting, Shout As Effectively As You Can, Bankruptcy and the Surety and Litigating the Fidelity Claim, American Bar Association, Fidelity And Surety Committee, Tort Trial And Insurance Practice Section, 2003
  • Author, A Student Letter on Abortion and Gender, Constitutional Law, Themes for the Constitution's Third Century, 513, 1993


  • Obtained $4.7 million summary judgment in favor of insured in professional-liability-insurance-coverage dispute., 2014
  • Obtained $2.2 million jury verdict for plaintiffs insureds in a hail-damage claim, 2014
  • Auto-Owners Ins. Co. v. Second Chance Invs., LLC, 827 N.W.2d 766 (Minn. 2013) ("total loss" claims not subject to Standard Fire Insurance Policy's appraisal requirement), 2013
  • Rescinded $2 million CGL and dramshop policy after loss, 2012
  • Owners Ins. Co. v. European Auto Works, Inc., 2012 U.S. App. LEXIS 23095 (8th Cir. 2012) (TCPA coverage) r'hrg denied, r'hrg en banc denied 2012 U.S. App. LEXIS 23095 (8th Cir., Nov. 8, 2012), 2011
  • State of Minnesota v. Jeremy Scott Nelson, 806 N.W.2d 558 (Minn. App. 2011) (reversing conviction for criminal-vehicular homicide on grounds that district court erred by failing to instruct jury regarding causation, and by excluding evidence that victim was intoxicated) review denied (Minn., Feb. 14, 2012), 2011
  • Recovered $287,000 from insurer for stolen collectibles, 2011
  • Defeated felony failure-to-register-as-a-predatory-offender charge due to lack of probable cause., 2010
  • In the Matter of the Risk Level Determination of F.C.M., 2010 WL 1286874 (Minn. App., April 6, 2010), rev. denied (Minn., June 29, 2010), 2010
  • In the Matter of the Risk Level Determination of R.L., 2010 WL 2813451 (Minn. App., July 20, 2010), 2010
  • Assisted in negotiating multi-million dollar settlement between life insurer and beneficiary, 2010
  • In the Matter of the Risk Level Determination of G.G., 771 N.W.2d 64 (Minn. App. 2009) (juvenile did not "enter" Minnesota within meaning of Minn. Stat. 243.166 when he was transported to local jail for hearing, and therefore did not have to register as predatory offender in Minnesota), 2009
  • Assisted in obtaining multi-million dollar payment on insurance claim involving fire loss, 2009
  • Assisted in negotiating multi-million dollar settlement involving personal injury at office party, 2009
  • St. Paul Fire & Marine Ins. Co. v. Brother Int’l Corp., 319 Fed. Appx. 121 (3rd Cir. 2009) (TCPA coverage), 2009
  • Star Windshield Repair, Inc. v. Western Nat’l Ins. Co., 768 N.W.2d 346 (Minn. 2009) (Procedure for resolving disputes between glass companies and insurers), 2009
  • Wells Dairy, Inc. v. Amer. Indus. Refrig., Inc., 762 N.W.2d 463 (Iowa 2009) (Economic loss damages), 2009
  • Westchester Fire Ins. Co. v. Wallerich, 563 F.3d 707 (8th Cir. 2009) (Directors and officers liability coverage) , 2009
  • Melrose Hotel Company v. St. Paul Fire & Marine Insurance Company, 432 F. Supp.2d 488 (E.D. PA. 2006), aff’d 503 F.3d 339 (3rd Cir. 2007) (TCPA coverage), 2007
  • St. Paul Fire and Marine Ins. v. Compaq Computer Corp., 457 F.3d 766 (8th Cir. 2006) (Res judicata), 2006
  • Urban v. American Legion Post 184, 723 N.W.2d 1 (Minn. 2006) (Vicarious liability under Dram Shop Act), 2006
  • Stringer v. Minnesota Vikings Football Club, LLC, Hennepin County District Court (2003) (summary judgment for team physician), 2003
  • McDougal v. Pathology Associates, Ramsey County District Court (2003) (summary judgment on punitive damages award), 2003
  • In the Matter of the Risk Level Determination of C.M., 578 N.W.2d 391 (Minn. App. 1998) (Sex offender notification), 1998

Representative Clients:

  • Joseph and Carolyn Friedberg (insurance-coverage dispute), 2011
  • Autopia, Inc. (insurance-coverage dispute), 2011
  • George "Dark Star" Chapple (insurance-coverage dispute), 2011

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Law Clerk to Honorable A.M. (Sandy) Keith, Chief Justice, Minnesota Supreme Court, 1993
  • Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Law and Inequality (1992-93)


Educational Background:

  • J.D., University of Minnesota Law School, Cum Laude, 1993
  • B.A., Swarthmore College, Special Major:  Astrophysics and Philosophy, 1989
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  • “Ms. Jansen is a stellar lawyer whose reputation extends well beyond the local legal community.”

These comments were made by fellow attorneys during the annual nomination process.

Office Location for Jenneane L. Jansen

4746 Elliot Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55407

Phone: 612-245-8245

Fax: 612-824-4790

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Last Updated: 1/17/2019

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