Matthew J.M. Pelikan

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Civil Litigation Attorney in Minneapolis, MN

Madel PA
 | 800 Hennepin Avenue, Suite 800
Minneapolis, MN 55403
Phone: 612-605-0630
Fax: 612-326-9990
Selected To Rising Stars: 2018 - 2020
Licensed Since: 2012
Practice Areas:
  • Civil Litigation: Plaintiff (40%),
  • Business Litigation (30%),
  • Civil Rights (20%),
  • Employment Litigation: Plaintiff (10%)
    Attorney Profile

    A highly-regarded civil litigator, Matthew J.M. Pelikan is an attorney at Madel PA. Working out of the firm's offices in Minneapolis, Minnesota, he provides forceful advocacy to his business and personal clients in the Minneapolis–Saint Paul metropolitan area and throughout the state. Admitted to practice in Minnesota since 2012, Mr. Pelikan is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota as well as before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit.

    Mr. Pelikan has handled a variety of complex matters since joining Madel PA in May 2017. Some of the cases that he has worked on have included his representation of a technology company that was the plaintiff in a lawsuit based on patent claims, the successful defense of a Minnesota-based company that was being sued for intellectual property infringement, the defense of a company in multi-district litigation involving the Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991, and the representation of an inventor who was pursuing patent infringement claims against several major technology companies.

    Mr. Pelikan has extensive experience in pro bono litigation as well. He has represented a Native American tribe in a case involving its treaty rights, and other cases he has donated his services to have involved family law matters and tenants' rights. The Minnesota State Bar Association has recognized his services by naming him a North Star Lawyer, reserved for attorneys who provide 50 or more hours of pro bono legal services per year.

    Mr. Pelikan has authored numerous articles that have appeared in the Minnesota Lawyer and other publications. He obtained his legal education at the University of Minnesota Law School, where he was the editor-in-chief of the Minnesota Law Review before being awarded his Juris Doctor magna cum laude in 2012.

    Practice Areas
    • 40%Civil Litigation: Plaintiff
    • 30%Business Litigation
    • 20%Civil Rights
    • 10%Employment Litigation: Plaintiff


    top-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 3 years

    Rising Stars: 2018 - 2020

    Email Me

    To: Matthew J.M. Pelikan
    Super Lawyers: Potential Client Inquiry

    Disclaimer »
    Privacy Policy »

    About Matthew Pelikan

    Admitted: 2012, Minnesota

    Professional Webpage:


    • “Best Oral Argument” in section at the University of Minnesota Law School.
    • Award in appreciation of “Leadership and Commitment to Excellence” for tenure as Editor-in-Chief of Minnesota Law Review. 
    • “Best Brief” in section at the University of Minnesota Law School. 
    • Named a “North Star Lawyer” by the Minnesota State Bar Association for providing at least 50 hours of pro bono legal services (2015–2016). 

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • U.S. District Court, Minnesota
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit 
    • Minnesota

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Matt Pelikan, Youth Voices: Does the U.S. Have the Right to Press War Against Iraq?, St. Paul Pioneer Press (Feb. 26, 2003).
    • Matthew J.M. Pelikan, What Does it Mean to Be a “Lawyer”?, Student Commencement Speech, University of Minnesota Law School (May 2012).
    • Eric J. Magnuson & David F. Herr, Federal Appeals: Jurisdiction and Practice (2017 ed.) (edited and revised multiple chapters). 
    • Matt Pelikan, Youth Voices: How Do Generational Differences Affect Views About the War?, St. Paul Pioneer Press (Mar. 6, 2003). 
    • Matt Pelikan, Youth Voices: What Has Been the Impact of Anti-War Demonstrations?, St. Paul Pioneer Press (Mar. 27,  2003). 
    • Matt Pelikan, Youth Voices: What Must the U.S. Do After the War to Repair its Image?, St. Paul Pioneer Press (Apr. 3, 2003). 
    • Matthew J.M. Pelikan, Note, Plausible Defenses: Historical, Plain Meaning, and Public Policy Arguments for Applying Iqbal and Twombly to Affirmative Defenses, 96 Minn. L. Rev. 1828 (2012). 
    • Paul H. Anderson, Remembering Ambassador Christopher Stevens, Huffington Post (October 29, 2012) (edited work). 
    • Eric J. Magnuson & Matthew J.M. Pelikan, In the interest of justice, Minn. Lawyer (February 12, 2015). 
    • Eric J. Magnuson & Matthew J.M. Pelikan, Fact finding and law making in the digital age, Minn. Lawyer (June 11, 2015). 


    • Extensive pro-bono experience, including: work on behalf of Native American tribe attempting to vindicate its treaty rights against the Indian Health Service and Department of Health and Human Services; work pursuing tenants’ rights; family law, including obtaining child support and protecting victims of abuse; and animal welfare.
    • Worked on behalf of major company facing allegations related to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act to successfully manage multi-district litigation process and class action defense. 
    • Successfully defended large Minnesota-based retailer against series of baseless intellectual property claims to obtain favorable resolution. 
    • Counsel of record for a major technology and industrial company pursuing patent claims against a Fortune 20 corporation, including managing important client-side concerns and an aggressive discovery schedule. 
    • Part of case team representing individual inventor suing three of the largest technology companies over infringement of patents related to semiconductor technology. Matt took a lead role in helping avoid an early motion to dismiss and allowing the client to pursue his full claims as well as worked with complex discovery issues related to the case. 

    Educational Background:

    • St. Olaf College (2003), B.A., Political Science, cum laude, Student Senate (Chair, Students’ Rights Committee)     
    • University of Minnesota Law School (2012), ​J.D., magna cum laude, Editor-in-Chief, Minnesota Law Review, Legal Research & Writing Instructor, Consumer Protection Clinic      
    Find Me Online
    Show More
    Office Location for Matthew J.M. Pelikan

    800 Hennepin Avenue
    Suite 800
    Minneapolis, MN 55403

    Phone: 612-605-0630

    Fax: 612-326-9990

    Matthew J.M. Pelikan:

    Last Updated: 7/3/2020

    Page Generated: 0.27991795539856 sec