Shannon M. Awsumb

Shannon M. Awsumb

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: 612-492-8262
Fax: 612-349-6996
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2020
Selected To Rising Stars: 2010 - 2016
Licensed Since: 2005
Practice Areas:
  • Business Litigation (50%),
  • Insurance Coverage (30%),
  • Professional Liability: Plaintiff (20%)
Attorney Profile

Shannon Awsumb has successfully represented local and national clients in a wide range of business disputes in state and federal courts across the country.

Shannon’s practice focuses on complex commercial litigation (including business torts, breach of contract claims, and ownership and governance matters) and insurance coverage disputes involving fidelity and professional liability claims. 

Shannon was appointed by the Minnesota Supreme Court to serve on the Civil Rules Advisory Committee and has presented at CLEs relating to the Minnesota Rules of Civil Procedure. 

Prior to joining the firm, Shannon completed clerkships for the Honorable David G. Campbell, District of Arizona (2003-2004) and for the Honorable John S.W. Lim, Hawaii Intermediate Court of Appeals (2001-2002).

Shannon was included on the Super Lawyers Rising Stars list in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016. 

About Shannon Awsumb

Admitted: 2005, Minnesota

Professional Webpage: http://www.anthonyostlund.com/shannon-m-awsumb

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Admitted to practice in Arizona state court, 2001
  • Admitted to practice in Iowa state court, 2019
  • Admitted to practice in Illinois state court, 2006

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Appointed by the Minnesota Supreme Court to serve on the Civil Rules Advisory Committee, 2017 to present 
  • Appointee, Professional Ethics Committee, Federal Bar Association, 2011 - 2014
  • Member, American Bar Association Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section
  • Member, American Bar Association Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee
  • Editorial Board Member, International Risk Management Institute, Inc.'s (IRMI) CGL Reporter, 2014
  • Member, American Bar Association Business Litigation Committee
  • Committee Member, Minnesota E-Discovery Working Group 1, Minnesota State Bar Association, 2013 - 2014
  • Member, American Bar Association Fidelity and Surety Law Committee
  • Member, American Bar Association Trial Techniques Committee

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Presented with Hon. Mary Mahler, Minnesota CLE, “Discovery and Civil Justice Reform—Are We Reformed Yet?” as part of the 2020 Civil Litigator Update Live CLE and Webcast , 2020
  • Presented with Hon. Mary Mahler, Minnesota CLE, “Discovery and Civil Justice Reform—Are We Reformed Yet?” as part of the 2020 Civil Litigator Update, January 30, 2020 Live CLE and Webcast, Co-Presenter, 2020 Civil Litigator Update CLE, 2020
  • Presented CLE with David Herr, Justice Barry Anderson, and Roshan Rajkumar, Minnesota CLE "New Rules Civil Rules Amendments--July 1, 2018" July 26, 2018 Webcast, Co-presenter, 2018
  • Presented CLE with David Herr, Judge Eric Hylden, and Peter Gregory, Minnesota CLE "New Rules Civil Rules Amendments--July 1, 2018" June 21, 2018 Webcast, Co-presenter, 2018
  • Case summaries of coverage decisions involving general liability and other business-related policies (2014 to present), CGL Editorial Board Member, International Risk Management Institute, Inc.'s (IRMI) CGL Reporter, 2017
  • Co-authored with the Minnesota E-Discovery Working Group 1, An Electronic Discovery Primer, 40 Wm. Mitchell L. Rev. 427, 2014
  • Now You See It, Now You Don’t: Disclosure without Waiver of Privilege Under Rule 502(d), Bench & Bar of Minnesota, 2012
  • Co-authored with Magistrate Judge Karen Roby from the E.D. La., The Intersection of Online Communications and Legal Ethics, The Federal Lawyer, 2012
  • Social Networking Sites: The Next E-Discovery Frontier, The Computer & Internet J., at 16-20, 2010
  • Shannon was recently featured in the Attorney At Law Magazine's Women in Law Special Issue (Twin Cities Edition), entitled "The Women of Anthony Ostlund Baer and Louwagie:  Why We Stay".
  • Social Networking Sites: The Next E-Discovery Frontier, Bench & Bar of Minnesota, 2009
  • Navigating E-Discovery: How to Avoid Common Pitfalls,, Bench & Bar of Minnesota, 2008
  • Avoiding a Career-Ending Mistake: The Line Between Witness Preparation and Coaching, The Hennepin Lawyer, 2007
  • Idea Theft Claims Post-Grosso, Entertainment and Sports Lawyer Journal, Vol. 24/No. 3, 2006
  • Author, Copyright Battles Over Yoga’s 5,000-Year-Old Tradition, ABA Entertainment and Sports Lawyer Journal, 2005

Verdicts/Settlements:

  • Member of the three-partner trial team that tried a five-day bench tral resulting in award to our client, Kim Lund, of a $45.2 million buyout of her interests in three Lund entities and costs for being the prevailing party in the lawsuit. http://www.startribune.com/judge-awards-kim-lund-45-2-million-for-her-stake-in-lunds-amp-byerlys/426502811/  , 2017
  • Received high six-figure jury verdict for client in Hennepin County breach of contract trial, 2017

Representative Clients:

  • Working closely with several clients to address and resolve insurance coverage disputes involving CGL, commercial property, and professional liability lines of coverage. , 2017
  • Represented a shareholder in successfully receiving a buyout ordered of her multi-millon dollar interests in closely held Minnesota companies, which proceeded to a seven-day fair value trial. , 2017
  • Breach of Contract Represented a Minnesota businessman in a breach of contract action that resulted in a unanimous $878,000 jury verdict in favor of our client after an eight-day jury trial. The case involved a claim by our client that his partners had breached a contract to work cooperatively to acquire and develop certain property on the North Shore of Lake Superior and that the breach had cause damages, 2010
  • Fraud Loss Claim Represented a national bank and its holding company in a coverage litigation involving a $15 million financial institution bond claim relating to a $26 million fraud loss, 2010
  • $73 Million Recovery Represented a California business that led to a total recovery of over $73 million for our client in California. The case involved alleged financial self-dealing by the developer of a large residential complex in California, 2009
  • Banking Litigation Represented a bank in a $1 million dispute regarding the adequacy of security interests in annuity contracts, 2007

Educational Background:

  • B.A., cum laude, Miami University
  • J.D., with distinction, University of Iowa College of Law
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Office Location for Shannon M. Awsumb

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

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Last Updated: 2/12/2020

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