Steven M. Pincus
Top Rated Business Litigation Attorney in Minneapolis, MN
Steve Pincus is a trial lawyer with more than thirty years of experience solving complex problems for clients in state and federal courts around the country.
Steve has handled a broad array of matters and has particular experience in complex commercial litigation, ownership and governance disputes, corporations and partnerships, business torts and fraud actions, contract disputes, antitrust law, fraudulent transfer actions, and appellate practice. He also guides his clients through arbitration, negotiation, and counseling. Steve is sought out for his superb judgment, thoughtfulness, and wise counsel.
Throughout his career, Steve has devoted considerable time and energy providing legal services to disadvantaged people for free. Steve’s varied pro bono practice has included representing children in social security disability hearings, counseling a low-income community development organization, and handling death penalty cases. Steve has represented death row inmates in Louisiana and Mississippi in post-conviction proceedings, and has worked with the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund and other national organizations in opposing the execution of juvenile offenders and people with intellectual disabilities on constitutional grounds. Steve is one of the lawyers who prevented the execution of Albert Burrell, and eventually exonerated and freed him from death row at the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola, where Mr. Burrell spent more than thirteen years for a crime that he did not commit.
Prior to joining the firm, Steve was a litigation partner at Lindquist & Vennum. He also practiced business litigation and corporate law with Shearman & Sterling in New York City. Steve began his legal career as a judicial law clerk to Judge Myron H. Bright of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.
About Steven M. Pincus
First Admitted: 1985, Minnesota
Professional Webpage: https://www.anthonyostlund.com/steven-m-pincus
- "It’s Good To Be Free": An Essay About The Exoneration of Albert Burrell, 28 William Mitchell Law Review 27 (2001).
- State Antitrust Practice and Statutes, American Bar Association, Contributing Author, Contributing Author, State Antitrust Practice and Statutes, American Bar Association
- Speaker, Fraudulent transfer litigation in Ponzi scheme cases, Minnesota Business Law Institute CLE, 2011
- "End 'Tinkering with the machinery of death.'" Blog post for The Advocates for Human Rights on issues regarding execution by lethal injection., 2014
- J.D., cum laude, University of Minnesota Law School
- B.A., cum laude, Williams College
- Member, Hennepin County Bar Association
- Member, District of Columbia Bar Association
- Member, Minnesota State Bar Association
- Member, Bar Association of New York City
- Former Board member, 2012-13 President, Hennepin County Bar Foundation
- Member, Federal Bar Association
Other Outstanding Achievements
- Received the Outstanding Instructor Award for 2018-19 from the Western Region -- Central Division of the National Ski Patrol. , 2019
- Honored as the Buck Hill Ski Patrol Outstanding Instructor of the Year., 2019
- Honored as the Buck Hill Ski Patrol Outstanding Patroller of the Year. , 2017
- Member of National Ski Patrol and Buck Hill Ski Patrol; Senior Patroller; Team Leader; Instructor. Recognized as the Buck Hill Ski Patrol Outstanding Patroller of the Year in 2017, and Outstanding Instructor of the Year in 2019., 2021
- Honored for completing the Hennepin County Bar Association Centennial Pro Bono Challenge by providing more than 100 hours of pro bono work in the community during the 2019-2020 bar association year. , HCBA Centennial Pro Bono Challenge, Hennepin County Bar Association , 2020
- Recognized as 2019, 2018, 2017, and 2016 North Star Lawyer for providing more than 50 hours of pro bono legal services in 2019, 2018, 2017, and 2016 to low-income people., Minnesota State Bar Association, 2020
- Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights -- Volunteer Award, Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights
- Recognized by The National Law Journal for “Notable Pro Bono Achievement of the Year”, The National Law Journal
- Advocacy Award from Arc Hennepin-Carver
- Leonard E. Lindquist Pro Bono Award
- Pro Bono Publico Private Sector Award from the Hennepin County Bar Association, 2002, Hennepin County Bar Association
- Peer Reviewed as "AV® Preeminent™ 5.0" (highest possible rating), Martindale Hubbell, 2020
Pro bono/Community Service
- Represent a group of individuals with disabilities, in partnership with Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid and the Minnesota Disability Law Center, in a federal court class action lawsuit alleging that their rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Constitution have been violated because they have been denied the opportunity to live in the most integrated setting of their own choice in the community. , 2021
- Throughout his career, Steve has devoted considerable time and energy providing legal services to disadvantaged people for free. Steve’s varied pro bono practice has included representing children in social security disability hearings, counseling a low-income community development organization, handling death penalty cases, and representing a class of individuals in disability rights litigation. Steve has represented death row inmates in Louisiana and Mississippi in post-conviction proceedings, and has worked with the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund and other national organizations in opposing the execution of juvenile offenders and people with intellectual disabilities on constitutional grounds. Steve is one of the lawyers who prevented the execution of Albert Burrell, and eventually exonerated and freed him from death row at the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola, where Mr. Burrell spent more than thirteen years for a crime that he did not commit.
- Provided counsel and advise for student and parents concerning disciplinary proceedings at the University of Chicago.
- Complex Commercial Litigation -- Represent major U.S. television company in federal court lawsuit against Chinese manufacturer in a case involving breach of contract, tortious interference, and antitrust claims and over $200 million in damages. , 2021
- Disability Rights -- Represent pro bono a group of individuals with disabilities, in partnership with Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid’s Disability Law Center, in a federal court class action lawsuit alleging that their rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Constitution have been violated because they have been denied the opportunity to live in the most integrated setting of their own choice in the community. Successfully defeated a motion to dismiss and achieved class certification. Obtained summary judgment in favor of plaintiffs on due process claim, and defeated defendant's motion for summary judgment on other claims., 2021
- Property Rights -- Represented landowner in a significant property rights dispute arising from surveyor malpractice. Achieved a substantial settlement in pre-suit mediation. , 2021
- Unfair competition -- Represent major retail company in dispute with online retailer concerning unfair competition and predatory pricing. , 2019
- RFC Litigation -- Successfully represented defendants in Residential Funding Company and ResCap Liquidating Trust litigation alleging $40 million claims concerning purchase of mortgage loans., 2019
- Consumer Fraud -- Successfully obtained complete dismissal of two separate federal court lawsuits brought against a national retail company that alleged consumer fraud and aiding and abetting claims, and sought over $100 million in damages. , 2018
- Business Dispute -- Breach of Contract Successfully represented minority-owner of limited liability company in breach of contract dispute over his sale of ownership interest in a matter involving complex accounting issues. , 2018
- Minority Shareholder-Employee Rights Win Obtained a temporary injunction preserving the employment of a minority shareholder-employee, and successfully argued appeal, resulting in a seminal decision by the Minnesota Court of Appeals concerning minority shareholder-employee rights. Haley v. Forcelle, 669 N.W.2d 48 (Minn. Ct. App. 2003), rev. denied.
- Americans with Disabilities Act Case Obtained readmission to an Ivy League university for a student who had been forced to withdraw by the school for alleged mental health reasons in a case involving significant civil rights issues and issues under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
- Family Business Dispute Obtained a temporary injunction preventing the squeeze-out of a minority shareholder and successfully litigated ownership and governance issues in the family business, eventually resulting in a negotiated buy-out. Kroll v. Kroll, (Henn. Cty. Dist. Ct.).
- FTC Successfully represented and advised electronics manufacturer facing FTC complaint concerning "Made in USA" standards. Resolved complaint without formal agency action., 2015
- Partnership Business Dispute Successfully represented minority partners in a large agricultural partnership, achieving favorable buy-out of partnership interests and overcoming hurdles presented by partnership agreement., 2017
- Intellectual Property Successfully represented Luminara Worldwide, LLC, the exclusive licensee from Disney of technology related to artificial flickering flame candles in patent infringement litigation, achieveing favorable settlement. Luminara v. Liown (D. Minn.)., 2017
- Representation of Former Employees and Lenders in Petters Case Representing former employees of Polaroid Corporation and other Petters-related companies and lenders to Petters entities in twenty-six separate proceedings arising out of the $3.65 billion fraud orchestrated by Tom Petters. Achieved favorable settlements for all former employee clients and all lender clients.
- Construction Litigation Successfully represented FedEx Freight in construction-related litigation concerning its office and warehouse facility in Roseville, Minnesota. Nucor Building Systems v. FedEx Freight, Inc., et al., (Ramsey Cty. Dist. Ct.).
- Close Corporation Dispute Successfully represented a fifty-percent owner of a close corporation, obtained a temporary injunction preventing his improper removal from the business and then litigated ownership and breach of fiduciary duty issues resulting in a resolution allowing him to purchase the business. Sandvik v. Slattery, et al., (Henn. Cty. Dist. Ct.).
- Accounting Malpractice Trial counsel for hotel entrepreneur in confidential AAA arbitration against "Big Four" accounting firm. Case settled favorably for client during arbitration., 2015
- Indenture Trustee and Bondholder Representation Represented indenture trustees and bondholders in various cases concerning issuer default and trust indenture interpretation.
- Shareholder Oppression in Family Business Represented a minority shareholder in a breach of fiduciary duty and shareholder oppression case involving a Wisconsin family business engaged in highway construction services. Dewey v. Northeast Asphalt, Inc., (Waukesha Cty. Cir. Ct., Wis.).
- Successfully Enforced Arbitration Agreement Successfully argued appeal to Minnesota Court of Appeals, obtaining a decision enforcing an arbitration agreement that reversed the district court. Revestors Group 1, LLC, v. Severson, et al., 2009 WL 438269 (Minn. Ct. App.).
Last Updated: 7/20/2022