Adina R. Bergstrom

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Insurance Coverage Attorney in Oakdale, MN

Sauro & Bergstrom, PLLC
 | 992 Inwood Avenue North, Oakdale, MN 55128
Phone: 651-707-1242
Fax: 651-501-5051
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2021
Selected To Rising Stars: 2011 - 2013
Licensed Since: 2004
Practice Areas:
  • Insurance Coverage (90%),
  • Construction Litigation: Business (10%)
    Attorney Profile

    Adina R. Bergstrom is one of the founding partners at Sauro & Bergstrom, PLLC, in Oakdale, Minnesota and practices throughout the State of Minnesota in both state and federal court. Ms. Bergstrom represents business owners, townhome and condominium associations, and homeowners in various insurance disputes involving storm, fire, collapse, water damage, vandalism, embezzlement, theft, and other complex claims. She routinely handles insurance claims denials and disputes, coverage issues, insurance appraisals, appeals, fraud and arson cases, agent/broker errors and omissions, and serves as a bad faith expert.   She further serves as an umpire and appraiser on insurance appraisals to resolve disputed damages claims.  

    Ms. Bergstrom also handles construction-related disputes for construction companies, serving as corporate counsel to a number of general contractors and construction management companies.  Her construction practice includes contract formation issues and disputes, non-payment issues including bond claims and mechanic's liens, construction defect disputes, and insurance related issues involving construction specific coverages including builders risk, installation floater, commercial general liability, and indemnity/additional insured agreements. 

    Ms. Bergstrom has worked in the insurance industry for decades, having previously worked for a number of large insurance companies prior to beginning her legal practice, and has more than 15 years of experience litigating matters through trial and appeal.  She is admitted before all Minnesota state courts, the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit.

    Active in the legal community, Ms. Bergstrom is a member of various professional legal organizations including the National Association of Public Insurance Adjusters,  The Community Associations Institute, the Minnesota State Bar Association, and the American Bar Association - Tort and Insurance Practice Section and is the chair-elect for the Property Insurance Litigation Committee for the 2020-2021 bar year.  She routinely lectures at educational conferences in Minnesota and throughout the country on a variety of insurance and surety related topics. 

    Ms. Bergstrom serves as a pro bono attorney for the Children's Law Center of Minnesota, representing children in CHIPS proceedings and volunteers as a yoga and meditation instructor at Augsburg University's StepUP program, a collegiate residential program for students with at least six months of recovery from alcohol and/or drug addiction. Ms. Bergstrom also volunteers at Secondhand Hounds, a Minnesota-based non-profit that rescues, heals, fosters and finds forever homes for at-risk dogs and cats.

    Ms. Bergstrom earned her undergraduate degree from Augsburg University in Minneapolis and her law degree from Mitchell Hamline School of Law. She has been a licensed attorney in Minnesota since 2004.

     
    Practice Areas
    • 90%Insurance Coverage
    • 10%Construction Litigation: Business
    Focus Areas

    Insurance, Bad Faith Insurance, Construction Defects

    Selections

    Selected to Super Lawyers for 8 yearsmiddle-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 3 years

    Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2021 Rising Stars: 2011 - 2013

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    White Papers

  • Recent Development in Property Insurance Litigation (2020) - American Bar Association Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Law Journal, Spring 2020 (55:2) 

  • About Adina Bergstrom

    Admitted: 2004, Minnesota

    Professional Webpage: http://www.saurolaw.com/adina-r-bergstrom/

    Honors/Awards:

    • Selected to Rising Stars, 2011 – 2013
    • Hamline Journel of Law and Public Policy Writing Award, Hamline University School of Law, 2003
    • Mediation Moot Court, Participant and Coach, Hamline University School of Law, 2002-2004
    • Selected to Super Lawyers, 2014 – 2020
    • CALI Award, Food and Drug Law, Hamline University School of Law
    • Cum Laude Graduate

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • State of Minnesota, 2004
    • Minnesota Tenth Judicial District Bar Association
    • American Bar Association- Property Insurance Law Committee (Chair Elect for 2021-2022), 2020
    • Minnesota State Bar Association, 2004 - Present
    • U.S. District Court District of Minnesota, 2004
    • 8th Circuit Court of Appeals and 10th Circuit Court of Appeals

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Hennepin Theatre Trust Liaison for the Spotlight Program, 2013
    • Secondhand Hounds, a Minnesota non-profit that rescues, heals, fosters and finds forever homes for at-risk dogs and cats., 2021
    • Yoga and mediation instructor for Augsburg University StepUP Program, a collegiate recovery program and residential model for undergraduate students with a minimum of six months of recovery from alcohol and/or drug addiction. , 2020
    • Children's Law Center Pro Bono Lawyer for Children in the Foster Care System, 2016
    • Springboard for the Arts, 2013

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • National trends in first party bad faith litigation and caselaw update, Chair of Panel Presentation and Presenter, Current Trends in Bad Faith, American Bar Association - Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee Spring Seminar, Legal/Insurance Professionals, 2019
    • Following the protests for the tragic death of George Floyd, this seminar provided a free overview of the insurance process to any property owners or commercial enterprise impacted by the civil commotion and fires that followed., Co-Presenter, Rebuilding Our Community and Insurance Claims - What Property Owners Need to Know, Sauro & Bergstrom PLLC, Property Owners And Commercial Enterprises, 2020
    • Analyzing Liability Issues Facing Outdoor Businesses  , Presenter, The Great Outdoors- Advising the Recreational Business, Minnesota CLE, Legal/Insurance Professionals, 2020
    • Overview and legal updates on bonds and insurance issues on construction projects, with a focus on issues impacting design professionals and engineers., Presenter, Protecting the Owner and the Project: Insurance and Bonding Issues in Construction, Half Moon Education, And Legal, Design Professionals, Engineers, 2019
    • Presented on arson claims from a policyholder's perspective , Co-Presenter, Fighting Fire with Fire: Countervailing Perspectives on Arson Claims, American Bar Association - Property Insurance Law Committee Spring Seminar, Legal/Insurance Professionals, 2018
    • Hot Topic Presenter, Engineering & Construction Innovations, Inc. v. L.H. Bolduc, et al, ABA Construction Law Section, Division 7 Monthly Meeting, 2013
    • Overview of first party property cases, with a focus on cyber insurance for 2018-2019, Co-Presenter, The Difference a Year Makes: Review of Property Insurance Law (2018-2019), American Bar Association - Property Insurance Law Committee Spring Seminar, Legal/Insurance Professionals, 2019
    • Presenter, Taking A Case to Trial and Winning, National Association Of Public Insurance Adjusters, 2013
    • Fighting Fire with Fire: Prosecution and Defense of an Arson Case - 2018
    • “A Dark State of Criminal Affairs: ADR Can Restore Justice to the Criminal ‘Justice’ System”, Hamline Journal of Public Law and Policy Spring 2003
    • First Party Bad Faith, The New Minnesota Statute Section 604.18, 2008
    • Effectively Handling Lawsuits and Claims Involving Construction Defects in Common Interest Communities, 2009
    • Contribution and Indemnity under Minn. Stat. 541.051:The Impact of Weston v. McWilliams, Co-Authored with James Bratulich and John Knoepfler
    • An Overview of the New Minnesota Rule of Civil Procedure 68, Offer of Judgment , 2008
    • The Minnesota No-Fault Act: Payments and Priorities, 2009
    • Presenter, Acing the Examination Under Oath, National Association Of Public Insurance Adjusters- First Party Claims Conference, 2014
    • Presenter, Acing the Examination Under Oath, National Association Of Public Insurance Adjusters- First Party Claims Conference, 2014
    • Presenter, Reasonable Match Proves to Be No Bluff: Cedar Bluff Condominium Ass’n vs. American Family Mut. Ins. Co., National Association Of Public Insurance Adjusters- First Party Claims Conference, 2015
    • Presenter, Consequential/Extra-Contractual Damages: How to Recover Over and Above in a BI Loss, National Association Of Public Insurance Adjusters- First Party Claims Conference, 2016
    • Presenter, Collapse Coverage: Imminent and Actual Collapse and General Policy Exclusion Conflicts, National Association Of Public Insurance Adjusters- First Party Claims Conference, 2017
    • Presenter, HOT TOPICS FROM THE PLAINTIFF’S BAR, Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association, 2017

    Verdicts/Settlements:

    • Rowe v. Munye 
    • Savanna Grove Coach - Owners Insurance, U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, confirmation of appraisal award with interest granted, 2020
    • Savanna Grove Coach v. Auto Owners Insurance: Multi-million dollar appraisal award on townhome association insurance claim, 2019
    • Creekview of Hugo v. Auto Owners Insurance: Multi-million dollar townhome association appraisal award and interest judgment in U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota , 2018
    • Favorable Insurance Appraisal Awards against Allstate, American Family, State Farm, Liberty Mutual, North Star Mutual, Cincinnati Insurance, and various other insurance companies, 2012
    • AllenMax Commercial v. The Wright Group et al, 2018
    • Engineering & Construction Innovations, Inc. v. L.H. Bolduc Co., Inc. et. al

    Representative Clients:

    • Common interest community Associations throughout Minnesota 

    Educational Background:

    • Augsburg College, B.A., July, 2001

    Industry Groups

    • Agricultural Operations
    • Business Owners
    • Construction Companies
    • Farms/Ranch
    • Homeowners Associations
    • Insurance
    • Property Owners
    • Resorts And Hotels
    • Restaurants and Bars
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    Office Location for Adina R. Bergstrom

    992 Inwood Avenue North
    Oakdale, MN 55128

    Phone: 651-707-1242

    Fax: 651-501-5051

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