Art Boylan provides creative, efficient, and effective advocacy in complex business cases and other commercial litigation.
Art has pursued and defended claims arising out of shareholder disputes, partnership disputes, breach of contract, breaches of fiduciary duty, fraud, and many other business torts. Art's clients include publicly traded companies, privately held businesses and business people. Although he has resolved many matters through negotiation, Art has also successfully taken cases through trial or arbitration. Because every client is unique, Art employs a creative and practical approach that maximizes value as much as possible.
Over his career, Art has developed unique expertise working with clients who face class action lawsuits involving claims of consumer fraud and other alleged violations of state or federal statutes. Art was a part of a trial team in a class action seeking over $2 billion, and the jury returned a verdict in favor of Art's client.
Throughout his entire career, Art has dedicated a significant amount of time to the community. He serves on the Local Rules Committee for the United States District Court of Minnesota, founded the Benedictine Bar Association (St. John's and St. Ben's legal alum group), and has served for many years as an officer and director of the Minnesota Chapter of the Federal Bar Association. In addition, Art has assisted pro bono clients on a variety of matters and has acted as court-appointed mediator in Hennepin County.
“[Art’s] cool, calm demeanor helped us keep focus and maintain a positive attitude throughout the duration of our two years of litigation.... Because of our positive outcome, our business has flourished and we now have over 500 full time employees.”
Jeff Evrard, client - CEO, Summit Companies
"Art always has our interest and our goal as his primary concern and never loses that vision. But more importantly, Art makes sure we don’t lose that vision. He is detail orientated and always on top of the issues at hand and prepared for what is three steps ahead us.
Most of all, Art always has time for us... I am not sure he has any other clients. In the end, Art has been invaluable and instrumental in protecting my family and our future goals. He’s making the law work for me.”
Brian E. Allen, client
Defended international importer and distributor in a multi-party breach of contract and business tort case. At a pre-trial mediation, a settlement was reached and Art's client walked away for nothing.
Defended international technology company on alleged breach of contract. After close to two years of litigation and on the eve of trial, Plaintiff agreed to dismiss the remainder of its claims, which were valued at more than $2 million.
Defended Texas corporation in Federal Court in lawsuit alleging breach of contract and fraud. Obtained dismissal of lawsuit.
Defended international manufacturer and importer in Federal Court in lawsuit alleging contract claims and violations of Minnesota statutes. After filing motion to dismiss, negotiated settlement for less than 7 percent of Plaintiff's original demand.
Defended large financial institution in numerous class action lawsuits alleging violations of the state consumer protection statutes, unfair competition laws, deceptive trade practices and fraud.
Defended nationwide class action alleging violations of the federal statutes. Obtained dismissal of lawsuit.
Defended class action against student loan originator based on alleged breach of contract and violations of state consumer protection statutes. Before any discovery occurred, negotiated a favorable settlement for client.
William Mitchell Alumni Golf Tournament, Co-Chair (2008-2013)
Federal Practice Committee for the U.S. District Court in Minnesota, Member (2015)
Federal Bar Association, Co-Treasurer (2013-2014)
Federal Bar Association, Vice President, Special Events (2012-2013)
Federal Bar Association, Vice President, Membership (2011-2012)
Federal Bar Association, Vice President, Legal Education (2010-2011)
Federal Bar Association, Vice President, Monthly Meetings (2008-2010)
Minnesota State Bar Association, Task Force on Diversity in Profession (2005-2006)
Minnesota State Bar Association, Civil Litigation Section Governing Council, Liaison, (2005-2006)
Benedictine Bar Association, Co-founder.
Certain Things in Business Litigation Will Never Change, Minnesota Lawyer - Partner Content, January 2019
Certain Things in Business Litigation Will Never Change, Finance & Commerce - Partner Content, January 2019
Will Disproportionate Forfeiture Lead to More Trials?, Minnesota Lawyer - Partner Content, August 27, 2018
Apparently, You Should Say What You Mean, Attorney At Law Magazine, Minnesota Edition, April 2018
Dismissal Based on a Special Litigation Committee Report - The District Court's Discretion, Attorney At Law Magazine, Minnesota Edition, October 2017
When Stealing is Not Considered Theft, Minnesota Lawyer - Partner Content, March 20, 2017
Criminal Considerations in Civil Cases, Attorney At Law Magazine, Minnesota Edition, November 2016
Stop That Wrecking Ball - Requests For Emergency Injunction Relief, Attorney At Law Magazine, Minnesota Edition, December 2015
Chapter Co-Author, "Class Actions," Minnesota Business Torts Deskbook, April 2013.
William Mitchell Law Review, Editor (2003-04)
"Losing Clarity in Loss of Access Cases: The Minnesota Supreme Court's Muddled Analysis in Dale Properties, LLC v. State," 29 William Mitchell Law Review 695, Fall 2002.
Better Discovery: How to Deal with Discovery Bullies, Minnesota Continuing Legal Education Presenter, December 2017
Better Discovery, Minnesota Continuing Legal Education Presenter, February 2016
Business Torts Deskbook: Class Actions in Minnesota, Minnesota CLE, Co-Presenter, August 2013
The Mortgage Meltdown & Class Actions, District of Minnesota Federal Practice Seminar, Panel Moderator, June 2008
Standards Developing in Electronic Discovery, District of Minnesota Federal Practice Seminar, Panel Moderator, June 2007
Electronic Discovery, Presentation to clients, September 2006