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 commercial property, fidelity, and professional liability claims. Shannon was selected as a Minnesota Super Lawyer in 2020. Shannon was also included on the Super Lawyers Rising Stars list from 2010-2016.
Shannon was recently appointed by the Minnesota Supreme Court to serve a second three-year term on the Advisory Committee on the Minnesota Rules of Civil Procedure through 2022. Shannon has also presented CLEs relating to the 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).
Following a five-day trial, Hennepin County District Court Chief Judge Ivy Bernhardson ruled that Kim Lund was the “prevailing party” against her brother, Tres Lund, and various Lunds entities, in a lengthy legal battle centered on the value of Kim Lund’s ownership interests and Tres Lund’s exercise of power and control over Kim’s interests. In the court’s 54-page opinion concluding this complex shareholder dispute, the court awarded Kim $45,225,000, which means that Lunds must buy Kim Lund out over time for that price. The court also awarded Kim her court costs.
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.
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.
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 caused damages.
Represented a bank in a $1 million dispute regarding the adequacy of security interests in annuity contracts.
Appointed by the Minnesota Supreme Court to serve on the Civil Rules Advisory Committee, 2017 to present
Editorial Board Member, International Risk Management Institute, Inc.'s (IRMI) CGL Reporter, 2014
Appointee, Professional Ethics Committee, Federal Bar Association, 2011 - 2014
Member, American Bar Association Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section
Member, American Bar Association Fidelity and Surety Law Committee
Member, American Bar Association Business Litigation Committee
Member, American Bar Association Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee
Member, American Bar Association Trial Techniques Committee
Committee Member, Minnesota E-Discovery Working Group 1, Minnesota State Bar Association, 2013 - 2014
An Electronic Discovery Primer, co-authored with the Minnesota E-Discovery Working Group 1, 40 Wm. Mitchell L. Rev. 427, 2014
The Intersection of Online Communications and Legal Ethics, co-authored with Magistrate Judge Karen Roby from the E.D. La., Federal Lawyer, August 2012
Now You See It, Now You Don’t: Disclosure Without Waiver of Privilege Under Rule 502(d), Bench & Bar of Minnesota, April 2012
Monthly summaries of coverage decisions involving general liability and other business-related policies published in the International Risk Management Institute, Inc.'s (IRMI) CGL Reporter
Social Networking Sites: The Next E-Discovery Frontier, The Computer & Internet J., April 2010, at 16-20
Social Networking Sites: The Next E-Discovery Frontier, Bench & Bar of Minnesota, November 2009, at 22-26
Avoid Entanglement in Common E-Discovery Pitfalls, The Computer & Internet J., February 2009, at 27-31
Navigating E-Discovery: How to Avoid Common Pitfalls, Bench & Bar of Minnesota, October 2008
Avoiding a Career-Ending Mistake: The Line Between Witness Preparation and Coaching, The Hennepin Lawyer, March 2007
Idea Theft Claims Post-Grosso, Entertainment and Sports Lawyer Journal, Vol. 24/No. 3, Fall 2006
Copyright Battles Over Yoga’s 5,000-Year-Old Tradition, Entertainment and Sports Lawyer Journal, Vol. 23/No. 2, Summer 2005