Steve Pincus is a business litigator with more than twenty-five 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 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 U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.
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.
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.
Representing 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 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.).
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.).
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.).
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.).
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.
Represented indenture trustees and bondholders in various cases concerning issuer default and trust indenture interpretation.
Board member, 2012-13 President, Hennepin County Bar Foundation
Past member of the Board of Trustees, Lake Country School
Member, Death Penalty Project Steering Committee, The Advocates for Human Rights
Member of the Buck Hill Ski Patrol
Senior Patroller with the National Ski Patrol
Served on the Advisory Board, Mental Health Resources, Inc.
Member, Minnesota State Bar Association
Member, Hennepin County Bar Association
Member, Federal Bar Association
Member, Association of the Bar of the City of New York
Member, District of Columbia Bar
10/05/2020 Minnesota Lawyer and Finance & Commerce – Steve Pincus was featured in article “Anthony Ostlund has a passion for pro bono work.”
"It’s Good To Be Free": An Essay About The Exoneration of Albert Burrell, 28 William Mitchell Law Review 27, 2001
Contributing Author: State Antitrust Practice and Statutes, American Bar Association
Speaker, Minnesota Business Law Institute CLE on fraudulent transfer litigation in Ponzi scheme cases, 2011
Frequent speaker on capital punishment, including as a guest at the University of Minnesota Law School, on a panel following a performance of “The Exonerated” in Minneapolis, at CLE programs, and before many school groups