Dale Thornsjo focuses his litigation practice on the continually evolving insurance coverage and liability issues raised in construction, products liability, toxic tort and environmental matters. He represents primary and excess/umbrella insurers in a wide variety of construction defect, trigger, allocation, duty to defend, “bad faith,” and “coordination of coverage” actions. He also continues his long-established practice of defending clients in mass tort, multiple-plaintiff or individual plaintiff cases in such diverse areas as asbestos, mold, damp buildings, building products, food adulterants and other substances.
In addition to his practice in Minnesota, Mr. Thornsjo has represented insurers, manufacturers and other entities in jurisdictions such as Wisconsin, Iowa, Michigan, South Dakota, and New York. He is a 1984 cum laude graduate of the William Mitchell College of Law. He is a member of the Defense Research Institute, its Insurance Law Committee, and that Committee’s Commercial General Liability Subcommittee. As a member of DRI’s local arm, the Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association, he is a founding co-chairman of MDLA’s Insurance Law Committee, and a past chair of the MDLA’s Toxic Tort and Environmental Law Committee. He is also a member of the Federal Bar Association, the Association of the Bar of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, the Minnesota State Bar Association, and the Hennepin County Bar Association. His Firm is a member of the Primerus Defense Institute where he serves on the Executive Board of Primerus’ Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith Committee. He is a frequent lecturer and author on complex coverage and product liability matters, and has testified before various committees of the Minnesota House of Representatives and the Minnesota Senate on insurance coverage and bad faith issues.
Mr. Thornsjo chairs the Firm’s Insurance Coverage, and Toxic and Mass Tort, Practice Groups. He has been honored by his peers as an insurance coverage “Super Lawyer” for many years.