Partner, Lindquist & Vennum
Bryan Freeman likes to say that he went to Yale as a hockey player and came out as a student. The fourth-year associate at Lindquist & Vennum credits his undergrad experience at the Ivy League institution with not only spurring him on to law school — the University of Minnesota, where he graduated magna cum laude — but toward becoming “someone who really loved to study and think critically,” he said.
Freeman has made the most of that transformation. Focusing his litigation practice on insurance recovery, Freeman has helped business policyholders prevail in disputes over coverage for third-party liability and coverage for fidelity and crime loss, property loss, and business interruption.
Among his signature cases are a multimillion-dollar recovery for a Minnesota food processor over business-interruption insurance coverage, and a successful jury trial verdict for a farmer who suffered losses due to an insurance agent’s failure to place proper insurance.
He also was on the team of Lindquist attorneys who recently secured passage of a new law, the Minnesota Business Policyholder Protection Act, that proponents say levels the playing field between businesses and their property-casualty insurers when coverage disputes arise.
When first considering a practice area, Freeman said, “I probably would have put insurance work near the bottom, just ahead of tax law.” But now, he said, he really enjoys the field.
“It’s complex legal work,” he said. “It’s different from most big-firm commercial litigation work in that you’re representing a policy-holding business. It’s not typical plaintiff’s work in that you’re not representing individuals, you’re representing a business.”
“I have no doubt that [Freeman] will be … a sought-after litigator for complex cases, and eventually a judge,” said Lindquist partner Thomas C. Mielenhausen of Freeman. “Bryan is absolutely a star.”