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130 West Superior Street, Suite 1000
Duluth, Minnesota 55802Locate in Google Maps
Telephone: 218-722-4766
Fax: 218-529-2401
E-Mail: firm@hanftlaw.com
www.hanftlaw.com
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Established: 1899

Practice Areas
  • Insurance Law
  • Trial Practice
  • Business Law
  • Intellectual Property
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Employment Practices Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Environmental Law
  • Tort Litigation
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Real Estate
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About Us
Established in 1899, Hanft Fride has broad transactional and litigation practices. Our active trial practice encompasses professional liability, environmental, employment, workers' compensation construction law, intellectual property, commercial, real estate, products liability and personal injury matters.
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Client Information
Insurance Clients
American Family Insurance GroupAuto Club Group Insurance Company
Auto-Owners Insurance CompanyChartis
Church Mutual Insurance CompanyContinental Western Insurance Group
EMC Insurance CompaniesGEICO
General Casualty CompaniesGreat American Insurance Company
Great West Casualty CompanyIntegrity Mutual Insurance Company
MetLifeMinnesota Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company
Nationwide InsuranceRiverStone Claims Management, LLC
Sedgwick CMSSentry Insurance
Travelers Insurance CompaniesUtica Mutual Insurance Company
Wausau Insurance CompaniesWestern National Mutual Insurance Company
Zurich North America
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Personnel Information
Litigation Attorneys
John D. Kelly
Duluth, MN
E-Mail:jdk@hanftlaw.com
Admitted
  • Minnesota, 1974
  • Wisconsin, 1986
  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota, 1974
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit, 1984
Memberships:
  • American, Minnesota State and Eleventh District Bar Associations
  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • American College of Trial Lawyers
Education:
  • Harvard University, B.A., 1968
  • University of Minnesota, J.D. (cum laude), 1974
Born:1946
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R. Thomas Torgerson
Duluth, MN
E-Mail:rtt@hanftlaw.com
Admitted
  • Minnesota, 1985
  • Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota, 1985
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit, 1992
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin, 1999
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan, 2012
Memberships:
  • American, Minnesota State and Eleventh District Bar Associations
  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association
  • Defense Research Institute
Education:
  • University of Wisconsin, B.A. (with distinction), 1981
  • University of Wisconsin, J.D. (cum laude), 1985
Born:1958
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Robin C. Merritt
Duluth, MN
E-Mail:rcm@hanftlaw.com
Admitted
  • Minnesota, 1988
  • Wisconsin, 1995
  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota, 1990
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit, 1991
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin, 2002
Memberships:
  • American, Minnesota State and Eleventh District Bar Associations
  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association
  • Defense Research Institute
Education:
  • Carleton College, B.A. (cum laude), 1985
  • University of Minnesota, J.D. (cum laude), 1988
Born:1963
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Scott A. Witty
Duluth, MN
E-Mail:saw@hanftlaw.com
Admitted
  • Minnesota, 2006
  • Wisconsin, 2012
  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota, 2008
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan, 2012
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin, 2015
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit, 2015
Memberships:
  • Minnesota State and Eleventh District Bar Associations
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association
Education:
  • Gustavus Adolphus College, B.A. (magna cum laude), 2003
  • Hamline University School of Law, J.D. (cum laude), 2006
Born:1981
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Brent W. Malvick
Duluth, MN
E-Mail:bwm@hanftlaw.com
Admitted
  • Minnesota, 2014
Memberships:
  • Minnesota State, Eleventh District and Range Bar Associations
Education:
  • University of Minnesota Duluth, B.A. (magna cum laude), 2009
  • University of Minnesota, J.D. (cum laude), 2014
Born:1987
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Jocelyn E. Bremer
Duluth, MN
E-Mail:jeb@hanftlaw.com
Admitted
  • Minnesota, 2014
  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota, 2016
Memberships:
  • Minnesota State and Eleventh District Bar Associations
  • Minnesota Women Lawyers Association
Education:
  • College of St. Catherine, B.A. (summa cum laude), 2010
  • Hamline University School of Law, J.D. (magna cum laude), 2014
Born:1988
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