Anna Petosky is a partner in Maslon's Litigation Group and has experience managing and litigating individual and complex cases with a focus primarily in mass tort products liability. She has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in individual and consolidated litigations relating to pharmaceutical products and medical devices, and she has successfully litigated a number of commercial claims ranging from breach-of-contract to complex financial disputes. Anna has practiced in state and federal courts and has represented clients in proceedings before federal agencies.

Anna received her bachelor's degree, summa cum laude, from the University of Minnesota and her law degree, cum laude, from the University of St. Thomas School of Law in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She served as a judicial extern to The Honorable Herbert P. Lefler of the Hennepin County District Court.



Selected Experience

  • Medical Device Litigation. Represents world-leading medical device company to defend claims relating to Class III implantable medical devices in state and federal jurisdictions around the country.
  • In re American Medical Systems, Inc., CV-11-3933 (State of Minnesota, Hennepin County District Court). Defended consolidated state court actions alleging multiple tort theories against American Medical Systems related to female mesh products.
  • Lemke, McStotts, PMJ, Inc., Damon, Hillier and Gordon v. Mount Yale Investment Advisors, LLC. Represented investment advisory firm in numerous state and federal claims, brought as putative class actions, multiple plaintiff cases and single plaintiff cases, relating to client's recommendation to invest in what has commonly been referred to as Bernard Madoff's feeder funds. Claims of fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, negligence, and violations of various securities and consumer protection acts were asserted. The class action allegations were dismissed as precluded under the Federal Securities Litigation Uniform Standards Act, 15 U.S.C. § 78(b)(5)(B); most of the other claims were resolved by dispositive motions or mutually agreeable and confidential settlement agreements.
  • Pharmaceutical Multi-District Litigation. Represented plaintiffs in multi-district product liability litigation relating to pharmaceutical product. Member of the Discovery Committee and Law and Briefing Committees. 
  • Sandoval v. Holder, 641 F.3d 982 (8th Cir. 2011). Successfully presented briefing and oral argument to the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals in pro bono immigration matter. Obtained remand to the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA), instructing the BIA to address whether unaccompanied alien children can be subject to permanent inadmissibility for making a false claim of U.S. citizenship.


Professional Activities

Federal Bar Association
Minnesota State Bar Association
Hennepin County Bar Association
Minnesota Women Lawyers
Minnesota Justice Foundation: Board of Directors 2012-2016
University of St. Thomas School of Law: Volunteer Negotiation Coach

Pro Bono Activities

Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota: Volunteer
Volunteer Lawyers Network: Volunteer

Community Involvement

Friends of the Hennepin County Library

PRESENTATIONS

"Deposition Obstructionism," ACTLM Spring Meeting, 2015
May 1, 2015
"Multidistrict Litigation: Overview, Strategy, and Lessons from the Trenches," University of St. Thomas School of Law, 2012-2013
January 1, 2013

Publications

"Out of the Frye Pan and Into the Fire: Handling Frye-Mack Challenges in Your Products Liability Case," co-author, Minnesota Trial, Journal of the Minnesota Association for Justice, Winter 2010
"Rule 30(b)(6) Depositions," co-author, Minnesota CLE, April 2007

Recognition

North Star Lawyer, Minnesota State Bar Association, 2015 (North Star Lawyer is a designation that recognizes members who provide 50 hours or more of pro bono legal services in a calendar year.)

Up & Coming Attorney, Minnesota Lawyer, 2014

Recognized on Minnesota Rising Stars list as part of the Super Lawyers® selection process, 2012-2016 (Minnesota Rising Stars is a designation given to only 2.5 percent of Minnesota attorneys each year, based on a selection process that includes the recommendation of peers in the legal profession.)

Top Women Attorneys in Minnesota® list, 2012-2016 (The annual edition of the Top Women Attorneys in Minnesota list features attorneys who received the highest point totals in the previous year's Minnesota Super Lawyers® and Rising Stars balloting, research, and blue ribbon review process.)

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Minneapolis, MN 55402
Bar Admissions
Minnesota, 2007
U.S. District Court
  • Minnesota
U.S. Court of Appeals
  • Eighth Circuit
Education
University of St. Thomas School of Law
J.D., cum laude, 2007
Honors: Dean's Award for Excellence in Trial Advocacy
University of Minnesota
B.A., summa cum laude, 2002
Notable

ANNA IS RECOGNIZED AS A 2015 NORTH STAR LAWYER BY THE MINNESOTA STATE BAR ASSOCIATION AS WELL AS ON BOTH THE 2016 MINNESOTA RISING STARS LIST AND THE 2016 TOP WOMEN ATTORNEYS IN MINNESOTA LIST BY SUPER LAWYERS®. ADDITIONALLY, SHE WAS HONORED AS A MINNESOTA LAWYER UP & COMING ATTORNEY IN 2014.

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