Gary J. Haugen is an of counsel attorney in Maslon's Litigation Group. A central focus of his practice is the litigation of insurance-related disputes, product liability, mass tort, and professional liability claims. He has represented policyholders and insurers in disputes involving property, liability, life, health, and disability insurance. He has represented product manufacturers, drug and medical device companies, utilities, and other companies in product liability and mass tort litigation.

Gary is a frequent lecturer on a broad range of insurance and tort litigation subjects. He was previously a member of the adjunct faculty at Vanderbilt University Law School and the University of Minnesota Law School, where he taught insurance law. He also served as general counsel to the Minnesota Life and Health Insurance Guaranty Association and is the former chair of the Federal Practice Committee for U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota.

Selected Experience

  • In Re: Silicone Implant Insurance Coverage Litigation, 652 N.W.2d 46 (Minn. Ct. App. 2002)
  • Honeywell, Inc. v. Minnesota Life and Health Insurance Guaranty Association, 110 F.3d 547 (8th Cir. 1997); cert. denied, 522 U.S. 858 (1997); reh'g denied, 522 U.S. 1009 (1997)
  • Schneider (Europe) v. Scimed Life Systems, 26 F.3d 140, 1994 WL 192001, C.A. Fed. (Minn.)
  • Honeywell, Inc. v. Minnesota Life and Health Insurance Guaranty Association, 518 N.W.2d 557 (Minn. 1994)
  • National Hockey League v. National Hockey League Players Association, 789 F. Supp. 288 (D. Minn. 1992)
  • Consolidated Beef Industries, Inc. v. New York Life Insurance Company, 949 F.2d 960 (8th Cir. 1991); cert. denied, 503 U.S. 985 (1992)
  • Christey v. United States of America, 841 F.2d 809 (8th Cir. 1988); cert. denied, 89 U.S. 1016 (1989)
  • Defense of wrongful death, personal injury and property damage claims arising out of the St. Paul 3rd and Maria Gas Explosion Litigation.
  • Defense of the wrongful death actions arising out of the Chicago Tylenol murders.

Professional Activities

American Bar Association: Litigation Section; Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section
Minnesota State Bar Association
Hennepin County Bar Association
Product Liability Advisory Council
University of Minnesota Law School: Board of Advisors
U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota, Federal Practice Committee: past Chair


"Insurance Law," Adjunct Faculty, Vanderbilt University Law School, 2009 - 2013
December 1, 2012
"Punitive Damages in Bad Faith Cases," Minnesota Insurance Bad Faith Claims, Lorman Education Services, 2004
January 1, 2004


"Directors' and Officers' Liability Insurance," co-author, Minnesota Insurance Law Deskbook, 4th ed. (2011)
"Punitive Damages: Juries' Hardball Meets Legislative Bat," co-author, Bench & Bar of Minnesota 50, 1993


Recognized on Minnesota Super Lawyers® list, 2015-2018 (Minnesota Super Lawyers® is a designation given to only 5 percent of Minnesota attorneys each year, based on a selection process that includes the recommendation of peers in the legal profession.)

AV Preeminent, Martindale-Hubbell® (AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties, Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell® certification procedures, standards and policies.)

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Bar Admissions
Minnesota, 1974
U.S. District Court
  • Minnesota, 1975
U.S. Court of Appeals
  • Eighth Circuit, 1986
  • Federal Circuit, 1994
U.S. Tax Court, 1992
U.S. Supreme Court, 1978
University of Minnesota Law School
J.D., 1974
St. Olaf College
B.A., 1970


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