Haley Schaffer is a partner in Maslon's Litigation Group and represents local and national clients in a wide range of high-stakes business disputes in state and federal courts throughout the country. Haley has significant experience handling complex breach of contract disputes and various aspects of intellectual property disputes, including licensing, trade secrets, unfair competition, and royalty-related cases. She also has significant expertise in ownership and governance disputes in corporations, partnerships, and limited liability companies.

Haley has repeatedly received state-wide recognition for her litigation skills and business acumen. She has been selected for inclusion on the 2017 and 2016 Minnesota Super Lawyers® list, and she was on the Rising Stars list from 2005-2015. She also has been recognized on the Top Women Attorneys in Minnesota list by Super Lawyers® from 2012-2017. In 2016, Haley was selected as a Women in Business Award Winner by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, whose honorees were recognized for their professional achievements, leadership, and contributions to the broader Twin Cities community.

Haley frequently presents to the Minnesota Bar on a wide range of civil litigation and appellate topics and publishes regularly on these topics, including co-authoring two chapters in the recent Eighth Circuit Appellate Practice Manual.

Additionally, Haley is a current member of Women President's Organization, an organization formed to improve business conditions for women entrepreneurs and to promote the acceptance and advancement of women entrepreneurs in all industries. 

She is also very committed to pro bono service. Together with colleagues at Maslon, she has spent nearly 10 years representing a death row inmate in Texas.

Prior to joining Maslon, Haley completed a clerkship for The Honorable
David S. Doty of the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota. 

Haley received her law degree, cum laude, from Northwestern University Law School, where she was a member of Northwestern's law review. She also is a member of the Order of the Coif and a recipient of the Bell, Boyd & Lloyd Appellate Advocacy Award. She received her Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, from Princeton University.

Selected Experience

  •  E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Co. v. Medtronic Vascular, Inc., 2013 Del. Super. LEXIS (January 18, 2013). Successfully argued and obtained summary judgment dismissing quarter billion dollar claim for patent royalties; decision affirmed by Delaware Supreme Court.
  • Cardiovention, Inc. v. Medtronic, Inc. Successfully litigated licensing and development dispute regarding cardiopulmonary bypass systems.
  • Biomedical Design, Inc. vs. Medtronic, Inc. Successfully arbitrated licensing and development dispute regarding the method for tissue fixation to be used in heart valves.
  • MedCam v. MCNC. Successfully represented MCNC in $165 million dispute over a development and licensing agreement for technology related to optical switching devices.
  • Travel Tags v. UV Color Inc. Served as counsel in patent infringement litigation for patent related to secure debit cards. Obtained favorable Markman ruling from the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota.
  • Kroll v. Kroll. Litigated ownership and governance of a family business.
  • Fine Impressions, Inc. v. Alvin James Group. Successfully first chaired arbitration in breach of contract dispute.
  • Galilee, Inc. v. James Tower. Successfully argued and awarded summary judgment on fraud claim.
  • Richards v. Marthe, No. A10-1098 (2010). Successfully argued appeal before Minnesota Supreme Court, securing a reversal of the lower court decision.
  • In Re: Kaiser Aluminum Corporation, et al. v. Law Debenture Trust Company of New York. Successfully represented Kaiser Aluminum Corporation in multi-million dollar appeal.
  • Triple Five of Minnesota, Inc. v. Simon. Court reversed remedy awarded in partnership dispute involving ownership of Mall of America.
  • Brunswick Corporation v. Genmar Holdings, Inc. Court affirmed district court decision to award no damages.
  • Merrill Corporation and Merrill Communications LLC v. Peter Day and Robert Stensby, et al. Successfully opposed motion for expedited review.
  • In re a Petition for Instructions to Construe Basic Resolution 876 of the Port Authority of the City of St. Paul. Successfully petitioned court to file amicus brief.
  • Mona Savig and Robert Savig v. First National Bank of Omaha and Messerli & Kramer, P.A. Successfully briefed to the Minnesota Supreme Court a question of Minnesota law certified to the Minnesota Supreme Court by the federal district court.

Professional Activities

Federal Bar Association
Eighth Circuit Bar Association
Minnesota State Bar Association
Hennepin County Bar Association
Maslon LLP: Governance Committee Member 2016-present
Jewish Family and Children's Service of Minneapolis: Board Member 2013-2016
Cardozo Society - Twin Cities: Steering Committee
Women Presidents' Organization: Minnesota Chapter


2016 Women in Business Award Winner, Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal

Recognized on Minnesota Super Lawyers® list, 2016-2017 (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.)

Recognized on Minnesota Rising Stars list as part of the Super Lawyers® selection process, 2005-2015 (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.)

Pro Bono Award, for commitment to pro bono service, Maslon LLP, 2009, 2016

North Star Lawyer, Minnesota State Bar Association, 2014, 2016 (North Star Lawyer is a designation that recognizes members who provide 50 hours or more of pro bono legal services in a calendar year.)

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Bar Admissions
Minnesota, 2001
U.S. District Court
  • Minnesota, 2003
  • E.D. Michigan, 2011
U.S. Court of Appeals
  • Eighth Circuit, 2004
Northwestern University School of Law
J.D., cum laude, 2001
Honors: Order of the Coif, Dean's List
Princeton University
B.A., cum laude, 1997

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