Margo Brownell has represented policyholders in litigation, arbitrations, and negotiations with their insurers for almost 20 years. She has helped clients recover hundreds of millions of dollars in high-stakes insurance coverage disputes throughout the country.
Recognized as a 2018 Attorney of the Year, Margo has secured coverage for national and international companies facing a wide range of liabilities and losses, including mass tort and product liability (including medical technology and life sciences), directors' and officers' and professional liability, antitrust and securities liabilities, employment practices liability, asbestos and other toxic torts claims, cyber liability, environmental liability and intellectual property liability and many other types of claims. She handles complex commercial cases involving corporate-owned life insurance (COLI) as well as other types of life insurance products.
In addition, Margo litigates property claims, such as those arising from major catastrophic events like the terrorist attacks of 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina as well as claims under financial institution bonds and commercial crime policies. Margo also handles reinsurance issues and represents reinsurers, as well as risk retention groups.
Margo is engaged with advancing both the profession and the community. Of particular note, she served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Minnesota Law School, where she taught insurance law and founded the Insurance Law Clinic, which provides student-led representation for individuals and small businesses with insurance claims and/or coverage disputes, often on a pro bono basis for low income individuals.
Prior to becoming a lawyer, Margo was a free-lance journalist for Newsweek International, The Nation, and The New York Observer, among other publications. She also had the privilege of serving as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in Marrakech, Morocco.
Attorney of the Year, Minnesota Lawyer, 2018
2018 Women in Business Award Winner, Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal
Fellow, American Bar Foundation, 2006-present
Recognized on Minnesota Super Lawyers® list, 2017-2018 (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.)
Top Women Attorneys in Minnesota® list, 2018 (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.)
Recognized on Minnesota Rising Stars list as part of the Super Lawyers® selection process, 2008, 2011 (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.)