Margo Brownell represents commercial policyholders in high-stakes insurance coverage disputes. Her expertise is in obtaining multimillion-dollar, multi-layer insurance recoveries for national and international companies facing mass tort and/or class action liabilities, and negotiating and/or litigating coverage claims under all types of liability policies, most frequently commercial general, product liability (including medical technology and life sciences), directors and officers liability, professional liability, cyber-liability, employment practices, and intellectual property liability coverage. She also handles complex commercial cases involving corporate-owned life insurance (COLI) as well as other types of life insurance products. In addition, she 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. 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.
Prior to becoming a lawyer, Margo was a free-lance journalist for Newsweek International, The Nation, and The New York Observer, among other publications, and was 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.)