Larry Purdy focuses his practice on the defense of major medical device and pharmaceutical manufacturers in complex, nation-wide product litigation. Larry has represented clients in product liability claims and lawsuits venued in virtually every state as well as the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. A significant portion of his practice deals with the issues of federal preemption and regulatory control over claims involving FDA-approved medical devices. He has tried a variety of cases in jurisdictions around the country involving both medical and non-medical products.

Larry also served as pro bono trial counsel for the plaintiffs in two landmark United States Supreme Court cases involving race-conscious admissions policies at the University of Michigan. As a consequence of his involvement in the Michigan cases, he has frequently been invited to discuss the role of race in college and university admissions. His campus appearances included invited presentations at the Universities of Texas, Michigan, Missouri, and Colorado, as well as appearances at the law schools at Arizona State University, the University of Minnesota, William Mitchell College of Law, Hamline University, University of St. Thomas, Valparaiso University, Northwestern University, and University of San Francisco. In addition, Larry has addressed numerous local, state, and federal bar associations on the topic of race.

Selected Experience

  • Sherry Ann Walker, et al. v. Medtronic, Inc., No. 07-317, S.D.W.Va. (2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 125103).
  • Clark v. Medtronic, Inc., 572 F. Supp. 2d 1090 (D. Minn. 2008).
  • Hammitt v. Medtronic, Inc. (Anoka Co. D. Ct., Minnesota, (2004). National counsel in a lawsuit involving the recall of a medical device. Case was never certified for class action and settled.
  • Emry et al v. Medtronic, Inc. et al (U.S. Dist. Ct., Minnesota, 0:04-cv-04215 (terminated - 2005). National counsel in a lawsuit involving the recall of a medical device. Case was never certified for Class Action. The claims in this case were successfully mediated.
  • Grutter v. Bollinger, et al., 137 F. Supp. 2d 821 (E.D. Mich. 2001), rev'd, 288 F.3d 732 (6th Cir. 2002), cert. granted, 123 U.S. 617 (2002), aff'd, 123 S. Ct. 2411 (2003).
  • Gratz v. Bollinger, et al., 122 F. Supp. 2d 811 (E.D. Mich. 2000), Rule 11 cert. granted, 123 U.S. 602 (2002), rev'd, 123 S. Ct. 2325 (2003).
  • Mozes v. Medtronic, Inc., 14 F. Supp. 2d 1124 (D. Minn. 1998).
  • Goldkist, Inc. v. Texas Utilities Electric Co. (fka Texas Power & Light), et al., 830 S.W.2d 91 (Texas 1992).
  • Texas City Refining, Inc. v. Graver Tank & Mfg, 822 S.W.2d 252 (Texas 1991).
  • Neville Bros v. Cook Paint & Varnish, Inc., 671 F.2d 1107 (8th Cir. 1982).
  • Mr. Purdy has served as lead counsel for product manufacturers in major product liability cases throughout the United States.
  • He has also served as an arbitrator in binding arbitration matters.

Professional Activities

University of St. Thomas School of Law: former Adjunct Professor, Mentor Externship 2011-2016


"Exhaustion, Race Neutral Alternatives, and the Future of Affirmative Action Litigation," panel member, Michigan Journal of Law Reform Sympoium on Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, University of Michigan Law School, 2014
February 22, 2014
"After the Fall: The Legacy of the I-35W Bridge Collapse Litigation and What It Means to the Design & Construction Industry in Minnesota," Maslon Speaker Series, 2013
July 25, 2013


"Awaiting the Rebirth of An Icon: Brown v. Board of Education," 44 Mitchell Hamline L. Rev. 510 (2018)
"'To Speak Openly and Candidly on the Subject of Race': Musings on Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, et al.," 12 U. St. Thomas L.J. 508, Spring 2016


Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America®, 2012-2019

Local Litigation Star, Benchmark Litigation, 2008-2011

Recognized on Minnesota Super Lawyers® list, 2009-2015 (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.)

Maslon Law Firm Humanitarian Award for 2001 (honoring volunteer work for Habitat for Humanity and Kenwood Elementary School Reading Program).

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.)

Mr. Purdy served as an officer in the United States Navy reaching the rank of Lieutenant. His service included a one-year tour in Viet Nam beginning in December 1969 and ending in December 1970. While on active duty, he received the following military decorations and honors: Joint Services Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal with Combat "V," Navy/Marine Corps Combat Action Ribbon, Meritorious Unit Citation, Southeast Asia and Vietnam Service Medals, and the National Service Medal.

Mr. Purdy was honorably discharged from the United States Navy in June 1973.

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William Mitchell College of Law
J.D., 1977
United States Naval Academy
B.S., 1968


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