Stephanie Bitterman is a partner in Maslon's Litigation Group where she represents clients ranging from small business owners to large corporations throughout all stages of litigation. Stephanie has experience in a wide range of high-stakes business disputes, including minority shareholder and creditor disputes, insurance coverage disputes, construction defect claims, business contract disputes, non-compete, and ERISA matters. Stephanie takes a strategic and practical approach to litigation, keeping her clients' business objectives at the fore. She also volunteers pro bono legal service for Minnesota Wills for Heroes and the Children's Law Center of Minnesota.

Stephanie received her law degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Minnesota Law School. She was a member and editor of the Minnesota Law Review, recipient of the Royal Stone Scholarship, and participated in the International Law Students Association. While in law school, Stephanie volunteered with the Minnesota Justice Foundation, where she assisted with immigration and asylum cases; she also studied international trade in a
study-abroad program in Argentina. Prior to law school, Stephanie worked in customer service training and as a production coordinator in both the private and non-profit sectors. Stephanie graduated summa cum laude from Missouri Western State University with a B.A. in Spanish.

Selected Experience

Business Litigation

  • In re: Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis (Bankr. D. Minn. 2015). Assisted with the representation of the Committee of Parish Creditors in the Archdiocese Chapter 11 Reorganization. Represent over 100 parishes facing hundreds of clergy abuse claims in seeking coverage from over 30 different insurance carriers to achieve a global resolution and settlement of the claims
  • Represented creditors in arbitration where clients obtained multi-million dollar awards in connection with loans to private entities.
  • Represented minority shareholders of an LLC in an arbitration and obtained favorable settlement of claims involving fiduciary duty, breach of contract, and equitable remedies for buy-out.
  • Represented investment advisory firm that obtained a favorable settlement in action relating to client's recommendation to invest in what has commonly been referred to as Bernard Madoff's feeder funds.
  • Rembrandt Enterprises v. Deb El Food Products LLC et al. Obtained summary judgment on behalf of creditor seeking to recover $1 million receivable dismissing debtor's $1.7 million counterclaim alleging creditor had breached supply agreement by demanding assurances of future performance.
  • MN Timberwolves Limited Partnership v. AEG Management. Represented the Minnesota Timberwolves in connection with a successful ruling in 2010 in a contractual dispute with the operator of the Target Center Arena over the rights to revenue from a new sign to be erected on the back of the Target Center Arena adjacent to the new Twins Stadium.
  • Obtained dismissal of claims against Fortune 500 company involving stock purchase and sale.
  • Defended national retailer and hotel chain in action alleging unfair labor practice and discrimination claims.
  • Obtained favorable judgment for client against lessees in default on a commercial lease.
  • Has obtained favorable settlements for local and national clients in a wide variety of other commercial disputes.

Construction Litigation

  • Obtained favorable settlement defending construction subcontractor in complex litigation involving multimillion-dollar construction defect claims.
  • Obtained arbitration award for construction subcontractor in action involving mechanics' lien claims.
  • Has defended owners and contractors in a variety of construction-related actions that resulted in favorable settlements for clients.

Professional Activities

Minnesota State Bar Association: Construction Law Section; Civil Litigation Section
Hennepin County Bar Association
Minnesota Women Lawyers: Attorney Mentor for Law Students

Pro Bono Activities

Children's Law Center of Minnesota: Volunteer
Minnesota Wills for Heroes Program, Minnesota State Bar Association: Volunteer
Obtained a favorable resolution for an individual client in dispute with credit card company regarding fraudulent credit card purchases.
Minnesota Justice Foundation: past Volunteer

Community Involvement

Champlin City Planning Commission: Commissioner 2014
Simpson Shelter: Volunteer
Chicano-Latinos United in Service: past ESL Volunteer

Recognition

North Star Lawyer, Minnesota State Bar Association, 2014-2015 (North Star Lawyer is a designation that recognizes members who provide 50 hours or more of pro bono legal services in a calendar year.)

John Sublett Logan Business Fellowship for Alumni of Missouri Western State University

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Bar Admissions
Minnesota, 2006
U.S. District Court
  • Minnesota, 2006
Education
University of Minnesota Law School
J.D., magna cum laude, 2006
Honors: Order of the Coif, Dean's List
Missouri Western State University
B.A., summa cum laude, 1998
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STEPHANIE WAS RECOGNIZED AS A 2015 NORTH STAR LAWYER BY THE MINNESOTA STATE BAR ASSOCIATION.

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