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Ann Motl


3300 Wells Fargo Center, 90 South Seventh Street, Minneapolis, MN 55402-4140

Bar Admissions

U.S. District Court
  • Minnesota

Leadership & Community

  • Federal Bar Association – Minnesota Chapter: Digital Communications Committee Co-Chair 2019-present; New Lawyers Committee Co-Chair 2017-2019; Diversity and Inclusion Task Force member 2016
  • United States District Court and Federal Bar Association: Pro Se Project, Pro Bono Attorney Volunteer
  • Volunteer Lawyers Network: Pro Bono Attorney Volunteer
  • Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid: Pro Bono Attorney Volunteer
  • The Honorable Jimmie V. Reyna Intellectual Property American Inn of Court: Associate, 2021-present


Ann Motl leverages her background in mechanical engineering to counsel clients on a variety of technological/legal issues including intellectual property litigation and product liability defense. She is a registered patent attorney with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, with substantial experience in all phases of pre-trial civil litigation and motion practice in the federal courts. She also has developed skill in design patent litigation and has practiced before the International Trade Commission. Ann has worked for clients across a variety of technical areas, including automotive engineering, medical device, oil and gas, consumer goods, and telecommunications.

Committed to advancing the profession through leadership and pro bono service, Ann is actively involved in the Minnesota Chapter of the Federal Bar Association where she currently serves as co-chair of the Digital Communications Committee. She has represented multiple pro bono clients in Social Security disability appeals while working with the Minnesota Chapter's Pro Se Project, and has also represented pro bono clients in housing and habeas matters while working with Volunteer Lawyers Network and Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid.

Prior to joining Maslon, Ann gained valuable experience working at an intellectual property boutique firm and clerking for Magistrate Judge Hildy Bowbeer of the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota. Ann is a cum laude graduate of the University of Minnesota Law School, where she served as the online managing editor of the Minnesota Law Review and as Vice President of the Student Intellectual Property Law Association.


  • Counsel to leading medical device manufacturer in lawsuits involving both PMA and 510k external medical devices in state and federal courts across the country.
  • Drafted and argued motion successfully obtaining dismissal of affirmative defenses and counterclaim on behalf of employer in a breach of confidentiality agreement case.
  • Drafted dispositive motions resulting in success on the merits or favorable settlement in several cases in federal district courts and the International Trade Commission.
  • Argued claim construction term ultimately resulting in the Court adopting the definition.
  • Worked with client during prelitigation phase to develop noninfringement positions and avoid further assertions of infringement.


Up & Coming Attorney, Minnesota Lawyer, 2021

North Star Lawyer, Minnesota State Bar Association, 2018-2020 (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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