A. Elizabeth Burnett

Robins Kaplan LLP

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Lasalle Avenue 800
Minneapolis 55402 MN US

Elizabeth Burnett’s practice focuses on defending product manufacturers and industrial plant owners in complex product liability, personal injury, property damage, and disaster litigation. Many of these high-stakes matters stem from fires and explosions caused by combustible dust and natural gas.

In her nationwide practice, Ms. Burnett has represented such well-known companies as Honeywell International Inc. and Donaldson Company, Inc. Ms. Burnett was recently named a 2016 Up & Coming Attorney by Minnesota Lawyer.

Ms. Burnett has represented clients in several high-stakes cases. In 2015, Ms. Burnett and her team obtained summary judgment in a personal injury case where the plaintiffs sought $65 million in damages.

In 2016, she represented a manufacturer following an explosion and fire that killed more than 30 people and injured dozens more at a natural gas refinery. Ms. Burnett and her team secured a motion to dismiss the plaintiff’s claims with prejudice.

Ms. Burnett has also litigated a variety of commercial insurance coverage disputes for industry leaders, including Factory Mutual Insurance Company, Affiliated FM Insurance Company, and Hartford Casualty Insurance Company.

As a former claims adjuster for Zurich North America and Berkshire-Hathaway-owned insurance boutique Applied Underwriters, Ms. Burnett brings a depth of understanding and uniquely practical perspective to coverage cases.

In 2014, Ms. Burnett second-chaired a federal jury trial for an insurer in Cammeby’s Management Company, LLC v. Affiliated FM Insurance Company. The plaintiff sought $30 million, plus interest, for losses caused by Superstorm Sandy and the insurer asserted a coverage limit of $10 million. After an eight-day trial, the jury issued an advisory verdict affirming the $10 million policy limit; this verdict was later confirmed by the court.

A North Star Lawyer, Ms. Burnett has handled pro bono cases for the Minnesota Public Defender’s Appellate Office, Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid, and the Minnesota Guardian ad Litem Board. In one precedent-setting case, Ms. Burnett prevailed at the Minnesota Court of Appeals, reversing a client’s conviction and securing a holding that physically disabled individuals using motorized devices as a substitute for walking are not subject to Minnesota’s DUI statute.

Ms. Burnett has twice served as a Coordinator for the firm’s Summer Associate Program (2015-2016). She is also a member of the firm’s Hiring Committee and a liaison with the University of St. Thomas School of Law.

Education:

  • University of St. Thomas School of Law, J.D., cum laude (2010); St. Thomas Journal of Law and Policy, Publications Editor (2009-2010)
  • Creighton University, B.A. in English Literature and Spanish, magna cum laude (2004)

Bar Admissions:

  • Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan

Professional Associations:

  • American Association for Justice (formerly the Association of Trial Lawyers of America)
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Minnesota State Bar Association

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