Our Team

Janet G. Stellpflug

Partner

Janet Stellpflug, founding partner of Stellpflug Law PLLC, has more than 30 years of experience defending corporate clients in a variety of civil matters and arbitration proceedings. Her practice is focused on defense of complex construction and product liability litigation. She is devoted to client-driven results, whether the need is risk prevention, early resolution or trial. Her substantial civil trial and arbitration experience includes serving as first chair for more than 30 jury trials in state and federal court in Minnesota and Wisconsin. In a recent arbitration proceeding, Janet successfully enforced her client’s indemnity provisions in a contract entered after the effective date of the 2013 anti-indemnity amendments to Minn. Stat. §337.02, et al.

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Since 1993, Janet has been certified as a Civil Trial Specialist by the Minnesota State Bar Association, a distinction achieved by less than one percent of women lawyers in Minnesota. She has also continuously held the AV Preeminent Rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the most well-respected legal directory in the legal community, for professional skills and integrity. Early in her career, she worked as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Robert H. Schumacher. Her pro bono work includes serving as a volunteer conciliation court referee.

Janet works with a wide variety of clients, including large construction companies, international manufacturers, high-profile non-profits and small businesses. She represents her clients directly, and in some circumstances, as defense counsel appointed by their insurance carriers.

Notable Representations

  • Cost-effective early settlement of payment bond claims on behalf of principal and surety sued on large public works project.
  • Obtained summary judgment dismissal of manufacturer after federal court granted motion in limine to exclude plaintiff’s expert.
  • Represented product distributor / installer through summary judgment, obtained dismissal of large parts of plaintiffs case. Oakbrooke Infinity HOA, Inc. v Pulte Homes, Inc.
  • Lead trial counsel for general contractor in suit alleging construction defects in local hospital.
  • Successful representation of contractors in multiple construction defect matters involving confidential mission critical data centers.
  • Multiple confidential arbitration proceedings.
  • Successful pursuit of downstream contractors and insurers for indemnification and defense costs on behalf of general contractors, including recent settlement for 100% of construction costs, plus full reimbursement of all attorney fees from subcontractor’s insurer.
  • Serves as outside litigation counsel for general contractor with global offices.

Awards & Recognitions

  • Civil Trial Law Specialist certified by the Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Minnesota Super Lawyers® (Construction Litigation) – Since 2008
  • Minnesota Super Lawyers® Top Women – 2015
  • Martindale Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rating (the highest possible rating for legal ability and adherence to professional standards of conduct, ethics, reliability and diligence)
  • Super Lawyers® Business Edition (Litigation) – 2014
  • Top Women Attorneys in Minnesota, Mpls/St. Paul Magazine – 2014
  • Minnesota Super Lawyers® Top 100 Women – 2009

Affiliations

  • Associated General Contractors of America
  • Barrister, Amdahl Inn of Court
  • Fellow, Construction Lawyers Society of America™
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (Past President, Minnesota Chapter)
  • Academy of Certified Trial Lawyers of Minnesota (Former Dean; Membership Committee, Judicial Nomination Committee, Judicial Endorsement Committee, Nominating Committee)
  • Civil Trial Certification Board, Minnesota State Bar Association
  • The Claims & Litigation Management Alliance (CLM)
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Minnesota State Board of Legal Certification
  • Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association (Past Chair, Products Liability Committee)

Articles & Presentations

  • “10 Mistakes You Are Currently Making With Your Construction Clients,” CLSA North American Construction Symposium, November 30, 2017
  • “The Trial Lawyer’s Guide to Mandatory Arbitration Clauses,” Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association, May 24, 2017
  • MDLA Trial Academy Faculty – January 2017
  • “Cost-Effective Case Management: How to Control the Time and Expense of Resolving Disputes,” AGC Conference on Surety Bonding and Construction Risk Management – February 2016
  • International Masters in Trial Program, Berlin, Germany, ABOTA – 2014. Sponsored by the American Board of Trial Advocates, Stellpflug was selected as a member of the defense trial team. Part of a joint trial program with members of the German American Lawyers Association, the program was followed by panel discussions on the characteristics and differences in the two country’s legal systems examining the right to jury trial. The trial demonstration was conducted in the Kammegericht in Kleistpark, Berlin’s historic courthouse dating to 1913.
  • Masters in Trial, Course Chair and Defense Team Coordinator, MILE and ABOTA – 2014
  • Catastrophic Loss: Claims Handling, Legal & Evidentiary Issues and Insurance – 2013 Construction Law and Insurance Forum, Marsh USA-F&M
  • The Exclusive Remedy Doctrine in Construction Site Cases, MTLA, 2002
  • Developing a Better Crystal Ball – How to Assess Third Party Rights after O’Malley and Jackson, Minnesota CLE, 1997
  • Effective Use of Experts, MWL CLE, 1995
  • Subrogation in Personal Injury Cases – The Interplay, MCLE, 2013
  • The Importance of Understanding Lambertson, MILE, 1997

Admissions

  • Minnesota State Bar
  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, North Dakota
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Practices

  • Construction
  • Product Liability
  • Commercial Litigation

Education

  • J.D., Mitchell Hamline School of Law – Law School Honors, Moot Court, Dean’s List
  • B.A., Mills College

Elizabeth J. Roff

Partner

Elizabeth Roff has a proven track record of effectively and passionately representing clients in civil litigation matters in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

With more than 10 years of courtroom experience, Liz has taken the lead on 400+ civil matters involving commercial losses, with a focus on construction defect and product liability disputes. She also defends companies alleged to have violated federal and state employment practices including harassment and discrimination.

Her career highlights include numerous successful trial verdicts, settlement awards and procedural dismissals. Liz provides thought-out practical advice to her clients but is not afraid to make a plaintiff prove a case to a jury when necessary.

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In the insurance arena, she provides clients with straight-forward coverage opinions and representation in disputes arising under commercial policies.

Widely considered an expert on commercial general liability policies, she co-authored “Minnesota Commercial General Liability Insurance Policy: Annotated,” cited as authority by the Minnesota Court of Appeals in Grinnell Mutual Insurance Co. v. Ripley, No. A09-179 (Minn. Ct. App., Dec. 29, 2009). 

She is also the primary author of the Post Loss Duties of an Insured chapter of the Minnesota Continuing Legal Education Deskbook.

In her spare time, Liz enjoys time with her family and gives back to the community as a mentor to law school students and volunteer lawyer.

Notable Representations

  • Multiple successful jury verdicts in Minnesota and Wisconsin.
  • Favorable decisions in bench trials involving insurance coverage determinations.
  • Voluntary dismissal of a roofing contractor in a significant construction site personal injury lawsuit involving awning cave-in.
  • Obtained successful settlement for HVAC contractor in condominium defect case where the majority of experts concluded that defective HVAC design and installation caused the damage.
  • Hennepin County District Court adopted the general contractor’s rights of indemnification in a major construction defect case.
  • Received favorable allocation of responsibility for settlement proceeds of a product liability loss caused by negligent safety mechanisms of an amusement park ride.
  • In an underinsured motorist claim by a plaintiff in her twenties that required emergency lumbar surgery for a nerve injury while pregnant and whose doctors have rendered her disabled from gainful employment, received a defense verdict finding that the lumbar injury was not caused by the rear end motor vehicle accident. The court of appeals ultimately held that the underinsured motorist insurance carrier was the prevailing party and the plaintiff had to reimburse the insurer over $20,000.00 in costs and disbursements. Hamilton v. Progressive Direct Ins. Co., A18-0585 (Minn. Ct. App. Jan. 7, 2019).
  • Obtained dismissal of New York gender discrimination causes of action for an international company, thereby eliminating joint and several liability for individual executives who allegedly harassed and discriminated against the employee.
  • Obtained summary judgment dismissing a homeowners’ association claim for breach of covenant for a property owners’ construction.

Awards & Recognitions

  • Minnesota Rising Star ® – 2020

Affiliations

  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association, Co-Chair, Construction Law Committee; Co-Chair, Motor Vehicle Accident Committee, 2019 – 2021 term
  • Minnesota Women Lawyers, Law Student Mentor, 2018 – present
  • Twin Cities Claim Association, Board of Directors

Articles & Presentations

  • Contribution Claims Against the Employer in Work-Related Personal Injury Claims – TCCA Monthly Meeting, October, 2019
  • To Pay or Not to Pay? Evaluating a Self-Employed, Underemployed, or Unemployed Plaintiff’s Wage Loss Claim – MDLA, March 7, 2019
  • Who Pays? A Pragmatic Approach to Awarding Costs and Disbursements Post-Trial
  • Minnesota Court of Appeals Restricts Reach of Minn. Stat. § 62Q.75 in No-Fault Claims2019
  • Minnesota Insurance Law Deskbook: Post Loss Duties of an Insured – 2011 to present
  • Minnesota Motor Vehicle Accident Deskbook: Chapter 18 Settlement Documents & Releases – 2008 to present
  • Minnesota Commercial General Liability Policy: Annotated – 2008
  • A Slightly Editorialized Review: 2008 Minnesota Automobile Coverage Cases – 2008
  • Construction Defect Deskbook: Additional Insured Issues and Practice – 2007

Admissions

  • Minnesota State Bar
  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, Minnesota

Practices

  • Construction
  • Product Liability
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Employment

Education

  • University of Minnesota, B.A. Economics
  • William Mitchell College of Law, J.D. Magna Cum Laude

Zoe I. Graham

Law Clerk

Law clerk Zoe I. Graham assists firm attorneys and paralegals with a wide range of case activities, including legal research and writing documents and pleadings for large, complex litigation cases, discoveries and trials.

Zoe came to Stellpflug Law PLLC with nearly ten years of real-life team building, problem solving and managerial experience, including the creation of a new business and operational strategy for a major resort property. Her action-oriented work ethic and collaborative approach have proven to benefit colleagues, clients and business partners alike.

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Zoe attends Mitchell Hamline School of Law, where she expects to earn her Juris Doctor in May 2022. Active in the student community, she serves as a writing associate for the Mitchell Hamline Law Journal of Public Policy & Practice, as Vice President of the Minnesota Justice Foundation, which connects volunteer law students with opportunities to assist attorneys in meeting the legal needs of low-income communities, and as the Family Director of the Mitchell Hamline School of Law Self-Help Clinic, where she leads clinic operations, including supervising student and attorney volunteers and managing client expectations. 

She also volunteers for the Home Line Tenant Advocacy program, researching tenant rights issues and assisting tenants in rental disputes. Throughout these experiences, Zoe has consistently demonstrated her ability to analyze new situations and find practical approaches to each case.

In her youth, Zoe demonstrated grit and resilience through her experiences playing on Brainerd Amateur Hockey Association (BAHA), boys’ teams, and on her high school girls’ varsity team, where she was named captain, MVP, and all-conference during her senior year. Her personal interests include basic coding, computer building, gaming, the performing arts, ethnography, tennis, and hockey.

Affiliations

  • Associated General Contractors of America
  • Writing Associate, Mitchell Hamline Law Journal of Public Policy & Practice,
  • Vice President, Minnesota Justice Foundation Student Chapter, May 2020-Present
  • Family Director, Mitchell Hamline School of Law Self-Help Clinic, Feb 2020 – Present
  • Tenant Advocate, HOME Line, Feb 2018 – May 2018; Nov 2019 – Present
  • Fundraising Board Member, She’s The First UMN Chapter, Sept 2016 – Dec 2017

Practices

  • Construction
  • Product Liability
  • Commercial Litigation

Education

  • Mitchell Hamline School of Law, Juris Doctor expected May 2022
  • University of Minnesota Twin Cities, B.A. Anthropology; Sociology of Law, Criminology, and Deviance

Marissa L. Powers

Paralegal

Marissa Powers specializes in construction litigation. She also has extensive experience working as a national coordinating counsel paralegal, where she assisted in developing defense strategies for a client across multiple jurisdictions across the nation.

In her role as a paralegal, Marissa spends much of her time working with diverse document databases which assist clients and attorneys engaged in production and review of very large scale document productions for complex litigation. She works closely with attorneys, clients and experts to bring documents together into usable formats for depositions, expert discovery, arbitration hearings, motions, trials, and all forms of dispute resolution. Marissa is also responsible for drafting various pleadings and discovery, and updating clients.

Marissa graduated from Minnesota School of Business in 2008 with a Paralegal Degree.  She is a member of the Minnesota Paralegal Association (MPA). 

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Staci L. Daniels

Legal Administrative Assistant

With nearly 20 years of experience as a legal administrative assistant, Staci provides key support to the firm’s litigation team and client base. She is responsible for a variety of legal and administrative tasks, including court filings, scheduling appointments, depositions and mediations, managing calendars, preparing documents and correspondence, and database maintenance.

Staci is proficient in legal technologies, with substantial experience in electronic discovery, trial technology, and external database hosting for our clients. She is well-versed in the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure as well as multiple state court rules, and is skilled in navigating matters that cross multiple jurisdictions.

Staci manages multiple responsibilities with attention to detail and has a proven record of solid performance in high-volume, high-pressure litigation environments.

She earned her Legal Secretary Certification from the Minnesota School of Business.

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Katie A. Johnston

Office Administrator

Katie Johnston oversees the firm’s administrative operations – finance, facility, and personnel. She has overall responsibility for creating best practices for internal processes and procedures, as well as training and educational initiatives which allow the firm to better serve its clients.

Her responsibilities include maintaining accounts payable, receivables and monthly billing, and management of the administration of policies, programs and practices within the firm. Well-versed in organizational management and administration, Katie’s enthusiasm and strong technical and interpersonal skills serve to enhance firm operations and client service.

Katie Johnston

Prior to joining the firm, Katie worked as a research assistant and served in the admissions office at the University of Minnesota, managing and interpreting high volumes of data.  Her educational background includes accounting, strategic human resources management, healthcare business and finance, law and ethics in administration of healthcare, and US health care systems.  

Katie holds a B.S. in Psychology with a minor in Health Services Management from the University of Minnesota.

Liz D. Hersey

Marketing Director

Liz Hersey has helped emerging and established companies alike build strategic marketing and communications programs that positively “influence the influencers” – the key media, industry, and investment communities that influence brand recognition, corporate reputation and customer decisions.

In both agency and corporate settings, Liz has garnered editorial awards and numerous media/analyst reviews for corporate strategy, new technology, and new product introductions. With attention to clear, concise and consistent messaging, she has led successful communications strategies and initiatives through all business phases and climates.

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Her experience includes securing funding for a growing business and facilitating the sale of two private technology companies; helping to establish and grow an international legal association to more than 4000 members worldwide; and leading the design and development of various brand-building web-based initiatives, including an award-winning eCommerce web site.

She has served on the Board of Directors of the National Investor Relations Institute Twin Cities, taking national honors for Distinctive Communications, Best Annual Plan and Best Overall Chapter; as chair for the Communications Working Group, Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA); and on the PR Committee of the I2O Special Interest Group. 

Liz has also been active in organizations including PRSA and the Legal Marketing Association (LMA).  In 2013, she was named an Unsung Legal Hero by Minnesota Lawyer Magazine.

As Marketing Director for Stellpflug Law PLLC,  Liz directs all firm marketing and communications strategies and works with firm attorneys to leverage their unique strengths for competitive advantage.