Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P. is a
Minneapolis-based firm known for its trial litigation practice,
particularly in the intellectual property and mass tort arenas. The
firm's attorneys are no strangers to high-profile, high-stakes
trial work-and multimillion-dollar verdicts.
Minneapolis Midsized Hotshot
Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi was founded in 1938 as
Robins & Davis in Minneapolis, where about half of the firm's
attorneys are still based. Since then, the firm has built a strong
litigation practice both in Minnesota and in New York, California,
Massachusetts, Georgia and Florida.
In addition to mass tort, the firm has a well-reputed
intellectual property practice and a strong complex business
litigation practice. The firm also has practices in talent-side
entertainment and media litigation, antitrust litigation and
financial litigation, among other areas. The American
Lawyer ranked the firm ninth in the country in the 2010 Pro
Bono Survey, and has twice named the firm to its A-List.
With several high-profile litigation cases over the last half
century, Robin, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P. attorneys have
been advocating on behalf of clients for more than 75 years.
Most recently, in In re Payment Card Interchange Fee and
Merchant Discount Litigation, the firm reached a $7.25 billion
proposed antitrust settlement on behalf of a class of approximately
seven million U.S. merchants who accept Visa and MasterCard credit
cards and debit cards for the purchase of goods or services. The
settlement, which resolves the lawsuit, is believed to be the
largest settlement of a private antitrust case in the 120-year
history of the Sherman Act and also includes important reforms of
the payment card industry.
Also recently, the firm's attorneys represented the Special
Committee of the Fiesta Bowl's Board of Directors in conducting an
extensive five month internal investigation of the Fiesta Bowl to
look into allegations that the Fiesta Bowl had reimbursed employees
for campaign contributions, that a prior investigation had
covered-up criminal conduct, and that the Fiesta Bowl had made
numerous other improper expenditures. The Final Report was covered
by dozens of media outlets and received widespread praise.
Perhaps its most famous recent case was when the firm secured
$500 million from Big Tobacco to pay Blue Cross/Blue Shield of
Minnesota in a mass tort action lawsuit, a payout which resulted in
high profits per partner that year. Co-lead counsel for that trial,
and not least among the firm's plaintiff-side litigation trial
attorneys, is company namesake Michael Ciresi, once described as
one of "the nation's top personal injury lawyers" famous for his
"bulldog-like tenacity," according to the New York