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John N. Sellner

E-Discovery Counsel
p (612) 604-6422   f (612) 604-6800 
William Mitchell College of Law, J.D., 2008
New York University, M.A., English Literature, 2004
University of St. Thomas, B.A., English Literature, 2002
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John N. Sellner is Winthrop & Weinstine’s E-Discovery Counsel and a member of the firm’s Business & Commercial Litigation and Securities Litigation Groups. In this role, John develops the firm’s best practices related to document collection, processing, production, and secure handling of client information, and ensures that these best practices are followed. John also advises the firm’s attorneys with respect to changes to the local and Federal rules with implications on discovery obligations.

Some of his responsibilities include:
  • Drafting discovery responses, objections, and electronically stored information (“ESI”) protocols providing the parties’ agreed upon production sources, format, and other considerations
  • Advising clients on hard-copy document and ESI preservation obligations during the pendency of a lawsuit and relaxation of such obligations after litigation has concluded
  • Preparing litigation holds and advising on procedures for implementation, including identification of relevant custodians and data sources to which the litigation hold should apply, as well as providing direction regarding release from the litigation hold
  • Briefing on e-discovery issues, including research on the local and Federal rules related to e-discovery, motions for protective orders, and responses to motions to compel
  • Preparing draft case management orders and Rule 26(f) reports, and strategies for Rule 26(f) conferences
  • Serving as a liaison between clients, IT personnel, and outside service providers on support for proportionality objections, including producing affidavits and identifying and preparing witnesses to testify on burdensomeness of collecting and producing data from particular custodians and sources
  • Consulting with clients on ideal methods for collecting, processing, reviewing, and producing relevant hard-copy and ESI data 
John also works with clients to develop or update record retention policies and effectively implement those policies across all business lines. These services range from drafting new policies to reviewing existing policies, as well as providing advice concerning implementation of record retention policies. He is adept at coordinating with a broad team that may include in-house counsel, IT professionals, records coordinators and other employees with record retention responsibilities.

In his role as E-Discovery Counsel, John also manages firm personnel, document review service providers, and technology process providers in order to ensure that the right individuals are utilized for a cost-effective and legally proportional response to discovery obligations.

John is also very active in pro bono legal work and serves on the firm’s Pro Bono Committee.

Bar Admissions
Minnesota, 2008
Texas, 2009
U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, 2010

Honors & Awards
  • MSBA North Star Lawyer for Pro Bono Service, 2013, 2015-2017
  • Minnesota Rising Stars, Super Lawyers®, 2017
Professional Associations and Memberships
  • Federal Bar Association
    • Member, LGBT Law Section, Membership Committee
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Minnesota Lavender Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Hennepin County Bar Association  
Community Involvment
  • Co-Chair of the Firm’s Community Service Committee
  • Ronald McDonald House, volunteer
  • Second Harvest Heartland, volunteer
  • The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Big Climb, volunteer
  • Santa Brings A Lawsuit, Firm Coordinator
  • The Washburn Center School Supply Drive, Firm Coordinator
Speaker. "E-Discovery." State Bar of Wisconsin, Eighth Annual Young Lawyers Conference. Green Bay, WI. 24 March 2017.
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