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Combines legal skills & business experience to find solutions that make sense

Focuses on solutions & fights only over things that matter

Really listens to clients in order to understand their business needs

Litigation is a tool; it is valuable only to the extent that it solves business problems.
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William A. McNab

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William Mitchell College of Law, J.D., summa cum laude
University of Minnesota, B.A., History & Philosophy

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Bill is an experienced litigator who represents a wide variety of clients in the federal and state courts, and before administrative and professional licensing bodies. His clients have included Fortune 500 companies, closely held corporations, and everything in between.

Bill also serves as General Counsel to the firm. He advises the firm with respect to matters of risk management, professional responsibility, professional development, firm governance, and firm management.

Because he spent more than 15 years in business management before starting his practice, Bill genuinely understands the client-attorney relationship from the client’s perspective. Bill listens first, and then applies his legal skills and business experience to help resolve their problems. Bill strives to achieve his clients’ litigation goals practically, efficiently, and affordably. He understands that litigation is a means to an end, not an end in itself, and that sometimes, the best lawsuit is the one that was avoided.

The combination of legal and business experience allows Bill to represent business clients effectively. He has successfully litigated contract and uniform commercial code disputes, ERISA, product liability, fraud, misrepresentation, securities fraud, RICO claims, shareholder and partnership disputes, and business separation and dissolution matters. He has also successfully defended businesses in wage and hour, discrimination, whistleblower, and Family Medical Leave Act claims, and in non-compete, non-solicitation and misappropriation of trade secrets cases, and has represented numerous businesses before the U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division and the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry.

Bill has represented numerous medical device manufacturers, health care and dental providers, and medical management companies in both commercial disputes and in healthcare-specific matters, including health-care fraud, waste and abuse, Stark, anti-kickback, and other healthcare-specific issues. Bill also represents professionals before licensing, administrative, and credentialing bodies, including the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General, the Minnesota Board of Accountancy, and Delta Dental Plan of Minnesota.

Before entering private practice, Bill served as a judicial law clerk to United States District Court Judge David S. Doty, which provided an opportunity to learn firsthand how judges and juries decide cases. Before starting his legal career, Bill held management and senior management positions with Honeywell, Inc., Minnesota Valley Engineering, M.G. Waldbaum Company, and Northfield Lines, Inc.

Bill and his wife of more than 26 years have two sons. Bill enjoys traveling with his family, golfing, fishing, hunting, scuba diving, and music.

Bar Admissions
U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota
Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals
Pro Hac Vice in numerous federal district courts, bankruptcy courts, and state district courts around the country

Representative Engagements
Business & Commercial Litigation
  • Obtained a complete non-liability verdict for an international financial services enterprise following a seven-week federal court trial. Federal district court.
  • Successfully defended an international manufacturer against breach of contract and copyright claims brought by the State of Minnesota. Federal district court.
  • Represented a regional manufacturer that was sold a defective product by a national supplier. Obtained a favorable settlement and indemnification against potential future claims. Federal district court.
  • Obtained favorable settlement for the parent company of a broker-dealer that was victimized by massive securities fraud. Federal district court.
  • Successfully obtained dismissal of RICO action against an international insurer relating to state-mandated reporting and reinsurance payments. Federal district court.
  • Successfully overcame a previously entered default judgment against an international manufacturer. Federal district court.
  • Successfully represented national manufacturer against product defect and failure to warn claim; plaintiff voluntarily withdrew claim and dismissed action during discovery. Federal district court.
  • Obtained dismissal with prejudice for national insurer in ERISA coverage dispute. Federal district court.
  • Successfully represented publicly traded company against putative class action securities fraud claims by obtaining dismissals of key claims, leading to favorable settlement. Federal district court.
  • Successfully defended sellers of business against claims of misrepresentation and breach of representations and warranties. Obtained favorable settlement several days into trial. Federal district court.
  • Obtained favorable settlement for closely held supplier suing international manufacturer for breach of requirements contact. State district court.
  • Obtained successful resolution of shareholder and partnership dispute between brothers who were co-owners of closely held corporation and partnership. State district court.
  • Obtained favorable settlement for minority shareholder wrongfully forced out of closely-held corporation. State district court.
  • Obtained favorable settlement for minority shareholder wrongfully denied proportionate distributions. State district court.

Employment Law Litigation
  • Successfully defended national corporation in Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) litigation by minimalizing the opt-in class size and obtaining favorable settlement. Federal district Court, TX.
  • Successfully defended regional corporation in Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) litigation by defeating conditional certification of the opt-in class. Federal district court, MN.
  • Successfully defended two regional corporations in Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) litigation by overcoming plaintiffs' Joint Employer liability allegations. Federal district court, MN.
  • Successfully defended regional corporation in FLSA litigation by obtaining dismissal with prejudice of federal claims. Federal district court, MN.
  • Obtained favorable settlement for regional contractor in FLSA litigation, defeating and avoiding conditional certification, notice, and class certification. Federal district court, MN.
  • Successfully defended senior-level employee and current employer against former employer’s claims of breach of non-compete, breach of duty of loyalty, and misappropriation of trade secrets. State district court.
  • Obtained favorable resolution of tortious interference and misappropriation of trade secrets claims brought against current employer by employee’s former employer. State district court.

  • Obtained multi-million dollar settlement for health care provider (amounting to 100% of client’s damages) in action against state agency for wrongful denial of participation in state program. Federal district court.
  • Obtained favorable settlement and resolution of fraud, waste, and abuse claims brought against health care provider by claims administrator. State district court.
  • Obtained favorable settlement of dispute through reorganization and sale of medical services management company. Federal district court.
  • Favorably resolved dispute between buyer and seller of chiropractic practice over earn-out provisions and representations and warranties without resorting to litigation. Private mediation.
  • Successfully defended directors of medical services management company in dispute with contracted providers. State district court.
  • Successfully resolved medical device manufacturer’s dispute with key supplier by moving for emergency injunctive relief. Federal district court.

Administrative & Professional Licensing
  • Successfully represented CPA before Minnesota Board of Accountancy and Complaint Committee, obtaining a "No Action" finding concluding that there was no basis for any disciplinary action. Minnesota Board of Accountancy and Complaint Committee.
  • Successfully resolved SEC action against registered representative. Securities and Exchange Commission.
  • Successfully resolved Board of Accountancy complaint and investigation of certified public accountant. Minnesota Board of Accountancy.
  • Successfully settled SEC action against registered representative. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Community Involvement
  • Minnesota Bar Association
    • Business Law Section
    • Health Law Section
  • Minnesota Federal Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
    • Business Law Section
    • Health Law Section
    • Labor and Employment Law Section
  • Center for Ethical Business Cultures
  • Ducks Unlimited
  • Minnesota Valley Country Club, President, Committee Member
  • William Mitchell Law Review Staff

Honors & Awards
  • "Local Litigation Star," Benchmark Litigation, 2015-2018
  • Minnesota Rising Stars, Super Lawyers®, 2007, 2009-2012

Articles & Presentations
Speaker. "Recent Trends and Developments in Employment Litigation." Minnesota State Bar Association Corporate Counsel Institute. Minneapolis, MN. 12 February 2015.

Speaker. "U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division Audits and Investigations." Winthrop & Weinstine Employment Law Seminar. 7 October 2014.

Speaker. “Heads Up! Proactive Strategies to Avoid Wage and Hour Litigation.” Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A. Employment Law Seminar. Minneapolis, MN. 27 Oct. 2011.

Speaker. “Resolution of the Source Code Issue in Minnesota.” CMI, Inc., Intoxilyzer Users’ Group. Louisville, KY. 15 Aug. 2011.

Speaker. “Rule 502, Quick Peeks and Clawbacks,” Minnesota Association of Litigation Support Professionals. Minneapolis, MN. 19 Nov. 2009.

Speaker. “Current Developments in Restrictive Covenants and Employee Common Law Duties,” Minnesota Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Section. Minneapolis, MN. 5 Mar. 2008.

Author. “Ethical Leadership in a Peer Collegium (with Prof. Neil Hamilton).” Minnesota Lawyer. 3 Sept. 2001.

Author. “Minnesota Loss Payable Clauses in Fire Insurance Policies: Falling Short of the Minimum Coverage Requirements.” 26 Wm. Mitchell L. Rev. 577 (2000).
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