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Thomas H. Boyd

I work with wonderful clients, and practice an honorable profession. I couldn't ask for more.

My Approach

I represent clients in all types of commercial litigation, including complex commercial litigation, insurance coverage actions, business tort and breach of contract cases, trust litigation, and all types of civil appeals in federal and state courts. I work closely with clients to understand their objectives and to ensure they know what to expect in the litigation.

I am a fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers and an elected member of the American Law Institute, and I serve on the Minnesota Board of Law Examiners. I have taught courses at the University of Minnesota Law School and William Mitchell College of Law. I am also actively engaged providing pro bono legal services and serve as Co-Chair of Winthrop’s Pro Bono Committee.

Outside of work, I enjoy reading biographies and history, researching and writing on these subjects, and watching Big Ten football.

Honors & Awards

Minnesota Super Lawyers®

(formerly Minnesota Law & Politics)
Top 100, 2006, 2009-2023
Top 40 Business Litigation Attorneys, 2004, 2006-2009
Top Appellate Attorneys, 2000-2003

Local Litigation Star

Benchmark Litigation, 2015-2024

Recommended in Litigation: General Commercial

Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers For Business, 2011-2012

Recommended in Litigation: Appellate

Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers For Business, 2011-2023

MSBA North Star Lawyer

Pro Bono Service, 2012-2022

Attorney of the Year

Minnesota Lawyer, 2006, 2013, 2018, 2020

Donald P. Lay Award of Special Merit


The Best Lawyers in America©

Minneapolis Lawyer of the Year: Bet-the-Company Litigation, 2023
Minneapolis Lawyer of the Year: Litigation - Insurance Practice, 2022-2024
Minneapolis Lawyer of the Year: Appellate Practice, 2020
Appellate Practice, 2009-2024
Commercial Litigation, 2009-2024
Bet-the-Company Litigation, 2010-2024
Litigation - Trusts and Estates, 2016-2024
Litigation - Insurance, 2023-2024

Leaders in their Field

Chambers USA

AV Preeminent®

LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell, Peer review ratings

Rising Stars

Minnesota Law & Politics, 1999

Power 30

Minnesota Lawyer, 2021

Associations & Memberships

Minnesota Board of Law Examiners

Board Member, 2017-present

American Academy of Appellate Lawyers

Member, 2016

American Law Institute

Elected, 2005

Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association

Honorary member

U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota

Merit Section Panel for Appointment of U.S. Magistrate, Co-chair, 2015
Minnesota Women in the Law Exhibit, Planning Committee, 2014-2015
Merit Section Panel for Appointment of U.S. Magistrate, 2014
Dedication of Edward J. Devitt Courthouse Committee, 2014
Merit Selection Panel on the Reappointment of U.S. Magistrate, Chair, 2010

American Bar Association

Business Law Section
Legal Education Section
Litigation Section

Council of Appellate Lawyers, American Bar Association

Board of Directors, 2003-present
Chair of Pro Se-Pro Bono Committee

Federal Bar Association – Minnesota Chapter Pro Se Program, 2003-2005

Board of Directors, 1991-2005
Vice President - Membership, 2000-2001
Vice President - Planning, 1996-1997
Treasurer, 1997-2000

Eighth Circuit Bar Association

Board of Directors, 2004-2010
President, 2008

Illinois State Bar Association

Iowa State Bar Association

Appellate Practice Section

Minnesota State Bar Association

Civil Litigation Section
Probate and Trust Section

Minnesota State Bar Association, Appellate Practice Section

Chair, 2005-2006
Vice Chair, 2004-2005
Secretary/Treasurer, 2003-2004
Governing Council, 2000-2008
Chair of Pro Bono Subcommittee, 2002-present

Missouri Bar Association

Wisconsin Bar Association

Appellate Practice Section

Minnesota Trial Lawyers Association

Hennepin County Bar Association

Ramsey County Bar Association

Board of Directors, 2000-2004
Second District Ethics Committee, 1998-2004
Memorials Committee, 1996-present
Diversity Committee, 1996-present

Federal Advisory Committee for the Eighth Circuit


Defense Research Institute

Appellate Advocacy Committee
Insurance Law Committee

Historical Society of the United States Courts in the Eighth Circuit

President, 1999-2001
Board of Directors, 1990-present
President, Court of Appeals Branch, 1990-present
President, District of Minnesota Branch, 2001-present

Iowa Law School Foundation

Class Agent, 1987-1993

Minnesota Humanities Commission

Board of Directors, 1992-2000
Vice Chair, 1996-1997

Minnesota Landmarks

Board of Directors, 2000-present
Vice Chair, 2006-present
Chair, Space Planning Committee, 2003-present

Minnesota Supreme Court Historical Society

Board of Directors, 2008-present
Chair, 2009
Vice Chair, 2008

Minnesota Veterinary History Museum

Board of Directors, 1997-present

Ramsey County Historical Society

Board of Directors, 1991-1996, 2005-present
President, 2009-2010
First Vice President, 2007-2008
Editorial Board, 1990-present

Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services

Campaign for Legal Aid, Urban Leadership Committee, 2000-present

William Mitchell College of Law

Law Center Steering Committee, 1998-2000