Nathan R. Sellers

Nathan R. Sellers

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Practice Areas

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Construction
  • Appeals

Notable Work

Appeals

  • Represented architectural services firm on appeal before the Minnesota Court of Appeals, obtaining complete affirmance of judgment below. Rasminde, LLC v. Hutchinson Properties, LLC, 2017 WL 2226705 (Minn. Ct. App. May 22, 2017).
  • Represented ethanol plant owner in multi-million dollar design dispute on appeal before North Dakota Supreme Court, winning vacation of judgment below. Tharaldson Ethanol Plant I, LLC v. VEI Global, Inc., 2014 ND 94, 845 N.W.2d 900.
  • Represented construction contractor on appeal before United States Court of Appeals for the Eight Circuit, winning reversal of jury award. Graham Construction Services, Inc. v. Hammer & Steel, Inc., 755 F.3d 611 (8th Cir. 2014).
  • Represented 20 teachers in lawsuit challenging Minnesota Board of Teaching’s illegal policies and procedures; obtained declaratory judgment and permanent injunction and affirmance by the Minnesota Court of Appeals. Hernandez v. Minnesota Board of Teaching, No. A16-0065, 2016 WL 4162877 (Minn. Ct. App. Aug. 8, 2016).
  • Represented national ADR body in multi-million dollar dispute, winning dismissal of all claims and affirmance by the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. Owens v. American Arbitration Association, No. 16-1065, 670 Fed. Appx. 441, 2016 WL 6818858 (8th Cir. Nov. 18, 2016).

Commercial Litigation

  • Represented family-owned pipeline contractor in two-week arbitration, winning $15 million judgment and dismissal of owner’s counterclaim. Tesoro Great Plains Gathering & Marketing v. Mountain Peak Builders, LLC, 27-CV-19-11176 (Minn. Dist. Ct. [Hennepin Cnty.]).
  • Represented public construction contractor in week-long jury trial, winning $800,000 judgment and dismissal of owner’s counterclaim. City of Tioga v. Rice Lake Construction Group, 18-2017-cv-1569 (N.D. Dist. Ct. [Grand Forks Cnty.]).
  • Represented fiber optic construction contractor in week-long jury trial, obtaining $2.55 million judgment.  Rohl Networks, LP v. County of Lake, Minnesota, No. 38-cv-16-224 (Minn. Dist. Ct. [Lake Cnty.]).
  • Represented architect in breach-of-contract and lien-foreclosure action against developer, winning 100% of architect’s lien claim, plus attorneys’ fees and interest.  Rasminde LLC v. Hutchinson Properties, LLC, No. 43-cv-15-668 (Minn. Dist. Ct. [McLeod Cnty.]).
  • Represented construction contractor in two-week jury trial, obtaining $4.9 million judgment. Lindstrom Cleaning & Construction, Inc. v. Betzler Investments, LLC, No. 10CV0990A (Tex. Dist. Ct. [Galveston Cnty.]).
  • Represented fiber optic construction contractor against subcontractor’s suit for nonpayment, winning dismissal of subcontractor’s complaint. Citi Lites v. Rohl Networks, LP, No. 18-cv-16-4241 (Minn. Dist. Ct. [Crow Wing Cnty.]).

Pro Bono

  • Education Equity
  • Teacher Licensure

 Presentations and Publications

Presenter, The Institute for Justice’s Judicial Engagement State Forum (February 2020)

Speaker, “Construction Management/Design-Build in Minnesota” (June 2014)

Defending the Formal Federal Civil Rulemaking Process: Why the Court Should Not Amend Procedural Rules Through Judicial Interpretation,” 42 Loyola University Chicago Law Journal 327 (2011)

Awards & Recognition

Ramsey County Bar Association Excellence in Diversity Award (2016)

North Star Lawyer (2015 & 2016)
North Star Lawyer

Professional Organizations

Section Council, Appellate Practice Section, Minnesota State Bar Association

Construction Law Section, Minnesota State Bar Association

Minnesota Supreme Court Historical Society

Judicial Clerkship

Law Clerk, Supreme Court of Minnesota

Education

  • J.D., Loyola University Chicago School of Law, summa cum laude
  • B.A., Gustavus Adolphus College, magna cum laude

Admissions

  • State of Illinois
  • State of Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court, Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Arkansas
  • U.S. District Court, Colorado
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Sourthern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, North Dakota
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
  • Email: nsellers@fwhtlaw.com
  • Direct: 612.359.7606
  • Fax: 612.359.7602

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