Particular experience litigating large catastrophic property losses, significant environmental sites, and complex trust disputes.
Examples of losses include the Northeast Power Outage of 2003, World Trade Center 7 building collapse, numerous power plant losses, water damaged structures, a food processing plant, warehouses, a telephone switching station, major office buildings, an airplane hangar, a grain elevator, chemical spill, paper mills, a commercial horse barn, mining facility, and a world famous painting. These losses involved fires, explosions, floods, construction defects, pollution and environmental damage, mold, electrical malfunctions, chemical spills, arson and terroristic acts.
Counsels and represents private corporations, insurance companies, and individuals involved in coverage disputes, including property, liability, E&O, environmental, directors and officers, life insurance, crime and fidelity, employment practices, construction and builders-risk, as well as antitrust, fraud, and wrongful market conduct cases in court and arbitration. Represented special insurance risk programs for cities, schools and nonprofits.
- Arbitrator and mediator in cases involving insurance issues.
- Adjunct Professor at the University of Minnesota Law School teaching the Insurance Law Clinic.
As Minnesota Solicitor General, supervised the Attorney General’s principal litigation office where he had years of experience in motion, civil and criminal trial and appellate litigation, including insurance related cases. During this time, he presented two arguments in the U.S. Supreme Court; Malone v. White Motor Co., 425 U.S. 497 (1979), and Marquette National Bank v. First Omaha Service Corp., 439 U.S. 299 (1978).
Subsequently, Mr. Allyn served as the Chief Deputy Attorney General. Previously headed the Criminal Division. Experience included trials, appeals and Grand Jury presentations.
Represents the White Bear Lake Restoration Association pro bono in a lawsuit concerning declining water levels in White Bear Lake. The Court found that the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources failed to protect the popular lake by mismanaging groundwater pumping permits in the area. The DNR was ordered to take several actions to maintain sustainable water levels in the lake. Contested case litigation continues brought by cities opposed to court-ordered relief.
Represented mineral rights owners in a putative class action against the State of North Dakota and others for the alleged unlawful taking of mineral interests along navigable waters in the State and wrongful lease of those interests for the extraction and production of oil and gas.
Substantial work for a significant family trust that overcame contentious opposition to liquidating $1,000,000,000 assets to fund a non-profit foundation.
Recovery v. United States for PCB contamination under the Clean Water Act.
Silver Lake Dam Collapse: Multi-million-dollar recovery for damage to powerhouse from catastrophic upstream dam collapse.
Rouge Powerhouse explosion: Multi-million-dollar arbitration award for boiler explosion.
Chicago Flooded Tunnel Cases: Multi-million-dollar recoveries for several large buildings damaged by a sudden break in the freight tunnel system under the Chicago loop.
Illinois Bell Hinsdale Central Office Fire: Recovery from a telephone switching station fire caused by runaway electrical arcing.
Co-lead counsel in a trial defense of a multi-million dollar claim against insurance company. The six-month trial resulted in a jury verdict for insurer.
Resolution of a number of claims for pollution coverage, professional errors and omissions, and other liability issues.
Falk Industries Factory Explosion in Milwaukee: Defense of negligent engineering and inspection claims in fatal LP gas explosion.
Mount Du Lac Snow Sports v. Bruckelmeyer Bros, et al: Defense of an engineering firm against design defect allegations by a ski lodge.
- Member, Board of Advisors, University of Minnesota Law School
- Trustee and Officer, Gunflint Trail Historical Society
- Board of Commissioners, Bass Lake Rehabilitation District, St. Croix, Wisconsin – water and land use issues
- (Retired) Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services, St. Paul, Minnesota
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