Particular experience litigating large catastrophic property and casualty disputes and losses.
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 insurance companies, private corporations, and individuals involved in coverage disputes, including property, liability, environmental, intellectual property, life insurance, crime and fidelity, employment practices, product liability, construction and builders risk, as well as antitrust, fraud, and wrongful market conduct cases in court and arbitration. Represents special insurance risk programs for cities, schools and nonprofits.
- Arbitrator 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.
Represented 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.
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.
Representing lake riparian owners in dispute over diminishing lake levels and excess water allocations to third parties from the ground water aquifer sources. Claim pursued under the Minnesota Environmental Rights Act.
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.
- Board of Commissioners, Bass Lake Rehabilitation District, St. Croix, Wisconsin – water and land use issues
- Volunteer, Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services, St. Paul, Minnesota (Retired)
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