Timothy Billion



Tim practices primarily in Robins Kaplan’s Business Litigation Group and has represented clients in a variety of disputes, including trust and fiduciary litigation, contract and fraud claims, earn-out disputes, class action lawsuits, personal injury claims, constitutional litigation, internal investigations, and criminal proceedings. Tim also advises tribes across the country. Tim was selected as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers in 2019 and has been recognized as a North Star Lawyer every year beginning in 2015. 

Regardless of the size or type of case, Tim uses the litigation process to maximize strategic advantage while staying focused on the client’s goals. Tim has experience at every stage of litigation, including: 

Initial case assessment, development, and investigation
Drafting complaints, answers, and early motion practice
Managing complex discovery, including e-discovery
Taking and defending depositions
Working with expert witnesses
Dispositive motion briefing and oral argument
Post-judgment briefing and appeals
Enforcing judgments

In addition to trial experience, Tim has argued numerous motions, including arguments in federal courts and before the South Dakota Supreme Court. Tim also has experience in alternative dispute resolution, including mediation and arbitration. 

Tim is actively involved in bar associations and activities. He was elected Secretary of the Second Circuit Bar Association and serves as the Editor of the South Dakota Trial Lawyer’s newsletter, the Barrister. Tim has also been appointed to the South Dakota State Bar’s Indian Law Committee and the Committee on Diversity and Inclusion. Outside of the office, Tim does his best to keep up with his two young kids, enjoys spending time with his wife Kelsey, and tries to occasionally play a round of golf. 

Tim attended law school at the University of Minnesota School of Law, where he graduated magna cum laude and was inducted into the Order of the Coif. During law school, Tim also served as a managing editor for the Minnesota Law Review. Prior to joining Robins Kaplan, Tim clerked for a federal district court judge in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and practiced general litigation for two years with a large law firm in Minneapolis. 


Represented clients suing the state of South Dakota for unconstitutional ballot access laws. Following a two-day trial in federal court, the clients obtained a favorable ruling on every claim. 

Represented a student who was expelled for accidentally bringing a pocket knife to school.  The Minnesota Supreme Court ruled that the student should not have been expelled because she did not intend to bring the knife to school. (Prior to joining Robins Kaplan LLP)

Represented a retail corporation in a class action lawsuit in federal court in West Virginia.  Although the other defendants settled the claims against them, the client obtained a summary judgment dismissal of all claims against it.  (Prior to joining Robins Kaplan LLP)

Worked as part of the trial team that represented the CEO of a medical device company who was criminally charged with violations of FDA regulations. Following a federal jury trial, the client was acquitted on all charges.  (Prior to joining Robins Kaplan LLP)

Represented the purchaser of a business that was sued for allegedly breaching an earn-out provision in the purchase agreement. The jury found for the purchaser. (Prior to joining Robins Kaplan LLP)

Represented a manufacturer who was sued by a former adviser for an alleged failure to pay the adviser a fee connected to an attempted financing deal. After a court trial, the federal bankruptcy judge ruled that the manufacturer did not have to pay the adviser because the adviser was not properly licensed to offer investment advice. (Prior to joining Robins Kaplan LLP)

  • Named a "Rising Star" by Super Lawyers (2019)
  • Named a “North Star Lawyer” by the Minnesota State Bar Association for providing at least 50 hours of pro bono legal services (2015-2019)
  • Innocence Project
Bar Admissions
  • Minnesota
  • South Dakota
  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court, District of North Dakota
  • U.S. District Court, District of South Dakota
  • University of Minnesota Law School, J.D. magna cum laude, Order of the Coif (2013); Minnesota Law Review, Managing Editor and Social Chair (2012-2013), Staff Member (2011-2012)
  • Grinnell College, B.A. in History, with honors (2008)
Professional Associations
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • South Dakota State Bar Association, Committee on Diversity and Inclusion
  • South Dakota State Bar Indian Law Committee
  • South Dakota Trial Lawyers Association, Barrister editor
  • Second Circuit Bar Association, Secretary
Siblings Behaving Badly
  Moderator, Robins Kaplan LLP Wealth Planning, Administration, and Disputes Annual CLE,  Minneapolis, Minnesota (September 13, 2018)
Minimizing Fiduciary Risk and Litigation
  Panelist, South Dakota Trust Association Fall Forum, Sioux Falls, South Dakota (October 17, 2018)
Fiduciary Litigation in the Age of AI and FinTech
  Moderator, Robins Kaplan LLP Wealth Planning, Administration, and Disputes Annual CLE: The Future of the Fiduciary,   Minneapolis, Minnesota (September 12, 2019)


Links to full publications and news releases.


Spring 2020
Picking Your Team: Getting the Right Trustee or Personal Representative Appointed in a Wrongful Death Case
Teresa Fariss McClain and Timothy Billion - The Robins Kaplan Spotlight, Vol. 5, No. 1
Fall 2019
Winter 2018
‘Tis The Season To Give (Less to the IRS)
The Robins Kaplan Spotlight, Vol. 3, No. 4
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