Michael D. Reif

Experience

Michael Reif provides insight, analysis, and advocacy for complex business, privacy, and financial industry disputes. Mr. Reif has served clients in a variety of fields including banking and securities fraud, consumer retailing and franchising, telecommunications, Native American issues, and TCPA class action defense.  In addition, he counsels clients on TCPA, Can-Spam, GDPR, and CASL compliance and advises on cybersecurity, incident response, mobile marketing, and data security best practices. His experience also includes a two-year Federal court judicial clerkship and multiple individual pro bono client representations.

Mr. Reif has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in high-stakes financial services litigation involving fraud, mortgage-backed securities, and securitization trustee obligations. He provides analysis of all things financial in The Daily Dose, a roundup of each weekday’s top business news published daily on the Robins Kaplan Trial Attorneys Blog. In 2018, he was named number one in JD Supra’s Readers’ Choice Awards for his writing on finance and banking.

Prompted by his experiences as a member of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps on the Northern Cheyenne and Crow reservations in southeastern Montana and as a research assistant on Indian Country publications to then-Professor and former Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Kevin K. Washburn, Mr. Reif also focuses his practice on legal issues affecting Native American communities. He is a member of the firm’s American Indian Law and Policy Group and has represented Tribes in matters ranging from tribal lending to industrial hemp.

Born and raised in the Twin Cities, Mr. Reif is deeply committed to his community. Particularly interested in education, he serves as an instructor in the University of Minnesota Law School's Law in Practice course and a volunteer at Cristo Rey Jesuit High School. In 2011, he received the Francis Xavier Award for his tutoring work at Cristo Rey. Mr. Reif also serves as the firm’s liaison to the Binger Center for New Americans at the University of Minnesota Law School and regularly partners with the Center to provide pro bono immigration representation in bond, removal, and asylum proceedings. In 2017, he received the Robins Kaplan Pro Bono Award.

Mr. Reif has served as an assistant adjunct professor at the University of Minnesota Law School since 2009 and was a Law Clerk to the Honorable David S. Doty, U.S. District Court, Minnesota from 2006-2008.

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Represented a financial institution in a multi-year toxic residential mortgage backed securities action that resulted in a series of confidential settlements with defendant banks and rating agencies.

Represented a guardian ad litem pro bono in juvenile protection proceedings that secured a termination of parental rights and parenting time modifications to ensure the protection of endangered minors.

Represented businesses fighting Telephone Consumer Protection Act claims by putative class actions, achieving successful resolution for his clients through summary judgment and individual settlements on terms favorable to defendant corporations.

Kraft Foods Group, Inc./Mondelez International, Inc. v. Starbucks Coffee Company: Counsel representing Kraft in a three-year arbitration regarding a breach of contract after Starbucks unilaterally terminated its agreement, cutting off Kraft’s exclusive rights to sell, market and distribute Starbucks roast and ground coffee in grocery and other retail outlets. The arbitration resulted in a $2.7 billion cash award to Kraft.

Represented an Americorps Volunteer accused of negligence in a car accident subrogation case. Acting as first-chair counsel at trial, Mr. Reif persuaded the jury to return a verdict in favor of his client. State Farm Auto Insurance v. Xiong (Ramsey County District Court, Minnesota)

Represented Delta Dental of Minnesota as of the part of a litigation team defending Delta against potentially fraudulent reimbursement claims brought by a dental provider. Mr. Reif prepared the summary judgment motion that helped lead to a settlement that included recovery of more than $3.85 million for state-funded health plans. Smile Center v. Delta Dental of Minnesota (Hennepin County District Court, Minnesota)  Read more

Super Lawyers 2019
JDSupra Readers' Choice Top Author 2019
Minnesota Lawyer Attorneys of the Year 2013
  • Named an “Up & Coming Lawyer,” Minnesota Lawyer (2015)
  • Named a "Minnesota Rising Star," Super Lawyers (2014-2019)
  • Named a "North Star Lawyer" by the Minnesota State Bar Association for providing at least 50 hours of pro bono legal services (2013-2016)
  • Named "Attorney of the Year" by Minnesota Lawyer (2013)
  • Volunteer Lawyers Network, Board of Directors
  • VLN Dignity Center
  • Neighborhood Justice Center, Volunteer Attorney
  • Cristo Rey Jesuit High School, Writing & A.P. U.S. History Tutor
  • St. Thomas Academy Alumni Board (2007-2015)
Bar Admissions
  • Minnesota
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
Spoken Languages
  • French
  • Spanish
Education
  • University of Minnesota Law School, J.D., magna cum laude (2006); Minnesota Law Review, Managing Editor
  • Boston College, B.A., History, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa (2002)               
Professional Associations
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association

  • Cyber Incident Response Training through Interactive Experience
    Panelist, IAPP, ISACA, and Robins Kaplan LLP (October 2, 2019)
  • World Refugee Luncheon
    Robins Kaplan and Minnesota Freedom Fund, Minneapolis Minnesota (June 20, 2019)
  • Incident Response Planning A Tabletop Experience
    Conference of Tribal Lending Commissioners,Las Vegas, Nevada (March 25, 2019)
  • Industrial Hemp in Indian Country
    Hemp Industries Association Annual Conference, Denver, Colorado (September 1, 2016)
  • Tribal Enterprise - Tribal Marijuana: A Year in Review, Outlook and Lessons Learned
    National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development, Santa Fe, New Mexico (November 18, 2015)
  • Protecting Your Clients’ Credit Cards
    Webinar, International SalonSpa Business Network (June 30, 2015)
  • EMV Adoption
    Presentation to Franchisee network, Edina, Minnesota (January 22, 2015)
  • TCPA Compliance
    Presentation to Franchisee network, Bloomington, Minnesota (January 23, 2014)
  • Ediscovery
    In-House Training for Insurance Adjusters, Chicago, Illinois (May 18, 2010)
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