Randy Tietjen is a partner in the Business Litigation Group. In his thirty years as a lawyer, he has represented individuals and a variety of businesses and other organizations in an array of litigation matters, involving securities, antitrust laws, intellectual property, minority-shareholder claims, contracts, ERISA, fiduciary duties, trade secrets, and fraud claims, among other business-litigation torts. He has had clients in many areas of commerce, including banking, food and beverage, manufacturing, telecommunications, and healthcare. Randy has appeared in many federal and state trial courts and courts of appeal and he has handled international and domestic arbitrations and mediation. His practice also includes matters involving questions of professional responsibility for law firms and lawyers. For the past ten years he has served as the Ethics Partner for Robins Kaplan LLP.
Over the course of his career, Randy has devoted, on average, nearly two hundred hours a year to pro-bono matters, including civil-liberties cases and other matters raising constitutional issues. For many years, he organized and supervised lawyers at the firm who tried cases and argued appeals on behalf of (non-lawyer) guardians ad litem for children in the juvenile courts, usually involving parents who were potentially unable or unfit to care for their children. The lawyers tried cases in more than twenty counties in mostly outstate Minnesota, logging more than 25,000 pro-bono hours on behalf of children, for which the Minnesota Supreme Court gave an award to the law firm for recognition of its contributions to the welfare of so many children.
For twenty-some years, in his spare time, Randy searched in manuscript libraries and elsewhere for the letters of the legendary American lawyer Clarence Darrow (1857-1938). He located more than 2,200 of Darrow’s letters and annotated and published 500 of them to some acclaim under the title In the Clutches of the Law: Clarence Darrow’s Letters, with the University of California Press in 2013. Randy has contributed to other books, published several articles, and given many speeches and CLE lectures on a variety of subjects, including writing, constitutional issues, professional responsibility and legal ethics, intellectual property, and legal history.
In law school, Randy was the editor-in-chief of the law review and after law school he clerked for the Hon. C. Arlen Beam on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. Randy is a member of the Minnesota and Hennepin County Bar Associations; PEN American Center (PEN); the American Civil Liberties Union; and, Scribes—American Society of Writers on Legal Subjects
Wilwal et al. v. Kelly et al. (D. Minn.), civil-rights and federal-tort claims.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia et al. v. DL Investment Holdings, LLC, et al. (D. Ga.), contract, fraud, and ERISA action.
Comcast Cable v. Minnesota Public Radio (Ramsey Cty, Minn.), contract matter.
Comcast Cable v. NSCC (Minn. Admin. Ct.), cable-franchise matter.
CompuCredit Holdings Corp. v. Akanthos Capital Management, LLC, et al., (11th Cir.), antitrust case.
Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh v. J.P. Morgan Securities LLC, et al. (Allegheny Cty Crt of Common Pleas, Penn.), securities negligence and fraud matter.
Fair Isaac Corp. v. Experian Information Solutions, Inc., et al., (D. Minn.), antitrust, Lanham-Act, and contract case.
In re Welfare of W.M.W. (Minn. Ct. App.), child-welfare, pro-bono matter.
Time Warner Cable, Inc. v. City of Minneapolis (D. Minn.), cable-television-franchise dispute.
Urban v. American Legion Department of Minnesota (Minn. Sup. Crt.), corporate vicarious liability, dram-shop case.
Afermov v. Amplatz et al., (Henn. Cty., Minn.), shareholder dispute.
In re Welfare of C.G.B (Minn.), child-welfare, pro-bono matter.
Walser Auto Sales, Inc. v. City of Richfield (Minn. Sup. Crt.), tax-increment financing and takings dispute.
Kennedy & Graven v. Holmes (D. Minn.), contract and ERISA matter.
Dakota Splash Inc. v. Campbell Soup Co. (D. S.D.), trademark-infringement case.
IDS Bond Fund, Inc. v. Gleacher NatWest Inc., (D. Minn.), securities and fraud matter.
Ecolab, Inc. v. Envirochem, Inc., (Fed. Cir.), patent-infringement case.
Zuri-Invest AG v. NatWest Fin. Inc., (S.D.N.Y.), securities and fraud matter.
Porous Media Corp. v. Midland Brake, Inc., (8th Cir.), contracts case.
A.M.W. v. Spring Lake Park School Dist. No. 16, (Minn. Sup. Crt.), personal-injury and governmental-immunity matter.
DeGeorge Financial Corp. v. Vogel et al. (D. Minn.), trade-secrets and breach-of-duty case.
Porous Media Corp. v. Pall Corp., (8th Cir.), false-advertising and Lanham-Act case.
Miscellaneous Docket Matter, (8th Cir.), quashing subpoena.
Metropolitan Life Ins. Co. v. Golden Triangle, (8th Cir.), contract matter.
Richenberg v. Perry, (8th Cir.), constitutional challenge to “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy of DoD.
Laidlaw Envt’l Servs. (TOC) v. Honeywell, Inc., (D. S.C.), contract and warranties case.
Angostura Inter’l Ltd. v. Melemed, (D. Minn.), constitutional challenge to the Minnesota Sales Representative Act.
Winkelman v. Strick Lease, Inc. (Henn. Cty., Minn.), personal-injury matter.
In re Workers’ Compensation Refund, (8th Cir.), constitutional challenges to state statute.
- An Interview with the Lawyer Who Discovered Clarence Darrow’s Letters
ABA Journal; Interview by Bryan Garner (November 1, 2013)
- "An Inarticulate Premise Intuitively Felt"
39 Wm. Mitchell L. Rev. 784-95 (2013)
- Clarence Darrow and Edgar Lee Masters
13 The Green Bag 411-25 (2010)
- The Yale Biographical Dictionary of American Law (Contributor)
Ed., Roger K. Newman (Yale, 2009)
- For the Record: 150 Years of Law and Lawyers in Minnesota (Contributor)
- Maynard E. Pirsig: A Chronology
23 Wm. Mitchell L. Rev. 787-94 (1997)
- Remembering Maynard
23 Wm. Mitchell L. Rev. 809-12 (1997)
- Interview with Walter Rogosheske, Minnesota Supreme Court Historical Society Oral History Project
Minnesota State Law Library (Sept. 26, 1995)
- Cable Franchise Renewals and Transfers
Practising Law Institute, No. G4-3933 (March-April 1995) (with Kathleen Marron, John Gibbs, and Sara Poulos)
- International Litigation: The New Federal Rules of Civil Procedure
Minn. Inst. Legal Edu. (1994) (with Annamarie Daley)
- Discovery and Preparing for U S Litigation with Parties and Evidence Outside the U S
Minn. Inst. Legal Edu. (1992) (with Thomas Hamlin)
- Fire Insurance and the Elusive Coinsurance Clause
16 Minnesota Trial Lawyer 14-15, 38-42 (1991)
- Court Procedural Rulemaking and the Separation of Powers in Minnesota
15 Wm. Mitchell L. Rev. 141-216 (1990) (with Maynard E. Pirsig)
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