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George’s cookies raise $8,000 for Division of Indian Work!

MC Reg Chapman; Lloyd Zimmerman, Nate & Chelsea Walcker (successful bidders); George; Joani Moberg (successful bidder); auctioneer Sarah Jean Knox

September 26, 2022. George’s chocolate chip cookies were auctioned again this year at Division of Indian Work’s annual LEAP fundraiser. The winning bids (by two bidders) were $4,000! Soule & Stull was a proud sponsor of DIW’s LEAP event, celebrating 70 years of DIW. DIW’s mission is “to support and strengthen urban American Indian people through culturally-based education, traditional healing approaches, and leadership development.” Hundreds of people attended the event to support DIW’s programs. George serves on the DIW Board of Directors.

Melissa Stull presents at Torts, Litigation, and Ethics seminar

September 23, 2022. Melissa Stull presented at the Torts, Litigation, and Ethics XIII seminar in St. Paul on Friday. Melissa offered a primer on products liability law and shared insights on recent Minnesota cases and trends. The seminar was full of excellent presenters from the Twin Cities legal community, including Attorney General Keith Ellison.

MSBA presents Lifetime Achievement Award to George Soule

June 22, 2022. Minnesota State Bar Association President Jennifer Thompson presented the 2022 MSBA Lifetime Achievement Award to George Soule. According to the MSBA:

This award is presented to an experienced member of the State Bar who has continually displayed commitment and contributions to the Bar, the legal profession, and/or the public throughout their career.  Recipients of this award are well respected in the legal community for their integrity, competence, career achievement, and service to the bar and/or community. Individuals presented with this award have demonstrated an ongoing commitment to service which goes beyond ordinary expectations.

In accepting the award, George thanked the MSBA and said “I love being a lawyer. It’s all I’ve ever wanted to do. My best friends are lawyers and judges. I’m proud of our profession. I humbly accept this award under the condition that this is not the end – of my lifetime or of my practice of law.”

Soule & Stull Sponsors MAIBA Golf Event

July 21, 2022. Soule & Stull proudly sponsored the Minnesota American Indian Bar Association golf event for the ninth consecutive year. The event raises money for law school scholarships for American Indian students. Melissa led the firm’s foursome, which included Sarah Karlgaard, Danielle Bird and Beth Bjerke. The golfers played at The Meadows at Mystic Lake, a beautiful course and setting. George cheered the team on! George is a past President of the Minnesota American Indian Bar Association.

Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board Elects George Soule as Vice-Chair

George participated in Minnesota State University Moorhead commencement in May 2022.

June 22, 2022. The Board of Trustees of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities unanimously elected George Soule to the role of vice chair, effective July 1, 2022. The Board elected Roger Moe to the role of chair. George earned a bachelor’s degree from Minnesota State University Moorhead (formerly Moorhead State University). He has served on the Board of Trustees since 2017 and chaired the Audit and Workforce Organization and Effectiveness Committees. Minnesota State includes 26 community and technical colleges and seven state universities serving approximately 340,000 students.

Soule & Stull has moved to the Lakeside Center

June 20, 2022. Soule & Stull is pleased to announce that we have moved to the Lakeside Center on the north shore of Bde Maka Ska.

Our new address is:
3033 Excelsior Boulevard, Suite 190
Minneapolis, MN 55416

George Soule Speaks at Minnesota State University Moorhead Commencement

May 13, 2022. George Soule addressed graduates and guests at the Minnesota State University Moorhead commencement today. George greeted the graduates, family and friends on behalf of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board and Chancellor. George serves on the Minnesota State Board of Trustees. George earned his B.A. degree from MSUM. George encouraged the graduates to “do great things with your lives, make a mark, create a legacy, change the world in ways big or small.”

George Soule featured in Bench & Bar of Minnesota

April 4, 2022. Bench & Bar of Minnesota – a publication of the Minnesota State Bar Association – asked George and other lawyers: “If you could reach back in time to give some advice to your first-year-in-practice self, what would it be?” George’s answer:  

My mentors at Gray Plant and Bowman and Brooke—Franklin Gray, Richard Bowman and others—gave me excellent advice when I was a young lawyer. They said to work hard, to do my best work on each case and for every client, and to always be prepared. They encouraged me to work independently and gave me opportunities to engage directly with clients and experts and to get great litigation experiences. They taught me to be a good partner, to be collegial, and to support all members of the team. They showed me how to act ethically and professionally, to deal with adversaries with respect, and to be forthright with clients, judges and juries. Finally, they afforded me time to connect with people and to get involved in and give back to the community.

My mentors were great trial lawyers and role models, while encouraging me to be myself, to find my own style, to be comfortable with my methods of advocacy. I am sure that I have made missteps, but I have tried to follow this advice and I have had an interesting, challenging, and fulfilling career. I could not have provided better advice to my first-year-in practice self, and I have given this same advice to many other young lawyers over the years.

You can read the rest of this feature by clicking here.

Soule & Stull Celebrates Eighth Anniversary

March 19, 2022. Soule & Stull celebrated its Eighth Anniversary with family at Khâluna in Minneapolis. George Soule and Melissa Stull started their firm in February 2014. The firm has four lawyers, two paralegals, and Retired Justice Paul Anderson and Judge John McShane provide mediation and arbitration and consulting services. “As the pandemic recedes, we are happy to be active representing our clients in Minnesota and nationwide. We are proud of our resilient team and looking forward to a robust and rewarding 2022,” Melissa Stull said. “We thank our clients for their confidence in our firm.” The firm focuses on product liability, commercial litigation, personal injury and property damage, Indian law, appeals, and alternative dispute resolution.

Melissa Leads Discussion with Chauvin Prosecution Team

September 15, 2021. Melissa Stull led the Civil Litigation Section Advocate Award event honoring Judge Kevin Burke and three civil litigators from the trial team that prosecuted Derek Chauvin—Jerry Blackwell, Steve Schleicher, and Lola Velazquez-Aguilu. Melissa also moderated the conversation with Blackwell, Schleicher, and Velazquez-Aguilu, asking the group questions about the Chauvin trial, why they decided to put their civil practice on hold to take on the Chauvin prosecution, and how their civil litigation experience translated to success in this landmark case.

Melissa presented at Torts and Ethics Seminar

September 17, 2021. Melissa Stull presented at the Torts Litigation and Ethics XII seminar in St. Paul on Friday. Melissa offered insights on recent cases and trends in Minnesota products liability law.

8th Circuit reinstates plaintiffs’ experts, revives 3M Bair Hugger litigation

August 16, 2021. In Amador v. 3M Co. (In re Bair Hugger Forced Air Warming Devices Prods. Liab. Litig.), __ F.4th __, 2021 U.S. App. LEXIS 24255 (8th Cir. 2021), the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed summary judgment in favor of defendant 3M, reviving plaintiffs’ negligence and strict liability claims in a Multidistrict Litigation (MDL) involving nearly 6,000 lawsuits. Plaintiffs allege that they suffered periprosthetic joint infections (PJIs) due to the use of 3M’s Bair Hugger device during orthopedic-implant surgeries. The Bair Hugger is “a forced-air device used to keep patients warm during surgery so as to stave off hypothermia-related complications that can arise during or after surgery.” Plaintiffs allege that the forced-air warming device introduced microbes into the surgical site during surgery, either by creating “currents that carry ambient bacteria from nonsterile areas of the operating room to the surgical site” or by blowing bacteria present inside the device out into the operating room, and thereby caused the PJIs.

After the first bellwether trial, which resulted in a jury verdict for 3M, the MDL court excluded plaintiffs’ engineering and general-causation medical experts and granted summary judgment to 3M, dismissing all MDL claims. On appeal, the Eighth Circuit applied the standard for the reliability inquiry of the Daubert test, concluding that the MDL court erred in excluding plaintiffs’ engineering expert when the physics underlying his model are reliable. The court further found that the fact that the model was developed for litigation goes to weight rather than admissibility. Regarding plaintiffs’ general-causation medical experts, the 8th Circuit determined that the experts’ causation theories were not so fundamentally unsupported that they should be excluded. Any weaknesses in the experts’ theories may be tested by cross-examination and admission of contrary evidence. With plaintiffs’ expert reinstated, the Eighth Circuit reversed the MDL court’s grant of summary judgment.

To read more about the Amador opinion, click here.

To read the Amador opinion, click here.