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Super Lawyers names George Soule and Melissa Stull to list of top lawyers

August 2017.  Super Lawyers named George Soule a Super Lawyer and Melissa Stull a Rising Star in its 2017 rankings.  George has received Super Lawyer designation each year since 1998 and this is Melissa’s fifth Rising Star honor.  George was also named to the Ten Year Super Lawyers Top List Achievement, recognizing Minnesota lawyers who have been included on a Super Lawyers Top List for 10 years or more.


Soule & Stull sponsors American Indian Bar Association golf tournament

Anton van der Merwe, Melissa, and George

July 20, 2017 – George, Melissa and Anton van der Merwe played in the Minnesota American Indian Bar Association golf tournament at The Meadows at Mystic Lake.  The group shot one under par, largely the result of Melissa and Anton’s long and straight drives, and Anton’s long putts.

For the fourth year, Soule & Stull sponsored a hole and a group at the tournament, which benefits American Indian students attending Minnesota law schools.  George is a past president of the Minnesota American Indian Bar Association.


George Soule authors “The Effect of Safety Regulations on Product Defect Claims”

July 2017. George Soule published an article “The Effect of Safety Regulations on Product Defect Claims” in the July 2017 issue of LJN’s Product Liability Law & Strategy, a monthly publication for product liability practitioners.

Federal and state statutes and regulations have a significant impact on product liability litigation. Safety regulations carry the imprimatur of considered judgment by a governmental agency. Parties often battle over whether the manufacturer has complied with those regulations, and courts have wrestled with the effect of regulations in product liability cases. In recent years, state legislatures have also adopted legal standards for dealing with these issues. The article addresses some considerations for counsel in offering or defending against evidence of safety regulations.

Read article here.

For a look at the LJN website, click here.

George Soule Speaks at Minnesota State University Moorhead Commencement

May 12, 2017.  George Soule addressed 800 new graduates 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 encouraged the graduates to “do great things, make a mark, create a legacy.”

George Soule Discusses Ethics at Minnesota Paralegal Convention

May 11, 2017.  George Soule gave a presentation today on paralegal ethics at the 2017 Minnesota Paralegal Association Annual Convention.  George drew on his legal experience to present real world scenarios illustrating ethical issues that may be faced by paralegals.  Soule & Stull Paralegal Alice McGlave is Vice President of the Minnesota Paralegal Association and helped to plan the convention.

Paul Anderson receives MSBA public service award

April 21, 2017.  The Minnesota State Bar Association presented the David Graven Public Service Award to former Supreme Court Justice Paul Anderson at its assembly meeting. The award is designated for a lawyer who best exemplifies the high standards of the profession in combination with a commitment to public or community service.  Justice Anderson was generous with his time while serving on the Supreme Court and continues his substantial contributions to the community since his retirement from the Court.

Larry Wertheim of Kennedy & Graven presented the award along with Bar President Robin Wolpert.

Soule & Stull sponsors Civil Litigation Section Annual Meeting featuring Dean Erwin Chemerinsky

April 27, 2017.  Soule & Stull sponsored a table at the MSBA Civil Litigation Annual Meeting at the Radisson Blu in Minneapolis.  Nearly 250 local attorneys, including George, Melissa, Kevin, John McShane, Paul Anderson and S&S clients and friends, attended the event. The keynote speaker was Erwin Chemerinsky, Dean at the University of California, Irvine School of Law and noted constitutional scholar.  Dean Chemerinsky spoke on the U.S. Supreme Court after Justice Scalia.  The Section honored former United States Attorney Andrew Luger with the 2017 Advocate Award.  Melissa is Treasurer of the Civil Litigation Section’s Governing Council, and is in line to Chair the Section in 2018.  The Section has 1,375 members. Soule & Stull is the home of three Civil Litigation Chairs, past and future, as George chaired the Council in 1994-1995 and Kevin in 2011-2012.

Melissa, Chair Douglas Elsass, Dean Chemerinsky, Judge Edward Wahl

Melissa and George

George Soule to speak on judicial appointments and elections at Citizens League event

April 2017.  George Soule will speak on May 16 at an event sponsored by Minnesota’s Citizens League on the state’s system for appointing and electing judges.  George will speak on a panel with former Chief Justice Kathleen Blatz and former MSBA President Tom Tinkham.  The speakers will “answer such questions as, who are our existing judges, and what qualifications do they need to meet to be selected for the ballot? What are the election rules surrounding judicial races in Minnesota, and are they fair? Could Minnesota end up with judicial races with television and radio ads paid by outside groups? Finally, what impact do judges have on our day-to-day lives?”  For more information, or to sign up to attend the event, check here.


George Soule to discuss defense of products after recalls in Strafford webinar

March 2017. George and his former colleague Kenneth Ross will present a webinar on Post-sale Duties: How to Comply and How to Defend Product Liability Litigation after Recalls on April 4. This presentation will focus on “best practices for managing and defending recalls, typical case theories in lawsuits alleging inadequate recalls, and strategies to defend the product after a recall has occurred.” George and Ken have written several articles about recalls and defense of recalled products. For more information, or to sign up for the webinar, please visit the Strafford website here

George’s cookies raise $2400 at auction for DIW Food Shelf

February 27, 2017. George’s chocolate chip cookies raised $2400 at auction for the Division of Indian Work Food Shelf in Minneapolis. The winning bid was $800, matched by two other bidders, so George agreed to bake two more batches. Over 300 people attended the DIW’s second annual food shelf fundraiser on February 27. The event featured well-known, local musicians, a silent auction, and live auction. Soule & Stull was an event sponsor, and George serves on the DIW Board of Directors. DIW provides food, clothing and other services to American Indian individuals and families in need throughout our community.

Governor Dayton Appoints George to Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board of Trustees

mnlogoFebruary 22, 2017. Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton today appointed George to the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board of Trustees. Minnesota State serves nearly 400,000 students at 30 colleges, 7 universities, and 54 campuses across the state. George graduated from one of these universities – Minnesota State University Moorhead – and has served on its Alumni Foundation Board. “I am excited to serve on the Board of Trustees – and to help students have opportunities for an excellent, affordable education, like I had at Moorhead State,” George said.

The Governor’s press release is reprinted below:

Governor Dayton Appoints George W. Soule to Fill a Vacancy on the Minnesota State Board of Trustees

ST. PAUL, MN – Today, Governor Mark Dayton announced the appointment of the Honorable George W. Soule to fill a vacancy on the Minnesota State Board of Trustees. Mr. Soule is replacing Margaret Anderson Kelliher, and his term will expire on June 30, 2018.

“George Soule has had a very distinguished career bringing justice and opportunity to people throughout Minnesota,” said Governor Dayton. “I believe that Mr. Soule will bring this dedication to ensuring excellent higher education and career training opportunities for all students at Minnesota State.”

George W. Soule is a judge of the White Earth Tribal Court of Appeals and a founding partner of Soule & Stull LLC, where he is a civil trial attorney handling cases involving product liability, commercial, and negligence claims. Previously, he was a founding and managing partner at Bowman and Brooke LLP, and an associate at Gray, Plant, Mooty, Mooty & Bennett. Judge Soule earned his B.A. from Moorhead State University and his J.D. from Harvard Law School.

Judge Soule is a member of the Boards of the Division of Indian Work, Infinity Project, and the Minnesota State University Moorhead Alumni Foundation. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and the International Society of Barristers, and a Member of the American Board of Trial Advocates. Judge Soule is mentor at the University of Saint Thomas Law School and is a past Chair of the Commission on Judicial Selection.

The Minnesota State Board of Trustees is a 15-member Board responsible for governing Minnesota State’s system planning, academic programs, fiscal management, personnel, admissions requirements, tuition and fees, and rules and regulations.