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Jan Conlin is a passionate advocate for justice in both courtrooms and communities. Known for her trial and examination skills, Jan uses her wellhoned expertise in the areas of trial strategy and risk assessment to find unique business resolutions for litigation-based conflicts of all sizes.
In February, 2015, Jan stepped down from her prior firm along with name partner Michael V. Ciresi, to form Ciresi Conlin LLP. Mike and Jan have tried cases together for 30 years and now the firm’s platform allows more flexibility with respect to high stakes litigation and trial work. Ciresi Conlin LLP exists to be a force for good – in both courtrooms and communities. Casting off the traditional law firm structure, Ciresi Conlin LLP enjoys handling a case on its own or partnering with other talented and tenacious lawyers across the country to protect what’s best for today and what’s best for the future as well.
Jan has received many awards. She is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, and is consistently listed in The Best Lawyers in America (2007-2018) and SuperLawyers. Four times BTI has recognized her as an esteemed “Client Service All-Star Team.”
Jan also has multiple nine-figure patent infringement and business litigation representations including a $520.6 million verdict against Microsoft in 2004, a $400 million settlement for Pitney Bowes Inc. in a patent dispute against Hewlett-Packard in 2001, and the 200 9 defea t of a $100 million breach of licensing claim, where she earned a unanimous defense verdict as well as an award of attorney’s fees for her client. Last year, she represented Hubbard Broadcasting in a high-st akes dispute with DirecTV, which was successfully resolved after winning a key contract dispute in court.
Jan’s strengths are not only shown in a courtroom. In addition to her pro bono work, she is ex tensively involved in the community and has provided many hours of service to the organizations she supports. Her volunteer activities include multiple board-leadership positions including Board Trustee, The Minneapolis Foundation (Chair-Governance Committee); Board of Directors, Catholic Charities (term completed, Chair-Development Committee); Board Member, Minnesota Orchestral Association (term completed); Past Chair, St. Thomas Law School Board of Governor’s; past Chair, Minnesota State Bar Association, Civil Litigation Section Governing Council; past Chair, University of Minnesota Law School, Board of Advisors, and Ascension Catholic Academy Board Member. She is also a member of the Sedona Conference Working Group on Patent Remedies.
Last updated October 2018