John Ursu’s approach to establishing and controlling case dynamics in commercial litigation is unique. In the past five years, John has led teams that achieved threshold dismissals in cases involving more than $5 billion of potential liability, including third-party complaints in multidistrict litigation and consolidated state litigation, putative class actions, a CAFA-removed mass action and a consolidated mass-tort state action. Recently, he secured complete victory at a final arbitration hearing on behalf of a manufacturer defending $30 million in fraud and breach-of-warranty claims. As a client once said, “You could hire someone else to set the strategy for your case. But why take the risk?”

Innovative clients deserve innovative counsel, and John is frequently called upon to lead cases involving the integration of new technology. He has led industry-defining litigation involving genetically modified foods, as well as major software licensing, implementation and warranty disputes. An outstanding case architect, John’s cases have again and again turned on matters of first impression resolved in favor of his clients.

Representative Experience

  • Argued and won the first motions in the country on the preemptive scope U.S. Grain Standards Act on behalf of a joint-defense group composed of some of the largest grain handlers and exporters in the world.
  • Argued and won remand for 10,000 cases removed under the federal common law of foreign relations on behalf of a joint-prosecution group in multidistrict litigation.
  • Court-appointed member of Plaintiff’s Executive Committee in multidistrict litigation.
  • Secured complete victory at a final arbitration hearing on behalf of a manufacturer defending more than $30 million in fraud and breach-of-warranty claims.
  • Representation in administrative remedies, associations, fiduciary duties and boards of directors in complex reinsurance litigation arising out of Hurricane Katrina.


Bar Admissions



U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, Hon. Richard H. Kyle, 2002-2004


University of Michigan Law School
J.D. Michigan Law Review (managing editor) (2002)

University of Exeter
M.A. in Criticism and Theory (1996)

Kenyon College
B.A. in English (1992)

Leadership & Community

Professional Associations

  • Neighborhood Justice Center, Board Member


  • The Best Lawyers in America, 2018-20
  • BTI Client Service All-Stars, 2018-19
  • Litigation Star and Rising Star - Minnesota, Benchmark Litigation, 2010-20

 Awards Methodology

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