Gerald S. Duffy

Gerry has more than 40 years of litigation experience, ranging from simple disputes to the most complex cases. Gerry represents clients on a wide array of issues before courts at all levels of the Minnesota and U.S. judicial systems, and he has successfully handled complex litigation in federal and state courts throughout the United States. Gerry works with corporate general counsel as well as local counsel in many jurisdictions.

He handles cases in many areas, including:

• Antitrust, condemnation, land use, zoning and permitting issues
• Real estate litigation
• Contract disputes, both domestic and international
• Construction arbitration/mediation, contractor/subcontractor disputes
• Product liability defense
• Employment litigation
• Insurance disputes
• Shareholder/partnership disputes
• Environmental defense litigation

Gerry works extensively with private interests, landowners and developers on all aspects of real estate matters, including land use, condemnation/inverse condemnation, zoning, permitting, platting, environmental reviews (i.e. Alternative Areawide Reviews (“AUAR”), Environmental Assessment Worksheets (“EAW”), and Environmental Impact Statements (“EIS”). His clients include many large aggregate suppliers, and he is actively involved in getting their operations zoned and permitted in municipalities and counties around Minnesota and Wisconsin. While representing his clients, Gerry has developed good working relationships with various municipalities, counties and state government agencies to aid his clients in getting the necessary approvals.

Over the years, Gerry has cultivated a wide network of clients, engineers, experts, and colleagues to benefit all of the clients he represents. This network is a valuable resource and ensures the clients’ interests are furthered and goals met. He is widely respected in many industry groups and trade associations and is considered a pioneer in the modern method of zoning, permitting, and operating gravel mining operations. As a counselor, Gerry is known for putting his clients’ minds at ease.


Areas of Practice

Business Law
Land Use Law
Business Litigation


Minnesota State and Federal District Courts
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Pennsylvania
Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals
Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals
U.S. Court of Appeals for Armed Forces
United States Supreme Court


University of Minnesota, B.A.
University of Minnesota Law School JD.


Minnesota State Bar Association
Hennepin County Bar Association
American Bar Association


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