Nicole E. Narotzky
Partner
Co-Chair of Litigation Group
Co-Chair of Tort & Product Liability Group

Nicole Narotzky is co-chair of Maslon's Litigation Group and is also co-chair of Maslon's Tort & Product Liability Group. Her practice is focused on product liability litigation, and she has successfully defended major medical device and pharmaceutical manufacturers in federal and state courts throughout the country. Nicole has significant experience with the issues of federal preemption and regulatory control over claims involving FDA-approved medical devices. She also has extensive experience representing clients in a variety of commercial disputes, including construction law and intellectual property disputes.

Nicole is a 2003 graduate from the University of Minnesota Law School where she graduated magna cum laude and Order of the Coif. Nicole also served as the note and comment editor for the Journal of Law and Inequality. Nicole earned her bachelor's degree with honors in political science from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island.

Selected Experience

  • Manage and defend claims and litigation for world-leading medical device company: formulate and execute nationwide strategy to respond to and litigate voluntary recall of signature product; implemented early resolution program and when resolution not possible, aggressively defend each individual action (2009-present).
  • Defend litigation related to implanted medical devices: aggressively develop alternative causation, strategically approach discovery issues, and negotiate early, reasonable settlements and dismissals (2006-2013).
  • In re Individual 35W Bridge Litigation, 806 N.W.2d 811, 806 N.W.2d 820 (2011). Represented engineering company that provided the original design for the I-35W bridge that collapsed over the Mississippi River in Minneapolis on August 1, 2007.
  • Hammitt v. Medtronic, Inc. (Anoka Co. D. Ct., Minnesota, (2004)). Counsel in a lawsuit involving the recall of a medical device. Case was never certified for class action and settled. 
Reported Cases
  • Duggan v. Medtronic, Inc., No. 09-CV-12046-PBS, 2012 WL 45503 (D. Mass. Jan. 10, 2012).
  • Walker v. Medtronic, Inc., No. 2:07-00317, 2010 WL 4822135 (S.D. W. Va. Nov. 24, 2010).
  • Clark v. Medtronic, Inc., 572 F. Supp. 2d 1090 (D. Minn. 2008).
  • Smith v. Gorback, et al., Cause No. 2005-58539 (Harris County, Tex. 2007).

Pro Bono

  • Ex parte Armstrong (Tex. Crim. App. 2017). Member of team of Maslon lawyers serving as pro bono counsel for Douglas Tyrone Armstrong, a Texas death row inmate convicted of capital murder in 2006. The team successfully secured the vacation of Armstrong's death sentence by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals.

Professional Activities

Minnesota State Bar Association
Hennepin County Bar Association
Ramsey County Bar Association
Minnesota Women Lawyers: Community Action Committee
American Intellectual Property Law Association
Defense Research Institute

Pro Bono Activities

ABA Pro Bono Death Penalty Representation: Ex parte Armstrong (Tex. Crim. App. 2017)
Children's Law Center of Minnesota: Volunteer

PRESENTATIONS

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"MDL - To Centralize or Not Centralize, That is the Question," panel member, Products Liability SuperCourse, ACC Minnesota and The Network of Trial Law Firms, 2018
September 21, 2018
"After the Fall: The Legacy of the I-35W Bridge Collapse Litigation and What It Means to the Design & Construction Industry in Minnesota," Maslon Speaker Series, 2013
July 25, 2013

Publications

"Is There a Perfect Notice Letter?" The IPC Browser 8-10 (Vol. 4, No. 2, Spring 2004)

Recognition

Recognized on Minnesota Rising Stars list as part of the Super Lawyers® selection process, 2014-2016 (Minnesota Rising Stars is a designation given to only 2.5 percent of Minnesota attorneys each year, based on a selection process that includes the recommendation of peers in the legal profession.)

Top Women Attorneys in Minnesota® list, 2015-2016 (The annual edition of the Top Women Attorneys in Minnesota list features attorneys who received the highest point totals in the previous year's Minnesota Super Lawyers® and Rising Stars balloting, research, and blue ribbon review process.)



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Bar Admissions
Minnesota
U.S. District Court
  • Minnesota
U.S. Court of Appeals
  • Eighth Circuit
  • Federal Circuit
Education
University of Minnesota Law School
J.D., magna cum laude, 2003
Honors: Order of the Coif
Brown University
B.A., with honors, 1999
Major: Political Science
Notable

NICOLE SUCCESSFULLY REPRESENTED PRO BONO CLIENT TO SECURE VACATION OF DEATH SENTENCE AFTER 10 YEARS ON DEATH ROW IN TEXAS. SHE IS ALSO RECOGNIZED ON THE 2016 MINNESOTA RISING STARS LIST AND THE 2016 TOP WOMEN ATTORNEYS IN MINNESOTA LIST BY SUPER LAWYERS®.

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