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Peter Doely Appointed to Serve on the Minnesota Supreme Court Advisory Committee on the General Rules of Practice; David Herr Reappointed to Serve as the Committee's Reporter

November 4, 2020

Maslon is pleased to announce that Peter Doely, an attorney in Maslon's Litigation Group, was recently appointed to serve as a member of the Minnesota Supreme Court Advisory Committee on the General Rules of Practice. The Committee is responsible for monitoring the General Rules of Practice, considering requests for rule changes, and making recommendations to the Supreme Court. It is composed of several trial judges from around Minnesota as well as practicing lawyers and court staff, and is chaired by a District Court Judge and joined by a Supreme Court Justice serving as Liaison to the Court.

Additionally David Herr, an appellate attorney in Maslon's Litigation Group, was reappointed to serve as Reporter for the Committee. Reporters for each Judicial Committee are appointed by the Chief Justice and are viewed as leading experts in their respective fields. In his role as Reporter, David will lead research of relevant law and draft memoranda analyzing suggested rule changes, develop proposed drafts of rules for committee consideration, review and summarize public comments on proposed amendments, and generate the committee notes and other materials documenting the rules committees' work. The Reporter reports on the committee's recommendations to the Court.

Both Peter and David will serve three-year terms effective October 23, 2020, through December 31, 2023.

Peter is a business litigator focused on resolving construction, insurance coverage, and other commercial disputes. He regularly represents clients in state courts, federal courts, mediations, and arbitrations. Peter provides practical advice to help his clients navigate all phases of their construction projects, from contract negotiations to asserting or defending claims. He also regularly advises insurance policyholders regarding their rights and asserts those rights on their behalf. In addition, Peter is an adjunct professor at the University of Minnesota Law School, co-teaching the Insurance Law Clinic, and he provides pro bono representation through the Children's Law Center and the Federal Bar Association's Pro Se Project.

David is a highly regarded appellate lawyer and complex case litigator. He is frequently sought out to provide practical and sophisticated advice on how to resolve difficult, multi-party disputes in trial courts and arbitral forums as well as in the appellate courts. David is past president of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, past president of the Academy of Court Appointed Masters, and regularly argues cases in the Minnesota appellate courts and the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. He annotates the Federal Judicial Center's Manual for Complex Litigation, published and distributed nationally by Thomson West. For many years, David has served as Reporter for the Minnesota Supreme Court Advisory Committees on the Rules of Civil Procedure, General Rules of Practice, and Rules of Civil Appellate Procedure.

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