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Bar Admissions

Minnesota
U.S. District Court
  • Minnesota
  • N.D. California
  • W.D. Texas
U.S. Court of Appeals
  • Fifth Circuit
  • Eighth Circuit

Languages

Danish
French

Leadership & Community

  • American Bar Association: Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee
  • Danish Consulate in Minneapolis: Consul 2014-present
  • Consular Corps of Minnesota, USA and Nordic Consul Committee: 2014-present
  • Danish American Center: Board Member 2011-2013, 2019-present; Vice President 2019-present; Pro Bono Legal Counsel 2002-2019

Overview

Rikke Dierssen-Morice has more than 25 years' experience collaborating with corporate policyholders in the U.S. and abroad on insurance recovery, insurance claims assistance, risk management, and international business issues. She serves as national insurance counsel to business policyholders, with particular depth in the food, agriculture, manufacturing, financial, and construction industries.

Rikke has successfully handled high-stakes insurance claims in bench and jury trials throughout the U.S., assisting 100+ clients each year to recover on small to multimillion-dollar insurance claims. She also realizes that litigation is not always the best path, and leverages prior experience as part of the national coverage counsel team for St. Paul Companies to help policyholder clients work with claims representatives and coverage counsel to achieve maximum payment. She is skilled at fully and correctly documenting many different types of insurance claims—and is a fierce advocate on behalf of her clients.

Notably, Rikke was instrumental in obtaining over $200 million in commercial property insurance recoveries for clients resulting from Hurricanes Harvey, Maria, Isaac, and Katrina.

Nationally, Rikke has worked on matters involving:

  • Directors and officers (D&O) insurance procurement and recovery;
  • Food contamination general liability and recall insurance recovery;
  • Cyber coverage procurement and claims;
  • Pollution/alleged groundwater contamination claims under general liability, property, and pollution policies;
  • Theft and fraud claims under financial institutions bonds, crime, and liability policies;
  • Errors and omissions (E&O) and professional coverage claims;
  • Product liability insurance recovery for manufacturers;
  • International shipping/marine and property coverage for lost or destroyed products and container leakage claims; and
  • Property and appraisal recovery claims for storm destruction damages.

Internationally, Rikke has worked extensively on non-admitted insurance issues and international policy drafting in addition to recovering insurance funds for losses in Europe, Asia, and South America. In addition, she has extensive experience advising U.S. companies across Europe on contract drafting, retention of and work with in-country counsel, and provision of supporting opinions and analysis.

Rikke serves as the Honorary Consul for Denmark in Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota, having been appointed by Queen Margrethe II of Denmark in 2014. Rikke studied and worked in France for eight years and is fluent in French. She has also worked in Denmark and is fluent in Danish.

Experience

  • Litigated cases in 19 states, including 20+ trials to judgment.
  • Assist deal counsel with insurance procurement, program evaluation, and claims and litigation evaluation as well as negotiation of representation and warranty insurance coverage.
  • Assist clients and insurance brokers with annual insurance procurement and board reporting on insurance choices and program details.
  • Advise clients and attorneys on risk management, legal ethics and loss prevention.
  • Successful litigation of commercial claims recoveries in publicly-filed litigation, including for Donaldson Companies, SunOpta, M.A. Mortenson, General Mills, Flint Hills Resources, Wells Fargo, and Western National Bank.
  • Over $200 million in commercial property insurance recoveries from Hurricanes Harvey, Maria, Isaac, and Katrina.
  • Recent successful insurance recoveries on contested coverage for:
    • Fire fatalities in group home in 2018;
    • Apartment manager in balcony fall fatality case in 2019;
    • Construction company for injury case in 2019; and
    • Crime bond recovery in 2018 for university faculty-owned condominium association.

Honors

Honorary Consul for Denmark in Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota, appointed by Magrethe II of Denmark, 2014-present

Dane of the Year for Pro Bono Legal Services, Danish American Center, 2006

Founding Year Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America (The Litigation Counsel of America is a trial lawyer honorary society composed of less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers. Fellows are selected based upon effectiveness and accomplishment in litigation, both at the trial and appellate levels, and superior ethical reputation.)

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