Practice Overview

John A. Kvinge advises clients facing litigation, including contractual disputes, trade secret, copyright and other intellectual property matters, closely-held corporation shareholder claims, employment discrimination defense, and premises liability and personal injury defense. John delivers efficient and effective representation in the midst of challenging, complex disputes.

Representative Experience

Shareholder Disputes

  • Represented a closely held corporation in business valuation trial, obtaining dismissal of derivative claims against corporation and majority shareholders, and court-ordered sale of minority shareholder’s interest.
  • Represented a 50-percent shareholder of a technology company who was frozen out of management and wrongfully accused of theft of trade secrets.

Premises Liability and Personal Injury Defense

  • Represented a regional retailer in complex personal injury case with claimed damages of more than $1.6 million. A trial resulted in a complete defense victory in which the court determined the retailer had used safe and reasonable practices, and the plaintiff’s claimed damages were not caused by the incident.
  • Represented a retailer in a case involving alleged traumatic brain injury of a minor while shopping with parents.

Intellectual Property

  • Defended a computer recycling company against claims of copyright and trademark infringement.
  • Represented an e-commerce management company following customer’s early termination of multi-year service contract and claim of ownership over valuable intellectual property.

General Business Litigation

  • Represented a small business in dispute with former supplier involving fraudulent misrepresentation, defamation, fabricated contracts and millions of dollars in alleged damages. A trial resulted in a significant jury verdict in favor of client.
  • Represented a technology company in lawsuit against a Taiwanese manufacturer for defective products.

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Bar Admissions
  • Minnesota
  • Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota


  • University of Minnesota Law School, Minneapolis, MN, J.D.,magna cum laude
    • Lead Managing Editor, Minnesota Journal of Law, Science & Technology
    • Student Managing Editor, Constitutional Commentary
  • Iowa State University, Ames, IA, B.A., summa cum laude
    • Honors: Phi Beta Kappa

Professional Associations & Memberships

  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association