Patrick M. Biren
Pat Biren has been defending civil claims for more than 15 years. His demeanor and litigation skills have earned his clients’ trust and the respect from opposing parties and their counsel. Pat was raised on a farm in southwestern Minnesota, and he applies the practical knowledge and work ethic he gained from that experience to his practice.
Pat’s clients include a wide variety of corporations, individuals, and insurance companies. He focuses his practice on general liability, professional liability, personal injury, and products. He also represents clients in connection with a wide area of insurance disputes. His insurance coverage experience includes allocation, trigger, occurrence, defense and indemnity obligations, and additional insured endorsements.
Pat is licensed to practice in Minnesota state and federal courts and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit. In addition to his extensive state and federal court trial practice, he has represented parties in more than 300 arbitrations. He also has been recognized as a Rising Star by SuperLawyers, 2011, 2013, and 2014 editions and as a North Star Lawyer for pro bono service by the Minnesota State Bar Association in 2014, 2015, and 2016. Pat has been appointed to serve as a court referee for the Dakota County Conciliation Court and as an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association.
Ryan A. Johannsen
For over 15 years, Ryan Johannsen has represented insurance carriers in a wide variety of civil litigation matters, earning their respect and trust as a well-rounded and highly skilled civil litigation attorney. Ryan’s litigation practice focuses in the areas of local and national subrogation (specializing in fire and explosion, fire suppression system, construction, agriculture, hazardous material and product liability claims), construction defect defense, and insurance coverage disputes.
Ryan regularly travels all over the country from loss site to loss site to make sure his clients’ needs and interests are protected at the ground level. Ryan is equally at home in the field on an inspection as he is in the court room during a trial. This dedication to client needs has earned him a great deal of respect in the industry and amongst his peers.
Ryan is an active member of and lecturer for several industry specific associations, including the National Association of Subrogation Professionals, National Fire Protection Agency, International Association of Arson Investigators, Society of Fire Protection Engineers, and the Chemical Safety Board. In addition to these memberships, he is also HAZWOPER certified pursuant to 29 C.F.R. 1910.120 and 1926.65, including asbestos awareness, confined space and lock out/tag out certifications.
A five-time recipient of Minnesota Law & Politics Rising Star award, he has been licensed to practice law in Minnesota since 2002, and admitted in federal court since 2003.
Alex A. Herman
Alex Herman joined Stich Angell as an associate attorney in 2016. His primary areas of interest are construction, insurance, products liability, premises liability, employment, and real estate law. Alex is a member of the Minnesota Subcontractors Association.
Alex received his J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School in 2016, where he was Captain and Vice President of the Fighting Mondales ice hockey team and an editor of the Minnesota Law Review. He received his B.A. in Political Science from the University at Buffalo.
In his spare time, Alex officiates youth ice hockey in Minnesota District 3.
Anthony S. Morris
Anthony S. Morris joined Stich Angell as an associate in 2016. Prior to becoming an associate with Stich Angell, he was a law clerk to the Honorable Kathleen D. Sheehy in Minnesota’s Fourth Judicial District.
Anthony graduated cum laude from the University of Minnesota Law School in 2013, where he was an International Moot Court Student Director and Vice President of the New Orleans Legal Assistance, a group that places students with legal organizations for volunteer work. He received his B.S. from the University of Texas at Austin with a major in Psychology.
Anthony’s practice covers a variety of issues, including personal injury, intentional tort, and breach of contact claims.
Robert T. Stich
With over 50 years of legal experience, Bob Stich is widely known as one of the best civil defense attorneys in Minnesota. Since founding the firm in 1972, Bob has grown Stich Angell around his steadfast reputation for effective and ethical representation. He’s known for strategically advancing his client’s cause with each step made in litigation, as well as the professionalism and integrity he has exemplified throughout his years of practice.
Bob has litigated cases in over a dozen states, and has handled jury trials in nearly every courthouse in Minnesota. His extensive trial experience includes cases involving personal injury, products liability, personal torts, professional liability, and employer liability.
Bob serves as mediator and arbitrator in civil cases, where his breadth of experience and no-nonsense style make him an effective mediator and evenhanded arbitrator. Always willing to share his extensive legal knowledge, Bob regularly acts as a mentor for attorneys in and outside the firm, and has served as senior visiting professor at Palecky University Law School in the Czech Republic.
A graduate of Saint John’s University in 1960 and University of Minnesota Law School in 1963, Bob is a member of the American Board of Trial Attorneys and is listed in Leading American Attorneys as well as the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers. He has also been annually recognized as a Super Lawyer by Minnesota Law & Politics. Recognizing the paramount importance of maintaining professionalism in the practice of law, Bob frequently lectures and writes on the topic.
Bob is admitted to practice in Minnesota state and federal courts, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court.
Michael S. Kreidler
Throughout the course of his nearly 40-year legal career, Mike Kreidler has tried approximately 200 jury trials to a conclusion and is known as one of the best trial lawyers in the state. Mike brings a wealth of legal experience and an amiable nature to every case he handles. He’s widely respected for his ability to adeptly present the most complex case while gaining rapport with the jury.
Mike’s litigation practice principally involves civil defense work for insurance companies and corporate clients in the areas of personal injury, products liability, employment discrimination, construction and insurance coverage disputes. In addition to handling countless cases on the defense side, Mike has also been very successful in representing select plaintiffs over the years.
A sought-after mediator and arbitrator, Mike’s excellent reputation and personable and balanced approach allow him to resolve even the most complex and contentious of legal disputes. On average, Mike handles 200 mediation/arbitration cases per year, with over 3,500 successfully managed throughout the course of his career.
Mike is licensed to practice in both state and federal courts in Minnesota and Wisconsin. He has been recognized as a Super Lawyer every year since 2003 by Minnesota Law & Politics.
Stacey L. Sever
Stacey Sever is a civil litigator who approaches each case with a strategic and practical eye. She’s always mindful of the end goal: getting her client the best possible result in the most efficient manner. Stacey has handled a wide variety of claims over her career. She focuses her practice in the areas of sexual abuse litigation, general liability, products, employment, and personal injury.
A respected trial attorney, Stacey’s trial experience covers a variety of issues including breach of contract, employment, discrimination, personal injury, and insurance coverage issues. Her skill as a trial lawyer has been recognized by both clients and the legal community, as illustrated by her recognition by the Minnesota State Bar Association as a Board-Certified Civil Trial Specialist, and her acceptance into the American Board of Trial Advocates. Stacey was recognized as a Minnesota Super Lawyer in 2015, 2016, and 2017, and in prior years was consistently recognized as a Rising Star by Minnesota Law & Politics.
Stacey defends civil litigation claims in Minnesota and North Dakota. Before law school, Stacey worked as an analytical chemist and is a licensed patent attorney. Never discouraged by highly technical or complex legal issues, Stacey has a gift for synthesizing the most complicated and convoluted of cases into a well-reasoned, manageable message and conveying it to a judge or jury with confidence.
Kirsten (Kit) J. Hansen
Kirsten (Kit) Hansen is a confident, self-assured litigator specializing in unique legal issues. Licensed in both Minnesota and Wisconsin, Kit joined Stich Angell in November 2009, and has been practicing in the area of civil litigation since 2002. She represents corporations, individuals and insurance companies in employment law, business disputes, professional liability, construction defect claims, bad faith, personal injury litigation, premises liability, and general liability claims. She is also an appellate court attorney.
Kit has tried a number of cases to verdict and has resolved hundreds of disputes through mediation and arbitration. Additionally, she’s successfully handled a number of appellate court cases. Whether through trial or alternative dispute resolution, Kit works to resolve each matter to her clients’ satisfaction.
A frequent presenter on employment law and construction defect claims to clients and other attorneys in both large and small groups, Kit is a 2015 Minnesota Law & Politics Rising Star. When not practicing law, Kit enjoys traveling and supporting causes like the Minnesota Humane Society, among others.
James D. Knudsen
An extraordinarily versatile, reliable, and skilled trial attorney, Jim Knudsen has more than 120 jury trials to his credit. His extensive legal knowledge gives him the unique ability to pick up a case one week and try it the next.
His vast legal background spans the defense of commercial, corporate, private, and insurance clients in a wide variety of civil litigation matters including premises liability, complex products liability, fire loss, construction defect, auto and trucking liability, subrogation, and insurance coverage issues. In premises liability matters, Jim represents retailers and restaurants as well as small businesses, corporations and schools in personal injury and property loss claims. In construction defect claims, Jim’s clients include developers, general contractors, subcontractors and material suppliers. He also defends small and large agricultural businesses in personal injury, property and business disputes. In addition to his litigation practice, Jim represents clients in all forms of ADR matters including mediations and both voluntary and mandatory arbitrations.
Jim has been practicing at Stich Angell since 1985. In recognition of his proven trial skills, he has been certified as a Civil Trial Specialist by the Minnesota State Bar Association since 1996. He has also been AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell since 1996.
Jim is licensed to practice in both Minnesota and Wisconsin.
Garth J. Unke
In over 25 years of practice, firm president Garth J. Unke has secured a reputation as a skilled and persuasive litigator, with over 50 jury verdicts to his credit. His extensive experience spans a wide variety of civil litigation matters, including the handling of personal injury/wrongful death, product liability, sexual abuse, fire loss, and construction defect lawsuits.
Garth regularly represents businesses, individuals, retailers, contractors, insurers, and youth service organizations in their hour of need. Clients rely on his expertise in handling the most sensitive of cases, including those with emotionally charged damages, arising from egregious or intentional conduct. Over the last two years, he has resolved through motion practice or settlement over 35 sexual abuse cases for the largest Youth Service Organization in the country.
Garth frequently speaks on topics related to personal injury and construction work. In 2015, he testified in collaboration with the Minnesota Subcontractor’s Association before the Minnesota State Senate on the issue of contractual indemnification among contractors. Garth is also a much sought-after presenter of continuing education classes for insurance professionals and retailers on the intricacies of personal injury law, risk management, and the judicial process.
A perennial honoree of the Minnesota Law & Politics Super Lawyer Award, Garth was selected as a Top 100 Super Lawyer in 2009. He was also certified as a Civil Trial Specialist by the Minnesota State Bar Association in 2001. Garth has been licensed to practice law in Minnesota since 1988 and Illinois since 1985. He’s an AV Preeminent rated lawyer by Martindale Hubbell and a Member of the National Association of Distinguished Counsel. He frequently serves as a party-appointed mediator and arbitrator, and has been a Qualified Neutral Mediator by the Minnesota Supreme Court since 1998. Garth currently practices in both the state and federal courts throughout the State of Minnesota.