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Lateesa Ward is an accomplished litigator and trial lawyer.   In 2002 and 2003, she was selected by Law and Politics as a “Super Lawyer.” “Super Lawyers” represent the top 6% of the lawyers licensed to practice in Minnesota. She has also been nominated as a “Super Lawyer” for 2004. Lateesa is a federal court appointed mediator in a Multidistrict Litigation products liability matter and has also assisted in the administration of nationwide class action settlements involving multiple defendants.  Lateesa has extensive litigation and trial experience in the areas of employment law, contracts, product liability, franchise/distributor disputes, antitrust, mass torts, medical malpractice, and civil rights.  Representative cases include:

* Environmental claims involving major railroad companies and landowners alleging negligent and unlawful pollution of soil and ground water.

* Employment claims alleging wrongful termination; negligent hiring, retention, and supervision; harassment; and discrimination.

* Manufacturer/dealer disputes involving breach of contract claims and violations of state laws protecting dealers, franchisees, and distributors.

* Defense of cable company late-fee litigation alleging breach of statutes prohibiting penalties disguised as late fees.

* Business tort claims alleging tortious interference with prospective business relationships, restraint of trade, defamation, unfair competition, antitrust, violation of state fair business practices, deceptive trade practices, and breach of fiduciary duty.

Ms. Ward has been involved in the legal profession for more than twenty years, first as a legal assistant and now as an attorney.   She served as an Adjunct Professor of Legal Writing at William Mitchell College of Law.   Ms. Ward was also Managing Editor of the Hamline University School of Law (J.D. 1991) Journal of Public Law and Policy.

Lateesa’s excellent lawyering skills have attracted attention.  She was featured in Ventures Magazine in October 2000 and April 2001.  In September 2000, Lateesa was highlighted in Minnesota Lawyer for her commitment to working with children in the foster care system.  In 1999, she received an International Leadership Award from the International Leadership Institute in recognition of her long-standing commitment to the elimination of social injustice and intolerance.  Hamline University School of Law also recently recognized her as a Distinguished Alumna.

Lateesa is an active member of the American Bar Association, National Bar Association (Commercial Law Section), Minnesota State Bar Association (Civil Litigation Section), Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers, Minnesota Women Lawyers, the Hennepin County Bar Association, and the Black Women Lawyers Network.