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Solving problems as a team requires drive and vision. I never lose sight of the litigation's goals—or my commitment to ensuring that everyone’s voice gets heard along the way.

Incisive and direct, partner Brian Gudmundson litigates and leads large-scale, multiparty cases. His dedication to shared success and clear communication has made him a trusted guide for clients and colleagues alike. Brian represents individuals, businesses, and public and private institutional clients in a variety of civil and class actions with a particular focus on Consumer, Data Privacy, and Sports Litigation. Representing these clients often demands that Brian map out unique strategies and remedies for new and previously unexplored wrongs. As a result, his practice has been at the forefront of the law and has attracted attention from diverse publications, including The Atlantic, ViceSports, CBS News, and The New York Times.

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota State Bar

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota

Education

  • JD, cum laude, University of Minnesota Law School
  • BA, University of Minnesota

Professional Memberships

  • Federal Bar Association
    Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Hennepin County Bar Association
  • American Association of Justice
  • American Bar Association
    Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America (invitation-only honorary society representing less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers)
  • Appointed interim class counsel in the consolidated action In re Alexa Data Privacy Consumer Litigation, No. 21-cv-00854 (W.D. Wash.), alleging privacy violations related to the recording of communications obtained by Amazon’s Alexa devices.
  • Appointed co-lead counsel in In re: Netgain Technology, LLC, Consumer Data Breach Litigation, 21-cv-1210 (D. Minn.) (SRN/LIB), alleging damages arising from breach of sensitive consumer medical and personal information
  • Appointed co-lead counsel on behalf of consumers in the consolidated action Patlan, et al. v. BMW of North America, LLC, 18-cv-09546 (D.N.J.), alleging damages arising from fire and risk of fire caused by defective, recalled BMW vehicles
  • Appointed co-lead counsel on behalf of financial institutions in recovering losses caused by the Sonic Data Breach (In Re: Sonic Corp. Customer Data Security Breach, 17-md-02807 (N.D. Ohio)
  • Appointed to the Marriott Data Breach Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee for the Financial Institution Track (MDL 2879)
  • Member of the Lead Counsel Committee in a nationwide action challenging CenturyLink, Inc.’s alleged systematic and deceptive sales and overbilling practices (MDL 2795)
  • Appointed to the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee on behalf of financial institutions nationwide in the Equifax Data Breach (MDL 2800)
  • Appointed co-lead counsel to represent banks and credit unions in recovering losses caused by the Arby’s data breach (In re: Arby’s Restaurant Group, Inc., Data Security Litig., 17-cv-00514, (N.D. Ga.))
  • Member of the Plaintiffs Steering Committee alleging Vizio violated state and federal privacy laws by unlawfully collecting and selling private consumer data (MDL 2693)
  • Co-lead counsel in GLS Companies, et al. v. Minnesota Timberwolves Basketball LP, challenging implementation of paperless ticketing system and restrictions on transfer of game tickets on behalf of ticketholders
  • Member of the Plaintiffs Steering Committee representing banks and credit unions in recovering losses caused by the Home Depot data breach (MDL 2583)
  • Member of the Plaintiffs Steering Committee representing banks and credit unions in recovering losses arising from the Wendy’s Data Breach (First Choice Fed. Credit Union v. The Wendy’s Co., 16-cv-00506 (W.D. Pa.))
  • Appointed to Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee representing public and private entities that purchased allegedly defective artificial turf from FieldTurf, Inc. that is prone to premature degradation (MDL 2779)
  • Member of the Plaintiffs Executive Committee representing Cigna Health Insurance plan participants alleging Cigna illegally inflated and clawed back prescription copayments (Negron v. Cigna Corp., et al., 16-cv-01702 (D. Conn.))
  • Appointed member of the Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee in In re: Fedloan Student Loan Servicing Litigation, MDL No. 2833, (E.D. Pa.) in action alleging student loan abuses harming public servant borrowers
  • Member of the Plaintiffs Executive Committee representing Humana insurance plan participants alleging that Humana illegally inflated and clawed back prescription copayments (In re Humana, Inc. PBM Litig., 16-cv-00706 (W.D. Ky.))
  • Member of the Plaintiffs Executive Committee asserting claims on behalf of dentists against 3M for the alleged sale of defective dental crowns (Vikram Bhatia, D.D.S. v. 3M Co., 16-cv-01304 (D. Minn.)
  • Member of the lead counsel team that represented financial institutions in recovering losses suffered in the 2013 Target data breach, which resulted in the first certified nationwide data breach class and multimillion-dollar settlement (MDL 2522)
  • Member of the lead counsel team representing retired NHL players in claims arising from concussive head injuries suffered while professional players (MDL 2551)
  • Member of the lead counsel team that achieved a $50 million settlement on behalf of retired National Football League players in a class action against the League for the unauthorized use of former players’ identities to generate revenue (Dryer v. National Football League, 09-cv-02182 (D. Minn.)
  • Represents hundreds of retired NFL players in claims arising from concussive head injuries suffered while professional players (MDL 2323)
  • Minnesota Super Lawyers: 2017-2022
  • Minnesota Rising Star Super Lawyers: 2010-2016
  • Member, Board of Directors, Class Action Roundtable
  • Represented multiple non-profit and faith-based investors pro bono in RICO claims arising from the $3.5 billion Petters Ponzi scheme

CREDENTIALS

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota State Bar

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota

Education

  • JD, cum laude, University of Minnesota Law School
  • BA, University of Minnesota

Professional Memberships

  • Federal Bar Association
    Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Hennepin County Bar Association
  • American Association of Justice
  • American Bar Association
    Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America (invitation-only honorary society representing less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers)

REPRESENTATIVE EXPERIENCE

  • Appointed interim class counsel in the consolidated action In re Alexa Data Privacy Consumer Litigation, No. 21-cv-00854 (W.D. Wash.), alleging privacy violations related to the recording of communications obtained by Amazon’s Alexa devices.
  • Appointed co-lead counsel in In re: Netgain Technology, LLC, Consumer Data Breach Litigation, 21-cv-1210 (D. Minn.) (SRN/LIB), alleging damages arising from breach of sensitive consumer medical and personal information
  • Appointed co-lead counsel on behalf of consumers in the consolidated action Patlan, et al. v. BMW of North America, LLC, 18-cv-09546 (D.N.J.), alleging damages arising from fire and risk of fire caused by defective, recalled BMW vehicles
  • Appointed co-lead counsel on behalf of financial institutions in recovering losses caused by the Sonic Data Breach (In Re: Sonic Corp. Customer Data Security Breach, 17-md-02807 (N.D. Ohio)
  • Appointed to the Marriott Data Breach Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee for the Financial Institution Track (MDL 2879)
  • Member of the Lead Counsel Committee in a nationwide action challenging CenturyLink, Inc.’s alleged systematic and deceptive sales and overbilling practices (MDL 2795)
  • Appointed to the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee on behalf of financial institutions nationwide in the Equifax Data Breach (MDL 2800)
  • Appointed co-lead counsel to represent banks and credit unions in recovering losses caused by the Arby’s data breach (In re: Arby’s Restaurant Group, Inc., Data Security Litig., 17-cv-00514, (N.D. Ga.))
  • Member of the Plaintiffs Steering Committee alleging Vizio violated state and federal privacy laws by unlawfully collecting and selling private consumer data (MDL 2693)
  • Co-lead counsel in GLS Companies, et al. v. Minnesota Timberwolves Basketball LP, challenging implementation of paperless ticketing system and restrictions on transfer of game tickets on behalf of ticketholders
  • Member of the Plaintiffs Steering Committee representing banks and credit unions in recovering losses caused by the Home Depot data breach (MDL 2583)
  • Member of the Plaintiffs Steering Committee representing banks and credit unions in recovering losses arising from the Wendy’s Data Breach (First Choice Fed. Credit Union v. The Wendy’s Co., 16-cv-00506 (W.D. Pa.))
  • Appointed to Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee representing public and private entities that purchased allegedly defective artificial turf from FieldTurf, Inc. that is prone to premature degradation (MDL 2779)
  • Member of the Plaintiffs Executive Committee representing Cigna Health Insurance plan participants alleging Cigna illegally inflated and clawed back prescription copayments (Negron v. Cigna Corp., et al., 16-cv-01702 (D. Conn.))
  • Appointed member of the Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee in In re: Fedloan Student Loan Servicing Litigation, MDL No. 2833, (E.D. Pa.) in action alleging student loan abuses harming public servant borrowers
  • Member of the Plaintiffs Executive Committee representing Humana insurance plan participants alleging that Humana illegally inflated and clawed back prescription copayments (In re Humana, Inc. PBM Litig., 16-cv-00706 (W.D. Ky.))
  • Member of the Plaintiffs Executive Committee asserting claims on behalf of dentists against 3M for the alleged sale of defective dental crowns (Vikram Bhatia, D.D.S. v. 3M Co., 16-cv-01304 (D. Minn.)
  • Member of the lead counsel team that represented financial institutions in recovering losses suffered in the 2013 Target data breach, which resulted in the first certified nationwide data breach class and multimillion-dollar settlement (MDL 2522)
  • Member of the lead counsel team representing retired NHL players in claims arising from concussive head injuries suffered while professional players (MDL 2551)
  • Member of the lead counsel team that achieved a $50 million settlement on behalf of retired National Football League players in a class action against the League for the unauthorized use of former players’ identities to generate revenue (Dryer v. National Football League, 09-cv-02182 (D. Minn.)
  • Represents hundreds of retired NFL players in claims arising from concussive head injuries suffered while professional players (MDL 2323)

RECOGNITIONS

  • Minnesota Super Lawyers: 2017-2022
  • Minnesota Rising Star Super Lawyers: 2010-2016

COMMUNITY + PRO BONO

  • Member, Board of Directors, Class Action Roundtable
  • Represented multiple non-profit and faith-based investors pro bono in RICO claims arising from the $3.5 billion Petters Ponzi scheme

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