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Zimmerman Reed Attorney Featured in Article Published by Bloomberg

April 15, 2021

Zimmerman Reed attorney Alyssa Leary featured in an article published by Bloomberg, discussing the 11th Circuit’s decision that clarifies the ascertainability standard under Rule 23 and its immediate impact in District Courts.


To read the full article, visit Bloomberg News.

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Delighted to Announce Our Newest Attorney

November 30, 2020

Zimmerman Reed is pleased to welcome Rachel Tack to our team. Ms. Tack has joined the Consumer Protection practice and the Securities and Financial Fraud practice in our Minneapolis office. We look forward to the unique contributions she brings to our team and our clients. Join us in welcoming Rachel Tack.

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Zimmerman Reed Attorneys Selected to The Best Lawyers in America 2020

September 9, 2020

Best Lawyers in America 2020 has selected three of our attorneys for their work representing plaintiffs in mass tort litigation and class actions.

For more than three decades, Best Lawyers has been recognized —by both the profession and the public—as the most credible measure of legal integrity and distinction in the United States. Best Lawyers nominations are based on a rigorous peer-review survey comprising more than 9.4 million confidential evaluations by top attorneys.

We are proud of the ZR partners named to the 2020 Best Lawyers in America list:

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Welcoming Our Newest Partner

September 2, 2020

Zimmerman Reed is delighted to introduce Behdad Sadeghi as its newest Partner.

Behdad exemplifies core ZR values—integrity, ingenuity, and exceptional legal analysis—that support our clients’ cases and enhance the practice of law. In every case he litigates, Behdad demonstrates preparation, mastery, and a tireless dedication to standing with and advocating for his clients. He is an outstanding lawyer and an excellent communicator and team leader. We look forward to his continued contributions in advocating for our clients and leading the firm into the future.

“To me, ZR is a law firm that is equal parts supportive, cutting edge, caring, and determined. Some are surprised when I say I genuinely care about everyone I work with, and that I can’t imagine doing any other type of legal work. There is much to be proud of in what ZR has accomplished for its clients and even more to be excited about for the future.” – Behdad

View Behdad’s bio here.

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2020 Super Lawyers and Rising Star Honorees

Congratulations to Our 2020 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars Honorees

July 20, 2020

Zimmerman Reed is proud to congratulate our attorneys who have been selected to the 2020 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars List. Along with all our honorees, we are celebrating Gordon Rudd’s 15th year as a Minnesota Super Lawyer honoree and Alia Abdi’s 1st Minnesota Rising Stars selection. In addition to their 2020 Minnesota Super Lawyer selection, Carolyn Anderson was recognized as one of the top 50 women lawyers for 2020 in Minnesota and David Cialkowski was selected as one of the top 100 lawyers for 2020 in Minnesota.

Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Through a process that consists of nominations, independent research, and peer evaluation, final selections are made. Only up to five percent of the lawyers in the state are named to Super Lawyers, and no more than two and a half percent are named to the Rising Stars list.

The following ZR attorneys have been selected to the 2020 Super Lawyers list:

The following ZR attorneys have been selected to the 2020 Rising Stars list:

To learn more about The Super Layers/Rising Star selection process, click here.

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We stand with our neighbors.

May 31, 2020

As members of the Minneapolis community, we are heartbroken. We stand with our neighbors in the grief and anger felt by our city and around the country over the senseless death of George Floyd. Like many of you, we are struggling with what to do. But we are starting by donating to the George Floyd Memorial Fund to help ease the financial burden for the Floyd family and the Lake Street Council to help rebuild hard-hit small businesses and nonprofits, many of which are immigrant- and POC-owned. We believe the responsibility to work for equality for all individuals is a shared one and we are committed to being allies for change.  

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COVID-19 Business Insurance Claim Denial

Insurance Companies Denying COVID-19 Business Interruption Claims

May 14, 2020

The Coronavirus pandemic has affected businesses in ways no other event has since World War II. The rapid spread of COVID-19, along with government orders limiting the movement and gathering of people, has resulted in the mandatory closures of businesses throughout the United States. Not surprisingly, these orders have resulted in significant income losses for businesses.

For many business owners, these losses were tempered by the fact that they knew they had purchased and paid for business interruption insurance that would help the business survive the closures. Generally, when a business owner pays policy premiums for insurance coverage in exchange for “business interruption” or “all risk” coverage, the insurance company must provide coverage under the terms of the contract unless coverage is clearly and specifically excluded. Business owners have long paid steep premiums for business interruption insurance to provide income in the event of an unforeseen closings. While they hoped it wouldn’t ever be necessary, many owners who have been closed are thankful they acknowledged this contingency and paid for such expensive coverage.

However, despite customers having paid for business interruption and other coverage, including Civil Authority coverage, some insurance companies are now uniformly denying claims submitted by businesses due to the Coronavirus pandemic, citing such things as  and lack of property damage. Without this coverage, business owners are left without the benefit of coverage they paid for and facing decisions about how and whether they can remain in business.

The situation became so critical that a group of bipartisan House lawmakers directed insurance trade groups in March that they should recognize the coronavirus outbreak as part of their policy holders’ business interruption coverage. Despite that direction, some insurers are still refusing to pay.

Businesses ordered to close due to Covid-19 are challenging their insurer’s denial of their coronavirus-related insurance claims. The owners are seeking to recover the benefits that they paid for and that the insurance companies promised to provide.

Our legal team is working with business owners who have had their business interruption insurance claims triggered by the Coronavirus pandemic denied by their insurer. If you are a business owner that has been denied coverage for business interruption insurance and want more information on this case, visit our case page for more information.

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Delighted to Welcome Our Newest Associates!

April 24, 2020

Zimmerman Reed welcomes two new associates. We are pleased to announce that Kimberly McNulty and Arielle Canepa have joined the firm. Ms. McNulty has joined the public client practice group in our Minneapolis office and Ms. Canepa has joined the consumer protection and employment law practice groups in our Los Angeles office. We look forward to the unique contributions they will bring to our team and our clients.


Join us in welcoming:

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Introducing Our Newest Talent

January 22, 2020

Zimmerman Reed is delighted to announce the addition of our newest attorneys. Each brings different perspectives and experience to help us serve our clients.

Join us in welcoming:

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Alia Abdi with Judge Wilhelmina Wright

Zimmerman Reed Associate Moderates FBA Newer Lawyers’ Luncheon with Judge Wright

November 22, 2019

The Honorable Judge Wilhelmina Wright welcomed the Minnesota Chapter of the Federal Bar Association’s Newer Lawyers Committee into her courtroom on October 29, 2019 for an interview-style luncheon. The interview was conducted by Alia Abdi, an associate at Zimmerman Reed, and co-chair of the FBA Newer Lawyers Committee.

The goal of this event was to continue the Committee’s tradition of hosting a series of monthly luncheons with Minnesota’s federal bench. At Judge Wright’s request, an interview-style format was utilized for this particular luncheon and Alia Abdi was asked by Judge Wright to conduct the interview.

Throughout the event, Judge Wright shared lessons and advice on the challenges, expectations, and opportunities the newer lawyers may experience during their careers in federal practice. This luncheon was an excellent opportunity for newer lawyers to gather in Judge Wright’s courtroom and get to know her in an informal setting.

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