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Who We Are:

   Bringing Our Experience to the Table

ValueSolve panel members are recognized statewide, nationally and internationally for their knowledge of and experience in alternative dispute resolution. We’re frequent teachers and lecturers on ADR, and we monitor developments in the field. Year after year, we’re chosen by our peers to be listed among the top lawyers in Minnesota in the practice of ADR and selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Chambers USA, Martindale-Hubbell, The National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals, The International Mediation Institute and  Minnesota Super Lawyers. Those honors might be impressive hanging on a wall, but what really matters is why we were recognized – our peers say we’re doing our job well.  That kind of praise is almost as good as hearing the parties on both sides of a dispute say they’re pleased with the outcome. ValueSolve is a qualified ADR provider listed on the Rule 114 ADR roster by the state of Minnesota. Each of our panelists is also listed individually on Minnesota’s statewide ADR roster and qualified under Rule 114, and three of our panel  members served as chair of the Minnesota State Bar Association’s 400+ member ADR Section. Our panelists abide by the codes of ethics for arbitrators and mediators established by the American Bar Association and the American Arbitration Association. Our ADR work ranges from commercial, business-to-business disputes – such as dissolution of partnerships, employee termination, professional malpractice and breach of contracts – to disputes at home involving neighbors, landlords and tenants. We list our areas of experience in the résumés that follow.Minnesota Lawyer featured ValueSolve ADR as a “Legal Innovator” in its February 11, 2011 issue.




Patrick R. Burns

Lawyer, Arbitrator, Mediator, Special Master

Patrick R. Burns focuses his practice on ADR and civil litigation. He is licensed to practice law in Minnesota, North Dakota, Wisconsin and South Dakota.  Minnesota Lawyer magazine named Patrick as a 2015 “Attorney of the Year.” Twin Cities Business Journal has recognized him as a “Super Lawyer” in ADR every year since 2014, and in 2010 Patrick was named a Super Lawyers “Rising Star” in ADR and litigation by Minnesota Law & Politics. Patrick is an active mediator and arbitrator who serves on the American Arbitration Association’s (AAA) national and international panels of mediators and arbitrators. Patrick also volunteers as a mediator through the Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights and Hennepin County District Court. He was formerly vice president of the Minneapolis office of the American Arbitration Association and served on active duty as an officer and trial lawyer in the Army JAG Corps. Patrick earned his B.S., M.P.A. and J.D. degrees from the University of South Dakota, where he is an adjunct professor of law. Patrick was formerly chair of the Minnesota State Bar Association’s 400+ member Alternative Dispute Resolution Section. He recently completed an LL.M in Dispute Resolution from the Pepperdine School of Law Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution in Malibu, California.

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David A. Allgeyer

Lawyer, Arbitrator, Mediator

David Allgeyer has over 34 years of experience litigating, arbitrating and mediating intellectual property, corporate and commercial disputes in federal and states courts and arbitration hearings throughout the United States

David has arbitrated and mediated intellectual property and commercial cases involving patent licensing disputes, software systems, manufacturing equipment, employment issues, shareholder disputes, and copyright claims, to name a few. He has been appointed to arbitrate over 65 such matters and to mediate matters ranging from large patent and business cases to pro-bono mediations for the Hennepin County and Ramsey District Court. David is a frequent lecturer and panelist on ADR and intellectual property matters. He is listed in Best Lawyers in America, Chambers and Super Lawyers. He was named by Best Lawyers in America as 2016 Minneapolis Arbitration Lawyer of the Year.

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Joseph L. Daly

Emeritus Professor of Law, Lawyer, Arbitrator, Mediator

Joseph Daly is the “Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi Distinguished Professor of Litigation Skills and International Dispute Resolution” and director of the Mediation Clinic at Hamline University School of Law. He is a highly respected practitioner and teacher and a sought-after mediator and arbitrator in commercial, labor, employment, personal injury and insurance disputes. He has arbitrated and mediated more than 800 cases. Professor Daly has written books and many articles on ADR. He is an arbitrator for the United States Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (Washington, DC), a commercial arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association, and an arbitrator for State of Minnesota Bureau of Mediation Services and a number of other states including Oregon, Wisconsin, Hawaii and the Virgin Islands. He is listed in Super Lawyers and Leading American Attorneys as one of the best ADR practitioners.

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Linda Mealey-Lohmann

Mediator, Arbitrator, Lawyer, Adjunct Professor of ADR

Attorney LINDA MEALEY-LOHMANN practices exclusively in the area of ADR – as a mediator and arbitrator, handling primarily employment law and workplace disputes, and commercial and business disputes. Linda was recognized as a “Minnesota Super Lawyer” in 2015 and was selected as one of the 2015 Women in Business honorees by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal. Linda has extensive ADR experience and litigation experience. She has mediated over 350 disputes, including employment discrimination matters, commercial matters, breach of contract, construction, home improvement, and other business disputes. She has more than 200 hours of arbitration experience.

Prior to her work as an ADR Neutral, Linda was an employment law litigator who counseled and represented clients in litigation (state and federal court), arbitration, and mediation (beginning in 1991).

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Michael D. Tewksbury

Mediator, Arbitrator, Lawyer

Michael D. Tewksbury was born and grew up in Chicago. After completing two years of college at Knox College, he transferred to the University of Northern Colorado and graduated with honors in 1975. Mike then attended law school at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington. He graduated with honors in 1978 and was then hired to teach at the law school. He taught legal writing and advanced legal writing classes for two years.

In 1980, Mike joined the law firm of Rider, Bennett, Egan & Arundel, an insurance defense firm in Minneapolis. He was made a partner of that firm and focused his work on insurance coverage issues, defense of personal injury cases, and also was instrumental in handling the firm’s plaintiffs’ work. In 1988, Mr. Tewksbury joined Schwebel, Goetz & Sieben to work exclusively on claims for injured people.

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Michael S. McKnight

Mediator, Arbitrator, Lawyer

 Michael S. McKnight has been a partner in Boyce Law Firm LLP for over thirty-one years.  His practice during that time has focused on employment law related issues. 

He is  an “AV Preeminent” rated lawyer by Martindale Hubbell and has been recognized by Best Lawyers, Chambers and Great  Plains Super Lawyers. His Firm was selected to be the South Dakota representative of the National Workers’ Compensation Defense Network and was the first South Dakota lawyer to be inducted into the College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers. He has been named Sioux Falls Best employment lawyer multiple years in a row and has been inducted in to the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals.

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