His experience includes defeating several putative class actions on motions to dismiss, winning decertification of an environmental class action in the Eighth Circuit, decertification of damages claims in a class action in California court, and forging a settlement of a food marketing class action that has become a model for settling these difficult-to-resolve cases. Mr. Hulse is the author of the chapter on Minnesota class action law in the ABA’s Practitioner’s Guide to Class Actions (2d ed. 2017).
Mr. Hulse is also an experienced trial and appellate lawyer. In 2014, he served as trial counsel in a commercial dispute involving a large scale technology outsourcing contract where the plaintiff sought more than $100 million in damages. Following a three-week bench trial, the court entered a complete judgment in favor of Mr. Hulse’s client, including on his client’s $18 million counterclaim. Mr. Hulse also frequently represents clients on appeal.
Prior to joining the Firm as a partner in 2010, Mr. Hulse was a litigation partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP in Chicago.
Mr. Hulse is admitted to the bars of the Supreme Courts of Illinois and Minnesota; the U.S. District Courts for the District of Minnesota, the Northern and Central Districts of Illinois, and the Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin; and the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the First, Second, Third, Seventh, Eighth, and Ninth Circuits. Before entering private practice, he served as a law clerk to the Honorable James B. Loken, then-Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.
•Super Lawyers, Minnesota(2017-2018)
•Benchmark Litigation Minnesota Litigation Star (2015-2018)
•The Ethics of Internal Investigations, Domestic and Abroad ABA Section of Litigation, Food & Supplements Workshop, Omaha, NE (2015)
•Best Practices and Strategies for Managing Discovery in National and Multi-Forum Parallel Litigation, NAMWOLF Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, MN (2013)
•The Changing Landscape of the Food and Beverage Industry, Association for Corporate Growth, Upper Midwest Connection Conference, Minneapolis, MN (2011).
Minnesota chapter in ABA’s Practitioner’s Guide to Class Actions (2d ed. 2017).
8th Circuit chapter in ABA’s forthcoming Practitioner's Guide to Appellate Advocacy (2d ed.)
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