Alana K. Bassin Managing Partner, Bowman and Brooke LLP
Alana Bassin

Alana Bassin is a trial attorney representing Fortune 500 companies in product liability, medical device, commercial litigation and general liability defense. She has defended individual and mass tort actions across the country involving high-exposure catastrophic injury and wrongful death cases.

Her extensive litigation experience includes defending medical devices, energy and industrial equipment, electrical and building components, chemical products and medical negligence cases. Alana served as lead counsel for a medical supply manufacturer in a mass tort involving alleged contaminated products. She represented the company amidst a recall, an FDA raid and an unprecedented media campaign resulting in numerous wrongful death claims. She is currently national counsel for company that has medical device products used for spinal fusions.

Alana serves as national counsel for a global energy powerhouse, where she first-chaired a multi-million dollar catastrophic injury gas explosion case alleging non-compliance with OSHA regulations. She also defended a chemical manufacturer in a wrongful death case before a jury in Texas. She has also first chaired several wrongful death medical negligence cases and has tried several commercial matters.

Alana frequently speaks on the professional development of women in the legal community.

  • Practices:  Product Liability Litigation | General Liability Litigation
  • Industries: Medical Device and Pharmaceutical | Agricultural | Construction and Industrial Equipment | Healthcare

Her representative experience includes:

  • Lead counsel in medical device and pharmaceutical cases, including mass torts, related to ambulation devices, defibrillators, heart pumps, dialysis cases, hearing aids, skin and hair products, implantable catheters, spinal fusion products and men's health implants
  • National product liability counsel for a global energy powerhouse
  • National representation of a Fortune 100 company for building products, climate control solutions, HVAC and security systems
  • Defense counsel for a large chemical, cleaner and pesticide company on the national level
  • Lead counsel for a major long-term care providers and other medical care companies

Recent Verdicts & Case Studies:

Case results depend upon a variety of factors unique to each case. Case results do not guarantee or predict a similar result in any future case.

  • Siemens Not Liable for Texas Gas Plant Explosion | Nov 10, 2014
  • Long-Term Care Facility Arbitration Ends | Aug 31, 2013
  • Successful Opposition to Dismiss and Enforce Arbitration Agreement | Nov 01, 2011
  • Arbitration of Wrongful Death Case | Dec 30, 2010
  • Smothers v. Ecolab Inc. | Mar 01, 2004

Recent News, Events and Blogs:

  • Bowman and Brooke Announces New Executive and Management Committee Members | February 15, 2017 | News
  • Bowman and Brooke Announces 2016 Managing and Co-Managing Partners | March 24, 2016 | Articles
  • Minnesota Lawyer's Attorneys of the Year: Alana Bassin | February 23, 2016 | Media Mention
  • Alana Bassin Honored as a Minnesota Lawyer "2015 Attorney of the Year" | December 7, 2015 | News
  • Minneapolis Attorneys Recognized By Super Lawyers Magazine | July 7, 2015 | News

Honors and Awards:

  • “Top Woman Attorney in Minnesota," 2015 - Super Lawyers
  • "Future Star," 2014 - 2015 - Benchmark Litigation
  • Named in Litigation: Product Liability Defense, Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices, 2014 - 2015 - The Legal 500
  • Super Lawyers, 2014 - 2015
  • Rising Stars, 2001 - 2010 - Minnesota Super Lawyers Magazine
  • "40 Under Forty," 2010 - Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal

Publications: 

  • "Expert Witnesses," Chapter in Trying Your First Case - A Practitioner's Guide, 2014
  • "Striking a Balance in Law and Life," Chapter from The Woman Advocate, 2nd Edition, 2010
  • "Does Sorry Work for the Long-Term Care Provider?" (with Shane V. Bohnen), Andrews Nursing Home Reporter, 2009.
  • "Tackling Tough Issues at Trial," Verdict, Summer 2009
  • "Gender and Generational Issues Across Borders," Verdict, Vol. 23, No. 1, Winter, 2009
  • "Flight of Female Lawyers in Canada Mirrors US Exodus," Of Counsel, January, 2009
  • "Marketing and Business Development for Senior Associates," The Woman Advocate, Fall, 2008
  • "Gender and Generational Issues Across Borders," The Woman Advocate, Summer, 2008

Speaking Engagements:

  • "In-House Counsel: Navigating Today’s Regulatory Issues and Litigation Trends,” Moderator, Medical Device and Pharmaceutical Litigation Hot Topics Seminar, October 2017
  • "Easiest Catch: Don’t Be Another Fish in the Dark Net,” Co-Presenter, ACC-MN Annual Meeting, June 2017
  • "Of Mutual Benefit: Enhancing In-House and Outside Counsel Relationships," MN Women Lawyers Conference, May 2015
  • "Attorney-Client Privilege Post Valukas – Effective Legal Advice In the Wake of The GM Valukas Internal Report," Client, March 2015
  • "FDA Raids, Recalls and Media - Crisis Management,” Medmarc, June 2014
  • “Crisis Management: A Guide to What you Need to Know,” Client, March 2014
  • “"Lean in, Lean Out: Balancing Work, Family Life and Self.",” Law Women's Caucus, University of North Dakota Law School, April 2014
  • “Trying Your First Case,” ABA, Section of Litigation, Annual Conference, April 2014
  • “On the Frontline of Public Perceptions: What Can the Industry do to Counteract Negative Press,” ACI Long Term Care, January 2014
  • “Top Ten Charting Mistakes That Will Get You Sued,” Care Providers of Minnesota, November 2013
  • "Women in the Boardroom: A Panel Discussion on Finding the Right Board for You," Panelist, Minnesota Women Lawyers, Minneapolis, MN, November 20, 2013
  • “Product Liability Primer,” Client, October 2013
  • “Federal Marshal is in the Lobby, Now What?” Bowman and Brooke Medical Device Hot Topics, April 2013
  • “The Reasons Why Nursing Homes Get Sued in 2012,” Care Providers of Minnesota Conference, Speaker, November 2012

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