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Alana K. Bassin Managing Partner, Bowman and Brooke LLP

Alana currently serves as national counsel for a global medical device manufacturer. She also served as lead counsel in a mass tort involving an alleged contaminated product representing the company amidst a recall, FDA raid and unprecedented media campaign, and as counsel for a compounding pharmacy in high-profile litigation following a meningitis outbreak.

Alana is also national counsel for a global energy powerhouse, for whom she has first-chaired several trials including a multi-million-dollar catastrophic injury gas explosion case in Texas. Likewise, she has tried numerous cases before juries and arbitrators around the country, including defending a chemical manufacturer in a wrongful death case before a jury in Texas, and several commercial matters and wrongful death medical negligence cases. Alana’s representative experience includes:

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

Alana frequently speaks on the professional development of women in the legal community and has held a variety of firm leadership roles including Managing Partner, Diversity and Inclusion Committee Chair and Policy Committee Chair. For more information on Alana's presentations, speaking engagements and industry news, explore the Insights tab.

  • 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:

  • Minnesota Lawyer—"Attorney of the Year," 2015
  • The Legal 500—Named in Litigation: Product Liability Defense, Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices, 2014 – 2015, 2020
  • Benchmark Litigation—Local Litigation Star, 2016 —"Future Star," 2014 – 2015, 2019
  • Twin Cities Business—Notable Women in Law, 2020
  • Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal—40 Under 40, 2010
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
    —Top Woman Attorney in Minnesota, 2015, 2017
    —Minnesota Super Lawyers, 2014 – 2020
    —Minnesota Rising Stars, 2004 – 2010

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

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