Byron Starns began his legal career in 1969 at the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office trying highway condemnation and license revocation cases around the state. Later he tried cases and argued appeals in the State Solicitor General’s Division, primarily defending constitutional challenges to state laws. In his role as Minnesota’s chief deputy attorney general, Byron was responsible for management of the 150-lawyer office as well as handling his own cases. Byron joined Stinson Leonard Street LLP in the fall of 1979. During his decades with the firm, Byron has handled a wide range of major litigation and held senior management positions. His cases at the firm have included commercial disputes, construction and design professional liability cases, intellectual property disputes, contested divorces, antitrust class actions, product liability, environmental enforcement and cost recovery suits, contested utility and energy matters, condemnation proceedings, and consumer protection and business regulation enforcement proceedings before state and federal agencies. He has led litigation teams for major matters involving related cases in multiple jurisdictions and massive document and deposition discovery throughout the country. Each of these cases involved hard- fought discovery and privilege litigation, extensive expert witness preparation and discovery, and highly effective document management systems that are characteristic of major, hotly contested litigation. Both at the Attorney General’s Office and at the firm, Byron has stayed with his cases from initial pleadings through final appeals, several lasting a decade or more.
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