Contact


Location:    Oakdale, MN

Email:         fhopper@borgelt.com

Phone:        651-256-5002

Fax:              651-340-1456

Assistant:    Janet Ambright

Education


William Mitchell College of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2008

St. Cloud State University, B.S., magna cum laude, 2005

Areas of Practice


 Court Admissions


  • All Minnesota State Courts
  • All Wisconsin State Courts
  • All South Dakota State Courts
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court for the District of South Dakota
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit

Organizations


  • Minnesota State Bar
  • Wisconsin State Bar
  • South Dakota State Bar
  • Wisconsin Defense Counsel
  • Hennepin County Bar Association
  • Minnesota Defense Lawyers
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance
  • Northwest Loss Association
  • International Association of Arson Investigators

Verdicts and Published Decisions


  • Heintz v. Hanson, No. 2015AP1790, 2016 WL 3247559 (Wis. Ct. App. June 14, 2016) (Applying Wis. Stat. § 893.89 and affirming dismissal of plaintiff’s claims for injuries suffered when deck collapsed due to structural defects created during original construction of deck)
  • Marvis Peters v. Farmers Insurance Exchange, Appellate Case No.: A11-312 (Minn. 2011) (successfully argued for dismissal of a Petition for Review)
  • National Farmers Union Property and Casualty Company v. Marsh, 5:11-cv-05024-JLV (D.S.D. Jan. 2012) (summary judgment for insurer via application of Water Damage exclusion)
  • Riverside Grove Master Association, Inc. v. The Ryland Group, et al., 70-CV-12-15659 (Scott County District Court Oct. 2013) (obtained summary judgment for subcontractor in construction defect litigation)
  • Reiman v. Derrick Construction Co., Inc., 82-CV-13-6 (Washington County District Court July 2013) (dismissal of general contractor in construction defect litigation)
  • St. Croix Trading Co./Direct Logistics, LLC. v. Regent Ins. Co., 2016 WI App 49 (Appraisal panel may consider causation as part of appraisal process but appraisal panel improperly considered coverage)
  • Timeshare Sys., Inc. v. Mid-Century Ins. Co., No. A12-0816, 2012 WL 5896834 (Minn. Ct. App. Nov. 26, 2012) (Affirming dismissal of claims against insurance agent for alleged negligence in selling an insurance policy)
  • Zup’s of Babbitt-Aurora, Inc. v. W. Bend Mut. Ins. Co., 786 F.3d 1078 (8th Cir. 2015) (Affirming grant of summary judgment for insurer in a dispute over the priority of coverages for a fire loss)

Other


  • Selected for inclusion in “Minnesota Super Lawyers–Rising Stars”® in 2016
  • 60+ Volunteer Hours for Minnesota Justice Foundation
  • Judicial Law Clerk-Minnesota Third Judicial District (2008-09)
  • Forrest G. Hopper & Taylor C. Gumbleton, Advance Cable: The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals Holds that Looks Do Matter, Wisconsin Civil Trial Journal (Spring 2016, Vol. 14, No. 1)