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Ben D. McAninch

Title: Partner
Phone: 507-345-1166
E-mail: bmcaninch@blethenberens.com

A respected trial attorney, Ben is often called upon by his clients to represent them in difficult cases with high exposure. He has achieved favorable verdicts in cases involving medical practice, wrongful death, agricultural and probate litigation, business litigation and personal injury. He counts among his clients individuals and businesses from many different backgrounds, including bankers, engineers, doctors and healthcare providers, accountants, agricultural producers, cooperatives, injured individuals, families losing a loved one, probate fiduciaries, building contractors, insurance companies, municipalities and telecommunications and television corporations. Because of his experience, Ben has also been asked by other attorneys to serve as a mediator or arbitrator to assist in resolving their cases.

Ben has been recognized by his peers as a Superlawer™ annually since 2014. He was recently elected President of the Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association. Ben is also regularly asked to speak to other lawyers about presentation of evidence and trial strategy.

Practice Areas

Recent Highlights

Obtained a favorable opinion from the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit while representing two landowners against Grinnell Mutual Insurance Company in an insurance coverage dispute. Grinnell declined to provide coverage pursuant to its farm liability policy when an ATV injury occurred on their property. The Federal District Court Judge and Eighth Circuit agreed with our interpretation of the relevant policy language and ordered Grinnell to provide coverage.

Defended insured driver and owner of vehicle to jury verdict in Brown County, Minnesota.  The jury awarded damages near our previous offer but significantly lower than plaintiff’s demand.

Defended insured driver to jury verdict in Martin County, Minnesota. The jury assessed damages against our client in an amount less than our previous offer.

Defended underinsured motorist claim on behalf of a national insurance company before a jury in Olmsted County. The jury returned a verdict which reflected that there was no claim for underinsured motorist benefits.

Successful representation of a sanitary district in a three-day contested case hearing which resulted in the Administrative Law Judge and MPCA finding in favor of the district.

Successful representation of farming heirs in a trial involving a probate dispute/will contest which resulted in nearly all claims being denied. The Court returned a verdict far below our clients’ previous offer of settlement.

Defended a bus company and its driver from injury claims following an accident in McLeod County. The jury returned a verdict below the offer of settlement made by the defense.

Ben secured a defense verdict for his client in a Waseca County matter involving a bicycle v. automobile crash after which the Plaintiff claimed he suffered a traumatic brain injury. The jury returned a verdict placing all of the fault on the opposing party.

On behalf of a local Co-op, Ben McAninch successfully sued a trucking company and its driver to recover more than $225,000, the cost to repair a Terragator involved in a collision with a semi. Following the third day of trial, a Sibley County jury returned a verdict finding that the semi driver was at fault for the collision and awarding the full cost of repair of the Terragator.

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota State Bar Association (2010)
  • Alabama State Bar (2002)

Professional Associations & Leadership Positions

  • American Bar Association
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association, President 
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Bemidji State University Alumni and Foundation, Past President
  • Habitat for Humanity of South Central MN, Past President

Education

  • University of Alabama School of Law (J.D., magna cum laude2002)
    • Order of the Barristers
    • Alabama Law Review
  • Bemidji State University (B.A. in English, magna cum laude1999)
    • Varsity Football, Captain
    • Burger King National Scholar Athlete Award
    • All-American Scholar

Awards and Honors

“Super Lawyer”, Minnesota Law & Politics (2014 – Present)

Personal Interests

In his free time Ben is active in his community and regularly serves on local boards and as a coach for youth sports.

 
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Legal excellence. Personal commitment.