ERIN HUTCHINSON

Erin is an experienced commercial attorney who joined Rock Hutchinson as a partner in 2016. She offers a broad range of corporate counseling, transactional and legal services with advice that is rooted in the underlying business. Erin started her practice in the commercial litigation group at Oppenheimer Wolff & Donnelly LLP (now Fox Rothschild LLP). Prior to joining Rock Hutchinson, Erin spent over a decade working in the law department at General Mills.

During her time in the corporate environment, Erin developed deep expertise in a variety of commercial matters.  Her experiences include antitrust, trade and price counseling, litigation oversight, negotiating and drafting supply and sale-side contracts, brokerage agreements, distribution agreements, marketing and advertising, sweepstakes, food law and labeling, issues management, M&A and minority investments. Erin is also experienced in negotiation training and the full array of antitrust compliance training.

Erin offers a well-rounded approach to litigation. Her first-hand trial experience in the federal and appellate courts combined with her oversight of litigation during her in-house career, give her a unique perspective on resolving disputes and minimizing disruption to the underlying business.

Contact Erin by emailing her at ehutchinson@rockhutchinson.com or calling her at (612) 599-8142.

REPRESENTATIVE EXPERIENCE:

  • Successfully negotiated and drafted multi-million dollar sales agreements with some of the country’s largest retailers.
  • Negotiated and drafted multi-million dollar supply agreements, contract manufacturing agreements and strategic supply alliances.
  • Part of the legal team involved in the divestiture of the Green Giant frozen vegetable business.
  • Successfully argued before the 8th Circuit in a case involving a train derailment that ultimately resulted in the complete dismissal of the multi-party mass tort action by the District Court of Nebraska on the basis of federal preemption. In re Derailment Cases
  • Obtained dismissal of securities fraud allegations against Arthur Anderson LLP, establishing favorable precedent in the District of Minnesota governing the scope of accountant liability for misstatements in interim financial disclosures. In re Rural Cellular Securities Litigation
  • Represented American Express in litigation challenging the management and fees associated with a portfolio of commercial bank loan derivatives worth over a billion dollars.  American Express v. ING Capital Advisors
  • Successfully managed all aspects of the sale of a medical practice, including the sale of the business and its equipment, HIPAA compliance and medical record retention requirements, patient outreach and lease negotiations.

PRIOR PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE & AFFILIATIONS:

  • Oppenheimer Wolff & Donnelly LLP (now Fox Rothschild LLP)
  • General Mills, Inc.
  • American Bar Association Antitrust Division
  • Children’s Law Center Volunteer Attorney

EDUCATION:

  • University of Minnesota Law School, magna cum laude
  • University of St. Thomas, Finance and Accounting, magna cum laude
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