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Bassford Remele is a full-service litigation firm located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Founded in 1882, the firm represents local, national and international clients in all areas of civil litigation.

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Steven M. Sitek

Shareholder

Email: ssitek@bassford.com

Phone: 612.376.1662

Fax: 612.746.1262

Steve Sitek focuses his practice in the areas of commercial litigation, trust and estate litigation, product liability, commercial/residential construction and real estate litigation, and personal injury. Steve has tried cases in state and federal courts, and he is licensed to practice law in Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota and Washington State. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association, has served as chair of the Construction Law Section, and is currently the Board of Directors liaison for the Products Liability Section. Steve is also a member of the Litigation Committee of the Probate and Trust Law Section of the Minnesota State Bar Association.

Prior to joining Bassford Remele, Steve practiced with Rider Bennett in Minneapolis and Gordon, Thomas, Honeywell, Malanca, Peterson & Dalheim, LLP in Seattle, Washington. He was also a judicial clerk for the Honorable Leonard Costello, Jay Roof, and Terry McKluskey at the Kitsap County Superior Court in Port Orchard, Washington.

Steve co-authored “Public Policy Considerations for Exculpatory and Indemnification Clauses” published in the William Mitchell Law Review (Volume 32, Number 4). He is recognized in the Minnesota Super Lawyers list and was selected as an Up & Coming Attorney by Minnesota Lawyer.


Practice Areas

Commercial Litigation
Construction Law
Consumer Law Defense
Personal Injury
Product Liability
Professional Liability
Real Estate Law
Trust and Estates Litigation



Steven M. Sitek

Shareholder

Email: ssitek@bassford.com

Phone: 612.376.1662

Fax: 612.746.1262

Education

Hamline University School of Law

J.D., 1999
Honors:  Magna Cum Laude

University of St. Thomas

B.A., 1996




Steven M. Sitek

Shareholder

Email: ssitek@bassford.com

Phone: 612.376.1662

Fax: 612.746.1262

Bar Admissions

State Bars
Minnesota, 2000
Washington, 2000
North Dakota, 2008
Wisconsin, 2012
South Dakota, 2016

Federal Bars
U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota, 2003
U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington, 2001
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin, 2012
U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin, 2012
U.S. District Court, District of Nebraska, 2012
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Arkansas, 2012
U.S. District Court, Western District of Arkansas, 2012
U.S. Court of Federal Claims, 2006

Appellate Bars
U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 2001



Steven M. Sitek

Shareholder

Email: ssitek@bassford.com

Phone: 612.376.1662

Fax: 612.746.1262

Judicial Clerkship

Judicial Clerk, The Honorable Leonard Costello, Jay Roof and Terry McKluskey, Kitsap County Superior Court, Port Orchard, Washington




Steven M. Sitek

Shareholder

Email: ssitek@bassford.com

Phone: 612.376.1662

Fax: 612.746.1262

Honors and Awards

International Association of Defense Counsel, 2011 - Present
     Vice Chair of Communications, Business Litigation Committee, 2014 - Present

Up and Coming Attorney, Minnesota Lawyer, 2010

Selected to the Minnesota Super Lawyers list, published in Super Lawyers, MPLS.ST.PAUL Magazine and Twin Cities Business, 2013 - 2016

Selected to the Minnesota Rising Stars list, Minnesota Law & Politics/Super Lawyers, 2006 - 2012




Steven M. Sitek

Shareholder

Email: ssitek@bassford.com

Phone: 612.376.1662

Fax: 612.746.1262

Professional Awards and Memberships

Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association

     Executive Committee, 2015 - Present
     Treasurer, 2016 - Present
     Secretary, 2015 - 2016
     Board of Directors, 2010 - Present
     Board Liaison, Product Liability Section, 2012 - Present
     Chair, Construction Law Section, 2006 - 2009


Minnesota State Bar Association

     Probate and Trust Law Section, Litigation Committee, Member
     Civil Litigation Section Member


Wisconsin State Bar Association

Hennepin County Bar Association

Defense Research Institute




Steven M. Sitek

Shareholder

Email: ssitek@bassford.com

Phone: 612.376.1662

Fax: 612.746.1262

Community Involvement

Mentor, St. Thomas Mentorship Program

Hockey Coach, Highland/Central Hockey Association

Baseball Coach, Highland Little League




Steven M. Sitek

Shareholder

Email: ssitek@bassford.com

Phone: 612.376.1662

Fax: 612.746.1262

Representative Cases

Dakota Hotel Ventures, LLC v. David Baumann-Architect, Ltd., 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 26497 (D.S.D. 2016).

Clark v. Farmers Union Mut. Ins., 872 N.W.2d 620 (N.D. 2015).

Arnegard Holdings, LLC v. Tri-State Consulting Eng'rs, Inc., 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 3656 (D.N.D. Jan. 13, 2014).

Koskovich v. American Family Mut. Ins. Co., 2012 WL 2369001 (Minn. App. June 25, 2012).

Kurt Manufacturing Co. Inc. & Lycoming Engines v. Ross Casting & Innovation, LLC., No. 27CV-06-29067 (Hennepin Cnty. Minn. 2008).

Groff v. U.S., 493 F. 3d. 1343 (C.A. Fed. Ct. Cl. 2007).

Allstate Property & Cas. Co. v. Glass, 2007 WL 130327 (W.D. Wash. 2007).

Yang v. Voyagaire Houseboats, Inc., 701 N.W.2d 783 (Minn. 2005).

Bradley v. National Convention Services, LLC, 2006 WL 2361847 (D. Minn. 2005).

C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc. v. Ghirardelli Chocolate Co., 2005 WL 1593035 (D. Minn. 2005).

Groves v. State Farm Fire & Cas. Co., 2004 WL 1799394 (9th Cir. 2004).




Steven M. Sitek

Shareholder

Email: ssitek@bassford.com

Phone: 612.376.1662

Fax: 612.746.1262

Representative Clients

Robert Bosch, LLC

Bosch Security Systems, LLC

Bosch Thermotechnology Corporation, LLC

American Family Mutual Insurance Co.

Anchor Packing

Fairbanks Morse Pump

Garlock Sealing Technologies, LLC

Kurt Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Lycoming Engines

Pixelwerx, LLC

Robert Engstrom Companies

Summit Architectural, LLC

Wright Homes, Inc.




Steven M. Sitek

Shareholder

Email: ssitek@bassford.com

Phone: 612.376.1662

Fax: 612.746.1262

Publications

Co-author, Remodeling the Relationship: Modifying the Tripartite Relationship between Insurer, Insured, and the Insured’s Attorney, International Association of Defense Counsel, Construction Law and Litigation Committee Newsletter, Jan. 2013

Co-author, Claims for Contribution and Indemnity after Weston v. McWilliams: Where do the Claims Start and Where do the Claims Stop? Minnesota Defense, Fall 2006

Co-author, Public Policy Considerations for Exculpatory and Indemnification Clauses, William Mitchell Law Review (Volume 32, Number 4)




Steven M. Sitek

Shareholder

Email: ssitek@bassford.com

Phone: 612.376.1662

Fax: 612.746.1262

Presentations

Trust and Estate Litigation
Litigating Under Minnesota’s Uniform Trust Code, U.S. Bank, January 27, 2016

Settling Trust and Estate Disputes Without Litigation, National Business Institute, January 21, 2016

Recent Cases, Minnesota State Bar Association Probate and Trust Section Annual Meeting, December 4, 2015

Minnesota’s New Uniform Trust Code, Minnesota CLE, November 2015

Mom Always Liked You Best – Trust and Estate Litigation and the New Minnesota UTC, Bremer Wealth Management, November 9, 2015

Litigating Under Minnesota’s Uniform Trust Code, Minnesota Continuing Legal Education, October 28, 2015

General Liability
Updates, Reallocation, Experts, Duty to Defend and Collateral Sources, (for private insurance company), November 11, 2014

Claims Handling for Minnesota Cases: Directors and Officers, (for private insurance company), March 18, 2014

Claims Handling for Minnesota Cases: Tenders of Defense, Indemnification, and Additional Insured Status, (for private insurance company), November 5, 2013

Claims Handling for Minnesota Cases: First-Party Bad Faith, Premises Liability, Product Liability and No-Fault Arbitration, (for private insurance company), March 7, 2013

Home Warranty Statute Changes: What Contractors Need to Know, July 27, 2011

Changes to Minn. Stat. Sec. 327A: Statutory Home Warranties – What Insurers Need to Know, January 26, 2011




Steven M. Sitek

Shareholder

Email: ssitek@bassford.com

Phone: 612.376.1662

Fax: 612.746.1262

Previous Employment

Rider Bennett, L.L.P.
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Gordon, Thomas, Honeywell, Malanca, Peterson & Dalheim, LLP
Seattle, Washington

Kitsap County Superior Court
Port Orchard, Washington




Steven M. Sitek

Shareholder

Email: ssitek@bassford.com

Phone: 612.376.1662

Fax: 612.746.1262




Steven M. Sitek

Shareholder

Email: ssitek@bassford.com

Phone: 612.376.1662

Fax: 612.746.1262

Steve Sitek focuses his practice in the areas of commercial litigation, trust and estate litigation, product liability, commercial/residential construction and real estate litigation, and personal injury. Steve has tried cases in state and federal courts, and he is licensed to practice law in Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota and Washington State. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association, has served as chair of the Construction Law Section, and is currently the Board of Directors liaison for the Products Liability Section. Steve is also a member of the Litigation Committee of the Probate and Trust Law Section of the Minnesota State Bar Association.

Prior to joining Bassford Remele, Steve practiced with Rider Bennett in Minneapolis and Gordon, Thomas, Honeywell, Malanca, Peterson & Dalheim, LLP in Seattle, Washington. He was also a judicial clerk for the Honorable Leonard Costello, Jay Roof, and Terry McKluskey at the Kitsap County Superior Court in Port Orchard, Washington.

Steve co-authored “Public Policy Considerations for Exculpatory and Indemnification Clauses” published in the William Mitchell Law Review (Volume 32, Number 4). He is recognized in the Minnesota Super Lawyers list and was selected as an Up & Coming Attorney by Minnesota Lawyer.


Practice Areas


Commercial Litigation
Construction Law
Consumer Law Defense
Personal Injury
Product Liability
Professional Liability
Real Estate Law
Trust and Estates Litigation

Education


Hamline University School of Law

J.D., 1999
Honors:  Magna Cum Laude

University of St. Thomas

B.A., 1996

Bar Admissions


State Bars
Minnesota, 2000
Washington, 2000
North Dakota, 2008
Wisconsin, 2012
South Dakota, 2016

Federal Bars
U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota, 2003
U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington, 2001
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin, 2012
U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin, 2012
U.S. District Court, District of Nebraska, 2012
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Arkansas, 2012
U.S. District Court, Western District of Arkansas, 2012
U.S. Court of Federal Claims, 2006

Appellate Bars
U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 2001

Judicial Clerkship


Judicial Clerk, The Honorable Leonard Costello, Jay Roof and Terry McKluskey, Kitsap County Superior Court, Port Orchard, Washington


Honors and Awards


International Association of Defense Counsel, 2011 - Present
     Vice Chair of Communications, Business Litigation Committee, 2014 - Present

Up and Coming Attorney, Minnesota Lawyer, 2010

Selected to the Minnesota Super Lawyers list, published in Super Lawyers, MPLS.ST.PAUL Magazine and Twin Cities Business, 2013 - 2016

Selected to the Minnesota Rising Stars list, Minnesota Law & Politics/Super Lawyers, 2006 - 2012


Professional Awards and Memberships


Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association

     Executive Committee, 2015 - Present
     Treasurer, 2016 - Present
     Secretary, 2015 - 2016
     Board of Directors, 2010 - Present
     Board Liaison, Product Liability Section, 2012 - Present
     Chair, Construction Law Section, 2006 - 2009


Minnesota State Bar Association

     Probate and Trust Law Section, Litigation Committee, Member
     Civil Litigation Section Member


Wisconsin State Bar Association

Hennepin County Bar Association

Defense Research Institute


Community Involvement


Mentor, St. Thomas Mentorship Program

Hockey Coach, Highland/Central Hockey Association

Baseball Coach, Highland Little League


Representative Cases


Dakota Hotel Ventures, LLC v. David Baumann-Architect, Ltd., 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 26497 (D.S.D. 2016).

Clark v. Farmers Union Mut. Ins., 872 N.W.2d 620 (N.D. 2015).

Arnegard Holdings, LLC v. Tri-State Consulting Eng'rs, Inc., 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 3656 (D.N.D. Jan. 13, 2014).

Koskovich v. American Family Mut. Ins. Co., 2012 WL 2369001 (Minn. App. June 25, 2012).

Kurt Manufacturing Co. Inc. & Lycoming Engines v. Ross Casting & Innovation, LLC., No. 27CV-06-29067 (Hennepin Cnty. Minn. 2008).

Groff v. U.S., 493 F. 3d. 1343 (C.A. Fed. Ct. Cl. 2007).

Allstate Property & Cas. Co. v. Glass, 2007 WL 130327 (W.D. Wash. 2007).

Yang v. Voyagaire Houseboats, Inc., 701 N.W.2d 783 (Minn. 2005).

Bradley v. National Convention Services, LLC, 2006 WL 2361847 (D. Minn. 2005).

C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc. v. Ghirardelli Chocolate Co., 2005 WL 1593035 (D. Minn. 2005).

Groves v. State Farm Fire & Cas. Co., 2004 WL 1799394 (9th Cir. 2004).


Representative Clients


Robert Bosch, LLC

Bosch Security Systems, LLC

Bosch Thermotechnology Corporation, LLC

American Family Mutual Insurance Co.

Anchor Packing

Fairbanks Morse Pump

Garlock Sealing Technologies, LLC

Kurt Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Lycoming Engines

Pixelwerx, LLC

Robert Engstrom Companies

Summit Architectural, LLC

Wright Homes, Inc.

Publications


Co-author, Remodeling the Relationship: Modifying the Tripartite Relationship between Insurer, Insured, and the Insured’s Attorney, International Association of Defense Counsel, Construction Law and Litigation Committee Newsletter, Jan. 2013

Co-author, Claims for Contribution and Indemnity after Weston v. McWilliams: Where do the Claims Start and Where do the Claims Stop? Minnesota Defense, Fall 2006

Co-author, Public Policy Considerations for Exculpatory and Indemnification Clauses, William Mitchell Law Review (Volume 32, Number 4)


Presentations


Trust and Estate Litigation
Litigating Under Minnesota’s Uniform Trust Code, U.S. Bank, January 27, 2016

Settling Trust and Estate Disputes Without Litigation, National Business Institute, January 21, 2016

Recent Cases, Minnesota State Bar Association Probate and Trust Section Annual Meeting, December 4, 2015

Minnesota’s New Uniform Trust Code, Minnesota CLE, November 2015

Mom Always Liked You Best – Trust and Estate Litigation and the New Minnesota UTC, Bremer Wealth Management, November 9, 2015

Litigating Under Minnesota’s Uniform Trust Code, Minnesota Continuing Legal Education, October 28, 2015

General Liability
Updates, Reallocation, Experts, Duty to Defend and Collateral Sources, (for private insurance company), November 11, 2014

Claims Handling for Minnesota Cases: Directors and Officers, (for private insurance company), March 18, 2014

Claims Handling for Minnesota Cases: Tenders of Defense, Indemnification, and Additional Insured Status, (for private insurance company), November 5, 2013

Claims Handling for Minnesota Cases: First-Party Bad Faith, Premises Liability, Product Liability and No-Fault Arbitration, (for private insurance company), March 7, 2013

Home Warranty Statute Changes: What Contractors Need to Know, July 27, 2011

Changes to Minn. Stat. Sec. 327A: Statutory Home Warranties – What Insurers Need to Know, January 26, 2011


Previous Employment


Rider Bennett, L.L.P.
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Gordon, Thomas, Honeywell, Malanca, Peterson & Dalheim, LLP
Seattle, Washington

Kitsap County Superior Court
Port Orchard, Washington