- J.D., University of Iowa College of Law, With High Distinction (2000); Editorial Board, Iowa Law Review, Vol. 85; Member, Iowa Law Review, Vol. 84
- B.A., University of Northern Iowa, Philosophy, summa cum laude
- B.A., University of Northern Iowa, Public Administration, summa cum laude; Purple and Old Gold Meritorious Scholarship Award
- United States District Court, District of Minnesota, The Honorable Ann D. Montgomery, Law Clerk (2000-2002)
Monte Mills is an experienced trial and appellate attorney. He has served as lead trial counsel in court and arbitration forums. He has argued cases before the Minnesota Court of Appeals, the Minnesota Supreme Court, and the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. His cases often involve cutting-edge issues of constitutional law and public policy. For instance, he obtained a dismissal of a class action challenging the constitutionality of automobile forfeiture for driving under the influence of alcohol throughout Minnesota. Monte focuses his practice on constitutional and governmental defense, business litigation, and appellate matters. He handles a variety of business cases, including contracts, securities, partnership disputes, and intellectual property. Monte represents government entities in cases involving land-use, zoning, government procurement, and constitutional issues.
Monte represents clients in a variety of business disputes, and has litigated issues in state, federal, and appellate courts.
Gander Mountain Co. v. Lazard Middle Mkt., LLC, No. A11-221, 2012 WL 118236 (Minn. Ct. App. Jan. 17, 2012) (affirming dismissal based on forum-selection clause in contract between the parties).
Pavelka v. Enclave Development, L.L.C., No. 27-cv-11-4811 (Minn. Dist. Ct. Aug. 3, 2011) (summary judgment for our client, one of the defendants).
Ductcap Products, Inc. v. J & S Fabrication, Inc., No. 09-1179, 2009 WL 3242022 (D. Minn. Oct. 2, 2009) (granting motion to dismiss for lack of personal jurisdiction.)
Schaaf v. Residential Funding Corp., 129 S.Ct. 222, 172 L.Ed.2d 142, cert. denied (Oct. 6, 2008).
Schaaf v. Residential Funding Corp., 517 F.3d 544 (8th Cir. 2008) (dismissal affirmed).
Schaaf v. Residential Funding Corp., No. 05-1319, 2006 WL 2506974 (D. Minn. Aug 29, 2006) (granting motion to dismiss).
Albert v. Qwest, 128 S.Ct. 447, 169 L.Ed.2d 312, cert. denied (Oct. 15, 2007).
Albert v. Qwest, Nos. 07-1108/1580, 226 Fed. Appx. 630, 2007 WL 1052502 (8th Cir. April 10, 2007).
Albert v. Qwest, No. 06-1251, slip op. (D. Minn. Oct. 18, 2006) (dismissing claims against client).
Hypred, S.A. and A&L Laboratories v. Pochard, No. 04-2773, slip op. (D. Minn. April 19, 2005) (order adopting R&R).
Hypred, S.A. and A&L Laboratories v. Pochard, No. 04-2773, slip op. (D. Minn. March 4, 2005) (R&R recommending dismissal of claim).
Park Avenue of White Bear Lake, LLC v. Boo et al., No. 03-9311 (Minn. Dist. Ct. Dec. 27, 2005) (summary judgment for client on damages).
Park Avenue of White Bear Lake, LLC v. Boo et al., No. 03-9311 (Minn. Dist. Ct. July 30, 2004) (partial summary judgment for client on breach-of-contract claim).
Nonin Medical, Inc. v. Konica Minolta Photo Imaging U.S.A., Inc., 381 F.Supp.2d 1069 (D.Minn. August 5, 2005) (granting motion for summary judgment).
Stier v. Qwest, No. 03-4996, slip op. (D. Minn. May 20, 2004) (granting motion to dismiss).
Lettner v. Qwest, No. 02-17007 (Minn. Dist. Ct. Feb. 25, 2003) (granting motion to dismiss).
Government and Constitutional Litigation
Monte represents government entities in cases involving land-use, zoning, and constitutional issues. He has litigated such issues in state, federal, and appellate courts.
Titus v. City of Prior Lake, No. A11-1340, 2012 WL 686175 (Minn. Ct. App. Mar. 5, 2012) (affirming judgment in favor of client after trial involving claim that municipal regulation was unconstitutional, and affirming judgment that statute of limitations bars trespass claim).
Ashanti v. City of Golden Valley, 666 F.3d 1148 (8th Cir. 2012) (affirming dismissal because res judicata barred constitutional claims).
Ashanti v. City of Golden Valley, No. 10-cv-2121 (D. Minn. March 24, 2011) (dismissing procedural-due process claim, takings claim, and unreasonable-seizure claim).
Community Finance Group, Inc. v. Republic of Kenya, No. 10-cv-0838 (D. Minn. March 15, 2011) (granting motion to dismiss for lack of subject-matter jurisdiction under Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act).
Helgeson Bros. P'ship v. County of Douglas, A10-100, 2010 WL 3632509 (Minn. Ct. App. Sept. 21, 2010) (affirming summary judgment on regulatory-taking claim and claim of an equal protection violation).
Snyder v. Snyder, No. 07-1973, 2008 WL 5060630 (8th Cir. 2008) (dismissal affirmed).
Snyder v. Snyder, No. 06-3072, 2007 WL 894415 (D. Minn. March 21, 2007) (granting motion to dismiss sheriff’s office).
Logan v. City of Maplewood, No. 62-cv-07-3673 (Minn. Dist. Ct. June 17, 2008) (summary judgment for defendant).
Wilson v. City of Burnsville, 2007 WL 1263490 (Minn. Ct. App. May 1, 2007) (dismissal affirmed).
Wilson v. City of Burnsville, No. C6-03-7269 (Minn. Dist. Ct. Dec. 13, 2005) (summary judgment for defendant).
Duy Ngo v. Storlie, No. 03-3376, 2006 WL 1579873 (D. Minn., June 2, 2006) (summary judgment for city).
Duy Ngo v. Storlie, No. 03-3376, 2006 WL 1046933 (D. Minn., April 19, 2006) (denying plaintiff’s motion for sanctions against city based on spoliation of evidence).
State of Minnesota
U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
Supreme Court of the United States
Federal Bar Association, Minnesota Chapter
Amdahl Inn of Court
AWARDS AND OTHER RECOGNITION
Selected as a "Rising Star," Minnesota Journal of Law & Politics (2006-2009)
"The Student, the First Amendment, and the Mandatory Fee," Iowa Law Review, Vol. 85, No.1 (1999)
TEACHING AND LECTURING
"Regulatory Taking and Inverse Condemnation Cases That Are Hot Issues: Interstate Companies and DeCook I & II," Hennepin County Bar Association, April 2011.
“Attorney-Client Privilege in the Public Sector,” Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute, 2012
Board Member, Minnesota YMCA Youth In Government (2012-2013)