Rick E. Kubler

Rick Kubler practices in the areas of environmental and land use law, insurance and risk management and real estate litigation. His areas of focus include Brownfield redevelopment and identifying and evaluating potential environmental hazards associated with business and property transactions, commercial mortgage foreclosure, eminent domain, federal and state Superfund administrative proceedings and litigation, and underground storage tank issues. Rick also regularly advises policyholders regarding a broad range of insurance issues, and represents them in pursuing claims against their carriers.


  • Conducts environmental due diligence, seeks liability assurance letters and assists in preparation and obtaining approval of environmental response action plans for numerous Brownfield properties, including former pole treating facilities, rail yards, industrial manufacturing facilities, and landfills/open dump sites
  • Assists with environmental and insurance due diligence and drafting for mergers & acquisitions, asset sales and other transactions for corporate, non-profit, and higher education institutions and health care providers;
  • Represents business and institutional clients in administrative proceedings and litigation arising from Superfund, underground storage tank, hazardous waste, and industrial storm water discharge issues
  • Assists lender clients in seeking appointment of receivers and foreclosing by action on mortgage liens involving office, retail, multiunit residential, and other commercial properties
  • Successfully represented business clients in recovery of millions of dollars from liability and property insurers

Representative Cases

  • Auto-Owners Insurance Company v. AmeriTrak Fleet Solutions, LLC and Concaten, Inc., Court File No. 27-CV-15-1136 (Henn. Cty. Dist. Ct.)
  • University of Minnesota v. Union Pacific Railroad Co. et al., File No. 11-cv-56 (D. Minn.)
  • Chicago Title Ins. Co. v. Midland Title Ins. Co., et al., File No. 27-cv-09-3 (Minn. Dist. Ct., Fourth Jud. Dist.)
  • United Nat’l Ins. Co. v. Gunderson, Inc., et al., 2010 WL 1924453; 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 46914
  • Bank of the West v. Sexton Lofts, LLC, et al., File No. 27-cv-07-17067 (Minn. Dist. Ct., Fourth Jud. Dist.)
  • Sun Life Assur. Co. of Can. v. Paulson, et al., 2008 WL 5120953 and 2008 WL 451054; 2008 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 99633
  • Teachers Ins. and Annuity Ass’n of America v. Mall of America Assocs., 2006 WL 1888491; 2006 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 56364
  • Teachers Ins. and Annuity Ass’n of America v. BGD5 Limited Partnership, et al., 2004 WL 1941529 (Minn. Dist. Ct., Third Jud. Dist., July 28, 2004)
  • State of Minn. v. Kalman W. Abrams, et al., 155 F. 3d 1019 (8th Cir. 1998)
  • ABB Indust. Systems, Inc. v. Prime Technology, Inc. et al., 120 F. 3d 351 (2d Cir. 1997)
  • Fairview Hospitals & Heath Care Services v. St. Paul Fire & Marine Ins. Co., 535 N.W.2d 337 (Minn. 1995)
  • Anderson v. Minnesota Ins. Guaranty Ass’n, et al., 520 N.W.2d (Minn. 1995)



  • Co-presenter, “Environmental Considerations in M&A Transactions,” ACC MN 11th Annual In-House Counsel Conference, June 16, 2022
  • Panelist, Minnesota Brownfields PFAS Forum, May 10, 2022
  • Co-presenter, "PFAS Blueprint," Minnesota Brownfields, State of Brownfields Update, September 14, 2021

Client Alerts and Blog Posts

Professional Affiliations

  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Hennepin County Bar Association
  • Minnesota Brownfields Advisory Committee, committee member, 2017-current

  • Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, Vapor Intrusion Mitigation Stakeholder Advisory Group, PFAS Stakeholder Advisory Team


  • “Minnesota's Top Lawyers,” Minnesota Monthly, 2022
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  • Minneapolis

    80 South Eighth Street
    500 IDS Center
    Minneapolis, MN 55402
F: 612.632.4224


Terri Luzovich

Court Memberships

  • State and Federal District Court for the District of Minnesota
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Eighth Circuit


University of Iowa College of Law, J.D., with distinction, 1987

University of Northern Iowa, 1984, undergraduate degree