Contact Information

trey.roberts@FaegreBD.com2200 Wells Fargo Center
90 S. Seventh Street
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55402
T: +1 612 766 8541
F: +1 612 766 1600

Education

Georgetown University Law Center
J.D. (2002)
Louisiana State University
B.S., magna cum laude (1999)

Bar Admissions

Minnesota Texas

Court Admissions

U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas

W.T. Roberts, III (Trey)

Partner

Trey Roberts is a litigator with a broad base of diverse commercial litigation experience, including trusts and estates litigation, as well as product liability litigation for the pharmaceutical and medical device industries.

In the trusts and estates litigation area, Trey focuses on disputes among institutional and private trustees, individuals, family offices, family and closely held companies, and nonprofit organizations. He has handled matters involving wills, trusts, fiduciaries and charitable gifts that require sophisticated consideration of legal issues, as well as the emotional and personal implications for those involved. He has also successfully handled such matters on appeal. He is also active in monitoring and assisting with drafting legislation impacting this area of law. Representative clients include Wells Fargo, U.S. Bank, Bank of America, Ameriprise Financial, Anchor Bank and Minnesota Public Radio, as well as families and individuals.

Trey typically serves as the lead lawyer, including in matters involving:

  • Resolution of beneficiaries' objections to estate and trust administration
  • Claims of incapacity and undue influence
  • Negotiation of trust interpretation involving non-profit entities and attorneys general
  • Court approval of unusual investments
  • Trustees and family offices in litigation involving trust or family assets
  • Contested change in trustee

In the product liability area, Trey has played prominent roles on defense teams for several major matters, including the following:

  • National Counsel for Novartis Pharmaceuticals in hormone therapy litigation
  • National Counsel for Novartis Pharmaceuticals in Zelnorm litigation
  • Federal multi-district litigation (MDL) and Minnesota state court representation of Guidant in defibrillator and pacemaker litigation
  • Regional trial preparation for pharmaceutical manufacturer in diet-drug litigation

Trey frequently appears in both state and federal courts for trials, trust accountings, reformation and termination proceedings, temporary restraining orders and injunctions, and discovery and dispositive motions.

Pro Bono

  • Conciliation Court Clinic, Hennepin County
  • Hurricane Katrina Response Project

Honors

  • Minnesota Super Lawyers — Rising Star, 2010

Professional Associations

  • Minnesota State Bar Association — Probate & Trust Legislation Committee
  • Minnesota State Bar Association — Probate & Trust Litigation Committee

Presentations

  • Fiduciary Due Diligence in Engaging and Monitoring Investment Managers
    Minnesota State Bar Association, Probate & Trust Section, April 2010

Published Articles

  • The Fiduciary Exception: When the Attorney-Client Privilege Is Not Yours
    Minnesota State Bar Association, Probate & Trust Law Section Newsletter, May 2010