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 non-profit 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.