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Minneapolis, Minnesota 55402

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Duke University School of Law
J.D., with honors, Law & Contemporary Problems (articles editor)
University of Nebraska, Lincoln
M.A. in Anthropology
University of Nebraska, Lincoln
B.A. in French and Political Science, with honors, Phi Beta Kappa

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U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois


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Alyssa L. Rebensdorf


Alyssa Rebensdorf leverages more than a decade of experience to help food industry clients solve litigation and regulatory challenges. She provides client-centered counsel during litigation in state and federal courts nationwide and advises clients on risk management and compliance to avoid litigation. She also helps clients, including entrepreneurial natural and organic food companies, sort through the many business issues faced by small and emerging companies, ranging from how to comply with product labeling regulations to effective contracting with suppliers.

Alyssa is a member of the firm’s nationally ranked food regulatory and litigation practice as well as the firm’s national food and agriculture industry team. She has represented food companies in product liability, consumer fraud/false advertising class actions and toxic torts. She is experienced in alternative dispute resolution and has extensive successful mediation and settlement negotiation experience.

Alyssa develops practical strategies to help clients comply with state and federal statutes, regulations and guidance documents, including those from FDA, USDA and OSHA. She is experienced in handling foodborne illness claims as well as product recalls, including root cause investigation, supply chain concerns, evidence preservation protocols and claims resolutions strategy. She also drafts and negotiates commercial agreements and analyzes insurance coverage for food companies.

Representative Litigation Experience

  • National counsel team member for leafy greens and packaged salads manufacturer following 2016 Listeria monocytogenes-related recall. Work extensively with experts in infectious diseases, epidemiology and microbiology in analyzing medical and scientific data, including whole genome sequencing analysis, in defense of lawsuits and claims around the country. Lead e-discovery counsel in litigated matters.
  • National counsel team member for frozen fruit and vegetable manufacturer following 2016 Listeria monocytogenes-related recall.
  • National counsel team member for ice cream manufacturer following 2015 Listeria monocytogenes-related recall. Work extensively with experts in infectious diseases, epidemiology and microbiology in defense of lawsuits and claims around the country. Lead e-discovery counsel in litigated matters.
  • National litigation counsel for Fortune 500 food manufacturer following nationwide food product recall for alleged E.coli contamination; developed evidence preservation protocols and defended foodborne illness claims.
  • Secured summary judgment for food product manufacturer dismissing six-figure indemnity claims brought by equipment supplier following workplace degloving incident.
  • Achieved dismissal on summary judgment of all claims against product manufacturer alleging injury in warehouse operated by independent contractor.
  • Prevailed on Daubert motion in personal injury claim, arguing plaintiffs’ general medical expert doctor was unqualified to render opinion as to the plaintiff’s alleged psychological injuries.
  • Substantial experience investigating workplace injury claims in anticipation of litigation, advising clients on effective risk management strategies, preparing for and defending employee depositions, and successfully negotiating resolution of claims in pre-suit mediation.

Representative Food Regulatory Matters

  • Reviews food and dietary supplements labels and websites for regulatory compliance, assesses product marketing claims, and counsels companies in best practices for avoiding FDA warning letters and consumer fraud actions.

Pro Bono

  • Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota
  • Advocates for Human Rights


  • Minnesota Super Lawyers — Rising Star, 2006, 2008-09
  • Faegre Baker Daniels — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2015
  • Minnesota State Bar Association — North Star Lawyer, 2015

Professional Associations

  • Minnesota Women Lawyers
  • American Bar Association — Products Liability Committee and Food & Supplements Subcommittee

Civic Activities

  • West Summit Neighborhood Advisory Committee — Founding Member, 2004-07


  • Hon. David S. Doty, U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, 1999-2001


  • Business Case for Food Safety
    FaegreBD Iowa Food and Beverage Summit, Des Moines, October 2017
  • Business Case for Food Safety
    Products Liability Litigation in 2017, Minnesota CLE, Minneapolis, October 2017
  • Ethical Issues that Arise in Parallel Criminal and Civil Proceedings
    Presenter, ABA Section of Litigation Food & Supplements Seventh Annual Workshop, Hershey, PA, June 2017
  • Speed It Up: Emerging Issues in Food Delivery and Food Safety
    Presenter, 2017 FMI Legal Conference, Austin, TX, April 2017
  • From Peanuts to Prison: Criminal Liability for Food Contamination
    Moderator, 2016 Food & Agriculture National Conference, Faegre Baker Daniels, Indianapolis, May 2016
  • Food Recalls: Regulatory Requirements and Best Practices When a Suspected Outbreak Occurs
    Co-presenter, Food Litigation ExecuSummit, February 2016
  • A Year in Review for Food & Supplements
    Moderator, ABA Section of Litigation Food & Supplements Fifth Annual Workshop, June 2015
  • Warning and Risk Communication: Navigating the Next Generation of the Regulatory and Legal Landscape
    Perrin's Legal Webinar Series, October 2010
  • How to Handle Products Post Recall: To Keep or Not to Keep
    HB Litigation Conference, September 2009

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