Rikke Dierssen-Morice

Partner

Overview

Rikke Dierssen-Morice collaborates with corporate policyholders in the U.S. and abroad on insurance recovery, insurance claims assistance, risk management and international business issues.

Insurance Recovery/Dispute Resolution

Rikke leads the firm’s insurance recovery practice, serving as national insurance counsel to business policyholders across industries, including a privately held global food, agriculture, and financial product and services company and a publicly traded multinational food and mineral company. 

Rikke has successfully handled high-stakes insurance claims and litigation throughout the U.S., assisting 100+ clients each year in recovering on small to multimillion-dollar insurance claims. Corporate policyholder clients have included Flint Hills Resources, General Mills, Wells Fargo and Xcel Energy.

Insurance Claims Assistance

Recognizing that litigation is not always the best way to maximize recovery, Rikke uses experience representing insurers as a part of St. Paul Companies' national coverage counsel team at her former firm to help policyholders work with claims representatives and coverage counsel. Rikke knows how to fully document different types of insurance claims and how to advocate for maximum payment.

Insurance Specialties

Rikke has experience in insurance claims assistance and coverage litigation nationally regarding:

  • Directors and officers (D&O) insurance procurement and recovery
  • Food contamination general liability and recall insurance recovery
  • Cyber coverage procurement and claims
  • Pollution/alleged groundwater contamination claims under general liability, property and pollution policies
  • Theft and fraud claims under financial institutions bonds, crime and liability policies
  • Errors and omissions (E&O) and professional coverage claims
  • Product liability insurance recovery for manufacturers
  • International shipping/marine and property coverage for lost or destroyed products and container leakage claims
  • Workers’ compensation and auto liability recovery and self-insured/excess reinsurance coverage claims
  • Property and appraisal recovery claims for storm destruction damages

International Experience

Internationally, Rikke has recovered insurance funds for losses in Europe, Asia and South America, and she has worked extensively on non-admitted insurance issues and international policy drafting. She advises U.S. companies across Europe on contract drafting, retention of and work with in-country counsel, and provision of supporting opinions and analysis

Law Firm Representation

Having served as chief counsel to Faegre & Benson from 2006 to 2011, Rikke also continues to advise clients and the firm’s lawyers on business risk, ethics and loss prevention.

Personal Interests

Rikke studied and worked in France for eight years and is fluent in French. She has also worked in Denmark and is fluent in Danish.

Credentials

Bar Admissions

Minnesota

Court Admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana
U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas

Education

University of Minnesota Law School
J.D. cum laude (1993)

University of Minnesota
B.A. summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Kappa Tau Alpha National Journalism Honorary Society (1986)

Université de Nantes, France
Diplôme Supérieur de Français 3ème Degré (1986)

Insights & Events

Other Perspectives
  • Libel-Proofing Your PR Campaign: #MeToo Lessons for Responding to Whistleblowers
    Webinar, June 2018
  • "Occurrences" and "Wrongful Acts": One Plus One Does Not Always Equal Two 
    ABA ICLC CLE Seminar, Tucson, Arizona, March 2018
  • Coverage Analysis: Insurance Policy Provisions and Interpretations You Need to Know
    NBI National Webinar, July 2017
  • Foundation of Business Owner's Policy (BOP) Coverage; BOP Insurer's Duty to Defend; Insurance Law Ethics
    NBI National Webinar, September 2016
  • Minnesota Legal Update
    Faegre Baker Daniels Construction Seminar, November 2015
  • Nordic American Thanksgiving Breakfast
    Chair, November 24, 2015
  • Lawsuit Prevention and Protection: Practical Tips on Insuring Against Risk
    Defending and Avoiding Privacy Litigation, October 2015
  • Most Common CGL Exclusions: How to Navigate Contractual Liability, Business Risk, Pollution and Other Exclusions
    Insurance Law Institute, Minnesota CLE, March 2015
  • Data Securities Panel: Cyber Insurance
    Society of Corporate Secretaries, January 2015
  • Covered and Uncovered Exposures: Strategies for Defense Fee Recovery and Settlement Allocation
    Insurance Law 2015: Top Lawyers on Trends and Key Strategies for the Upcoming Year, Aspatore Books, 2015
  • Insurance
    2012 Construction Review, Construction Briefings, Thomson/West, February 2013

Leadership & Community

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association—Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee
  • Danish-American Commerce Committee, 2012-present
  • Consul, Danish Consulate in Minneapolis, 2014-present
  • Nordic Consul Committee, 2014-present
  • Danish American Center/ Board 2011-2013

Firm Leadership

Rikke leads the firm’s insurance recovery practice, and she serves as one of the firm’s professional responsibility counsel, having served as the firm’s chief counsel from 2006 to 2011.

Honors

  • Honorary Consul for Denmark in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota, appointed by Magrethe II of Denmark, December 19, 2014-present
  • Faegre Baker Daniels — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2012-17
  • Dane of the Year, Pro Bono Legal Services, 2006
  • Litigation Counsel of America Trial Lawyer Honorary — Founding Year Fellow
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