Robert Schnell collaborates with investments bankers, broker-dealers and banks to resolve complex commercial disputes. He is the co-chair of FaegreBD’s securities and financial markets litigation practice area.
Bob has advised on matters involving:
  • SIPC proceedings
  • Bankruptcy 
  • Securities fraud 
  • Enforcement of non-competes
  • Tax refund recoveries

Bob previously served on an interim basis as senior managing counsel for a national broker-dealer.




Bar Admissions


Court Admissions

U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
U.S. Court of Federal Claims
U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota


Harvard Law School
J.D. magna cum laude, Law Review (1974)

Princeton University
A.B. cum laude (1970)

Insights & Events

Leadership & Community

Pro Bono

  • Eighth Circuit Gender Fairness Task Force Report — Principal Editor, September 1997

Professional Associations

  • Hennepin County Bar Association — Civil Litigation Section
  • Securities Industry Association

Civic Activities

  • AAA — Arbitrator
  • NASD — Arbitrator
  • Minnesota Institute of Legal Education
  • Minnesota State Bar Association Continuing Legal Education
  • United Way


  • The Best Lawyers in America — Commercial Litigation, 2009-19; Banking and Finance Litigation, 2013, 2015-19 (Minnesota Banking and Finance Litigation Lawyer of the Year, 2017); Intellectual Property Litigation, 2013, 2015-19; Securities Litigation, 2013, 2015-19
  • Minnesota Super Lawyers — Business Litigation
  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business — General and Commercial Litigation, 2009-14
  • Faegre Baker Daniels — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2014-16; Baker Benson Pro Bono Award, 2013
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