Daniel J. Cragg

Daniel J. Cragg is an aggressive litigator with a focus on commercial litigation, employer defense, admiralty and maritime law, and procedurally complex cases, including cases against the government. He has represented clients in State and Federal court and in administrative proceedings at the Federal, State and local levels. He applies his extensive knowledge of procedure and judicial remedies to a wide array of case types, such as:

  • Complex creditor/debtor relationships, liens, and security interests, including factoring, asset based lending, and merchant cash advance.
  • The Uniform Commercial Code and contracts and leases for the sale of goods.
  • Competitor lawsuits, including trade secret claims, false advertising, Lanham Act, disparagement, unfair competition, antitrust, and tortious interference with contract.
  • Breach of contract, fraud, and breach of fiduciary duty.
  • Enforcement and defense of covenants not to compete.
  • Enforcement of maritime contracts and liens, the maritime arrest and attachment procedures of the Supplemental Rules for Admiralty and Maritime Claims, and the defense of maritime claims under COGSA, the Jones Act, and the general maritime law.
  • Defense of manufacturers/importers from claims by independent sales representatives, including claims under Minnesota’s Independent Sales Representative Act, Minn. Stat. 325E.37.
  • Defense of employment discrimination and retaliation claims under Title VII, the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and the Minnesota Human Rights Act.
  • Defense of Grievances in arbitration under Collective Bargaining Agreements.
  • Claims against Federal, State and local government, including contract claims, tort claims, and claims arising under the federal and state constitutions.
  • U.S. Small Business Administration Size Protests.
  • Bid Protests at the Federal and State level.
  • Municipal land use and regulatory issues.

Daniel believes that understanding his client’s business and long term goals is essential to effective representation. He thoroughly enjoys working with entrepreneurs, owners, and CEOs of privately held companies to successfully resolve cases so that his clients can get back to business. He has represented billion dollar companies, as well as small and medium sized businesses, in a wide range of industries such as banking, construction, factoring, government contracts, importing, manufacturing, marine/transportation, merchant cash advance, retail, software/tech, and temporary staffing.

Daniel is a cum laude graduate of William Mitchell College of Law. He received his B.A. in history and international studies from the Virginia Military Institute.


  • B.A., with distinction, Virginia Military Institute (2004)
  • J.D., cum laude, William Mitchell College of Law (2009)

Employment History

  • Eckland & Blando LLP, Minneapolis, MN, August 2011-present
  • Kelly & Lemmons, P.A., St. Paul, MN (2009-2011)
  • Ramsey County Attorney's Office, St. Paul, MN (certified student attorney) (2008-2009)


  • Minnesota State Bar Association
    • HCBA Representative to MSBA Assembly (2017-18)
    • Member, Legislative Committee (2017-18)
    • Chair of Judiciary Committee (2014 - 2017)
    • Member, Court Rules and Administration Committee (2015-present)
  • Hennepin County Bar Association
    • Member, Board of Directors (2017-18)
    • Member, Finance & Planning Committee (2017-18)
  • Ramsey County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section
    • Admiralty and Maritime Law Committee
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Maritime Law Association of the United States
    • Proctor Member
    • Member, Practice & Procedure Committee
  • Minnesota Supreme Court Historical Society

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota Supreme Court (2009)
  • United States District Court for the District of Minnesota (2009)
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit (2010)
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit (2010)
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin (2010)
  • United States Court of Federal Claims (2011)
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (2011)
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin (2012)
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (2015)
  • United States Court of International Trade (2016)


  • Minnesota Lawyer Up and Coming Attorney 2014
  • Super Lawyers Rising Star 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
  • Minnesota State Bar Association North Star Lawyer recognition for providing pro bono service
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
  • Lead Counsel Rated Attorney 2016, 2017, 2018
  • Lorman Education Distinguished Faculty
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Published Decisions

  • Staffing Specifix, Inc. v. TempWorks Mgmt. Servs., Inc., 913 N.W.2d 687 (Minn. 2018).
  • Staffing Specifix, Inc. v. TempWorks Mgmt. Servs., Inc., 896 N.W.2d 115 (Minn. App. 2017), affirmed, 913 N.W.2d 687 (Minn. 2018).
  • Gams v. Houghton, 884 N.W.2d. 611 (Minn. 2016).
  • Cole v. Wutzke, 884 N.W.2d 634 (Minn. 2016).
  • Nichols v. State, 858 N.W.2d 773 (Minn. 2015).
  • ARA, Inc. v. Barnes Personnel Management, Inc. et al., 2014 WL 3748633 (D. Minn 2014)
  • U.S. ex rel Sandager v. Dell Marketing, L.P., 872 F.Supp.2d 801 (D. Minn. 2012)
  • Saleem v. Heimie's Haberdashery, 2011 WL 4971566 (D. Minn. 2011)
  • City of Minneapolis v. Minneapolis Police Relief Association, 800 N.W.2d 165 (Minn. App. 2011)