Michelle Hurley’s practice is dedicated in large part to civil litigation of property subrogation losses in the areas of products liability, construction defects, workers’ compensation and general torts. Michelle is widely regarded as a leading authority in no-fault indemnification claims in Minnesota and no-fault and med pay subrogation across the United States. There are few attorneys who are as familiar with Arbitration Forums, Inc.’s rules and procedures as Michelle.
In addition to trying cases in front of judges and juries, Michelle has also argued in front of the Minnesota Court of Appeals and Minnesota Supreme Court. In Paul v. Holmgren, 2012 WL 2368878 (Minn. Ct. App. June 25, 2012), Michelle successfully argued that a homeowner could pursue an insurance agent for negligent procurement of a policy. In American Family Mut. Ins. Co. v. American Auto Ass’n, 2013 WL 656493 (Minn. Ct. App. Feb. 25, 2013), Michelle tackled Hawaii no-fault law, and convinced the Court of Appeals to uphold the decision of the district court which ruled that a release signed by the insured, which did not duplicate no-fault benefits paid by the insurer, could not bar a no-fault subrogation claim against a tortfeasor’s insurer. In re Estate of Hanowski, 2015 WL 5664905 (Minn. Ct. App. September 28, 2015), Michelle convinced the Court of Appeals to reverse a trial court’s order the repayment of family allowance. Finally, Michelle had the honor of arguing in front of the Minnesota Supreme Court. Although the Supreme Court affirmed the Court of Appeals decision to vacate an arbitration award on a no-fault indemnification claim, Michelle was able to convince the Court to create an exception for no-fault indemnification claims involving a municipality immunity defense only, rather than the sweeping exclusion set forth by the lower court. See Fernow v. Gould, 835 N.W.2d 9 (Minn. 2013).
Before joining Yost & Baill as an associate, Michelle previously practiced personal injury litigation and arbitrated first-party No-Fault claims at a metro-area law firm. Michelle earned her juris doctorate degree from the University of Iowa, College of Law.
Michelle has been a member of the National Association of Subrogation Professionals (NASP) since 2005. She has given a number of presentations at national NASP conferences, usually focused on national no-fault subrogation and arbitration.
When not working, Michelle enjoys spending time with her family and friends, including her husband, Dustin, her daughter, Claire, twins, Colin and Eleanor, and son, William. She is currently serving as President of Multiple Connections, a local non-profit for Mothers of Multiples.
- J.D., University of Iowa, College of Law
- A.B., University of Georgia, Athens
- Minnesota State Courts, Iowa State Courts and United States District Court, District of Minnesota
- Named Rising Star Attorney by Minneapolis St. Paul Magazine, Law & Politics Magazine and Twin Cities Business, 2008 and 2010
- National Association of Subrogation Professionals
-Webinar for Allianz – “Understanding No-Fault Subrogation and Indemnity”
-Western National Mutual Insurance Company, Edina, MN. “Minnesota No-Fault Subrogation and Indemnity: Minnesotans On Vacation”
American Family Insurance – Eden Prairie, MN. “No-Fault & MedPay Subrogation: How We Do It in the Great Midwest”
-NASP Annual Conference – Orlando, FL. “Cross Country Driving: How to Turn a ‘No’ Subro State Into a ‘Yes’ Subro State”
-Iowa Symposium – West Des Moines, IA. “Med Pay & Arbitration” and “Building Collapses During Construction”
-Western National – Edina, MN. “Understanding No-Fault Subrogation and Indemnity”
Farm Bureau – West Des Moines, IA. “Unique Challenges Faced in the Word of No-Fault Subrogation”
NASP Webinar. “Tips for Winning at Arbitration”NASP Annual Conference – Las Vegas, NV. “No-Fault Subrogation Across the United States”
-NASP Annual Conference – Orlando, FL. “Auto Meets Health: Panel Discussion Re: Coordinating Health/PIPMedPay Claim”
-NASP Annual Conference – Orlando, FL. “Residential Window Installation: -Elements of Subrogation”
-State Farm Insurance Company – Mendota Heights, MN. “Understanding No-Fault Subrogation & Indemnity”
-American Family Insurance Company – Eden Prairie, MN. “Understanding No-Fault Subrogation & Indemnity”
-NASP Annual Conference – Dallas, TX. PIP “Contentions and Arbitration: In It To Win It!”
-NASP Annual Conference – Colorado Springs, Co. “Nightmare No-Fault Scenarios”
-NASP Subrogation Litigation: Skills and Management Conference – St. Petersburg, FL. “Arbitration for Lawyers”
-NASP Subrogation Litigation: Skills and Management Conference – St. Petersburg, FL. “Presenting Your Case to Arbitration Forums: Avoiding Common Pitfalls”
-Western National Mutual Insurance Company – Edina, MN. “No-Fault Indemnity”
-NASP Annual Conference – Hollywood, FL. “Unique Challenges Faced in the World of No-Fault Subrogation”
-NASP Annual Conference – New Orleans, LA. “No-Fault Subrogation Across the United States”
-NASP Minnesota Chapter Meeting. “Identifying & Preparing Your File for Recovery of No-Fault Payments”
- “Michelle – Thanks a bunch! Thank you so much for all that you have done for me and the kids. You have been simply amazing.” -Kathie, divorce client
- “Morning, Michelle, congratulations on the [trial] results, and once again I enjoyed the opportunity to do battle with you on this one. Adversarial without all the animosity.” -Pat, opposing counsel
- “Michelle, you make my work life a lot easier. Thanks!” -Gary P., Subrogation Claims Manager
- “I love Yost & Baill! Michelle is the greatest!” -Jill, divorce client
- “Michelle, thank you sooooo much for your patience. Will need your services in the future…thanks again for all your hard work, it is appreciated.” -Derreck, divorce client
- “Michelle, thank you for ALL the hard work! It is greatly appreciated, and I would like to thank you for paying the attention to all the ‘sometimes crazy’ issues that come up with divorce.” -Derreck, divorce client
- “Michelle, I just wanted to thank you for helping me with attaining joint physical and legal custody of my children. Thanks to you, I feel I finally have the legal ability to do everything necessary for the betterment of my kids, and no longer be a victim to [my ex’s] whims.” -Josh, family law client