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 her subrogation practice, Michelle handles a select number of insurance defense cases with a focus on construction defect, bodily injury and no-fault.
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. Most recently, 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. 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, and twins Colin and Eleanor. She was recently named 1st Vice President of Multiple Connections, a local non-profit for Mothers of Multiples.