Robert R. Hopper

Profile

Randy Hopper is the founder and managing partner of Robert R. Hopper & Associates, L.L.C. Mr. Hopper has enjoyed a diverse and rewarding practice as a trial lawyer, litigating in both federal and state courts; as a lobbyist, where he has lobbied at a state level and with the federal government—Congress and with the Executive Branch, including various agencies of the federal government; as a counselor and as an advisor to business and corporations; and, as an advisor and as a spokesperson to the media in media relations. In these varied roles, Randy’s 40 years of professional experience, with over three decades in private practice as a lawyer, have served his clients well.

Mr. Hopper has received an AV (highest) rating from Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, a peer review rating system for attorneys, which is an objective indicator of a lawyer’s high ethical standards and professional ability.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Litigation and Negotiation

Mr. Hopper has represented both Plaintiffs and Defendants in litigation, including several of the largest cases in recent memory such as:  the National Tobacco Litigation, which led to a $247 billion settlement; several mass tort cases; several of large antitrust cases; one of the largest train derailment cases; several large environmental cases; and, one of the largest civil rights cases in Minnesota. 

Mr. Hopper was Lead Counsel in the high profile case representing University of Wisconsin student, Audrey Seiler, who ultimately faced criminal charges for her conduct. Throughout this case, Mr. Hopper provided both trial advocacy through legal proceedings and served as a spokesperson with the national and local media on behalf of his client and her family. Mr. Hopper negotiated this case to a successful resolution for his client.

Mr. Hopper has been involved and participated in the prosecution of several major complex litigations and class actions. He has defended and represented corporations involving various areas of law, including matters of commercial litigation.  Of particular interest has beenMr. Hopper’s focus on medical devices and pharmaceuticals, including regulatory matters with the FDA and litigation matters.  Additionally, Mr. Hopper has experienced and has been involved in international litigation, traveling extensively throughout Europe and Asia. Mr. Hopper has also negotiated some of the largest cases in complex litigation and commercial litigation reaching resolution in the hundreds of millions and billions of dollars.

Mr. Hopper’s cases have been featured on Court TV and other major national and local media.  In that regard, he has been interviewed and appeared on the Today Show, Good Morning America, ABC’s 20-20, The CBS Early Show, CNN, CNBC, Larry King Live, The Dan Abrams Show, FOX TV, On The Record with Gretta Van Sustern, National Public Radio, and numerous local media in the Twin Cities. 

Corporate Public Affairs and Government Relations

Through his Washington, D.C. practice, Mr. Hopper has lobbied and successfully passed amendments to various legislation including FRSA – the Federal Rail Safety Act; and, he has engaged in administrative lobbying through Federal Rule-making Procedure to amend RESPA – the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act.  Most notably, in 1997, Mr. Hopper was selected as a member of an exclusive lobbying team in Washington D.C. which worked to conform components of the National Tobacco Settlement to Federal Legislation. While there, Randy was the lawyer in charge of the Castano Washington D.C. office for this tobacco settlement lobbying effort. 

State Attorneys General Practice

Mr. Hopper has experience in regulatory lobbying and Administrative Law, practicing in matters with several Federal Governmental Agencies.  A principle feature of Randy’s Governmental Relations Practice is his involvement with State Attorneys General where he has represented Attorneys General and their states in litigation and where he has represented private corporate clients in matters involving State Attorneys General. 

Counseling and Advising Corporations and Business

Over his many years in practice, Mr. Hopper has provided counsel to corporate clients when they are facing legal crisis or as a preventative measure, providing guidance and assistance when they need to advance their policy and political interests.  Mr. Hopper has represented many leading publicly held companies in Minnesota and several privately held businesses.

AFFILIATIONS

For 20 years, Mr. Hopper was a founding Senior Partner with Zimmerman Reed Law Firm (1990-2010) serving on the firm’s Management Committee and as the partner in charge of the firm’s Political Action and Government Relations Programs.

Prior to joining Zimmerman Reed, Randy practiced with Larkin, Hoffman, Daly & Lindgren in that firm’s Governmental Relations and Litigation Departments (1988-1990). 

Randy has also held numerous positions in the public and private sector including:

  • Counselor in an urban education program through the not-for-profit Communities in Schools, Inc., working with students in inner-city Atlanta and in both Harlem and the South Bronx, New York City (1976-1979);
  • Manager of Public Affairs for Cummins Engine Company, Inc. and as a Senior Program Officer in its corporate philanthropic foundation (1979-1981);
  • Director of State Development Planning for the State of Minnesota;
  • Special Advisor serving Minnesota Governor Al Quie on an Economic Development program focused on Entrepreneurship (1981-1983);
  • Policy Advisor at the Minnesota Business Partnership (MBP) (1983-1985);
  • Guest lecturer at the University of Tennessee (2012-present).
  • Adjunct professor at the University of Minnesota Law School (2017-present).
AWARDS
  • 2009 – University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s, Accomplished Alumnus Award;
  • 1987 – ATLA (Association of Trial Lawyers America) National Student Trial Competition, National Finalist;
  • 1987 – R. Ross Quaintance Trial Advocacy Award for Excellence in Trial Advocacy, William Mitchell College of Law;
  • 1986 – Chief Justice Douglas K. Amdahl Trial Competition, Mary O’Malley Lyons Divison, First Place, William Mitchell College of Law.
PROFESSIONAL ADMISSIONS, ACADEMIC AFFILIATIONS AND TEACHING

Bar Admissions:

  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States District Court for the District of Minnesota
  • United States Court of Appeals for Eighth Circuit
  • All Minnesota state courts

Memberships and Associations:

  • Federal Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Hennepin County Bar Association
  • Minnesota Governmental Relations Council
  • The International Churchill Society
  • Winston S. Churchill Center for Policy Studies, Washington D.C. (founding member)

Academic Affiliations and Teaching:

  • Neuroscience Advisory Committee at the Minnesota Medical Foundation at the University of Minnesota
  • Advisor to the University of Tennessee College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Law regarding neuroscience and the law
  • Adjunct Professor at the University of Tennessee College of Law, creating and teaching the “Attorneys General Clinic and Externship” (Spring 2013 and continuing)
  • University of Tennessee Association of Psychology Alumni (UT APA) Advisory Board
  • Past member of adjunct faculty at William Mitchell College of Law teaching “Corporate Ethics and Advising Corporate Clients”
  • Adjunct Professor at the University of Minnesota Law School, co-teaching “Law and Neuroscience” (Spring 2017 and continuing)

Recently, in April 2013, Mr. Hopper was a guest lecturer at the Haslem School of Business at the University of Tennessee lecturing on “Capitalism, Markets and Ethics – the Insights and Implications of recent brain research and Neuroscience”; and, in October of 2014 in a colloquium at the UT College of Law and College of Arts and Sciences, he spoke on “Neuroscience in the Coming Decades: Implications for the Law, Public Policy and Ethics”.

Mr. Hopper has been consistently rated AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review, in both practice and ethics, the highest possible ranking for a lawyer under the Martindale Hubble system, America’s most preeminent, peer-reviewed lawyer rating system. 

EDUCATION
  • William Mitchell College of Law
    Doctor of Jurisprudence (J.D.)  (1984 – 1987)
    Activities and Societies: “Excellence in Trial Advocacy” Award
  • Union Theological Seminary
    Social & Business Ethics (1978 – 1979)
  • University of Minnesota – Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs
    Public Policy, Political Philosophy  (1978 )
  • University of Tennessee-Knoxville
    Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.Sc.), Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies, Psychology
    (1972 – 1976), cum laude

 

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