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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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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.
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