Brendan R. Tupa




Assistant: Dawn Solfield



Brendan Tupa is an attorney in Messerli Kramer’s Business Litigation group, where he focuses his practice on solving complex legal issues both inside and outside the courtroom. He has a deep bench of experience in both state and federal courts, and his practice has touched everything from contract and construction cases to product liability and trademark suits.

Brendan is often brought to a case when it involves a variety of legal considerations. Prior to joining Messerli Kramer, he served as the chair of the litigation group for a boutique firm in the renewable energy space, and before that, he worked in-house for a Fortune 100 Insurance Company, where he managed an average caseload of 75+ files. As a result, he understands both sides of the litigation coin: knowing how to successfully navigate a client’s needs at trial, while also being aware of the benefits to litigation avoidance.

Brendan is an MSBA Certified Civil Trial Specialist and a Qualified Rule 114 Neutral, and he is licensed to practice in Minnesota, North Dakota, the District of Minnesota, and the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Professional & Community


  • Minnesota
  • North Dakota
  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit


  • Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association, Board of Directors, Vice President
  • Minnesota No-Fault Arbitration Standing Committee, Board Member
  • Minnesota Board of Legal Certification, Board Member
  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Civil Trial Board Member


  • MSBA Civil Trial Law Specialist Certification
  • Rule 114 Qualified Neutral
  • Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter (CPCU)
  • AAA Arbitrator for Minnesota No-Fault Claims
Honors & Distinctions
  • Rising Star, Minnesota Law & Politics/Super Lawyers Magazine 2010-2013
  • University of Jamestown Athletic Hall of Fame 2018
  • Collegiate All-American, William Mitchell College of Law
  • Political Science Merit Award, Jamestown College