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Elizabeth Kniffen

Elizabeth KniffenPhone: (612) 359-4261
Email: ekniffen@zelle.com

Liz is a partner in the firm's Minneapolis office where her practice is focused on complex commercial litigation, and insurance and reinsurance disputes.

She represents clients in financial services litigation and other complex commercial disputes, taking cases from the early stages of investigation through trial.

Liz has handled first-party property coverage disputes in a variety of contexts and has dealt extensively with issues relating to policy interpretation, as well as the application of a wide variety of coverage exclusions and policy endorsements. She has also represented cedents, reinsurers, and retrocessionaires in confidential arbitrations concerning a wide range of matters including rescission, coverage reinstatements, ex gratia payments, claims control, punitive/exemplary damages, and global property/casualty programs.

Liz represents clients in all aspects of litigation in federal and state courts as well as alternative dispute resolution proceedings. She has handled matters in numerous state and federal courts throughout the country including California, Iowa, Minnesota, Nevada, New York and Wisconsin.

Liz is actively involved with Twin Cities Diversity in Practice and serves on its Professional Development and Recruiting committees. She is also the Chair of the ABA Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section, Excess, Surplus Lines and Reinsurance Committee for 2015-2016.


Liz was named a "Rising Star" for 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015 by Minnesota Law & Politics, and an "Up & Coming Attorney" for 2013 by Minnesota Lawyer.


  • University of Minnesota Law School, J.D., cum laude, 2005
  • University of Minnesota, B.A. Geography, summa cum laude, 1999

Professional Affiliations:

  • American Bar Association, Chair of Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section, Excess, Surplus Lines and Reinsurance Committee, 2015-2016
  • Hennepin County Bar Association
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Minnesota Women Lawyers
  • Reinsurance Under 40