Jeffrey M. Markowitz
  • Jeffrey M. Markowitz
  • Associate
  • Co-Chair - Appellate Litigation
  • Arthur Chapman Kettering Smetak & Pikala, P.A.
  • Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 612-375-5917  direct dial
  • 612-339-7655  fax

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Jeff Markowitz represents his clients with creativity, skill, and good humor. Earlier today, he was pleased to win another successful motion for one of his clients, delivering a total defense victory in a product-liability case (in just one of his diverse practice areas). Jeff loves obtaining these types of results for his clients, particularly when the stakes are high and the odds are stacked against them.

When it comes to appeals, Jeff feels right at home arguing to appellate courts, in part because he spent more than two years clerking for an appellate judge. And he’s good at it, whether it requires reversing what went wrong in the court below, or defending what went right.

When not on appeal, Jeff enjoys fighting the good fight in his variety of diverse litigation areas, covering business, construction-defect, employment, and product-liability litigation, along with class-action defense. And clients will appreciate how, by keeping one eye on the appeal, Jeff works to win in the trial court in the first place.

Outside of the office, Jeff greatly enjoys playing strategy games with his wife (they met in law school), trying to keep up with their newly-adopted toddler (whose little legs seem to be powered by rocket fuel), and fighting for good causes (including his work in India).


  • “Heroes or Hustlers of the ADA? The Rise and Reality of Private Enforcement of Title III,” Minnesota Construction Law Seminar, Arthur, Chapman, Kettering, Smetak & Pikala, P.A., October 2017
  • "Surprised by Employment - Misclassification Issues in Minnesota’s Construction Industry," Minnesota Construction Law Seminar, Arthur, Chapman, Kettering, Smetak & Pikala, P.A., October 2016


  • Rising Star®, Minnesota Law & Politics, 2018


University of Minnesota Law School, J.D., 2010
Pennsylvania State University, B.S., 2006


Clerked for the Honorable Heidi S. Schellhas of the Minnesota Court of Appeals, 2012-14

Bar Admissions

Minnesota, 2011
U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota, 2014
U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin, 2014

Professional Associations and Memberships

Minnesota State Bar Association



Representative Cases

Bonadies v. Windsor Windows, No. NNH CV-16-6063343S (Conn. Sup. Ct. June 29, 2018) Obtained summary judgment for window manufacturer in construction-defect case.

Wilson v. Northland College, No. 3:17-cv-0037-slc, 2018 WL 341749 (W.D. Wis. Jan. 9, 2018) Secured early dismissal of employment- and privacy-related claims against private college.

Wilmes v. Owatonna Hospitality, LLC, No. A16-1920 (Minn. Ct. App. Aug. 7, 2017) On appeal, successfully defended summary judgment in personal-injury case for hotel when plaintiff speculated that the hotel pool, despite chlorination, caused a bacterial infection.

Doe v. Empire Entm’t, LLC, No. A16-1283, 2017 WL 1832414 (Minn. Ct. App. May 8, 2017) On appeal, successfully defended denial of plaintiff’s motion to proceed under pseudonym, an issue of first impression for Minnesota’s appellate courts.

Aragono, et al. v. Ku, et al., No. 16-cv-3907 (WMW/KMM) (D.Minn. March 21, 2017) Secured early dismissal of employment-related claims brought by 12 plaintiffs against client. Moved to dismiss all claims against client. See ECF Docs. 45, 47. Less than one month later, plaintiffs stipulated to voluntarily dismiss the claims. See ECF Doc. 59, 62.

Posey v. Securitas Sec. Servs. USA, Inc., 876 N.W.2d 662 (Minn. App. 2016) On appeal, obtained reversal of denial of unemployment benefits, resulting in a published opinion.

Buffa v. Windsor, No. 14 CVS 134 (N.C. Trial Ct. Oct. 1, 2015); Buffa v. Cygnature Constr. & Dev., Inc., 796 S.E.2d 64 (N.C. Ct. App. 2016) Obtained summary judgment for window manufacturer in construction-defect case and, on appeal, successfully defended summary judgment.

Practice Areas

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