Arthur Chapman Blake W. Duerre
  • Blake W. Duerre
  • Shareholder
  • Arthur Chapman Kettering Smetak & Pikala, P.A.
  • Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 612-375-5932  direct dial
  • 612-339-7655  fax

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Assisting clients with the defense of civil matters, Blake concentrates his practice in areas of products liability and workers’ compensation subrogation. With more than 25 years of experience, Blake provides sound advice and counsels clients, working to solve problems with practical, realistic solutions.

Blake enjoys trying cases throughout Minnesota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin, while continuing to develop a strong national subrogation practice. Building on a reputation as a successful and tenacious litigator, he is recognized for his ability to provide clients with an early case evaluation and overall case handling strategy. Clients can then quickly decide whether a case should be settled, submitted to ADR, or tried to a jury. Blake demonstrates his commitment to helping clients find the best course of action on everything from the most simple matter to the most complex of claims.


University of South Dakota School of Law, J.D., 1985 (Honors: With Honors)
University of South Dakota, B.A., 1982

Bar Admissions

Minnesota, 1985
South Dakota, 1985
Wisconsin, 1996
U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota, 1986
U.S. District Court, District of South Dakota, 1990
U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit, 2002


  • Maximizing Subrogation Recovery, Strategies for Work-Related Slip-and-Fall Cases, Claims Management, July 2012
  • Minnesota Products Liability (Co-Author), 17th Edition, Minnesota Institute of Legal Education

Professional Associations and Memberships

Hennepin County Bar Association
Minnesota State Bar Association
National Association of Subrogation Professionals
South Dakota State Bar Association
State Bar of Wisconsin


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