Arthur Chapman Juan M. Avila
  • Juan M. Avila
  • Shareholder
  • Co-Chair - General Liability | Co-Chair - Professional Liability
  • Arthur Chapman Kettering Smetak & Pikala, P.A.
  • Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 612-375-5958  direct dial
  • 612-339-7655  fax

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Juan works with clients on complex, multi-party litigation matters in the areas of construction, professional liability (architects and engineers), personal injury, premises liability, and products liability. Juan’s clients rely on his knowledge and experience successfully litigating cases through trial, arbitration, and on appeal. He also assists clients with avoiding litigation, loss prevention, and effective risk management.

Through this practice of writing and lecturing, Juan keeps his clients aware of the latest legal changes. He has published and lectured on various topics involving civil procedure, construction law, and professional liability claims involving architects and engineers. Juan keeps active in the legal community and is currently serving as treasurer and board member for the Minnesota Hispanic Bar Association. He was also a past board member of the Hennepin County Bar Association.

When not focused on client work, Juan stays active and entertained by his three young children.  Juan enjoys golfing, bicycling, playing guitar, and all things Boston sports.


  • “Claims Against the Design Professional in Minnesota Construction Defect Cases,” Minnesota Construction Law Seminar, Arthur, Chapman, Kettering, Smetak & Pikala, P.A., October 2013
  • “Civil Litigation Deskbook,” Co-Author and Presenter, MN CLE, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 2008 
  • “Construction Defect Seminar,” Presenter, American Family Insurance Claims Attorneys Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada, 2007 



University of Minnesota Law School, J.D., 1996
University of Wisconsin - Madison, B.A., 1991

Bar Admissions

Colorado, 2007
Massachusetts, 1996
Minnesota, 2003
U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota, 2003
U.S. District Court, District of North Dakota, 2013
U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit, 2000


  • Minnesota State District Court Civil Practice Deskbook, Co-Author, 2009, Moheban et. al. eds.
  • “Civil Litigation Deskbook,” Co-Author and Presenter, MN CLE, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 2008  

Professional Associations and Memberships

Defense Research Institute
Denver Bar Association
Hennepin County Bar Association, Past Board Member
Hispanic National Bar Association
Massachusetts State Bar Association

Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association
Minnesota Hispanic Bar Association, Board Member and Treasurer
Minnesota State Bar Association



Practice Areas

Legal Team