Mary S. Young

Blackwell Burke

Practice Area: Class Actions

    All Star


    “Ms. Young exemplifies all the things you want in your outside counsel.”
    “She is always very cognizant of our business implications, and she ensures we are always on the right path.” 


    "Clients should be presented with carefully considered options and recommended solutions, and never simply a variation on the problem.  This approach requires intentionality, thoughtfulness, creativity, and a curiosity to know the client’s business and how success is defined.  I strive to put myself in the client’s position to understand what is expected, and then aim to exceed those expectations."

    – Mary S. Young


    Mary S. Young is an experienced litigator whose practice is focused on defending complex matters across a broad range of substantive legal areas, including consumer fraud class actions, wage and hour class actions, product liability, commercial and employment disputes. Ms. Young has in-depth experience defending class actions and serving as national coordinating counsel. She is well-versed in all aspects of civil pre-trial practice including defending and taking witness and expert depositions, drafting dispositive motions and oppositions to class certification, working with consulting and testifying experts, conducting all phases of discovery, appearing in court, preparing for arbitration and trial, representing clients at mediation, and negotiating and finalizing settlement agreements. Ms. Young is admitted to practice in Minnesota and Washington State.

    Ms. Young is national coordinating counsel for a Fortune 500 company coordinating the defense of its product liability, premises liability and commercial claims arising in state and federal courts nationwide. In that role, she handles a diverse array of legal claims and is focused on vigorously protecting the company’s legal and business interests while efficiently driving the cases toward resolution. Ms. Young also serves as national coordinating counsel for a Fortune 500 company coordinating the defense of over 1,000 lawsuits pending in a medical device products liability MDL.

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