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Janell practices in the areas of Business & Commercial Litigation.  She is known as a strategic, persistent litigator with a reputation for getting the job done.

Janell began her career as a television news producer in the Twin Cities. She then switched her focus to law, first as a products liability litigator for a local law firm.  She then moved in-house at 3M, first as the general counsel for their medical surgical business and then managing  their complex mass tort litigation.

Janell loves to learn everything she can about the products and businesses that she defends.  This gives her greater insight into the issues of her cases and the needs of her clients.


Practice Areas

  • Business & Commercial Litigation

Representative Cases

  • Prepared and managed through trial eight product liability cases, all resulting in defense verdicts for 3M.
  • Obtained more than 21,000 no-pay dismissals from 3M’s silica docket in 2006 after revealing the medical fraud underlying the mass tort silica litigation.
  • Reduced the number of mass tort claims against 3M from a peak of almost 90,000 in 2003 to less than 3000 at the end of 2008.

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota

Professional Activities and Memberships

  • American Bar Association


  • University of Minnesota, J.D., 1992, cum laude
  • University of Minnesota, B.A., 1983, summa cum laude
    • Phi Beta Kappa




  • Janell Pepper, Dr. Barbara Hillmer, & Steven W. Quattlebaum, “Stories, Themes & Trial Graphics: Maximizing the Likelihood of a Defense Verdict,” Defense Research Institute’s Toxic Torts and Environmental Law Seminar, New Orleans.
  • Janell Pepper & William Coates, “The Ethics and Best Practices of Preparing the Corporate Witness to Testify,” Defense Research Institute’s Toxic Torts and Environmental Law Seminar, New Orleans.
  • Janell Pepper, “Proactively Reducing and Managing Cost Associated with Product Liability Litigation,” Marcus Evans’ Chief Litigation Officer Summit.
  • Anti-Human Trafficking Work Group of the Justice Commission of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet and Consociates, Member, 2016 – 2019
  • Christian Cupboard Emergency Food Shelf serving Woodbury, Oakdale and North Maplewood Communities, Board Member, 2010 – 2013


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