Company: Eckland & Blando LLP
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Mark J. Blando, Partner at Eckland & Blando LLP, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Lawyers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in law.
Supported by more than two decades of practiced industry experience, Mr. Blando is a prominent lawyer who has been serving as the partner and co-founder of Eckland & Blando LLP in Minneapolis, MN, since 2004. In his position, he focuses his practice on traditional government contract cases at the federal and state levels, transactional matters, Fifth Amendment takings claims, Federal Tort Claims Act cases, and actions under the Administrative Procedures Act. Likewise, he boasts extensive trial experience in construction, subsidized housing, real estate, insurance defense and general commercial litigation. Prior to his current role, he served as a partner and associate of Faegre Baker Daniels LLP from 1999 to 2004 and an associate with Hollingsworth LLP in Washington, DC, from 1995 to 1999.
Highly educated, Mr. Blando received a Bachelor of Arts in English, magna cum laude, from Boston College in 1992 and a Doctor of Jurisprudence, with honors, from the George Washington University Law School in 1995. He has been admitted to practice law in the states of Maryland and Minnesota, as well as before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, and the U.S. Supreme Court.
Writing and lecturing frequently on a variety of government contract topics, Mr. Blando is renowned for his work with the case Franconia Associates v. United States, 536 U.S. 129 (2002), which led to over $500 million in settlements. Likewise, he argued a successful appeal to the Federal Circuit in the case Airport Road Associates, Ltd. v. United States, 866 F.3d 1346 (Fed. Cir. 2017), which led to $8 million in settlements. In recognition of his legal prowess, he was named a North Star Lawyer for Pro Bono Service in 2017.
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