Jeffrey M. Markowitz
  • Jeffrey M. Markowitz
  • Associate
  • Arthur Chapman Kettering Smetak & Pikala, P.A.
  • Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 612-375-5917  direct dial
  • 612-339-7655  fax

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Jeff Markowitz represents his clients with creativity, skill, and good humor. In a rare ruling not too long ago, the Minnesota Court of Appeals reversed in his client's favor in an area of the law that rarely sees reversals. Jeff loves obtaining these types of results for his clients, particularly when the stakes are high and the odds are stacked against them.

When it comes to appeals, Jeff feels right at home arguing to appellate courts, in part because he spent more than two years clerking for an appellate judge. But his diverse litigation practice includes more than appeals, and includes class-action defense, construction-defect, employment, and product-liability law. And clients will appreciate how, by keeping one eye on the appeal, Jeff works to win in the trial court in the first place.

Outside of the office, Jeff greatly enjoys playing strategy games with his wife (they met in law school), patiently navigating the international-adoption process (they're adopting a child from Thailand), and fighting for good causes (including his work in India).


  • "Surprised by Employment - Misclassification Issues in Minnesota’s Construction Industry," Minnesota Construction Law Seminar, Arthur, Chapman, Kettering, Smetak & Pikala, P.A., October 2016


University of Minnesota Law School, J.D., 2010
Pennsylvania State University, B.S., 2006



Clerked for the Honorable Heidi S. Schellhas of the Minnesota Court of Appeals, 2012-2014

Bar Admissions

Minnesota, 2011
U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota, 2014
U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin, 2014

Professional Associations and Memberships

Minnesota State Bar Association



Representative Cases
650 North Main Association v. Frauenshuh, Inc., Kraus-Anderson Constr. Co., et al., No. A15-1547 (Minn. Ct. App. May 23, 2016)
Successfully defended denial of motion for more than $100,000 in indemnity by prevailing on complex appellate-jurisdiction issue.

Posey v. Securitas Sec. Servs. USA, Inc., ___ N.W.2d ___, 2016 WL 2616283, at *1 (Minn. Ct. App. May 9, 2016)
Obtained reversal of denial of unemployment benefits, resulting in a published opinion.

Burt v. Rackner, No. 27-CV-15-11477 (Minn. Trial Ct. Oct. 28, 2015)
Assisted in obtaining judgment on the pleadings for the employer against a claim of wrongful termination.

Buffa v. Windsor, No. 14 CVS 134 (N.C. Trial Ct. Oct. 1, 2015)
Obtained summary judgment for window manufacturer in construction-defect case.

Practice Areas

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