Jeffrey M. Markowitz
  • Jeffrey M. Markowitz
  • Associate
  • Co-Chair - Appellate Litigation
  • 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).


  • “Heroes or Hustlers of the ADA? The Rise and Reality of Private Enforcement of Title III,” Minnesota Construction Law Seminar, Arthur, Chapman, Kettering, Smetak & Pikala, P.A., October 2017
  • "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
Wilson v. Northland College, No. 3:17-cv-0037-slc, 2018 WL 341749 (W.D. Wis. Jan. 9, 2018) Secured early dismissal of employment- and privacy-related claims against private college.

Wilmes v. Owatonna Hospitality, LLC, No. A16-1920 (Minn. Ct. App. Aug. 7, 2017) On appeal, successfully defended summary judgment in personal-injury case for hotel when plaintiff speculated that the hotel pool, despite chlorination, caused a bacterial infection.

Doe v. Empire Entm’t, LLC, No. A16-1283, 2017 WL 1832414 (Minn. Ct. App. May 8, 2017) On appeal, successfully defended denial of plaintiff’s motion to proceed under pseudonym, an issue of first impression for Minnesota’s appellate courts.

Aragono, et al. v. Ku, et al., No. 16-cv-3907 (WMW/KMM) (D.Minn. March 21, 2017) Secured early dismissal of employment-related claims brought by 12 plaintiffs against client. Moved to dismiss all claims against client. See ECF Docs. 45, 47. Less than one month later, plaintiffs stipulated to voluntarily dismiss the claims. See ECF Doc. 59, 62.

650 North Main Association v. Frauenshuh, Inc., Kraus-Anderson Constr. Co., et al., No. A15-1547 (Minn. Ct. App. May 23, 2016) On appeal, 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., 876 N.W.2d 662 (Minn. App. 2016) On appeal, obtained reversal of denial of unemployment benefits, resulting in a published opinion.

Buffa v. Windsor, No. 14 CVS 134 (N.C. Trial Ct. Oct. 1, 2015); Buffa v. Cygnature Constr. & Dev., Inc., 796 S.E.2d 64 (N.C. Ct. App. 2016) Obtained summary judgment for window manufacturer in construction-defect case and, on appeal, successfully defended summary judgment.

Practice Areas

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