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Jeffrey E. Grell

Telephone: 612-353-5530
Email Address: jgrell@grellfeist.com

Jeffrey E. Grell graduated magna cum laude from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, with a B.A. in Government / International Affairs in 1987. Jeff then went directly to Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C. and graduated magna cum laude in 1990.

From 1990 until 1993, Jeff was an associate with Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue. From 1993 until 1997, Jeff was an associate with Leonard, Street and Deinard, and from January 1998 until April 2003, Jeff was a shareholder at that firm. From April 2003 until October 2008, Jeff was a solo practitioner engaged in general commercial litigation and consultation with attorneys and parties bringing RICO claims across the country. Jeff was an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Minnesota from 2008 through 2010, when he left the Attorney General’s Office to create the law firm of Grell Feist PLC. Since 1999, Jeff has been an associate adjunct professor at the University of Minnesota Law School, where he teaches a course regarding the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (“RICO”) Act. Jeff is also the author of Grell on RICO.

Jeff has been a commentator and has been a source of information or cited for his expertise in racketeering law by various news organizations, including the Economist, USA Today, the Associated Press, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, NPR’s Voice of the Nation, the BBC, U.S. News & World Report, The Huffington Post, the National Law Journal, the National Review, Investor’s Business Daily, Corporate Legal Times, Tech News World, the Boston Globe, Conde Nast Portfolio, La Presse (Montreal, Quebec), the Los Angeles Daily Journal, Cleveland Scene, the Globe & Mail (Toronto, Ontario), the Scotsman, Primera Hora (Puerto Rico), WCCO Radio (Minneapolis, Minnesota).


Law School: Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, D.C.

Juris Doctorate, magna cum laude, May 1990.

  • Summer Associate – Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue – Washington, D.C. – 1988, 1989.
  • Summer Associate – Dorsey & Whitney – Minneapolis, Minnesota – 1989.
  • Law Clerk – Koonz, McKenney & Johnson – Washington, D.C. – 1988-1990.

College: Augustana College, Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, May 1987.
Major: Government / International Affairs.
Minors: History and English Literature.

  • Blue Key National Honor Society.
  • Phi Alpha Theta – History Honor Society.
  • A.J. Hotz Pre-law Scholar.
  • English Finalist Award Recipient.
  • Student Body President – 1985-86.
  • Student Council Representative – 1984-85, 1986-87.
  • Intern for Congressman Tom Daschle – 1984-86.
  • Intern for Senator Tom Harkin – 1986.
  • Field Representative – South Dakota Democratic Party – 1986.
  • News Reporter – KELO Radio (commercial station) – 1986-87.
  • News Reporter / Anchor – KRSD Radio (public station) – 1987.
  • Play-by-play announcer Augustana Men’s Basketball – KAUR Radio (college station) – 1986-87.


Grell Feist PLC – Minneapolis, Minnesota – 2010-Present.

Ricoact.com LLC – Minneapolis, Minnesota – 2003-Present.

University of Minnesota School of Law – Minneapolis, Minnesota – Associate Adjunct Professor – 1999-2018.

Office of the Minnesota Attorney General – St. Paul, Minnesota – Assistant Attorney General – 2008-2010.

Leonard, Street and Deinard – Minneapolis, Minnesota

  • Associate in the Products Liability Practice Group – 1993-1997.
  • Shareholder in the Commercial Litigation Practice Group – 1998-2003.

Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue – Washington, D.C. – Associate in the General Litigation Practice Group – 1990-1993.


  • Business Disputes: RICO – Minnesota CLE Webinar (February 18, 2020).
  • Racketeering and the RICO Act: Criminal and Civil Liability – University of Minnesota School of Law – 1999-2019.
  • The Fundamentals of RICO: Proximate Cause – West LegalEdCenter: Online Continuing Education (February 28, 2019).
  • The Fundamentals of RICO: Patterns of Racketeering – West LegalEdCenter: Online Continuing Education (February 21, 2019).
  • The Fundamentals of RICO: Operation/Management vs. Conspiracies – West LegalEdCenter: Online Continuing Education (February 14, 2019).
  • The Fundamentals of RICO: Defendants vs. Enterprises – West LegalEdCenter: Online Continuing Education (February 7, 2019).
  • Democratic National Committee v. The Russian Federation, et al.: Does the DNC’s RICO Claim Have Merit? – West LegalEdCenter:  Online Continuing Education (with R. Mark Halligan) (May 14, 2018).
  • RICO and the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016: Widening the Scope of Liability for Trade Secret Theft – West LegalEdCenter: Online Continuing Education (with R. Mark Halligan) (Sept. 14, 2017).
  • RICO and Its Expansive Personal Jurisdiction Provisions – West LegalEdCenter: Online Continuing Education (May 19, 2017).
  • RICO’s Extraterritorial Application: Post Nabisco – West Legal EdCenter: Online Continuing Education (July 29, 2016).
  • The Debate Over RICO’s Extraterritorial Application – West Legal EdCenter: Online Continuing Education (Nov. 19, 2015).
  • Better Call Saul and the Mythology of RICO – West Legal EdCenter: Online Continuing Education (Oct. 21, 2015).
  • Pleading the RICO Claim – West Legal EdCenter: Online Continuing Education (June 23, 2015).
  • Extortion and RICO – West Legal EdCenter: Online Continuing Education (April 21, 2015).
  • Mail and Wire Fraud: RICO’s Most Popular Predicate Acts – West Legal EdCenter: Online Continuing Education (March 17, 2015).
  • RICO’s Statute of Limitations, Accrual Rules and Tolling Rules – West Legal EdCenter: Online Continuing Education (October 16, 2014).
  • RICO’s Policy-Oriented Proximate Cause Standard – West Legal EdCenter: Online Continuing Education (Sept. 16, 2014).
  • RICO’s Patterns of Racketeering – West Legal EdCenter: Online Continuing Education (August 18, 2014).
  • Operation or Management of the RICO Enterprise vs. RICO Conspiracies – West Legal EdCenter: Online Continuing Education (July 16, 2014).
  • RICO Defendants vs. RICO Enterprises – West Legal EdCenter: Online Continuing Education (June 16, 2014).
  • Suing the Racketeers: Using RICO to Protect Our Clients – American Immigration Lawyers’ Association CLE – August 22, 2012.
  • Minnesota Business Torts – Minnesota CLE – March 13, 2009; March 7, 2008 & June 16, 2011.
  • Contemporary Issues in Consumer Law – Minnesota Attorney General’s Office CLE – March 10, 2010.
  • Debt Managers, Debt Settlors and Debt Negotiators – Hennepin County Bar Association CLE – November 18, 2009.
  • How RICO Actions Apply in Dependency and Neglect – CCC Inc. First Annual Family Law Conference – March 18, 2006.
  • RICO’s Statute of Limitations – Lorman Educational Services – November 15, 2005.
  • Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations – Minnesota Institute of Continuing Legal Education – February 21, 2003.
  • Financial Investigations and Forensic Accounting – Minnesota Institute of Continuing Legal Education – December 13, 2001.
  • RICO: Something so Simple yet so Complicated – Minnesota Institute of Continuing Legal Education – June 5, 2001.
  • Taking and Defending Effective Depositions – Lorman Educational Services – July 28, 1999.


  • “What a RICO charge means for Huawei,” Quartz (Feb. 18, 2020).
  • “GM Battle Against Fiat Chrysler Faces Sizable Hurdles,” The Wall Street Journal (Nov. 26, 2019).
  • “GM’s ‘nuclear’ FCA racketeering suit difficult to prove,” The Detroit News (Nov. 25, 2019).
  • “GM’s Bribery Suit Against Fiat Faces Bumpy Road in Court,” Law360 (Nov. 22, 2019).
  • “Why Free Speech Makes It Difficult to Prosecute White Supremacy in America,” The Washington Post (Aug. 8, 2019).
  • “Ebay Claims Amazon is Poaching Sellers in Violation of RICO,” KCBS Radio (Aug. 3, 2019).
  • “Motion Seeks to Drop Up to 24 Charges in Federal Gang Case; Argument Centers Around Legal Definition of a Crime of Violence,” The Danville Register & Bee (June 19, 2019).
  • “Peter Nygard Files RICO Suit Against Billionaire Bahamas Neighbour,” Winnipeg Free Press (Feb. 22, 2019).
  • “Anti-Immigration Group Files RICO Suit Against Southern Poverty Law Center Over ‘Hate Group’ Label,” Daily Beast (Jan. 16, 2019).
  • “State Farm’s Judicial Donations Central to Racketeering Trial,” Bloomberg Law (Sept. 4, 2018).
  • “Just How Hard Will It Be to Take Down the Alleged ‘Weinstein Sexual Enterprise,’” Refinery29 (Dec. 7, 2017).
  • “The 6 Women Suing Harvey Weinstein Are Using a Gangster Law Originally Designed to Take Down the Mafia — and Experts Warn it Won’t be Easy,” Business Insider (Dec. 7, 2017.)
  • “Weinstein’s Alleged Sexual Misconduct Protected by Criminal Enterprise, Suit Claims,” New York Law Journal (Dec. 6, 2017).
  • “Dakota Access Pipeline Company Paid Mercenaries to Build Conspiracy Lawsuit Against Environmentalists,” The Intercept (Nov. 15, 2017).
  • “Ex-Venezuela Ambassador Takes Bribery Suit to High Court,” Law360 (Sept. 5, 2017).
  • “RICO Charges are ‘A Way to Influence the Political Process to Project a Cost’ on Protestors,” Surius XM Patriot Radio (August 22, 2017).
  • “Demanda Contra ‘Bolichiros’ Continuara en Corta de NY,” Notiminuto (March 12, 2017).
  • “Ex-Ambassador Asks 2nd Circ. to Save Venezuelan Bribe Suit,” Law360 (March 10, 2017).
  • “European Union’s RICO Suit Stalls at High Court,” Bloomberg Law (June 20, 2016).
  • “U.S. RICO Case Could Impact Foreign Banks Linked to Money Laundering,” ACAMS moneylaundering.com (April 14, 2016).
  • “Edward Fitzpatrick: Climate-change battle heats up between Whitehouse, Wall Street Journal,” Providence Journal (April 9, 2016).
  • “A Federal Case Over Online Contests: Is ‘RICO’ a Reach in Derbywars Lawsuit,” Thoroughbred Daily News (Jan. 11, 2016).
  • “RJR Nabisco RICO Claims Will Get Supreme Court Review,” 84 U.S.L.W. 12 (Oct. 6, 2015).
  • “Reynolds American Suit,” Bloomberg Law Brief (Oct. 5, 2015).
  • “Court Will Review Reynolds American Suit,” Bloomberg Law (Oct. 2, 2015).
  • “Taking the Gangster Rap,” The Economist (August 8, 2015).
  • “Racketeering Statute Cited in Shadow Insurance Disputes,” INN Daily Newsletter (July 14, 2015).
  • “Sheldon Whitehouse: Sue Fossil Fuel Companies for Climate Fraud,” The Huffington Post (June 3, 2015).
  • “FIFAgate: The Increasingly Long Arm of American Justice,” Bilan (June 2, 2015).
  • “RJR Nabisco En Banc Rehearing Denied; RICO Extraterritoriality Ripe for SCOTUS?,” 83 U.S.L.W. 40 (April 21, 2015).
  • “Cheaters Never Prosper,” The Marshall Project (April 9, 2015).
  • “Local Lawyers Argue that Gangsters Shouldn’t be Prosecuted Like Mafia,” Indy Week (February 4, 2015).
  • “14 Charged in Deadly 2012 Meningitis Outbreak,” Boston Globe (December 17, 2014).
  • “Future Could See More RICO Cases Like Garlock’s, Expert Says,” Legal News Line (September 12, 2014).
  • “Pizzeria Owner, 75, Says He’ll Still Work After $6.5 Million Settlement,” Chicago Tribune (August 7, 2014).
  • “Humana Files RICO Claim Over Medtronic Bone Drug – Health Insurer Alleges Device Maker Conspired with Physicians,” The Wall Street Journal (June 2, 2014).
  • “Chevron’s RICO Case Against Plaintiffs Attorney Presents Unique Set of Facts, Attorney Says,” Legal Newsline (April 24, 2014).
  • “Cheating Case Built on Confessions,” Atlanta Journal-Constitution (March 1, 2014).
  • “Was Chevron Scammed for $19 Billion,” Newsweek (October 31, 2013).
  • “Rare Racketeering Suits Filed in Mahoning Valley,” Tribune Chronicle (June 16, 2013).
  • “Atlanta Testing Scandal Begins Long March to Justice,” USA Today (April 3, 2013).
  • “RICO Presents Challenges in Atlanta Cheating Case,” Associated Press (April 1, 2013).
  • “Racketeering Survives Against Coffee Beanery,” BlueMauMau.org (Sept. 4, 2012).
  • “Hell Hath No Fury Like a RICO Action: Racketeering Charges Filed in Hedge Fund Divorce,” The New York Observer (July 18, 2012).
  • “Racketeering Expert Goes After Coffee Beanery,” BlueMauMau.org (Feb. 8, 2012).
  • “James Murdoch Admission Brings Him Closer to Facing Charges,” The Telegraph (Dec. 14, 2011).
  • “Bartolomei Readies Tuscarora Suite; Feds Confer with Local Dissidents,” Niagara Falls Reporter (Sept. 27, 2011).
  • “Phone Hacking: Rupert Murdock’s American Legal Woes Mount Up,” The Telegraph (July 14, 2011).
  • “Suit Lobs Curve in Snowball Fight,” The Times-Picayune (July 5, 2011).
  • “Imams, Dons and RICO,” American Thinker (March 16, 2011).
  • “Do Planned Parenthood ‘Sting’ Videos Depict a Sex-Trafficking Crime?,” The Christian Science Monitor (February 7, 2011).
  • “Organized Crime Cases Aren’t Easy, RICO Convictions Require More Proof From Prosecutor,” The Detroit News (December 16, 2010).
  • “Geico Lawsuits Alleged Medical Insurance Fraud,” News Day (September 29, 2010).
  • “Class Action Traction?,” IGaming News (September 5, 2008).
  • “Court Cites Discovery Costs in Dismissing RICO Case,” Inside Counsel (June 2008).
  • “Firms Use RICO to Fight Union Tactics,” The Wall Street Journal (December 10, 2007).
  • “A Law of Unintended Consequences,” Conde Nast Portfolio (October 29, 2007).
  • “PTC Fends Off Legal Heat from the Land of the Rising Sun,” Catalyst (August 13, 2007).
  • “Vivendi Raises Stakes in Fight with Deutsche Telekom,” The New York Times (March 2, 2007).
  • “RICO, Illegal Aliens, and other Issues,” The George Putnam Show, Cable Radio Network (October 3, 2006).
  • “High Court Reins In RICO: Anti-civil RICO forces get a win – but it’s not over,” The National Law Journal (June 12, 2006).
  • “Morpheus Parent Company Sues eBay Over Skype Technology,” Tech News World (May 24, 2006).
  • “StreamCast Targets Skype, Kazaa for Alleged RICO Act Violations,” Tech News World (March 28, 2006).
  • “RICO Act Takes Aim at Facility Near Pahrump; Founder Piazza Says Allegations Without Merit,” The Pahrump Valley Times (November 11, 2005).
  • “Plaintiffs Try to Use RICO to Curb Illegal Immigration,” Corporate Legal Times (October 2005).
  • “Ruling Hurts Tobacco Fraud Suit, Judge Says Government Can’t Strip $280 Billion from Cigarette Makers,” Richmond Times-Dispatch (February 5, 2005).
  • “U.S. Department of Justice v. Big Tobacco,” Market Place Morning Report (nationally syndicated public radio news program) (Sept. 20, 2004).
  • “Stakes High in Fraud Case Against Tobacco Industry,” Winston-Salem Journal (Sept. 19, 2004).
  • “Suit Alleges Abuse Linked to Two Firms,” Boston Globe (June 10, 2004).
  • “RICO First Used to Battle Mafia, Law Focuses On Pattern of Corruption,” New Jersey News (May 27, 2004).
  • “Smokey’s Denied Betting License,” The Forum (May 19, 2004).
  • “RICO Law, Powerful Tool in ’80s, Takes Back Seat in New Scandals,” Investor’s Business Daily (August 21, 2002).
  • “The Commissioner’s Racket: David Moore won election with his business reputation. A RICO suit claims he’s little more that a loan shark,” Cleveland Scene (August 7, 2002).
  • “Expos: A Lawsuit Against a Criminal Organization,” La Presse (June 7, 2002) (in French).
  • “Lawsuit Accuses DMV of Systemic Corruption,” Citizen-Times (May 23, 2002).
  • “The Long Arm of Abuse: Problem Priests Cross Not Just States But Oceans as Well,” U.S. News & World Report (May 6, 2002).
  • “Experts Question Use of RICO Against Clergy,” Los Angeles Daily Journal (May 1, 2002).
  • “Mitered in the Mob: What RICO Lawsuits Could Mean for the Catholic Church in the United States,” The National Review (March 28, 2002).
  • “The PNP Qualifies as a Criminal Organization,” Primera Hora (March 25, 2002) (in Spanish).
  • “Leonardo Associate may Face Federal Racketeering Charges,” Democrat & Chronicle (Dec. 29, 2001).
  • “RICO and the Mafia,” Voice of America, National Public Radio (May 17, 2001).
  • “The RICO Act,” The Lionel Show, Eyada.com Internet Talk Radio (Jan. 30, 2001).
  • “An Interview with RICO Expert Attorney Jeff Grell,” AmericanMafia.com and GamblingMagazine.com (Oct. 2, 2000).
  • “RICO Viewed as Cop Suit Sidelight,” The National Law Journal (Sept. 25, 2000).
  • “The Use of RICO Against Big Tobacco and Others,” The Dark Star Show, WCCO Radio, Minneapolis, Minnesota (April 11, 2000).


  • Grell on RICO (2018).
  • Minnesota Business Disputes Deskbook, Chapter 10 – RICO (4th Ed. June 2019).
  • European Economic Community v. RJR Nabisco, Inc.: Has the Second Circuit Ignited a Second Explosion in Civil RICO Claims?, ABA Preview of United States Supreme Court Cases, Issue No. 6, Vol. 43, p. 205 (March 21, 2016).
  • Boyle v. United States: Does a RICO Association-in-Fact Enterprise Require Proof of an Ascertainable Structural Hierarchy Distinct from the Acts of Racketeering?, ABA Preview of United States Supreme Court Cases, Issue No. 4, Vol. 36, p. 216 (January 12, 2009).
  • Bridge v. Phoenix Bond & Indemnity Co.: Is a Plaintiff Required to Prove Reliance in Civil RICO Cases Predicated on Acts of Mail and Wire Fraud?, ABA Preview of United States Supreme Court Cases, Issue No. 7, Vol. 35, p. 321 (April 14, 2008).
  • Odom v. Microsoft Corp. : The Ninth Circuit Abandons the Enterprise / Racketeering Activity Distinction, www.ricoact.com (May 4, 2007).
  • Mohawk Industries, Inc. v. Williams: The Eleventh Circuit Revisits RICO’s Application to the Employment of Illegal Aliens, www.ricoact.com (September 27, 2006).
  • Ideal Steel Supply Corp. v. Anza: The Second Circuit Determines that No Reliance is Necessary When a Defendant’s Alleged Acts of Mail and Wire Fraud Directly Cause Injuries to a Competitor or to the Target of the Scheme to Defraud, www.ricoact.com (July 2, 2004).
  • American Chiropractic Ass’n, Inc. v. Trigon Healthcare, Inc.: The Fourth Circuit’s Attempt to Achieve a Balance Between the Policies Reflected in the McCarran-Ferguson Act and RICO, www.ricoact.com (May 6, 2004).
  • Wagh v. Metris Direct, Inc.: The Ninth Circuit Wisely Dismisses Civil RICO Claims under Section 1962(a) and (b), but Affirms the “Result-Oriented” Racketeering Activity / Enterprise Distinction Under Section 1962(c), www.ricoact.com (Nov. 7, 2003).
  • Green Leaf Nursery v. E.I. Dupont De Nemours and Co.: The Eleventh Circuit Revisits the Proximate Cause Issues of Reliance and Intervening Third-Party Victims, www.ricoact.com (August 15, 2003).
  • Western Associates Limited Partnership v. Market Square Associates: The D.C. Circuit’s Ill-Advised Attempt to Revive a Multiple Scheme Approach to RICO’s Pattern Requirement, Civil RICO Report (April 2001).
  • RICO: Businesses’ Best Weapon Against Bribes, Kickbacks, and Other Forms of Corporate Corruption, www.ricoact.com (December 2000).
  • RICO and Eminent Domain: Condemnation or Crime, www.ricoact.com (Nov. 2000).
  • United States v. Goldin Industries, Inc.: Is the Eleventh Circuit Trading One Conflict for Another?, Civil RICO Report (Sept. 1, 2000).
  • HMO’s Under RICO: Issues the Courts Are Likely to Confront, Civil RICO Report (May 10, 2000).
  • Exorcising RICO from Product Litigation, 24 WM. MITCHELL L. REV. 1089 (1998).
  • Restatement (Third) of Torts, Section 8(d): Back to the Future of the Learned Intermediary Doctrine, 19 Hamline L. Rev. 349 (1996).


  • Bui v. Nguyen, 712 Fed. Appx. 606 (9th Cir. 2017).
  • Exeed  Ind., LLC v. Younis, 2016 WL 6599949 (Nov. 8, 2016).
  • St. Croix Printing Equip., Inc. v. Sexton, 2008 WL 4287180 (D. Minn. 2008).
  • Lund Ind., Inc. v. Wonder Ind., Inc., 2002 WL 1327012 (Minn. Ct. App. 2002).
  • R.W. Docks & Slips v. Chicago Title Ins. Co., 2001 WL 856431 (Minn. Ct. App. 2001).
  • Simitar Entertainment, Inc. v. Silva Entertainment, Inc., 44 F. Supp.2d 986 (D. Minn. 1999).
  • Fluoroware, Inc. v. Dainichi Shoji, K.K., 999 F. Supp. 1265 (D. Minn. 1997).
  • Gold Star Taxi & Transp. Serv. v. Mall of America Co., 987 F. Supp. 741 (D. Minn. 1997).
  • Klehr v. A.O. Smith Corp., 521 U.S. 179 (1997).