Deborah Causey Eckland


Deborah is a litigation attorney with broad courtroom experience. She has successfully defended cases involving construction, products liability, in-home daycares, defamation, employment law, premises liability and automobile accidents. She also provides coverage advice to insurers. Deborah was born and raised in Mississippi and has that certain Southern charm and persuasiveness that helps her obtain either favorable settlements or jury verdicts.

Deborah and her husband, Jeff, and their children, Emily, Abigail, and William, live in Edina. Away from work, Deborah is involved in her kids' sports activities and her church.

Legal Assistant: Melony Siedow

Practice Areas:

My Philosophy

My philosophy is to obtain the best result possible for my client. And that starts with listening to my clients, understanding how they see things. I try to be honest with my clients and instill in them an appreciation of the strengths and weaknesses of the case. I set reasonable expectations about victory and defeat, settlement, and jury verdicts. If the case must go to trial, no one will work harder or be more prepared than me.

I hold myself to the highest of ethical standards. Doing the right thing is always the answer.

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  • Member, American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Award Winner, Super Lawyer for 15 Years
  • President, Douglas K. Amdahl Inn of Court, 2006-2007

Notable Cases

Our work

  • Westfield v. Wensmann Home
    Feb 11, 2011
    Summary Judgment in Favor of Westfield
  • Weis Builders v. Roof Man Roofing
    April 17, 2012
    Summary Judgment in Favor of Client Roof Man Roofing
    Insurance Defense
  • Reynolds v. Parkwood Terrace
    May 25, 2012
    Summary Judgment in Favor of Client Parkwood Terrace
  • Hyland Courts v. BEI
    July 3, 2006
    Jury Verdict in Favor of Client BEI Exterior Maintenance
  • Buscher v. Montag
    August 4, 2009
    Summary Judgment in Favor of Client Demars
  • Boegeman v. Juergens
    May 22, 2007
    Jury Verdict in Favor of Client Juergens Construction

Professional and Civic Activities

  • Graduate, University of Southern Mississippi, 1985
  • Graduate, Paul M. Hebert Law School, Louisiana State University, 1988
  • Graduate, Harvard Kennedy School, Executive Education,
  • Women and Power, 2013
  • Graduate and Certified Litigation Management Professional, Litigation
  • Management Institute, CLM at Columbia Law School, 2013.
  • Rule 114 Qualified Neutral, 2013
  • Attorney, Law Offices of Richard Britson, New Orleans, LA, 1988-1989
  • Partner, Rider, Bennett, Egan & Arundel, LLP, Minneapolis, 1989-2001
  • Certified Women's Business Enterprise, 2012-present
  • AV Preeminent Rated Attorney, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Award Winner, "Rising Star," Minnesota Law & Politics, 1998
  • Award Winner, "Super Lawyer," Minnesota Law & Politics, 2000, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
  • Member, Minnesota and Louisiana State Bar Associations
  • Member, Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association
  • Member, Defense Research Institute
  • Member, American Arbitration Association Panel of Arbitrators
  • Member, Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity International
  • Co-Chair, Hennepin County Bar Association Committee on Professional Conduct, 1994-1995
  • President, Douglas K. Amdahl Inn of Court, 2006-2007
  • Member, American Board of Trial Advocates, 2009 to present
  • Member, Council on Litigation Management, 2011 to present
  • Member, Juris Divas
  • Author, "Conflict of Interest in the Handling of Waste Disposal Cases," For
  • the Defense (Jan. 1993), Vol. 35, No. 1, Hennepin Lawyer (Jan.-Feb. 1993), Chemical Waste Litigation Reporter (March 1993).
  • Author, "How to Write an Effective IME Letter," Minnesota Physician (April 1996), Vol. X, No. 1.
  • Author, "Rule 4.2: The Prohibition Against Communication with Person Represented by Counsel—A Tempest in a Teapot?" Hennepin Lawyer (Sept. 1996), Vol. 66, No. 1.
  • Author, MDLA Release Deskbook, Fifth Edition, 2006, "Avoidance of Releases."
  • Author, Minnesota State District Court, Civil Practice Deskbook, First Edition, 2009, "Rule 68 Offers."
  • Author, Minnesota CLE, Pressure on the Privilege, 2011, "When Are Communications with Experts Exempt from Discovery?"
  • Author, Minnesota CLE, Winning Litigation DoubleHeader, 2011, "Drafting Settlement Agreements, including Mediation Agreements."
  • Member, Colonial Church of Edina
    • Director, Children's Choir, 1995-1998, 2004-2006
    • Member, Children's Ministries Board, 1998-2001
    • Chair, Children's Ministries Board, 2000-2001
    • Member, Risk Management Team, 2002
    • Member, Land Use Task Force, 2008
    • Chair, Nominating Committee, 2011
  • Corporate Secretary, Minnesota Prayer Breakfast Committee, 2001-2006
  • Member, Edina Girls Fastpitch Association Board, 2005-2007
  • Coach, Edina Girls Softball, Edina Basketball Association, Girls and Boys
  • Coach, Academic Triathlon
  • Volunteer, Glorybound Ministries
  • Impact Lives Mission Trip to Dominican Republic, 2013
  • Volunteer, Edina Baseball Association, Minnesota
  • American Legion State Baseball Tournament, Fundraising, 2013
  • Board Member and Volunteer, Glorybound Ministries, 2014-present.