Best & Flanagan


Barbara M. Ross


Barbara M. Ross is an accomplished trial attorney who has consistently achieved superior results for clients for over 20 years. She is chair of the firm’s Insurance Practice Group, and concentrates her practice on insurance coverage, condemnation, real estate, and debtors/creditors litigation. Barbara represents insurance carriers and policyholders in insurance coverage cases, providing to clients courtroom expertise and insight from her work in the insurance industry. She has extensive experience in successfully handling condemnation cases for both condemning authorities and land owners, and obtaining successful results in litigation involving collection and mortgage foreclosure, title issues, fraud and misrepresentation, boundary disputes, leasing disputes, mechanic’s lien actions, contract for deed cancellations, partition actions, and real estate contract disputes. Barbara’s recent court victories include decisions by the Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit and the Bankruptcy Appellate Panel for the Eighth Circuit In favor of a bankruptcy trustee client, as a statutory bona fide purchaser, avoiding a mortgage lien, and a decision by the Minnesota Supreme Court in favor of a banking client holding a mortgage valid under Minnesota Statutes Chapter 287. Barbara has served as Chair of the Eminent Domain Section and of the Real Property Section of the Hennepin County Bar Association and is a member of the Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee of the American Bar Association and ABA Advisory Panel. She is active in the Minnesota State Bar Association and was recently appointed to the Civil Gideon Task Force. In addition, Barbara has lectured for continuing legal education, provides pro bono services to the Volunteer Lawyers Network, and serves as a mentor for law students at St. Thomas Law School. Recent Representative Cases In re Vondall, 2008 Wl 2264608 (8th Cir. June 4, 2008); 364 B.R. 668 (BAP. 8th Clr. 2007) Business Bank V. Hanson, 769 N.W. 2d 285 (Minn. 2009)


  • University of Minnesota, J.D., Cum Laude, 1987
  • Honors, Appellate Advocacy Oral Competition
  • Honors, First Year Legal Writing

Practice Areas


  • State of Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit

Professional Associations & Memberships

  • Professional Liability Underwriting Society (PLUS)
  • American Bar Association (Litigation and Real Property Sections)
  • Minnesota State Bar Association (Litigation and Real Property Sections)
  • Hennepin County Bar Association (Eminent Domain and Real Property Sections)

Community Service

"Everybody Wins" inner city Children's Reading Program