Steve Moore spent the first three years of his career as a criminal defense attorney with the New York City Public Defender’s office. Since joining Galen Watje in 1995, he has represented businesses and individuals in matters involving contract law, unfair competition, unjust enrichment, partnership and shareholder disputes, tortious interference with contract, real estate, trademarks, non-competes, trade secrets, deceptive trade practices, and compensation claims. He has over 20 years of experience in trials, hearings, depositions, motion practice, arbitrations, mediations, and appeals in both federal and state court in Minnesota, New York, Texas, Michigan, California, New Jersey, Ohio, Illinois, Missouri, Virginia, Washington, and Florida.
University of Minnesota (B.A., 1989)
New York Law School (J.D., cum laude, 1992), editor, Journal of Human Rights
New York, 1993
U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, 1994
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York, 1994
U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota, 1998
U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit, 1999
U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, 1997
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, 2004
Volunteer Lawyers Network, 1997 – present
General Counsel, Crosstown Community Band
Steve lives in south Minneapolis with his wife and three children. In his spare time, he helps coach youth sports for his childrens’ teams.
Galen Watje’s entire career was spent in litigation, trying well over 100 cases involving breach of fiduciary duty, franchise law, contract law, trade secrets, unfair competition, trademarks, unjust enrichment, injunction, minority shareholder issues, software licenses and leases, uniform commercial code, discrimination, ownership of technology, tortious interference with contract, misrepresentation, fraudulent concealment, partnership law, mechanics lien law, property tax valuation, and anti-trust, including Robinson-Patman issues. Over the years, Mr. Watje represented manufacturer’s representatives in a number of cases that attracted national attention, and handled numerous large cases involving multiple companies and hundreds of depositions across the United States. Although now retired, Mr. Watje maintains his license to practice law and acts as a consultant to Watje & Moore.
Mankato State University (B.S., magna cum laude, 1972)
University of Minnesota Law School (J.D., 1975)
U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota, 1976
U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit, 1991
Galen lives in Bloomington with his wife. They have three grown children and a grandson. In his spare time, Galen likes to ride his motorcycle and visit his children and grandson.
After law school, Danielle Nellis worked as a Judicial Law Clerk for the Honorable David R. Battey and has since been practicing primarily in the area of commercial litigation. Before practicing law, Ms. Nellis spent six years as a senior area sales representative.
St. Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Indiana (B.B.A., magna cum laude, 2005)
William Mitchell College of Law (J.D., 2011)
U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota, 2013
Danielle lives in Edina with her husband and their baby daughter, who occupies any spare time she might dream of having.
Watje & Moore - Trusted Twin Cities Business Law Firm
The Watje Firm’s lawyers earned a national reputation in litigation, particularly representing manufacturer’s representatives by aggressively pursuing their principals who refused to pay commissions or unlawfully terminated them. Watje & Moore, Ltd. has handled numerous claims against large retailers who interfered...