Jay A. Tentinger

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Jay A. Tentinger

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Jay has been a licensed attorney since 1980. He began his career as a public defender before transitioning into insurance defense work where he gained valuable experience and knowledge of the insurance industry and insurance practices. After founding Tentinger Law Firm in 1997, Jay practiced in family law as well as continuing his insurance defense work. Today, Jay focuses his time to working with small businesses and their litigation needs.

Jay is a member of the Minnesota, Iowa, and Nebraska State Bar Associations and a no-fault arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association. He is admitted to practice before the State and Federal District Courts of Minnesota, Iowa and Nebraska.

When representing clients, Jay listens to the facts of their case and advises and counsels them on how the law applies to their issue. He attentively works on each his client’s cases to obtain the best results for the client based on the facts and the law. His years of litigation and appeals experience benefit each client he represents.

Beyond the practice of law, Jay is very active in his community. He was an appointed commissioner for the Port Authority of Rosemount from 2003 to 2011. Prior to that appointment, He was a planning commissioner from 1994 to 2000. He is also an active member of the Knights of Columbus and enjoys dedicating his time helping with the organizations numerous charitable events.


  • Small Business Law
  • Employer Defense
  • Insurance Defense
  • Insurance Subrogation
  • Personal Injury
  • Family Law


  • Minnesota, 1987
  • Nebraska, 1982
  • Iowa, 1980
  • U.S. District Court District of Minnesota, 1985
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Iowa, 1984
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Iowa, 1984
  • U.S. District Court District of Nebraska, 1987


  • National Institute of Trial Advocacy
    • Diploma – 1997
  • Hamline University School of Law, St. Paul, Minnesota
    • J.D. – 1976
  • Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois
    • M.B.A. – 1973
    • Honors: Dean’s List
  • Westmar College, Le Mars, Iowa
    • B.S. – 1971


  • Lieske v. Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Company, 2000 WL 1664973 (Minnesota Court of Appeals 2000)
  • Laska v. Williams, 1997 WL 104617 (Minnesota Court of Appeals 1997)
  • Wycoff v. Menke, 773 F.2d 983 (U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit 1985)
  • In the interest of W.B., Jr., a child, 328 N.W. 2d 518 (Supreme Court of Iowa 1983)


  • American Family Insurance Co.
  • Auto Owners Insurance Company
  • EMC Insurance Companies
  • Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Co.
  • Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company
  • MetLife Auto & Home
  • National Farmers Union Insurance Co.
  • Ohio Casualty Group
  • St. Paul Fire and Marine
  • Western National Insurance Group


  • Reservation of Rights, West Central Claims Association Seminar Wilmar, Minnesota, 2004
  • No-Fault Seminar: The Basics, MetLife Auto & Home Indianapolis, Indiana, 2000
  • Recent Developments Involving No-Fault, Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Benefits, West Central Claims Association Seminar Wilmar, Minnesota, 1998
  • Slip and Fall Cases in Minnesota – Defense Perspective, West Central Claims Association Seminar Wilmar, Minnesota, 1998
  • Insurance Coverage Law in Minnesota, National Business Institute Bloomington, Minnesota, 1998


  • Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Dakota County Bar Association
  • Iowa State Bar Association
  • Nebraska State Bar Association
  • Knights of Columbus, Member


  • No-Fault Arbitrator through American Arbitration Association, 1992 – Present
  • Port Authority of Rosemount, Commissioner, 2003 – 2011
  • City of Rosemount, Task Force for Redevelopment of St. Joseph Campus (Volunteer Position), 2007
  • City of Rosemount, Downtown Redevelopment Committee (Volunteer Position), 2004
  • City of Rosemount, Planning Commissioner, 1994 – 2000
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