Foley & Mansfield
Foley & Mansfield

Cynthia R. Bartell

Partner - Minneapolis


Bar Admissions: California; Minnesota

Practice Groups: Product Liability, Toxic Tort / Mass Tort

Education: William Mitchell College of Law, 1994, JD - cum laude; Mankato State University, 1978, BA, History - magna cum laude

Memberships: Defense Research Institute (DRI); Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association, Products Liability Comittee


Cindy Bartell is a partner in the Minneapolis offices of Foley & Mansfield. Licensed in Minnesota and California, Cindy defends companies in asbestos and silica litigation in both states. She is part of a team overseeing the nationwide litigation of a large manufacturing company as its national coordinating counsel. She works with local counsel in various jurisdictions from Massachusetts to California, overseeing all aspects of the litigation including discovery, motion practice, developing and preparing experts, preparing for trial and developing strategies for resolving cases.

Cindy’s varied practice includes defending business owners such as nightclubs and landlords in premises liability cases, defending employers and other business owners in discrimination cases, and defending restaurants and bars in dram shop cases. Cindy is also an appellate attorney, and has worked on appeals that have developed the law in Minnesota in areas of the sophisticated purchaser defense to product liability claims, the duty owed by helpers in day care facilities, and day care licensing immunity.

A former rock musician who recorded four albums, toured the U.S. and Canada, and supported herself as a paralegal before attending law school, Cindy joined Foley & Mansfield in 1994. Her years of experience working in law firms of all sizes, in positions ranging from support staff to partner, give Cindy a unique perspective on practicing law in an efficient manner that maximizes results for her clients.


May 5, 2016
Law360 Ranks Foley & Mansfield Among Top Firms for Female Attorneys

The national defense firm of Foley & Mansfield is pleased to announce it has been ranked 15th on Law360’s 2016 list of the 100 best U.S. law firms for women.


January 5, 2015
vGray v. Badger Mining, 664 N.W.2d 881 (Minn. Ct. App. 2003), and Gray v. Badger Mining, 676 N.W.2d 268 (Minn. 2004)

Cindy worked on the appeals in Gray v. Badger Mining, 664 N.W.2d 881 (Minn. Ct. App. 2003), and Gray v. Badger Mining, 676 N.W.2d 268 (Minn. 2004), representing the sand supplier in a product liability case where the plaintiff alleged he developed silicosis from his work in a foundry.


September 18, 2014
Client Alert: Minnesota Supreme Court Confirms Reallocation of Damages

A Minnesota Supreme Court ruling today prohibiting reallocation of uncollectable damages will affect the allocation of fault on defendants at trial in asbestos cases.



  • Rising Stars® list, Minnesota Law & Politics - 1999, 2001


  • Fire Investigation Training
  • Hazmat Training


  • Eight Cases You Need to Know - Examining the Minnesota Appellate Courts' most recent and relevant decisions, William Mitchell Law Symposium - 2006 


Cindy served as a judge for the Rosalie Wahl Moot Court, 2004


  • Laska v. Anoka County: A Quest for Justice for an Infant Who Died of SIDS Resulting in Appellate Court Finding Day Care Helper Owes a Duty to Protect - Co-Author (2006). 32 Wm. Mitchell L. Rev. 1549
  • Giving Sobriety Checkpoints the Cold Shoulder: A Proposed Balancing Test For Suspicionless Seizures Under the Minnesota Constitution - Author (1994). 20 Wm. Mitchell L. Rev. 515