I have devoted my career to representing individuals who have been seriously injured and families who have lost a loved one as a consequence of negligence or defective product design. I have challenged the healthcare industry, the insurance industry, and some of the largest corporations in the world when they have broken with industry standards and committed wrongful conduct. In my view, the ability of the everyday person to successfully take on the country’s wealthiest companies and institutions is the highlight of our legal system – the door to the court house is open to all.
Bob focuses his practice on the representation of plaintiffs in complex personal injury cases in state and federal courts throughout the Midwest. He has extensive experience in cases involving medical negligence and product defect and has tried virtually all types of personal injury matters. He has also handled commercial, insurance, trust and estate, and class action lawsuits.
Bob is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers, the International Academy of Trial Lawyers and the International Society of Barristers, and he is an Associate in the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), all of which are invitation-only trial lawyer organizations. He has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America since 1993 and in Minnesota Super Lawyers since the inception of that publication. He is a former President of the Minnesota chapter of ABOTA and currently serves on the national ABOTA Board of Directors. Bob is certified as a Civil Trial Specialist by the Minnesota State Bar Association and board certified as a Civil Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. He is a former dean of the Academy of Certified Trial Lawyers of Minnesota. Bob is a frequent lecturer in the areas of medical negligence, products liability and trial practice.
The Minnesota Supreme Court recently ruled in favor of our client in a medical negligence wrongful death claim. The claim is against a physician who never saw our client’s deceased mother, but who had been asked by the mother’s care provider from a different health system to admit her into the defendant physician’s hospital. The two health systems had a standing agreement that admission decisions will be made solely by the hospital’s physicians. The fundamental holding of the Supreme Court was that a formal physician-patient relationship is not necessarily required to establish a duty of care on the part of the health care provider.
Bob’s experience before joining Ciresi Conlin includes representation of:
Man who lost his leg because of negligent failure to promptly treat his crush fracture of the pelvis and iliac artery injury. Obtained a $1.95 million settlement.
Client who required revision lumbar fusion surgery. He suffered cauda equina syndrome and was left with paraparesis, paresthesias, neurogenic bladder and bowel, erectile dysfunction, and spasticity due to medical negligence. Obtained a $1.5 million settle
Husband and father of adult children who was killed in a motor vehicle collision. Obtained a $1.45 million settlement.
The family of a woman who suffered brain injuries in a car accident that ultimately led to her death. She was survived by her husband, adult children by former marriage, grandchildren, and her mother. She was employed. Obtained a $1.2 million settlement.
Railroad engineer who suffered a low back injury when his train hit a semi tractor trailer that improperly came into the crossing. Obtained a $1.14 million jury verdict against trucking company.
Family of a man who died due to the negligent delay in diagnosing and treating bacterial endocarditis. Obtained a $950,000 settlement
Woman who required amputation of all the toes of one foot and suffered loss of function of the leg due to medical negligence. Obtained a $900,000 settlement.
Surgeon denied long term disability benefits. Obtained a $550,000 settlement.
Client who suffered unilateral hearing loss and tinnitus due to the negligent failure to timely diagnose and treat a MRSA infection. Obtained a $500,000 settlement.
Woman who sustained tibial plateau fracture when she fell on black ice on a car dealership parking lot. Obtained a $500,000 verdict.
Client who underwent a laparoscopic cholecystectomy. Her left and right hepatic ducts were transected as a result of medical negligence and she required reconstructive surgery. Obtained a $440,000 settlement.
Family of young girl who was killed in an all-terrain vehicle accident. Obtained a $418,000 settlement.
Laborer who was blinded in one eye when steel aligning punch failed. Obtained a $313,000 verdict against international tool manufacturer.
Young boy who suffered a C1 fracture and was rendered quadriplegic after airbag improperly deployed in a low impact rear end accident. Confidential product liability settlement against international auto manufacturer one week before trial.
Small child who suffered brain injury when his car seat failed. Confidential product liability settlement against car seat manufacturer on 1st day of trial.
Husband and father who suffered mild traumatic brain injury in Wisconsin automobile collision. Obtained $670,000 settlement.
Man suffered shoulder injury in automobile collision. Obtained $215,000 settlement.
Man who lost the vision in one eye in a South Dakota hunting accident. Obtained $400,000 settlement.
Minnesota man injured in Iowa automobile collision. Obtained confidential settlement of a legal negligence claim against his initial Minnesota attorney for missing the Iowa statute of limitations.
Mother of two who died as result of medical negligence. Obtained confidential settlement shortly before trial.
Obtained confidential settlement of a long-term disability case on behalf of a Minnesota general surgeon.
Young child who suffered brain injury when his car seat failed. Confidential product liability settlement against car seat manufacturer on 1st day of trial.
*Past results are reported to provide the reader with an indication of the type of litigation we practice. They do not and should not be construed to create an expectation of result in any other case, as all cases are dependent upon their own unique fact situation and applicable law.