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Peter W. Riley - Minneapolis, MN

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Updated 11/23/2011
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Schwebel, Goetz & Sieben, P.A.

5120 IDS Center 80 South Eighth Street
Minneapolis, MN 55402-2227


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Peter W. Riley Overview

I deeply appreciate the honor I am given when asked to represent an injury victim or their family. In representing each and every one of my clients, I bring to bear my experience since 1977 in handling all types of personal injury cases, including complex products liability, automobile crash, truck collision, premises liability and medical malpractice matters. Through my entire career, I have only represented injury victims and families who have lost a loved one.

I always try to keep my clients as fully informed as possible, working with my team here at the firm to assure regular communication with everyone whom I represent. While I have received many honors and awards throughout my career, the most important honor for me is that my clients appreciate my assistance and refer their friends, family members and co-workers to me.

Practice Areas

  • Auto & Motorcycle Accidents
  • Aviation & Railroad Accidents
  • Personal Injury
  • Product Liability
  • Slip & Fall Accidents
  • Trucking Accidents
  • Wrongful Death

Litigation

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Current Employment Position(s)

  • Shareholder

Languages

  • English (Primary)
Qualifications

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota, 1977
  • U.S. District Court District of Minnesota, 1978
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1978

Specialties and Certifications

  • Civil Trial Specialist, National Board of Trial Advocacy
  • Civil Trial Specialist, Minnesota State Bar Association

Other Affiliations

  • Hennepin County Bar Association, 1977 - Present (Member)
  • Hennepin County Bar Association, Litigation Section, 1983 - 1984 (Chairman)
  • Minnesota State Bar Association, 1977 - Present (Member)
  • Minnesota State Bar Association, 1993 - 1995 (Chairman, Jury Task Force)
  • Minnesota State Bar Association, 1990 - 1995 (Member, Civil Trial Certification Council)
  • Minnesota Supreme Court, 1989 - 1995 (Member, Standing Committee on No-Fault Arbitration)
  • Minnesota Association for Justice, 1980 - Present (Member)
  • Minnesota Association for Justice, 2003 - 2004 (President)
  • American Association for Justice, 1977 - Present (Member)
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, 1999 - Present (Member)
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, 2007 (President Minnesota Chapter)
  • Academy of Certified Trial Lawyers, 2000 - Present (Member)
  • American Arbitration Association (Panel of Arbitrators)
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum (Member)
  • Douglas Amdahl Inn of Court, Minneapolis, 2000 - 2007 (Member)
  • The Academy of Catastrophic Injury Attorneys (Member)
  • Brain Injury Association of Minnesota, 2005 - 2006 (Board of Directors)
  • Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, 2000 - 2008 (Member, Board of Directors)
  • Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, 2005 - 2007 (Board Chair)

Education

  • University of Minnesota Law School, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1977
    J.D.
    Honors: cum laude
    Law Review: Member, University of Minnesota Law Review, 1975 - 1977
  • Williams College, Williamstown, MA, 1974
    B.A.
    Honors: cum laude
    Honors: Phi Beta Kappa
    Major: Economics & Psychology

Past Positions

  • Deparcq, Hunegs, Stone & Koenig, Attorney, 1977 - 1991

Pro Bono Activities

  • Twin Cities Public Television, 1977 - Present
  • Page Education Foundation, 1995 - Present

Classes and Seminars

  • Course Chair, "Winning the Soft Tissue Injury Case Seminar", MTLA Seminar, April 12, 2007
  • Guest Speaker, "Overcoming Juror Bias", 2004 MTLA Mid-Winter Meetings, March 5, 2004
  • Guest Speaker, "Selection and Use of Experts in Auto Case", MTLA Seminar, January 22, 2003
  • Speaker, "Opening Statement in the Soft Tissue Case", MTLA Seminar, December 17, 2002
  • Course Chair, "Winning the Soft Tissue Injury Case Seminar", MTLA Seminar, December 17, 2002
  • Course Chair, "Handling the Major Trauma Cases", MTLA Seminar, June 14, 2002
  • Guest Speaker, "Product Liability", Upper Midwest Chapter Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, May 1, 2002
  • Guest Speaker, "Trial Strategies to Convince the Jury", MTLA Seminar, May 11, 2001
  • Guest Speaker, "Winning in Voir Dire", Handling the Automobile Accident Case, MTLA Seminar, April 12, 2001
  • Guest Speaker, "The Plaintiff's Case, Soft Tissue 2000 Winning in this Millennium", MTLA Seminar, April 7, 2000
  • Guest Speaker, "The Legal Definition of Death", Western Trauma Association, February 1, 1986
  • Judge Michael Davis, Guest Faculty, "Trial Practice Class", University of Minnesota Law School, November 1, 1983
  • Guest Speaker, "Bad Faith, What It Is and How It Is Established", Current Issues in Insurance Law Seminar, ALE, October 1, 1983
  • Guest Speaker, "The Legal Definition of Death", Methodist Hospital "Grand Rounds", May 1, 1983
  • Guest Speaker, "Informed Consent and Physician Countersuits", Methodist Hospital "Grand Rounds", May 1, 1982
  • Guest Speaker, "Bad Faith in Insurance Litigation - Plaintiff's Perspective", Insurance Law in Litigation, ALE Seminar, March 1, 1982
  • Guest Speaker, "Informed Consent and the Emergency Care Physician", Western Trauma Association, 1982
  • Guest Faculty, "Trial Practice Class", University of Minnesota, 1981 - 1999
  • Guest Faculty, Trial Practice, University of Minnesota, October 1, 1980
  • Faculty Member, National Institute for Trial Advocacy
  • Adjunct Professor, William Mitchell College of Law, 2004 - Present
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Honors

  • "The Best Lawyers in America", Woodward/White, Inc. Named, 2005 - Present
  • "Top 3000 Leading Plaintiffs' Lawyers", Lawdragon, 2006 - Present
  • "AV Rated", Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, 1992 - Present
  • "Top 40 Personal Injury Attorneys", Minnesota Law & Politics, 2001 - Present
  • "Super Lawyers", Minnesota Law & Politics, 1999 - Present
  • "Top 100 Super Lawyers",, 1997 - 2007
  • "Four SGS Attorneys Designated Top 40 Personal Injury Lawyers", Minnesota Law & Politics, June 1, 2008
  • "Seven SGS Attorneys Designated Top 40 Personal Injury Lawyers", Minnesota Law & Politics, 2004
  • "Legal Journal Highlights Accomplishments of Schwebel, Goetz & Sieben", Minnesota Law & Politics, 2002
  • "Masters of Disaster - When tragedy strikes, this superb personal-injury lawyer can help ease the pain.", Minnesota Law & Politics, 2001
  • "Attorney of the Year", Minnesota Lawyer, 2004

Representative Clients

  • $12 Million Settlement: 16-year-old girl Quadriplegic Car Accident
  • $ 5 Million Settlement: Medical Malpractice - Brain Injury
  • $1.1 Million Settlement: Construction Site Accident- Wrongful Death
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Office Information

Address

5120 IDS Center 80 South Eighth Street
Minneapolis, MN 55402-2227

Phones

612-344-0425

Faxes

612-333-6311

Emails

Contact Us

Offers Free Initial Consultation

Yes

Office Hours

Monday - Friday 8:00 - 7:00, Saturday 8:00 - 4:00

Websites


(Schwebel, Goetz & Sieben's blog)

Publication

Articles

"Health Plan Contract Discount: Plaintiff's Benefit or Defendant's Windfall?", MTLA Magazine, Summer, 2004

"President's Page", MTLA Magazine, 2004

"President's Page", MTLA Magazine, Summer, 2004

"President's Page", MTLA Magazine, Spring, 2004

"President's Page", MTLA Magazine, Winter, 2004

"The Challenges Ahead - President's Page", MTLA Magazine, Fall, 2003

"Thinking Outside the Black Box, Automobile Crash Data Recorders", MTLA Magazine, Summer, 2002

"Minnesota No-Fault: Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Law", Minnesota Trial Lawyers Association, Winter, 1997

"Effective Use of The Law of Juror Selection", MTLA Magazine, Fall, 1996

"Handling Swimming Pool Cases in Product Liability", Law Reporter, August, 1992

"Bad Faith-General Principles and Plaintiff's Perspective", ALEP, Hamline University School of Law, March, 1992

"Swimming Pool and Diving Injuries", MTLA Magazine, Fall, 1991

Deposing the Out-of-State Defendant, MTLA Magazine, Sept./Oct., 1980

Representative Cases

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