Robert Bennett

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Civil Rights Attorney in Minneapolis, MN

Gaskins Bennett Birrell Schupp LLP
 | 333 South Seventh Street, Suite 3000
Minneapolis, MN 55402
Phone: 612-333-9500
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2003 - 2017
Licensed Since: 1976
Practice Areas:
  • Civil Rights (50%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (50%)
Attorney Profile

As a partner at the law firm of Gaskins Bennett Birrell Schupp LLP, Robert Bennett serves people throughout the state of Minnesota in matters regarding civil rights, police brutality and personal injury. When representing clients in cases involving motor vehicle and truck accidents, faulty products and other commercial disputes, Mr. Bennett has achieved many multimillion-dollar awards.

Mr. Bennett’s experience as a trial lawyer spans over three decades, and the National Board of Trial Advocacy and the Minnesota State Bar Association have certified him as a civil trial specialist. He is admitted to practice in Minnesota and Wyoming, as well as before the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin and the U.S. District Court for the District of North Dakota. He is also admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

At the University of Notre Dame, Mr. Bennett graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in 1973, and he went on to earn his Juris Doctor at the University of Minnesota Law School in 1976. He continues to stay abreast of advances in the profession as an active participant in the legal community, holding memberships with the American Bar Association, the Minnesota State Bar Association, the American Association for Justice, the Minnesota Association for Justice, the Wyoming State Bar and the American Board of Trial Advocates.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Civil Rights (50%)

Personal Injury - General (50%): Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Trucking Accidents

Focus Areas

Personal Injury - General: Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Trucking Accidents

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 15 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2003 - 2017

Certificates and Credentials

MSBA Board Certified Specialists

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About Robert Bennett

Admitted 1976, Minnesota

Professional Webpage: http://www.gaskinsbennett.com/attorneys/robert-bennett/

Honors and Awards:

  • “Attorneys of the Year”, Minnesota Lawyer, 2016
  • “Attorneys of the Year”, Minnesota Lawyer, 2014
  • “Attorneys of the Year”, Minnesota Lawyer, 2013
  • Circle of Excellence, Minnesota Lawyer, 2013
  • “Attorneys of the Year”, Minnesota Lawyer, 2008
  • “Attorneys of the Year”, Minnesota Lawyer, 2007
  • “Local Litigation Star”, Benchmark Plaintiff
  • “Super Lawyer”

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Civil Trial Specialist, Minnesota State Bar Association, 1989 – Present
  • Civil Trial Specialist, National Board of Trial Advocacy, 1989 – Present

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, District of North Dakota
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota
  • Wyoming
  • Minnesota
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, 2008 – Present
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers, 2005 – Present
  • Wyoming Bar Association
  • Minnesota Association for Justice
  • American Association for Justice
  • American Bar Association
  • Minnesota Bar Association

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

Verdicts and Settlements:

  • Plisner v. Sweeney, Fahey, Hanson and City of Little Canada, U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota (2007), Total Settlement (after winning partial summary judgment): $90,000
  • Keller v. Olmsted County, et. al., U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota (2008), Total Settlement: $225,000 plus payment of over $112,000 in medical bills
  • Besser v. Allstate, U. S. District Court, District of Minnesota (2009), Total Settlement:$250,000
  • Besser v. Owens, Carver County District Court, Minnesota (2008), Total Settlement: $250,000
  • Kearney v. Griffin, et al., United States District Court, District of Minnesota (2004), Total Settlement: $270,000
  • Morris v. Saint Paul, U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota (2011), Total Settlement: $270,000
  • Stockton v. Auren and Siedschlag, U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota (2008), Total Settlement: $280,000
  • Kelly v. Dakota County, U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota (2011), Total Settlement: $315,000
  • Karim El-Ghazzawy v. Berthiaume et al., U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota, 708 F. Supp. 2d 874, Eight Circuit Court of Appeals, 636 F.3d 452 (2011), Total Settlement: $325,000+
  • Pierce v. Isaacson, Wayne and City of Minnetonka, U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota (2002), Total Settlement: $320,000
  • Hagen v. Palmer, et al, .S. District Court, District of Minnesota (2003), Total Settlement: $327,000
  • Enlund v. Reynolds & City of Minneapolis, U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota (2001), Total Settlement: $330,000
  • Meir v. McCormick, U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota (2007)
  • Town v. Thelen, U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota (2007), Total Settlement: $365,000
  • King v. Turner, U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota (2007), Total Judgment: $447,000
  • Warner v. Valleau, U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota (2011), Total Settlement: $450,000
  • Gerdes v. Meyer, U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota (2009), Total Settlement: $475,000
  • Olson v. Cottingham, et al., U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota (1996), Total Settlement: $500,000
  • Martin v. Hennepin County Sheriff, U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota (2001), Total Settlement: $552,315
  • Barsch v. Siera, U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota (2009), Total Settlement: $695,000
  • Buelow v. DiIoia, et al., U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota (2000), Total Settlement: $800,000 (involved two plaintiffs – father/victim and daughter/victim/witness)
  • Feist v. Simonson, U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota (2000), Total Settlement: $900,000
  • McGerr v. Gordon S. and Pamela J. Jensen, Gordon R. Israelson, and Robert E. Cook Hennepin County District Court (2011), Total Settlement $918,000
  • Polley v. City of Minneapolis, U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota (2004), Total Settlement: $995,000
  • Russell v. Taylor, United States District Court, District of Minnesota (2011), Total Settlement: $1,000,000
  • Mische v. Sauro, et al., U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota (1994), Total Verdict: $1,050,000, including compensatory and punitive damages and attorney’s fees
  • Carlson v. Century Indemnity, et al., Carver County District Court, Minnesota and U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota, see Century Indemnity Co. v. Carlson, 133 F.2d 591 (8th Cir. 1998)
  • Baxter-Knutson v. Stearns County & MEnD Correctional Care, et al., U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota (2016), Total Settlement $1.45 million
  • Posthumus v. Brey, et al., Freeborn County District Court, Minnesota (2005), Total Verdict: $1.68 million
  • Sanville v. Scapardine, Pareek and Fleck, U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin (2002), Damages: $1.825 million, Total Verdict: $2.1 million
  • Chromulak v. Anoka County, et al., U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota (2005), Total Settlement: $1.9 million
  • Kucera v. Jespersen, et al., U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota (2014), Total Settlement $2 million
  • Forster & D’Heilly v. S.O.D., Hennepin County District Court, Minnesota (1990), Total Settlement: $2.5 million
  • Yang v. Chadbourne, U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota (2015), Total Settlement $2,850,000 million
  • Anonymous v. Anonymous, Hennepin County District Court (2011), Total Settlement: $3 million
  • Balandin v. Eagle, U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota (2003), Total Settlement: $3.05 million
  • Smith v. Gorman et al., U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota (2013), Total Settlement: $3.075 Million
  • J.A. v. B.B.R., Steele County District Court, Minnesota (1996), Total Settlement: $3.45 million
  • Dalglish v. Keener, Superior Court of Carroll County, Georgia (2003), Total Verdict: $4.5 million
  • Ngo v. Storlie, U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota (2007), Total Settlement: $4.5 million
  • Taylor v. Minneapolis Golf Club, Hennepin County District Court, Minnesota (2008), Total Settlement: $8+ Million
  • Robinson et al. v. Ramsey County et al., U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota (2010), Total Settlement: $15+ million
  • In re: Individual 35W Bridge Litigation, Hennepin County District Court, Minnesota (2010), Total Settlement: $54.2 million

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Benchmark Plaintiff - noted that “Robert Bennett has built his reputation as an exemplary trial lawyer on the back of the tens of millions of dollars he has recovered on behalf of his clients over the course of his 30-year career”

Educational Background:

  • University of Notre Dame, A.B., cum laude, 1973
Office Location for Robert Bennett

333 South Seventh Street
Suite 3000
Minneapolis, MN 55402

Phone: 612-333-9500

 

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Last Updated: 1/9/2017

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