Robert Bennett

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 - 2016
Licensed Since: 1976
Practice Areas:
  • Civil Rights (50%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (50%)
Attorney Profile
In 35 years of trial work, Mr. Bennett has prevailed against tough opponents in tough cases. He has successfully litigated to verdict and settled claims against many police agencies on brutality claims; prosecuted catastrophic injury claims against auto and truck insurers, dram shop carriers and manufacturers of defective products; and provided aggressive representation to small and large businesses in litigation matters. He has successfully upheld his trial court results by appellate work before both federal and state appellate courts. Bob is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, was elected to the American Board of Trial Advocates, and is certified as a Civil Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy and as a Civil Trial Specialist by the Minnesota State Bar Association's Civil Litigation Section.

Certificates and Credentials

MSBA Board Certified Specialists

About Robert Bennett

Admitted 1976, Minnesota

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Honors and Awards:

  • Attorney of the year, Minnesota Lawyer, 2014
  • Circle of Excellence, Minnesota Lawyer, 2013
  • Attorney of the Year, Minnesota Lawyer, 2013
  • Attorney of the Year, Minnesota Lawyer, 2008
  • Attorney of the Year, Minnesota Lawyer, 2007

Verdicts and Settlements:

  • Yang v. Chadbourne U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota (2015) Total Settlement $2,850,000 million Police Brutality Case   Sagehorn v. Independent Sch. Dist. No. 728, et al U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota (2015) Total Settlement $425,000 First Amendment and Defamation Case  , 2015
  • U.S. District Court Kucera v. Jesperson et al- Negotiated a $2 millon settlement in wrongful death/ jail suicide case, 2014
  • Smith v. Gorman et al. U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota (2013) Total Settlement: $3.075 Million Federal civil rights wrongful death action on behalf of the next of kin of David Cornelius Smith, who died at the hands of two Minneapolis police officers.  Smith was a mentally ill man, who had committed no crime, but was acting bizarrely at the Minneapolis YMCA.  The officers arrived, a struggle ensued, and Smith was ultimately handcuffed and placed in the prone position with weight on his back for 4 1/2 minutes.  The officers failed to monitor his condition during the restraint, and Smith died from complications of mechanical asphyxiation.  This is the second highest payout for a police brutality case in Minneapolis history., 2013
  • Robinson et al. v. Ramsey County et al. U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota (2010) Total Settlement: $15+ million Achieved landmark success in a class action on behalf of inmates, who contracted TB while at the Ramsey County Correctional Facility. One of the most successful prosecutions of a TB outbreak against a correctional facility in United States history., 2010
  • Taylor v. Minneapolis Golf Club Hennepin County District Court, Minnesota (2008) Total Settlement: $8+ Million Robert Bennett and Andrew Noel represented the parents of Abigail Taylor in a wrongful death lawsuit arising out of severe injuries Abigail sustained while in the kiddie pool at the Minneapolis Golf Club on June 29, 2007. This historic result included both monetary and non-monetary components. The primary defendant, Minneapolis Golf Club, paid $8,000,000 and admitted that it was one of the parties responsible for Abigail’s death. The club was also required to fire the two managers most responsible for this tragedy. The other defendant, Sta-Rite Industries, paid a confidential settlement amount to the Taylors., 2008
  • Ngo v. Storlie U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota (2007) Total Settlement: $4.5 million Police shooting case, 2007
Office Location for Robert Bennett

333 South Seventh Street
Suite 3000
Minneapolis, MN 55402


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Last Updated: 12/9/2015

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