Nathan H. Bjerke

Nathan H. Bjerke

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Bloomington, MN

TSR Injury Law
 | 7760 France Avenue South, Suite 820
Bloomington, MN 55435
Phone: 952-767-3540
Fax: 952-835-8900
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2018
Selected to Rising Stars: 2006 - 2009, 2011
Licensed Since: 1996
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (50%),
  • Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff (50%)
Attorney Profile

Nate works tirelessly for people who have been seriously injured or killed due to the careless of others.  After spending the first 12 years of his career defending some of the biggest companies in the world in product liability cases across the country, Nate refocused his practice in 2008 and now represents plaintiffs exclusively. Nate has tried and won catastrophic personal injury cases across the United States, from Washington to Florida and California to Vermont.  

Since 2008, Nate has successfully represented injury victims in cases against corporate giants like Ford Motor Company, General Motors, Kia Motors, Kawasaki and Michelin.  

A large part of Nate's practice involves helping other lawyers who do not have the time or comfort level to try their clients' cases to juries.  Nate is frequently asked to step in and try cases just before trial.  

Nate is a passionate student of the technical issues involved in his clients' cases and methods for effectively telling his clients' stories.  Nate volunteers many days every year to teach other trial lawyers across the country what he has learned in lectures and workshops concerning trial practice, case story presentation, and technical medical and engineering issues.  

When not working, Nate spends time with his beautiful wife and three daughters.  

About Nathan Bjerke

Admitted: 1996, Minnesota

Professional Webpage: http://www.tsrinjurylaw.com/nate-bjerke-minnesota-personal-i...

Honors/Awards:

  • The Million Dollar Advocates Forum is recognized as one of the most presitgious groups of trial lawyers in the United States.  Membership is limited to attorneys who have won million dollar and mutli-million dollar verdicts, awards and settlements.  Fewer than 1% of U.S. lawyers are members.  , Member, Million Dollar Advocates Forum, 2014

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Admitted to State Bar of Wisconsin, 2007
  • Admitted to State Bar of California, 1998

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), 2016

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Nate served as a faculty member of the 2018 ABOTA "Masters of Trial Seminar." This course was a mock trial with hand-picked trial lawyers who demonstrated all areas of a trial.  Nate was asked to present a direct examination of an accident reconstruction expert.  , Presenter, ABOTA, 2018
  • In November 2014, Nate lectured to a group of trial lawyers concerning technical engineering and biomechanic aspects of lower energy crashes.  Specifically, Nate discussed some of the physics behind accident reconstruction and how to attack poorly developed and supported expert opinions.  , Presenter, 2014
  • In May 2014, Nate lectured to group of trial lawyers from across the Upper Midwest about his experience with mock trials and how to use the information gleaned from the mock jurors to tighten and tweak the message and themes presented at trial.  , Speaker, Minnesota Association For Justice, 2014

Verdicts/Settlements:

  • In the summer of 2018, Nate and his partner, Patrick Kranz, tried a case in Hennipen County for a young woman who was hit on 694 by an inattentive semi-truck driver. The young woman was permanently injured and her doctors say she needs lifetime care, including painful injection procedures in her neck and back. The trucking company's insurance carrier offered only $75,000 and after a five-day trial, the jury returned a verdict of $362,000 and finding the trucking company 100% responsible for the crash.  , 2018
  • In 2018, Nate represented a young girl who was injured at a daycare center shen she fell on a piece of playground equipment. The equipment did not meet national safety standards and as a result, the girl sustained a signficant brain injury. Nate settled the case for a confidential sum and an agreement by the center to retrofit all similar playground equipment to keep children safe. , 2018
  • In 2017, Nate tried a case for a woman in Blue Earth County who was permanently injured when a school bus ran a yield sign, causing a collision with the woman's car. The bus company's insurance carrier made a negligible offer before trial. The Blue Earth County jury returned a verdict with damages of nearly $500,000.00 inlcuding costs and interest. The trial court severly cut the damage award and Nate's team appealed the ruling. In 2018, the Minnesota Court of Appeals reversed the trial court, restoring full justice to the injured woman.  , 2017
  • After months of discovery and depositions of corporate witnesses, Nate built a case against a corporation that manufactured a truck with defective suspension components that failed and caused a truck to rollover, resulting in orthopedic and brain injuries to the driver.  A month before trial, Nate convinced the manufacturer of the truck to pay a significant but confidential sum to settle the case.  , 2014
  • Nate secured a confidential settlement for the family of a man who was killed on the job when the hydraulic system in a huge front end loader failed, causing the bucket to drop and release a load on top of the man who was working nearby.  The case settled at mediation for a confidential sum paid by the manufacturer of the front end loader. , 2014
  • Nate and his Texas co-counsel secured a significant settlement from Michelin for their client, a then 11 year old boy, who was suffered a serious brain injury after the SUV he was riding in rolled because a Michelin tire lost its tread.  The case settled for a confidential amount after suit was filed in Hennepin County.  , 2014
  • Nate tried a case in Washington County for a young woman who was rear-ended by a pickup truck on Highway 36. As a result of the crash, Nate’s client underwent a sacro-iliac joint fusion and later suffered from a debilitating condition called Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, or CRPS. After 6 days of trial, the jury returned a verdict of $1.1 million., 2013
  • Nate sued Kawasaki for his client who was injured when he fell off the back of a Kawasaki Jet Ski and was de-boweled by the jet wash.  The case settled after months of litigation for a confidential sum.  , 2012
  • Nate tried a case in Hennepin County for an injured couple in their sixties who were involved in a head-on car crash that resulted in multiple orthopedic injuries to both and a brain injury to the husband.  The insurance company's best offer before trial was $350,000.  The jury returned a net verdict of just over $4.1 million.  , 2012
  • Nate represented a woman who suffered a permanent neck injury that required surgery when a suspension component on her Ford Taurus failed and punctured her tire.  The case settled for a confidential sum during litigation.  , 2011
  • Nate represented the family of a woman who was killed when she was T-boned while driving a Kia Motors automobile because her side-airbag did not deploy.  The case settled for a confidential sum after Nate filed the lawsuit.  , 2011
  • A Ramsey County jury returned a verdict of nearly $300,000 to a man who was rear-ended and permanently injured his neck, resulting in multiple procedures called RFN to kill the nerves in his neck to lessen his pain. Nate took the case over on referral from another firm a month before trial when the insurance company’s highest offer was $40,000., 2011
  • A Ramsey County jury returned a verdict against Allstate for more than $525,000 to a woman who broke a bone in her back in a motorcycle crash. Allstate’s highest offer before trial was less than $100,000., 2011
  • A Ramsey County jury returned a gross verdict in a product liability case of over $425,000 to a woman whose hand was trapped in an after-hours depository at a local bank., 2011
  • Nate tried a case for a woman in her mid-‘50s who was t-boned at an intersection when the defendant ran a red light – although the defendant claimed her light was green. Nate’s client broke her knee cap. The insurance company’s highest pre-trial offer was $150,000 and the jury returned a verdict of roughly $850,000., 2010

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Educational Background:

  • J.D., University of Minnesota, cum laude, 1996
  • B.A., cum laude, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota, 1993

Industry Groups

  • AMERICAN BOARD OF TRIAL ADVOCATES
  • Minnesota Association For Justice
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
Office Location for Nathan H. Bjerke

7760 France Avenue South
Suite 820
Bloomington, MN 55435

 

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Last Updated: 11/14/2018

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