Michael R. Strom

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Products Liability Attorney in Eagan, MN

Sieben Polk, P.A.
 | Eagan Woods Office Center, 2600 Eagan Woods Dr. Ste. 50
Eagan, MN 55121
Phone: 651-304-3230
Fax: 651-437-2732
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1985
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff (80%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (10%),
  • Appellate (10%)
Attorney Profile

Mike Strom is the President and Managing Partner of Sieben Polk, and has been a trial lawyer with the firm since 1985. He is a certified Civil Trial Specialist by the Minnesota State Bar Association, and has obtained several recoveries for his clients in excess of one million dollars.  He has represented Plaintiffs in Minnesota’s four largest recoveries in asbestos personal injury claims. His eight million dollar verdict on behalf of a Koch Refinery employee in 2001 stands as the largest asbestos verdict in Minnesota history. In March of 2008, he obtained a 4.6 million dollar damage award on behalf of an NSP pipefitter. In 2014, he was part of the trial team that obtained a $4.5 million award on behalf of a Taconite Harbor laborer.  In addition to toxic torts, Mr. Strom focuses his practice in the area of complex products liability, premises liability, and general personal injury. He has been a partner and shareholder of the firm for many years.

In addition to his extensive trial practice, Mr. Strom heads the firm’s appellate department, and recently defeated asbestos product manufacturer John Crane’s appeal of a $3,689,193.00 judgment in Newinski v. John Crane, Inc., WL 1752011 (Minn. Ct. App. June 23, 2009), rev. denied, (Minn. Sept. 16, 2009). Mr. Strom had previously tried the case to a Ramsey County jury in March of 2008. The jury returned a verdict for $4,611,492.00, and had determined that Crane was responsible for 55%. Mr. Strom successfully argued in post-trial motions that Crane was jointly and severally liable for 80% of the verdict under Minnesota law, raising Crane’s liability from $2,536,320.60 to $3,689,193.00, an increase of $1,152,872.40 for his clients. 

Mr. Strom also argued successfully on behalf of the Plaintiff in the Minnesota Supreme Court’s landmark decision of Gray v. Badger Mining Co., 676 N.W. 2d 268 (Minn. 2004). The decision overruled a Court of Appeals decision that would have deprived injured workers from recovering damages against manufacturers of defective products if the worker’s employer knew of the product’s dangers. 

Mr. Strom’s accomplishments have led to his being honored for many years as a “Super Lawyer” by Minnesota Law & Politics, Twin Cities Business Monthly, and Mpls St. Paul Magazine. Mr. Strom has been voted a “Top 100” Super Lawyer six times, including 2014, placing him in the top one percent of Minnesota attorneys as ranked by his peers. He has also been repeatedly recognized as one of Minnesota’s “Top 40” Plaintiff personal injury attorneys by Minnesota Super Lawyers. For the past three years, he has also been selected as one of the “Best Lawyers in America.”  He is a MSBA Board Certified Civil Trial Specialist and has further obtained an AV attorney ranking in Martindale Hubbell, the highest ranking available from that publication.  Finally, Mr. Strom received a perfect 5.0 peer rating from lawyers.com. 

Mr. Strom recently served on the Products Liability subcommittee assigned to assist the District Court Judges Association in drafting Minnesota’s newest civil jury instruction guide, the purpose of which is to assist trial courts and practitioners in properly advising jurors of the law applicable to the case before them.  He had previously served on the General Law subcommittee for the previous edition of the guide. 

In addition to presenting continuing legal educational programs to fellow attorneys, Mr. Strom served from 2001 to 2009 as an adjunct professor at the William Mitchell College of Law teaching first year law students legal research, writing, and analysis. He has also contributed materials to publications of the Minnesota Association for Justice, and served for many years on the prestigious Amicus Committee 

Mr. Strom is frequently asked by other attorneys to serve as a case arbitrator, and is a certified neutral of the American Arbitration Association. He further serves as an arbitrator of asbestos claims for the Eagle-Picher Industries Personal Injury Settlement Trust, and routinely serves as a case evaluator for other attorneys through the MAJ case evaluation service. 

Mr. Strom is an honors graduate of the University of Minnesota Law School, and completed his undergraduate training at Carleton College, where he was elected a member of Phi Beta Kappa and graduated Magna Cum Laude. He has been a member of the Minnesota State Bar since October of 1985, and is currently licensed to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota, and Minnesota’s state court system. He has also been admitted to practice pro hac vice to litigate cases in the state and federal courts in Ohio, and also Wisconsin. 

In addition to serving as a Master and membership committee co-chair of the Warren E. Burger Inn of Court, Mr. Strom is a member of the Minnesota State Bar Association, the Minnesota Association for Justice, and the American Association for Justice. 

Mike Strom is a lifelong Minnesotan, and lives with his wife Pamela and two children in Eagan.

 

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Personal Injury - Products (80%): Products Liability

Personal Injury - General (10%): Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death

Appellate (10%)

Focus Areas

Products Liability, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 16 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2019

Certificates and Credentials

MSBA Board Certified Specialists

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About Michael Strom

Admitted: 1985, Minnesota

Professional Webpage: https://www.siebenpolklaw.com/About/Michael-R-Strom.shtml

Honors/Awards:

  • AV-Rated, Martindale Hubbell
  • Top 100 Super Lawyer, Top 40 Plaintiff Personal Injury Attorney, Minnesota Law & Politics, Twin Cities Business Monthly, and Mpls. St. Paul Magazine

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Certified Civil Trial Srecialist by Minnesota State Bar Association, and Certified neutral by the American Arbitration Association  

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1990
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit, 1989
  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota, 1986
  • Minnesota, 1985
  • Co-Chair, Membership Committee, Warren G. Burger Inns of Court, St. Paul, Minnesota
  • American Association for Justice
  • Minnesota Association for Justice
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Master, Warren E. Burger Inn of Court

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Minnesota's New Jury Instruction Guides: The Substance and the Process, MTLA Magazine, Spring, 2007
  • Adjunct Professor, William Mitchell College of Law, 2001 - 2009
  • Evidence, Experts, and Hearsay in the Courtroom, NBI Seminars, March 2007 and April 2008
  • Scientific and Expert Testimony in Federal and Minnesota State Courts, NBI Seminars, March 2007, Updated 2008

Verdicts/Settlements:

  • Mr. Strom and partner Chad Alexander recovered over $635,000 on behalf of mesothelioma victim who had worked as a mechanic at service station from 1961-77. Client's chief exposure was to asbestos-containing friction materials. , 2014
  • Mr. Strom and partner Chad Alexander recovered over $1.4 million for laborer and pump mechanic at Butler Taconite and National Steel Pellet in Nashuwauk and Keewatin, Minnesota. Client suffered from malignant mesothelioma., 2014
  • Obtained $4,516,250.00 verdict with Patrick DeBlase of DeBlase, Brown, Eyerly on behalf of accountant who contracted mesothelioma as a result of asbestos exposure at taconite plant. Client worked for just four months at the plant, working as a laborer to earn college money in 1957. Client recalled cutting, mixing, and handling pipe covering and asbestos muds. Partner Chad Alexander also served on trial team.  , 2014
  • Obtained over $2.5 million in settlement for farmer who had earlier been exposed to asbestos while working as a union pipefitter. The client contracted mesothelioma, an asbestos-related cancer of the lining of the lung. The case settled shortly before trial following the trial court's denial of Defendants' motions for summary judgment., 2013
  • Mr. Strom and partner Chad Alexander successfully negotiated pre-suit settlement of over $2 million on behalf of plastics worker suffering from mesothelioma, who was exposed to asbestos from molding compounds in the 1970s., 2012
  • Mr. Strom and partner Chad Alexander secured over $2 million for airline mechanic, who had contracted mesothelioma as a result of on the job asbestos exposure. Plaintiff identified asbestos used within aircraft engines manufactured by several different defendants, as well as asbestos used within the airframe and standard airline maintenance materials., 2012
  • Recovered settlements totaling over $1.16 million for commercial estimator suffering from mesothelioma. Plaintiff’s only known asbestos exposure occurred when he would visit construction sites to take measurements for industrial steel railings, stairways, and walkways fabricated by his employer. , 2011
  • Negotiated multi-defendant settlement in excess of $1.8 million on behalf of nursery and greenhouse owner/operator suffering from mesothelioma. The Plaintiff was exposed to asbestos from a variety of materials used on the job, including asbestos boiler insulation, gaskets, transite sheets, and agricultural grade vermiculte., 2011
  • Recovered over $1 million dollars for retired railroad worker who contracted mesothelioma as a result of exposure to asbestos early in his career during steam locomotive overhauls. The Plaintiff was also exposed to asbestos during the original construction of a taconite plant on Minnesota’s Iron Range., 2011
  • Wrongful death suit on behalf of office worker, whose only known asbestos exposure occurred when she was in high school. Her father operated a rural school bus line and replaced bus brakes. Plaintiff was exposed to asbestos visiting her father after school at the bus maintenance garage located next door to family home, and contracted mesothelioma just before her fiftieth birthday. Claim ultimately settled for just over $1 million., 2010
  •   Represented Plaintiffs in two companion cases arising out of asbestos exposure at a Minnesota refinery during the 1960s and 70s. First Plaintiff was a pump mechanic exposed to asbestos from internal gasket and packing material that he routinely scraped and sanded during pump maintenance, which ultimately resulted in him contracting mesothelioma. Second Plaintiff was the spouse of another pump mechanic, who was exposed to asbestos brought home on her husband’s clothing as a result of his asbestos work. Both cases culminated in settlements in excess of $1 million.  , 2010
  • Obtained over $1.05 million in wrongful death suit brought on behalf of brazier in aeronautics industry. Plaintiff contracted mesothelioma as a result of asbestos released from transite panels that he routinely abraded in performing his duties., 2009
  • Obtained several recoveries for his clients in excess of one million dollars and has represented plaintiffs in Minnesota’s three largest recoveries in asbestos personal injury claims. His eight million dollar verdict on behalf of a Koch Refinery employee in 2001 stands as the largest asbestos verdict in Minnesota history. In March of 2008, he obtained a 4.6 million dollar damage award on behalf of an NSP pipefitter. Mr. Strom also heads the firm’s appellate department, and successfully defended that verdict on appeal in Newinski v. John Crane, inc., WL 1752011, Minn. Ct. App. June 23, 2009, rev. denied, Minn. Sept. 16, 2009. The jury had returned a verdict for $4,611,492.00, and had determined that Crane was responsible for 55%. Mr. Strom successfully argued in post-trial motions and on appeal that Crane was jointly and severally liable for 80% of the verdict under Minnesota law. The rulings increased Crane's liability from $2,536,320.60 to $3,689,193.00, an increase of $1,152,872.40 for his clients
  • Ind. School Dist. 622 v. Keene Corp., 511 N.W. 2d 728, Minn. 1994; Minnesota Supreme Court affirmed $820,750.00 compensatory damages verdict against asbestos manufacturer for cost of removing asbestos fireproofing from Tartan high school in Oakdale, Minnesota. Court rejected manufacturer's claim that was entitled to comparative fault finding against other settled entities not at trial
  • Swanson v. Timesavers, et al., 1997 WL 104917, Minn. Ct. App. March 11, 1997; Court of Appeals affirmed $766,000.00 verdict in favor of employee who lost two fingers in an industrial sander. Court rejected assertions that employee assumed the risk, that no manufacturing defect existed in the sander, and that co-employee was not grossly negligent
  • Doten v. ACandS, Inc., et al., 1997 WL 118248, Minn. Ct. App. Mar. 18, 1997; Court of Appeals affirmed $1.5 Million verdict against in asbestos personal injury case, including $ 500,000.00 punitive damage award against Owens Corning Fiberglas

Representative Clients:

  • Keene Corp. v. Cass, 908 F. 2d 293, 8th Cir. 1990
  • Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota v. Royal Insurance Co., 517 N.W. 2d 888, Minn. 1994
  • Dodge v. Jose's American Grill, 1995 WL 25209, Minn. Ct. App. Jan. 24, 1995
  • Gray v. Badger Mining Corp., 676 N.W. 2d 268, Minn. 2004

Educational Background:

  • Carleton College, Northfield, Minnesota, B.A., 1982

Industry Groups

  • Mesothelioma And Asbestos Litigation
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Office Location for Michael R. Strom

Eagan Woods Office Center
2600 Eagan Woods Dr. Ste. 50
Eagan, MN 55121

Phone: 651-304-3230

Fax: 651-437-2732

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Last Updated: 1/24/2019

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