Brandon E. Vaughn

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Medical Malpractice Attorney in Minneapolis, MN

Robins Kaplan LLP
 | 800 LaSalle Avenue, Suite 2800
Minneapolis, MN 55402
Phone: 888-388-7261
Fax: 612-339-4181
Selected To Rising Stars: 2013 - 2018
Licensed Since: 2008
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (40%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (50%),
  • Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff (10%)
    Attorney Profile

    A principal attorney at Robins Kaplan LLP and the co-chair of the firm's Diversity Committee, Brandon E. Vaughn focuses his practice almost exclusively on personal injury and wrongful death litigation, with a heavy emphasis on cases arising out of medical malpractice. In addition, he provides pro bono services to clients in need of immigration or family law advice and counsel but who are unable to afford an attorney. Admitted to practice before all Minnesota and Wisconsin state courts, Mr. Vaughn is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota and the U.S. District Court for the District of North Dakota. He is located in the firm's Minneapolis office.

    With a major in English and a minor in political science, Mr. Vaughn attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and he received a Bachelor of Arts in 2005. He then enrolled at the University of Wisconsin Law School, where he participated in the Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition before being awarded his Juris Doctor in 2008. While in law school, Mr. Vaughn was a summer associate at Robins Kaplan LLP, and he joined the firm full time after his graduation.

    Mr. Vaughn has been instrumental in obtaining many high-value settlements and jury awards on behalf of his plaintiff clients. Some of his representative successes have included a $6 million wrongful death settlement for the surviving family members of a young mother who was hit by a distracted motorist while she was riding her bike on a country highway. In another case that involved hospital negligence, Mr. Vaughn obtained a $4.5 million settlement for a newborn who incurred permanent brain damage. His professional affiliations include the Minnesota Association for Justice and the Hennepin County Bar Association.

    Practice Areas
    • 40%Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff
    • 50%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
    • 10%Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff
    Focus Areas

    Medical Malpractice, Birth Injury, Delayed or Incorrect Diagnosis, Animal Bites, Assault, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Personal Injury - Defense, Products Liability


    top-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 6 years

    Rising Stars: 2013 - 2018

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    About Brandon Vaughn

    Admitted: 2008, Minnesota

    Professional Webpage:


    • Fellow, American Bar Foundation 
    • “Up and Coming Attorney”, Minnesota Lawyer, 2016
    • North Star Lawyer, Minnesota State Bar Association, 2013
    •  “Minnesota Rising Star,” Super Lawyers, 2013-2018

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Treasurer, Hennepin County Bar Association  Secretary, Hennepin County Bar Association (2018-2019) Member, Board of Directors, Hennepin County Bar Association, (2014-2018)
    • Chair, Hiring Committee, Robins Kaplan, 2019
    • Wisconsin
    • Secretary, Hennepin County Bar Association, 2018-Present
    • Co-Chair, Diversity Committee, Robins Kaplan
    • Member, Minnesota Association for Justice 
    • Board Member, Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers, 2010-2012
    • Member, Finance and Planning Committee, Hennepin County Bar Association, 2012-Present
    • Minnesota
    • Member, American Association for Justice 
    • Member, Elections and Appointment Committee, Minnesota State Bar Association, 2014-2015
    • Secretary, Young Lawyers Division, National Bar Association, 2016-Present
    • U.S. District Court, Minnesota
    • Member, American Bar Association 
    • Assembly Member, Minnesota State Bar Association, 2014-2015
    • Member, Young Lawyers Board, Twin Cities Diversity in Practice, 2011-Present

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Mentor, Bolder Options

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Pleadings Best Practices, American Bar Association, Webinar, December 5, 2016
    • Guest Lecturer, Just the Beginning Foundation, Summer Legal Institute
    • Guest Speaker, 100 Strong Who Care, Minneapolis Public Schools
    • Screening the Jury Pool, American Association for Justice, September 1, 2016
    • White Partner, Black Associate: How They Made Mentoring Meaningful, February 15, 2016
    • Hospital “Never Events”: Retained Surgical Instruments and the Legal Consequences Attorney at Law, July 17, 2013
    • Understanding a Team Approach to Medical Malpractice Cases, Attorney at Law, December 2012
    • The Robins Justice Report, Vol. 7, No. 3, Fall 2013
    • The Robins Justice Report, Vol. 6, No. 2, Fall 2012
    • The Robins Justice Report, Vol. 6, No. 1, Spring 2012, Updated in April 2013
    • The Robins Justice Report, Vol. 5, No. 1, Spring 2011, Updated in April 2013
    • The Robins Justice Report, Vol. 4, No. 1, Summer 2010, updated in April 2013
    • Speaker, What is Partnership Really Like?, HCBA and MSBA New Lawyers Sections, Minneapolis, Minnesota, April 12, 2018
    • Speaker, Job Panel for 2Ls and 3Ls, Minnesota Affinity Bar Legal Career & Networking Symposium, Minneapolis, Minnesota, February 21, 2018
    • Speaker, Technology in the Courtroom, Anoka County Bar Association, Anoka, Minnesota, February 1, 2018
    • Speaker, Cross-Examination, Including Expert Witnesses: How to Trap A Mouse!, NBA Civil Trial Advocacy Boot Camp, July 29, 2017
    • Speaker, This Summer and Beyond Affinity Bars, Affinity Bars Student Job Symposium, Minneapolis, Minnesota, March 21, 2017
    • Speaker, The “Do Over” I Really Wish I Had Chart Your Own Career Course Conference, Orlando, Florida, February 4, 2017
    • Speaker, Candid Advice for New Lawyers Minnesota CLE, Minneapolis, Minnesota, January 20, 2017
    • Speaker, Civil Rights: The March Continues – Commemorating VLN’s 50 Years of Service to the Community, Volunteer Lawyers Network, Minneapolis, Minnesota, June 15, 2016
    • Speaker, Cyber Wars: Strategies and Developments in the Discovery of Social Media Content, Panel Moderator, Robins Kaplan LLP Trial Advocacy Seminar, Minneapolis, Minnesota, October 6, 2015
    • Speaker, Lawyers on Nonprofit Boards: Roles and Responsibilities; Exposures and Opportunities, Hennepin County Bar Association, Minneapolis, Minnesota, February 27, 2014
    • Speaker, Justice in 2013: Top Trial Court Outcomes of 2013, Minnesota Association for Justice, Minneapolis, Minnesota, December 5, 2013
    • Speaker, Once an Adult, Twice a Child: Protecting Elderly from Abuse & Financial Exploitation, The National Center for Victims of Crime 2013 National Conference, Phoenix, Arizona, September 9, 2013
    • Panelist, Advantages of Adaptive Leadership: Essential Tools for Lawyer Leaders, Webcast, Hennepin County Bar Association, November 16, 2012
    • Speaker, Nothing is lost (but sometimes hidden) in Cyberspace: The Role of Social Media and Social Networking Sites in Litigation, Minnesota Association for Justice, Alexandria, Minnesota, August 17, 2012
    • Speaker, Notice Early and Often: How to Ethically Balance Clients Needs and Medicare's Wants MAJ Center for Legal Education, Minneapolis, Minnesota, November 29, 2011
    • Speaker, Why Should a Health Lawyer Care if Proposed Medical Malpractice Reform Hurts Trial Lawyers and Muzzles the Jury, 2011 Health Law Institute, Minneapolis, Minnesota, June 9, 2011
    • Speaker, Medicare/Medicaid Seminar, 2011 AAJ Winter Convention, Loews Miami Beach Hotel, Miami, Florida, February 8, 2011
    • Speaker, Pro Bono Project: Representation of Guardian Ad Litem in High Profile Case 2010 Medical Malpractice Conference, University of Minnesota Law School, Minneapolis, Minnesota April 22, 2010


    • Client v. Gene Kirkpatrick

    Educational Background:

    • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, B.A., English, 2005
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    800 LaSalle Avenue
    Suite 2800
    Minneapolis, MN 55402

    Phone: 888-388-7261

    Fax: 612-339-4181

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