Brandon Vaughn

Top rated personal injury attorney in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Robins Kaplan LLP
Brandon Vaughn
Robins Kaplan LLP

Practice Areas: Personal injury, Medical malpractice, Products liability; view more

Licensed in Minnesota since: 2008

Education: University of Wisconsin Law School

Selected to Rising Stars: 2013 - 2018, 2023
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Robins Kaplan LLP

800 LaSalle Avenue
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A partner at Robins Kaplan LLP , 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

Personal injury - general: plaintiff, Personal injury - medical malpractice: plaintiff, Personal injury - products: plaintiff

Focus areas

Animal bites, Assault, Motor vehicle accidents, Wrongful death, Premises liability - plaintiff, Medical malpractice, Birth injury, Delayed or incorrect diagnosis

First Admitted: 2008, Minnesota

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Educational Background:
  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, B.A., English, 2005, 2005
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Mentor, Bolder Options, 2015
  • Volunteer Lawyers Network Advocates for Human Rights, 2021
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Webinar on best practices in drafting legal pleadings, Speaker, Pleadings Best Practices, American Bar Association, Legal, 2016
  • Training on how to effectively prepare and use experts in personal injury and medical malpractice cases., Speaker, Expert Witness Seminar, Minnesota Association for Justice Center for Legal Education, Legal, 2020
  • A conversation about the impact world events have on diverse communities in the work place and how those events impact ethical considerations in the practice., Speaker, Ethic:Insights about Race, Stress, and Professional Responsibility, 2020 Criminal Justice Institute, Legal, 2020
  • Discussion with law students about a day in the life in Big Law and what to expect while practicing in a large law firm., Speaker, Big Law 101: What It Is & What to Expect, National Black Law Student Association, Law Students, 2021
  • Speaking to bar leaders about how to develop a diverse and inclusive environment in the office and the profession generally., Speaker, Diversity and Working Through Diverse, Hennepin County Bar Association, Legal Industry, 2021
  • Advice to new lawyers about what partnership is like in a law firm., Speaker, What is Partnership Really Like, Hennepin County Bar Association and Minnesota State Bar Association, Legal, 2018
  • Article about how to effectively screen prospective jurors before and during jury selection., Author, Screening the Jury Pool, American Association for Justice, Legal, 2016
  • White Partner, Black Associate: How They Made Mentoring Meaningful, February 15, 2016, Author, White Partner, Black Associate: How They Made Mentoring Meaningful, 2016
  • Guest Lecturer, Just the Beginning Foundation, Summer Legal Institute
  • Guest Speaker, 100 Strong Who Care, Minneapolis Public Schools
  • 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, 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
  • One million dollar settlement for a Wisconsin family for claims stemming from a Wisconsin crash when a semitruck blew a stop sign and pulled out in front of a husband and wife as they were traveling home from a camping trip. The husband was killed in the crash and the wife sustained serious injuries., 2020
  • In May 2017, obtained a jury verdict of more than $2 million in St. Paul, Minnesota, for a young woman who developed compartment syndrome in the hospital that went undiagnosed and untreated after the placement of an intraosseous line in her leg. Because the compartment syndrome went untreated, the woman experienced permanent nerve damage leading to a permanent foot drop. The woman now has difficulty with mobility and is required to wear a foot brace to help her with walking.  , 2017
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation, 2021
  • , "Diversity and Inclusion Award," , Minnesota Lawyer, 2021
  • , "Most Influential Black Lawyer," , Savoy Magazine, 2022
  • , Listed in “Lawdragon 500 Leading Plaintiff Consumer Lawyers in America" , Lawdragon, 2022
  • , Named a "Notable Partner in Law," , Twin Cities Business, 2022
  • Diversity Leader, Profiles in Diversity Journal, 2019
  • , Lawyers of Color's Nations Best List, Lawyers of Color's Nation's Best List, 2019
  • , The Best Lawyers in America, Best Lawyers in America, 2021
  • Shortlisted for Diversity and Inclusion Lawyer of the Year, Chambers, 2021
  • Up and Coming Attorney, Minnesota Lawyer, 2016
  • North Star Lawyer, Minnesota State Bar Association, 2020
  • Minnesota Rising Star, Super Lawyers, 2018
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • President (2021-2022) , President- Elect (2020-2021) Treasurer, (2019-2020), Secretary (2018-2019)  Board of Directors (2014-2018), Hennepin County Bar Association, 2022
  • Chair, Hiring Committee, Robins Kaplan, 2019
  • Secretary, Hennepin County Bar Association, 2018-Present, 2018
  • Co-Chair, Diversity Committee, Robins Kaplan, 2017
  • Executive Board, Minnesota Association for Justice , 2021
  • Board Member, Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers, 2010-2012, 2010
  • Member, Finance and Planning Committee, Hennepin County Bar Association, 2012-Present, 2022
  • American Association for Justice. Membership Outreach Committee, Diversity Committee, 2022
  • Member, Elections and Appointment Committee, Minnesota State Bar Association, 2014-2015, 2015
  • Vice-Chair, (2018-2019) Secretary, Young Lawyers Division, National Bar Association, 2016-Present, 2019
  • 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

Office location for Brandon Vaughn

800 LaSalle Avenue
Suite 2800
Minneapolis, MN 55402

Phone: 612-349-0170


7 Years Rising Stars
  • Rising Stars: 2013 - 2018, 2023

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