Brendan J. Flaherty

Top rated Products Liability attorney in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Brendan J. Flaherty

Practice Areas: Products Liability, Food & Drugs, Personal Injury; view more

Licensed in Minnesota since: 2003

Education: University of Minnesota Law School

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2020 - 2023 Selected to Rising Stars: 2010 - 2012, 2015 - 2017


800 Lasalle Ave
Suite 2260
Minneapolis, MN 55402 Visit website


Brendan J. Flaherty is an attorney at OFT Food Safety & Injury Lawyers in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Mr. Flaherty focuses his practice on personal injury and food safety matters, representing clients in Minneapolis and throughout Minnesota.

Mr. Flaherty also handles food poisoning and food safety cases nationwide.  He has successfully represented food poisoning victims sickened by botulism, Cyclospora, E. coli, food allergies, foreign object contamination, Hepatitis A, Norovirus, Salmonella, Shigellosis and Vibrio. In addition to his work on food poisoning cases,  Mr. Flaherty also handles bicycle accidents, car accidents, child injury, day care abuse, defective products, motorcycle accidents, pedestrian accidents, premises liability, product liability, truck accidents and wrongful death cases.

Over the course of his years in practice, Mr. Flaherty has recovered millions of dollars on behalf of individuals who have been injured or lost a family member due to unsafe food or catastrophic accidents. He has secured considerable verdicts and settlements in many noteworthy cases.

In addition to his law practice, Mr. Flaherty serves as an adjunct professor at Mitchell Hamline School of Law and in the University of Minnesota Law School practice and professionalism program. In recognition of his accomplishments within the legal profession, in 2014, Minnesota Lawyer magazine named him “Attorney of the Year.” He is also listed in the 2020 edition of “The Best Lawyers in America.”

Mr. Flaherty earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Grinnell College and received his law degree from the University of Minnesota Law School. He is admitted to practice in all Minnesota courts.

Practice areas

Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff, Food and Drugs, Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff

Focus areas

Animal Bites, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Trucking Accidents

  • 30% Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff
  • 40% Food and Drugs
  • 30% Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff

First Admitted: 2003, Minnesota

Professional Webpage:

  • Country’s top lawyers in the 2020 edition of “The Best Lawyers in America”
  • Minnesota Lawyer Rising Star
  • Brendan along with Fred Pritzker and Kelly McNabb were named among the 2014 Minnesota Lawyer Attorneys of the Year., Attorneys of the Year, Minnesota Lawyer, 2014
Educational Background:
  • Grinnell College, B.A., History, 1999
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Minnesota
  • OFT Law partners Brendan Flaherty and Ryan Osterholm taught a seminar on foodborne illness litigation through the Health Law Institute at Mitchell Hamline School of Law., 2019
  • Adjunct Clinical Professor, University of Minnesota Law School, 2011 to present
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • American Bar Association Annual Meeting, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section, "Foodborne Illness Litigation from the Plaintiff's and Defense Perspective", Presenter, 2014
  • Mitchell-Hamline School of Law, Adjunct Professor, “The Art and Science of Foodborne Illness Litigation”
  • University of Minnesota School of Law Practice and Professionalism Program, Adjunct Instructor
  • American Bar Association Annual Meeting, Criminal Justice Section Food Fraud Panel, Panelist, 2014
  • "Food Safety from Farm to Fork: Litigation Perspectives," ABA Section of Litigation Food and Supplements Subcommittee Roundtable, 2014
  • "Successful Negotiating Techniques," National Legal Aid & Defender, Student Legal Service Annual Conference, 2015
  • 2014 Minnesota Health Association Winter Convention, "Introduction to Foodborne Illness Litigation", Presenter, 2014
  • "Negligent Entrustment Claims in Trucking and Vehicle Claims," CLE Speaker, 2015
  • Pritzker Hageman partners Eric Hageman and Brendan Flaherty won a $6.5 million verdict in a landmark Salmonella case against a chicken processing company, Foster Poultry Farms (Foster Farms). Our client was a 5-year-old child who contracted Salmonella Heidelberg and, as a result, suffered brain damage. The case was tried in Arizona federal court (Craten v. Foster Farms, 2:15-cv-02587-DLR)., 2018
  • $7.55 million verdict in Hennepin County on behalf of a child who contracted an E. coli infection at a pumpkin patch/petting zoo. E.H. v. Dehn's Pumpkins, LLC, Hennepin County File # 27-CIV-14-17068., 2016
  • Confidential eight-figure settlement on behalf of seven families whose infants were injured or killed by a food product, 2014
Industry Groups:
  • Food Safety

Office location for Brendan J. Flaherty

800 Lasalle Ave
Suite 2260
Minneapolis, MN 55402

Phone: 888-925-7622


4 Years Super Lawyers
6 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2020 - 2023
  • Rising Stars: 2010 - 2012, 2015 - 2017

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Q: Can I Sue A Restaurant, Grocery Store, Or Food Company For Food Poisoning In Illinois?

A: Yes. If you are a victim of food poisoning, you can sue those responsible to recover money for medical expenses, lost time from work and pain and … See all answers by Brendan Flaherty

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