Philip Sieff

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Minneapolis, MN

Robins Kaplan LLP
 | 800 LaSalle Avenue, Suite 2800
Minneapolis, MN 55402
Phone: 612-349-0106
Fax: 612-339-4181
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2003 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1985
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (70%),
  • Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff (30%)
Attorney Profile

Focusing his practice on complex personal injury and wrongful death litigation, Philip Sieff is a partner at Minneapolis-based Robins Kaplan LLP. He provides aggressive representation to clients throughout the state and other parts of the Midwest who have suffered economic and noneconomic losses due to the negligence of other persons or entities. The types of cases that Mr. Sieff has handled have arisen out of incidents involving airplane crashes, motor vehicle accidents, medical malpractice, inadequate security and dram shop liability.

Mr. Sieff has received widespread recognition from his fellow professionals for both his successful track record and the ethical way in which he conducts his practice. This has included his receipt of an AV Preeminent* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell. Mr. Sieff has also been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America each year since 2012, and he has been named as one of America's Top 100 High Stakes Litigators by America's Top 100 Attorneys. Some of his representative successes have included a $15.4 million settlement for a man who suffered third-degree burns in an industrial accident and a $25 million settlement for the surviving family members who lost their loved ones in an airplane crash that killed then-Sen. Paul Wellstone.

Mr. Sieff attended Cornell University as an undergraduate, and he received a Bachelor of Special Studies in politics with distinction in 1982. His legal education came from what was then known as Mitchell Hamline School of Law, where he was a member of the Hamline Law Review before being awarded his Juris Doctor cum laude in 1985. Admitted to practice before all Minnesota state courts, Mr. Sieff is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota and the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Personal Injury - General (70%): Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death

Personal Injury - Products (30%)

Focus Areas

Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death


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Super Lawyers: 2003 - 2019

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About Philip Sieff

Admitted: 1985, Minnesota

Professional Webpage:


  • Hamline University Law School, Alumni Board
  • Distinguished Alumni Award, Hamline University School of Law, 2011
  • Recipient of the "Leadership & Service Award," Cornell College, 2012
  • Professional Excellence Award, Minnesota State Bar Association, 2009
  • Recipient of the "Arthur von Briesen Award," National Legal Aid and Defender Association, 2010
  • Recipient of the second annual "Pro Bono Award", American Association for Justice, 2009
  • Minnesota Super Lawyers Top 100, Super Lawyers, 2016 - 2018
  • Voted a "Super Lawyer" of Minnesota Law by his Peers, since 2000
  • Minnesota Lawyer, Attorneys of the Year, 2008, 2016
  • Litigation Star, Benchmark Litigation, 2013
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2012-2018
  • Minnesota's Best Lawyers, Best Lawyers in America Monthly, 2013
  • Minnesota's Best Lawyers, Best Lawyers in Minnesota Monthly, 2013
  • Top Rated Lawyer in Personal Injury Law, American Lawyer Media, 2013
  • Elected to the American Board of Trial Advocates, Member, Minnesota Chapter, 2014
  • North Star Lawyer, Minnesota State Bar Association, 2015- 2016
  • America's Top 100 High Stakes Litigators, America's Top 100 Attorneys, 2017
  • Hamline University Law School, Hamline Law Review Symposium, Associate Editor-In-Chief
  • Hamline University Law School, Hamline Law Review, Associate Member

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, Minnesota
  • Minnesota

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Mold - Why Mold? Why Now? Evaluating the Case - A Reality Check, Minnesota State Bar Association, 2002
  • The Holidazzle Parade Trial- An Examination, Minnesota Trial Lawyer Association Convention, 2002
  • The Evidence Factor - Spoliation of Evidence, Minnesota State Bar Association, 2003
  • Advanced Legal Training Course - Personal Injury, NALS, The Association for Legal Professionals, 2003
  • Advanced Expert Witness Deposition Tactics in Minnesota, National Business Institute, 2004
  • Subrogation Seminar, Minnesota Association for Justice, 2008
  • Physical Injuries, Loss of Physical Capabilities, Pain and Suffering, Minnesota State Bar Association, 2008
  • Litigating Mass Tort Cases, Hispanic National Bar Association, Minneapolis, Minnesota, September 8-11, 2010
  • Trials: How to Make or Break Your Case, Minnesota Attorney General’s Office, June 2011
  • Maximizing Wrongful Death Damages, Minnesota Association for Justice, 2012
  • Lessons Learned: Red Lake Shooting, Minnesota Association for Justice, February 2013
  • Representing People of Color: Lessons Learned from The Red Lake School Shooting, The I-35W Bridge Collapse, and other Catastrophic Events, North Dakota Association for Justice, May 2013
  • Maximizing Damages Seminar, Minnesota Association for Justice, October 2013
  • Methadone and Opiate Addiction: Is the Cure as Bad as the Disease? Robins Kaplan Trial Advocacy Seminar, Minneapolis, Minnesota, October 13, 2016
  • The I-35W Bridge, University of Minnesota Law School, Minneapolis, Minnesota, November 16, 2016
  • Methadone and Opiate Addiction: Is the Cure as Bad as the Disease? South Dakota Trial Lawyers Association, Larchwood, South Dakota, May 11, 2017
  • Are You Getting The Most For Your Car Insurance Dollars? May 24, 1999
  • Minot, North Dakota, Train Derailment, February 25, 2002
  • Aviation Issues Raised by the Asiana Airline Crash Trial, 2013
  • Wrongful Death Recoveries in the Era of the Modern Family, Attorney at Law Magazine, April 11, 2013
  • When Fire Strikes the Surgical Suite, Minnesota Lawyer, November 11, 2013


  • Drake v. Ryan Agreements – Are they Safe? Minnesota Trial, Spring 2012

Educational Background:

  • Cornell College, B.S.S., Politics, with distinction
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Office Location for Philip Sieff

800 LaSalle Avenue
Suite 2800
Minneapolis, MN 55402

Phone: 612-349-0106

Fax: 612-339-4181

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Last Updated: 1/10/2019

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