Philip Sieff

Top rated Personal Injury attorney in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Robins Kaplan LLP
Philip Sieff
Robins Kaplan LLP

Practice Areas: Personal Injury, Products Liability; view more

Licensed in Minnesota since: 1985

Education: Hamline University School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2000 - 2023 Selected to Rising Stars: 1999

Robins Kaplan LLP

800 LaSalle Avenue
Suite 2800
Minneapolis, MN 55402 Visit website


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

Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff, Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff

Focus areas

Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death

  • 70% Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
  • 30% Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff

First Admitted: 1985, Minnesota

Professional Webpage:

  • Drake v. Ryan Agreements – Are they Safe? Minnesota Trial, Spring 2012
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • When Fire Strikes the Surgical Suite, Minnesota Lawyer, November 11, 2013
  • Wrongful Death Recoveries in the Era of the Modern Family, Attorney at Law Magazine, April 11, 2013
  • Aviation Issues Raised by the Asiana Airline Crash Trial, 2013
  • Minot, North Dakota, Train Derailment, February 25, 2002
  • Are You Getting The Most For Your Car Insurance Dollars? May 24, 1999
  • Methadone and Opiate Addiction: Is the Cure as Bad as the Disease? South Dakota Trial Lawyers Association, Larchwood, South Dakota, May 11, 2017
  • 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? Robins Kaplan Trial Advocacy Seminar, Minneapolis, Minnesota, October 13, 2016
  • Maximizing Damages Seminar, Minnesota Association for Justice, October 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
  • Lessons Learned: Red Lake Shooting, Minnesota Association for Justice, February 2013
  • Maximizing Wrongful Death Damages, Minnesota Association for Justice, 2012
  • Trials: How to Make or Break Your Case, Minnesota Attorney General’s Office, June 2011
  • Litigating Mass Tort Cases, Hispanic National Bar Association, Minneapolis, Minnesota, September 8-11, 2010
  • Physical Injuries, Loss of Physical Capabilities, Pain and Suffering, Minnesota State Bar Association, 2008
  • Subrogation Seminar, Minnesota Association for Justice, 2008
  • Advanced Expert Witness Deposition Tactics in Minnesota, National Business Institute, 2004
  • Advanced Legal Training Course - Personal Injury, NALS, The Association for Legal Professionals, 2003
  • The Evidence Factor - Spoliation of Evidence, Minnesota State Bar Association, 2003
  • The Holidazzle Parade Trial- An Examination, Minnesota Trial Lawyer Association Convention, 2002
  • Mold - Why Mold? Why Now? Evaluating the Case - A Reality Check, Minnesota State Bar Association, 2002
  • America's Top 100 High Stakes Litigators, America's Top 100 Attorneys, 2017
  • Top Rated Lawyer in Personal Injury Law, American Lawyer Media, 2013
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2012-2018
  • Voted a "Super Lawyer" of Minnesota Law by his Peers, since 2000
  • Recipient of the "Arthur von Briesen Award," National Legal Aid and Defender Association, 2010
  • Distinguished Alumni Award, Hamline University School of Law, 2011
  • Hamline University Law School, Hamline Law Review, Associate Member
  • North Star Lawyer, Minnesota State Bar Association, 2015- 2016
  • Minnesota's Best Lawyers, Best Lawyers in America Monthly, 2013
  • Litigation Star, Benchmark Litigation, 2013
  • Minnesota Super Lawyers Top 100, Super Lawyers, 2016 - 2018
  • Professional Excellence Award, Minnesota State Bar Association, 2009
  • Hamline University Law School, Alumni Board
  • Hamline University Law School, Hamline Law Review Symposium, Associate Editor-In-Chief
  • Elected to the American Board of Trial Advocates, Member, Minnesota Chapter, 2014
  • Minnesota's Best Lawyers, Best Lawyers in Minnesota Monthly, 2013
  • Minnesota Lawyer, Attorneys of the Year, 2008, 2016
  • Recipient of the second annual "Pro Bono Award", American Association for Justice, 2009
  • Recipient of the "Leadership & Service Award," Cornell College, 2012
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, Minnesota
  • Minnesota
Educational Background:
  • Cornell College, B.S.S., Politics, with distinction

Office location for Philip Sieff

800 LaSalle Avenue
Suite 2800
Minneapolis, MN 55402

Phone: 612-349-0106


24 Years Super Lawyers
1 Year Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2000 - 2023
  • Rising Stars: 1999

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