Robert Bennett

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Civil Rights Attorney in Minneapolis, MN

Robins Kaplan LLP
 | 800 LaSalle Avenue, Suite 2800
Minneapolis, MN 55402
Phone: 612-349-8500
Fax: 612-339-4181
Selected To Super Lawyers: 1994, 1996 - 1998, 2000 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1976
Practice Areas:
  • Civil Rights (50%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (50%)
    Attorney Profile

    Attorney Robert Bennett is a partner with Robins Kaplan LLP law firm in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Representing the rights and interests of a diverse range of clients throughout the greater Twin Cities metro area and all across the nation, Mr. Bennett provides exceptional advocacy and support to those who have pressing civil legal challenges involving any of the following:

    · Civil rights law

    · Police misconduct and brutality

    · Auto and truck accidents

    · Product liability cases

    · Commercial disputes

    Among his impressive list of legal credentials, Mr. Bennett holds his certification as a Civil Trial Specialist from the National Board of Trial Advocacy and the Minnesota State Bar Association. A top-rated, award-winning trial advocate with more than 43 years of legal experience, he has achieved significant success fighting on behalf of his plaintiff clients in state and federal courts across his region and throughout the country, and he has secured millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts for those he has served.

    Honored for his impeccable professionalism and outstanding legal abilities, Mr. Bennett has earned the Attorney of the Year award from Minnesota Lawyer magazine for several years, and he has earned the position of Fellow with the American College of Trial Lawyers. He has also accepted an invitation to join the prestigious American Board of Trial Advocates, and he has received numerous testimonials and referrals from his satisfied clients.

    A 1973 cum laude graduate of the University of Notre Dame, Mr. Bennett obtained his Juris Doctor from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1976. He holds his admission to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Districts of Minnesota, North Dakota and the Eastern District of Wisconsin, as well as before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th, 8th, 11th, and Federal Circuits and the U.S. Supreme Court.

    Highly active in his legal community, Mr. Bennett is a member of the Minnesota State Bar Association, the American Bar Association and the American and Minnesota Association for Justice, among his other professional affiliations. He has also been featured in several local and national television and radio news outlets, where he has offered in-depth legal commentary on a variety of topics.

     
    Practice Areas
    • 50%Civil Rights
    • 50%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
    Focus Areas

    Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Trucking Accidents

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    Super Lawyers: 1994, 1996 - 1998, 2000 - 2020

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    About Robert Bennett

    Admitted: 1976, Minnesota

    Professional Webpage: https://www.robinskaplan.com/professionals/b/robert-bennett

    Honors/Awards:

    • “Attorneys of the Year”, Minnesota Lawyer, 2013
    • “Attorneys of the Year”, Minnesota Lawyer, 2014
    • “Attorneys of the Year”, Minnesota Lawyer, 2016
    • “Attorneys of the Year”, Minnesota Lawyer, 2007
    • “Super Lawyer”
    • “Attorneys of the Year”, Minnesota Lawyer, 2008
    • Circle of Excellence, Minnesota Lawyer, 2013
    • “Local Litigation Star”, Benchmark Plaintiff

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    • Civil Trial Specialist, Minnesota State Bar Association, 1989 – Present
    • Civil Trial Specialist, National Board of Trial Advocacy, 1989 – Present

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • U.S. District Court, District of North Dakota
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
    • American Bar Association
    • Wyoming Bar Association
    • Minnesota
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
    • Minnesota Bar Association
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
    • Minnesota Association for Justice
    • American Board of Trial Advocates, 2008 – Present
    • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota
    • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
    • U.S. Supreme Court
    • American Association for Justice
    • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers, 2005 – Present
    • Wyoming

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    Verdicts/Settlements:

    • $2 million; Kucera v. Jespsersen, et al. U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota (2014)
    • $3.5 million; Gustafson v. Pederson Hennepin County District Court (2018)
    • $1.75 million; Sieff v. City of Chaska, et al. U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota (2017)
    • $2 million; Baker v. City of St. Paul, et al. U. S. District Court, District of Minnesota (2017)
    • $2.99+ million; Castile v. Village of St. Anthony U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota (2017)
    • Town v. Thelen, U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota (2007), Total Settlement: $365,000
    • $20 million; Ruszczyk v. Noor, et al.  U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota (2019)
    • Dalglish v. Keener, Superior Court of Carroll County, Georgia (2003), Total Verdict: $4.5 million
    • Hagen v. Palmer, et al, .S. District Court, District of Minnesota (2003), Total Settlement: $327,000
    • Posthumus v. Brey, et al., Freeborn County District Court, Minnesota (2005), Total Verdict: $1.68 million
    • Baxter-Knutson v. Stearns County & MEnD Correctional Care, et al., U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota (2016), Total Settlement $1.45 million
    • Mische v. Sauro, et al., U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota (1994), Total Verdict: $1,050,000, including compensatory and punitive damages and attorney’s fees
    • Kelly v. Dakota County, U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota (2011), Total Settlement: $315,000
    • Kucera v. Jespersen, et al., U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota (2014), Total Settlement $2 million
    • Feist v. Simonson, U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota (2000), Total Settlement: $900,000
    • Kearney v. Griffin, et al., United States District Court, District of Minnesota (2004), Total Settlement: $270,000
    • Smith v. Gorman et al., U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota (2013), Total Settlement: $3.075 Million
    • Olson v. Cottingham, et al., U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota (1996), Total Settlement: $500,000
    • Keller v. Olmsted County, et. al., U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota (2008), Total Settlement: $225,000 plus payment of over $112,000 in medical bills
    • In re: Individual 35W Bridge Litigation, Hennepin County District Court, Minnesota (2010), Total Settlement: $54.2 million
    • King v. Turner, U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota (2007), Total Judgment: $447,000
    • Ngo v. Storlie, U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota (2007), Total Settlement: $4.5 million
    • Enlund v. Reynolds & City of Minneapolis, U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota (2001), Total Settlement: $330,000
    • McGerr v. Gordon S. and Pamela J. Jensen, Gordon R. Israelson, and Robert E. Cook Hennepin County District Court (2011), Total Settlement $918,000
    • Karim El-Ghazzawy v. Berthiaume et al., U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota, 708 F. Supp. 2d 874, Eight Circuit Court of Appeals, 636 F.3d 452 (2011), Total Settlement: $325,000+
    • Forster & D’Heilly v. S.O.D., Hennepin County District Court, Minnesota (1990), Total Settlement: $2.5 million
    • Martin v. Hennepin County Sheriff, U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota (2001), Total Settlement: $552,315
    • Polley v. City of Minneapolis, U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota (2004), Total Settlement: $995,000
    • Morris v. Saint Paul, U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota (2011), Total Settlement: $270,000
    • Sanville v. Scapardine, Pareek and Fleck, U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin (2002), Damages: $1.825 million, Total Verdict: $2.1 million
    • Carlson v. Century Indemnity, et al., Carver County District Court, Minnesota and U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota, see Century Indemnity Co. v. Carlson, 133 F.2d 591 (8th Cir. 1998)
    • Besser v. Allstate, U. S. District Court, District of Minnesota (2009), Total Settlement:$250,000
    • Anonymous v. Anonymous, Hennepin County District Court (2011), Total Settlement: $3 million
    • Warner v. Valleau, U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota (2011), Total Settlement: $450,000
    • Taylor v. Minneapolis Golf Club, Hennepin County District Court, Minnesota (2008), Total Settlement: $8+ Million
    • Meir v. McCormick, U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota (2007)
    • J.A. v. B.B.R., Steele County District Court, Minnesota (1996), Total Settlement: $3.45 million
    • Pierce v. Isaacson, Wayne and City of Minnetonka, U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota (2002), Total Settlement: $320,000
    • Yang v. Chadbourne, U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota (2015), Total Settlement $2,850,000 million
    • Barsch v. Siera, U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota (2009), Total Settlement: $695,000
    • Russell v. Taylor, United States District Court, District of Minnesota (2011), Total Settlement: $1,000,000
    • Stockton v. Auren and Siedschlag, U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota (2008), Total Settlement: $280,000
    • Chromulak v. Anoka County, et al., U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota (2005), Total Settlement: $1.9 million
    • Buelow v. DiIoia, et al., U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota (2000), Total Settlement: $800,000 (involved two plaintiffs – father/victim and daughter/victim/witness)
    • Besser v. Owens, Carver County District Court, Minnesota (2008), Total Settlement: $250,000
    • Balandin v. Eagle, U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota (2003), Total Settlement: $3.05 million
    • Gerdes v. Meyer, U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota (2009), Total Settlement: $475,000
    • Plisner v. Sweeney, Fahey, Hanson and City of Little Canada, U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota (2007), Total Settlement (after winning partial summary judgment): $90,000
    • Robinson et al. v. Ramsey County et al., U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota (2010), Total Settlement: $15+ million

    Other Outstanding Achievements:

    • Benchmark Plaintiff - noted that “Robert Bennett has built his reputation as an exemplary trial lawyer on the back of the tens of millions of dollars he has recovered on behalf of his clients over the course of his 30-year career”

    Educational Background:

    • University of Notre Dame, A.B., cum laude, 1973
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    Office Location for Robert Bennett

    800 LaSalle Avenue
    Suite 2800
    Minneapolis, MN 55402

    Phone: 612-349-8500

    Fax: 612-339-4181

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