Paul R. Dahlberg

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Rochester, MN

Patterson Dahlberg Injury Lawyers
 | 330 South Broadway, Rochester, MN 55904
Phone: 507-216-8056
Fax: 507-288-7753
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2003 - 2004, 2014 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1992
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (70%),
  • Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff (20%),
  • Class Action/Mass Torts: Plaintiff (10%)
Attorney Profile

A partner at Patterson Dahlberg Injury Lawyers in Rochester, Minnesota, Paul R. Dahlberg focuses his practice of law in the area of plaintiff's personal injury. Mr. Dahlberg accepts a broad range of cases, including motor vehicle accidents, farming accidents, products liability, dog bites and premises liability. He has also litigated spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury and wrongful death cases to verdict for clients in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa.

Mr. Dahlberg's most notable recoveries include a $4.4 million dollar wrongful death verdict in Steele County, a $40 million award in a class action case involving off-label marketing of drugs for children, a $3.25 million mediated settlement for a group of bus passengers who were victims of a crash.  In 2017 and 2018 significant confidential settlements were reached resolving a motorcycle crash resulting in a TBI, and recovering on behalf of workers injured in a gas leak explosion.  Other notable recoveries include an award on behalf of children and families who were wrongfully denied mental health benefits and a $350,000 trial verdict for a tenant who was hurt in a slip-and-fall accident.

In 2017 the Minnesota Supreme Court ruled in his favor and reversed a summary judgment on a products liability claim in the case Montemayor v. Sebright.   The Montemayor case will likely be a landmark decision in favor of plaintiffs in products liability cases for years to come.

After obtaining his bachelor's degree from Luther College, Mr. Dahlberg earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1992. He gained admittance to practice in Minnesota the same year. Mr. Dahlberg is licensed to practice law before the Wisconsin Supreme Court; the U.S. District Courts for the Districts of Minnesota and Wisconsin; and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th and 8th Circuits. He managed the local office of Meshbesher & Spence for 15 years before forming his law firm in 2009.

Certified as a life member of both the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Mr. Dahlberg has received a “Superb” peer review rating of 10 through Avvo. He has earned an AV Preeminent* rating from his peers through Martindale-Hubbell in recognition of his high ethical standing. A Rochester native, Mr. Dahlberg shares his in-depth knowledge on topics relating to state and federal personal injury and wrongful death cases with others in the field at seminars and local educational events.

*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
  • 70%Personal Injury - General
  • 20%Personal Injury - Products
  • 10%Class Action/Mass Torts
Focus Areas

Animal Bites, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Brain Injury, Trucking Accidents, Products Liability, Class Actions


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Super Lawyers: 2003 - 2004, 2014 - 2020

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About Paul Dahlberg

Admitted: 1992, Minnesota

Professional Webpage:


  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • United States District Court, District of Minnesota, 1992
  • United States District Court, District of Wisconsin, 1993
  • Minnesota Association for Justice (formerly Minnesota Trial Lawyers Association), Board of Governors, 1997 – 2007
  • Minnesota Supreme Court, 1992
  • Wisconsin Supreme Court, 1993
  • Minnesota Association for Justice (formerly Minnesota Trial Lawyers Association), 1992 – present
  • United States Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit, 1992
  • United States Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit, 1993
  • American Association for Justice (formerly American Trial Lawyers Association), 1993 – present

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • $3.25 million settlement in fatal bus rollover – September 2011 (The Post-Bulletin)
  • Settlement reached in I-90 bus crash – September 2011 (
  • Paxil suit settled by Glaxo for $40 million – October 2008 (Star Tribune)
  • Jury will decide if business contributed to crash – June 2005 (The Post-Bulletin)
  • Local lawyers who helped 9/11 victims recognized – May 2005 (Minnesota Lawyer)
  • Lawsuit filed over anti-depressant for children – August 2004 (Minnesota Lawyer)
  • Settlement found no bar to umbrella coverage – May 2002 (Minnesota Lawyer)
  • Are jury awards in greater Minnesota getting greater? – August 2001 (Minnesota Lawyer)
  • Judgment vacated for failure to name all parties in interest – January 2001(Minnesota Lawyer)


  • Settlement on behalf of those injured and killed in bus crash when driver lost consciousness while driving. , 2016
  • Montemayor v. Sebright decided in Minnesota Supreme Court.  Reversing summary judgment in products liability claim., 2017
  • Motorcycle accident resulting in TBI.  Amount confidential., 2018
  • Workers injured in gas leak explosion.  Amount confidential., 2019

Educational Background:

  • Luther College, Decorah, Iowa, BA, 1988
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Office Location for Paul R. Dahlberg

330 South Broadway
Rochester, MN 55904

Phone: 507-216-8056

Fax: 507-288-7753

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Last Updated: 1/7/2020

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