Denise S.S. Fullerton

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Roseville, MN

Fullerton Law, P.A.
 | 2345 Rice Street, Suite 161
Roseville, MN 55113
Phone: 651-203-5999
Fax: 651-288-0367
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2019
Selected to Rising Stars: 2005 - 2008, 2011
Licensed Since: 1998
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (90%),
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (10%)
Attorney Profile

Attorney Denise S.S. Fullerton is the founder and owner of Fullerton Law, P.A., in Roseville, Minnesota. A top-rated personal injury attorney with more than 20 years of legal experience, Ms. Fullerton devotes her practice exclusively to personal injury and insurance law.  She helps clients throughout the Twin Cities metro area secure the compensation they deserve for the injuries and losses they suffered as a result of someone else's negligence or wrongdoing.

Handling a variety of personal injury and wrongful death claims, Ms. Fullerton has achieved notable success advocating on behalf of her plaintiff clients. Over the course of her history, she has recovered millions of dollars in settlements and awards for those adversely affected by motor vehicle accidents, bicycle and pedestrian accidents, dog bites, and other similar matters.

Recognized for her success, she is a lifetime member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, and has earned a Superb rating from the online rating guide Avvo. In addition, she has been recognized annually since 2014 by both The Best Lawyers in America and Minnesota's Best Lawyers as as among the top 5% of lawyers in her field.  

A 1993 honors graduate of Gustavus Adolphus College, Ms. Fullerton attended William Mitchell College of Law (now Mitchell Hamline School of Law), where she was a Dean's List Scholar and obtained her Juris Doctorate with honors in 1998. She is admitted to practice law in Minnesota state courts, as well as in U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota.  She also serves on the Panel of Qualified Arbitator's for Minnesota No-Fault Disputes and the Special Panel of Arbitrators for Auto Glass Claims through the American Arbitration Association.

Ms. Fullerton is a member of the Minnesota State Bar Association, the Ramsey County Bar Association and the Minnesota Association for Justice.  She was appointed by the Minnesota Surpreme Court in 2016 to serve on the Minnesota No-Fault Arbitration Standing Committee, a role she continues to serve.  She also served on the Second District Ethics Committee from 2009-2015.  Widely regarded as a leader in her field, Ms. Fullerton has been asked to speak at numerous seminars on legal topics involving no-fault arbitration, personal injury law, dram shop law and other subjects.

Ms. Fullerton founded Fullerton Law, P.A. to focus her efforts on helping personal injury victims recover from financial and emotional distress following injury.  Combining her many years of experience with her passion for helping people in need allows her to tenaciously protect her clients and see to it that they receive the most just result possible.  Ms. Fullerton designed Fullerton Law, P.A. with the objective of providing individualized personal service to each of her clients, while still maintaining the ethical and aggressive reputation she has built through her years in practice.  She takes the time to get to know each of her clients individually, understanding their goals, life obstacles, how they make decisions, and more.  This approach allows each client to experience their case being taken seriously and handled uniquely to their needs.

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Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Personal Injury - General (90%): Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Dram Shop Laws, Brain Injury

Alternative Dispute Resolution (10%): Arbitration

Focus Areas

Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Dram Shop Laws, Brain Injury, Arbitration

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 5 yearsmiddle-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 5 years

Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2019 Rising Stars: 2005 - 2008, 2011

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About Denise Fullerton

Admitted: 1998, Minnesota

Professional Webpage: https://fullerton-law.com/firm-overview/attorney-profile/

Honors/Awards:

  • Top 10 Personal Injury Attorneys in Minnesota, National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys, 2013, 2014
  • 10.0 “Superb” rating by Avvo, the American Registry, 2011-2018
  • Minnesota Rising Star, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2011
  • Super Lawyers, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
  • Named to Minnesota's Best Lawyers, Minnesota Monthly, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018

  • Named to Best Lawyers® in America 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
  • Lifetime Member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, a National recognition exclusively for Trial Lawyers who have demonstrated exceptional skill, experience and excellence in Advocacy by achieving a trial verdict, award or settlement in the amount of $1 Million or more.

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Special Panel of Arbitrators for Auto Glass Claims, American Arbitration Association, 2010-Present
  • Minnesota No-Fault Arbitration Standing Committee, 2016-Present
  • Second District Ethics Committee, Member and Investigator, 2009-2015
  • United States District Court, District of Minnesota, 2003
  • Panel of Qualified Neutrals for Minnesota No-Fault Disputes, American Arbitration Association, 2003-Present
  • Minnesota Association for Justice
  • State of Minnesota, 1998
  • Ramsey County Bar Association
  • Minnesota State Bar Association

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Volunteer member appointed by the Minnesota Supreme Court to the No-Fault Arbitration Standing Committee, 2016-present
  • Volunteer Investigator on the Second District Ethics Committee, 2009-2015
  • Treasurer on the Board of the Mounds View High School Volleyball Booster Club, 2015-2017

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Minnesota Rules of No-Fault Arbitration Procedures – Rules Most Often Forgotten, Misused, and Misunderstood [American Arbitration Association, Arbitrator Training Seminar, 2018]

  • Understanding Minnesota Automobile Insurance – Having Good Coverage & What to Know After an Accident, self published, 2015
  • Panelist [Advanced No-Fault Seminar, 2016]

  • Course Chair and Moderator [No-Fault Arbitration Seminar, 2008]
  • Designing and Serving the Summons & Complaint - Effectuating Service of Process in Personal Injury Cases [From Signing Up the Case to Moving it to Trial, 2008]
  • Dram Shop Law As it Applies to Private Clubs [Dram Shop Seminar, 2007]
  • Pierringer Releases [Releases Deskbook Seminar, 2006]
  • No-Fault Arbitration Case Law Update [No-Fault Arbitrations Seminar, 2006]
  • No-Fault Benefits & Work Comp [Handling the Auto Accident Case Seminar, 2005]
  • Statements Under Oath [Dealing with the Good Hands People, 2005]
  • New No-Fault Developments [Mid-Winter Meeting, 2005]
  • No-Fault Panel Case Law Update [Minnesota Trial Lawyers Association Convention, 2005]
  • What Are Damages [Enhancing Damages Seminar, 2005]
  • No-Fault Benefits in a Work-Comp/Automobile Accident Case [Auto Accident Cases, 2005]
  • Using Technology to Make Your Case [Minnesota Trial Lawyers Association Convention, 2005]
  • No-Fault Benefits & Work Comp [Handling the Auto Accident Case Seminar, 2004]
  • No-Fault Panel Case Law Update [Minnesota Trial Lawyers Association Convention, 2004]
  • Once the Petition is Filed [Effectively Handling NF Arbitrations, 2004]
  • Winning No-Fault Arbitration Exhibit Books [Handling Car Crash Cases, 2002]
  • No-Fault Panel Case Law Update [Minnesota Trial Lawyers Association Convention, 2002]
  • Effectuating Service of Process in Personal Injury Cases, Minnesota Trial Lawyers Association (MTLA) quarterly magazine, Winter 2004.
  • Once the Petition is Filed [Getting the Upper Hand in No-Fault Arbitrations, 2002]

Verdicts/Settlements:

  • Numerous other Success Stories available on Denise's website.
  • CAR CRASH CAUSED FLOATERS IN MAN'S EYE -  Denise Fullerton obtained a $330,000 settlement for a man that suffered injury to his eye from a car crash. A 54 year old man was injured in a moderate impact rear-end collision in freeway slow-down traffic. The day after the collision, he noticed a floater in his right eye. The floaters increased, and examination revealed lattice degeneration of the retina and a posterior vitreous detachment in his right eye. He then developed a haze in his right eye. A retinal hole was detected at the edge of his lattice degeneration. A vitreoretinal specialist diagnosed superior retinal flap tear, lattice degeneration, and vitreous opacities. He underwent laser photocoagulation to repair the tear and lattice degeneration. The floaters and blurred vision continued, so he underwent vitrectomy. Within six months of this procedure, he developed an early cataract in his right eye, and his vision was 20/40 at best, even with correction. He underwent cataract surgery and posterior chamber lens implant in his right eye. Following this surgery, he was ansiometropic (one eye nearsighted, and one farsighted) and could not wear glasses to correct his vision. He was also suffering residual mydriasis (excessive dilation of the pupil), causing glare and light sensitivity. Uneven eyebrows exacerbated the nerves’ response to the light sensitivity and atonic pupil. He was fitted with peripherally tinted lens on the right side to reduce the glare and halo, and also the asymmetry between the pupils. The lenses did not correct the problem, so he underwent natural lens removal with implantation of an intraocular lens of his left eye to even out the refractions. Due to continued glare, he had a brow lift to even out the eyes’ response to light. He was again fit with peripherally tinted lens on the right side to reduce some of the glare and halo and also the asymmetry between the pupils. He is expected to wear these special lenses the remainder of his life, which need to be replaced annually. The difference between the size of his pupils is apparent, and draws unwanted attention. Prior to this collision, he worked for an airline, and was at times required to use a 10 power magnifier to verify parts. While the eye injury affected his work activities, he did not suffer lost earnings other than to attend medical appointments. Medical expenses were approximately $40,000. Liability and causation were undisputed. The settlement represents $250,000 from the underlying carrier, and $80,000 from his underinsured motorist carrier.
  • $1.19 MILLION FOR BRAIN INJURED TEEN.  Tragedy struck a small town family when a 17 year old boy was severely injured in a car crash on a rural highway.  He was riding with a friend, on their way to technical school.  The driver barely slowed for a stop sign before crossing over a rural through highway.  The large dump truck that was traveling on the highway was unable to stop or avoid impact.  The truck careened into the car, pushing it nearly 300 feet, and itself leaving nearly 150 feet of skid.  The driver of the car was killed.  The 17 year old passenger sustained a severe brain injury and other internal injuries.  He was in a coma for nearly a month, and developed spasticity which led to disabling spastic quadriplegia.  Nearly two years after the crash, he was still unable to walk or talk, and required 24/7 care for all needs.  The driver of his car carried only $50,000 in liability coverage.  The family owned a $100,000 underinsured motorist policy, and a $40,000 personal injury protection policy.  These coverages were massively insufficient, particularly when considering his medical expenses in the first two years were near $1.5 Million, most of it paid by the family's ERISA health insurance policy.  Denise Fullerton had an accident reconstruction done, which alleged that the truck had been exceeding the speed limit by at least 5 mph.  According to the reconstruction report, had the truck been traveling the lawful speed limit, the vehicles would have missed impact by 2 feet.  On this thread of liability, Denise was able to secure another $1 Million in coverage from the truck company.  She then resolved the ERISA lien for approximately $4,600 on a full release.  In this tragic situation, Denise was able to secure considerable compensation in a manner that allowed the family to make use of the funds for their son's benefit, while still keeping intact their necessary health care coverage.

Educational Background:

  • Cum Laude Honors graduate of Gustavus Adolphus College, 1993
Office Location for Denise S.S. Fullerton

2345 Rice Street
Suite 161
Roseville, MN 55113

Phone: 651-203-5999

Fax: 651-288-0367

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Last Updated: 1/17/2019

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