Michael L. Weiner

Top rated Personal Injury attorney in Roseville, Minnesota

Yaeger & Weiner Law
Michael L. Weiner
Yaeger & Weiner Law

Practice Areas: Personal Injury, Products Liability; view more

Licensed in Minnesota since: 1981

Education: William Mitchell College of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2000 - 2010, 2016 - 2023
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Yaeger & Weiner Law

2355 MN-36
Suite 400
Roseville, MN 55113 Visit website


As a partner at Yaeger & Weiner Law, Michael L. Weiner brings extensive experience to the table. With the help of his team, he has helped create a firm built on the core values of personal service, individual care and a small-firm atmosphere. He primarily serves clients in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota, but also has handled many cases nationwide. The cases he litigates on their behalf include motor vehicle accidents, FELA and railroad injuries, personal injury, wrongful dath and products liability.

In 1977, Mr. Weiner completed a Bachelor of Elected Studies at the University of Minnesota. Four years later, he graduated cum laude with a Juris Doctor from William Mitchell College of Law. Since graduating, he has continued to speak at legal seminars on a wide variety of topics, and served as an adjunct professor at William Mitchell College of Law (now Mitchell Hamline School of Law) for over 20 years, teaching products liability.

Mr. Weiner has been admitted to the Minnesota Bar since 1981. He is also admitted to practice law in the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. District Court of Minnesota and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd to 11th Circuit. From 2006 to the present day, he has been named one of the Best Lawyers in America. 

As a prolific writer, Mr. Weiner has also published extensively on personal injury law, products liability and brain injuries. He is also a member and on the Board of Governors of the Minnesota Association for Justice, and also serves on the MAJ Amicus and Publications Committees.

Practice areas

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

Focus areas

Animal Bites, Assault, Brain Injury, Construction Accident, Dram Shop Laws, Medical Devices, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Motor Vehicle Defects, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Sexual Abuse - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Trucking Accidents, Wrongful Death

  • 80% Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
  • 20% Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff

First Admitted: 1981, Minnesota

Professional Webpage: http://www.yw-law.com/attorney-michael-weiner/

  • Martindale AV® Preeminent™ 5.0 out of 5
  • Superlawyer
  • Order of the Barristers, 1981
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2006-Present
Verdicts/Settlements (Case Results):
  • Lindsey v. Louisville & Nashville Railroad Co. (as Amicus Curiae), 775 F.2d 1322, 1985, 5th Cir., 1985154694
  • In a landmark case dealing with the admission of expert testimony under the Minnesota Rules of Evidence, I wrote the Amicus brief on behalf of Minnesota Association for Justice, and our position prevailed.  The case is Kedrowski v. Lycoming Engines, 933 N.W.2d 45 (Minn. 2019), 2019
  • Granville v. Minneapolis Public Schools, 732 N.W. 2d 201 (Minn. 2007)
  • Lundman v. McKown (as Amicus Curiae), 530 N.W.2d 807, cert. denied, 516 U.S. 1092 (1996), 1995, Minn. Ct. App., 1995080032
  • Garcia v. Burlington Northern R. Co., 818 F.2d 713 (C.A.10 (Colo.) 1987)
  • Short v. Dairyland Ins. Co., 334 N.W.2d 384 (Minn. 1983)
  • Melin v. Burlington Northern R. Co., 401 N.W.2d 418 (Minn. Ct. App 1987)
  • Kissoondath v. U.S. Fire Ins. Co., 620 N.W.2d 909 (Minn. Ct, App. 2001)
  • Pikop v. Burlington Northern R. Co., 390 N.W.2d 743 (Minn. 1986)
  • Forster v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., 437 N.W.2d 655 (Minn. 1989)
  • Foss v. State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co. (as Amicus Curiae), 1996 Minn. App. LEXIS 1286 (Minn. Ct. App. 1996)
  • We recently won, after a long battle and a "Henning Hearing," a  subrogation fight with the  workers’ compensation insurer that is paying benefits to our deceased client's family. Henning Hearings (named for the 1981 Minnesota Supreme Court case) are used to reduce a workers’ comp subrogation claim when there is inadequate liability insurance.  In a Henning Hearing, the trial court allocates the third party recovery between amounts “recoverable” and “non-recoverable” under workers’ comp, and the statutory subrogation formula is applied only to the “recoverable” amounts. There are only a handful of reported cases interpreting Henning and thus little guidance on how trial courts are to make this allocation. The preferred method for plaintiffs faced with inadequate insurance is a pro-rata allocation which takes into account the inadequacy of the recovery and thus reduces the amount of the third party recovery subject to the statutory formula. However, the Minnesota appellate courts have never mandated this approach. Our clients are the husband and children of a woman who died (while on the job) in a multi-vehicle crash on I-94, caused by a truck driver with vastly inadequate insurance. She was a very high earner, and while the family is receiving maximum comp benefits, the comp payments are dwarfed by the value of the liability claim. Hennepin County Judge Janisch agreed generally with our pro-rata method and SFM's subro claim was reduced dramatically. SFM agreed that Henning reduced its subrogation claim, but it still sought a subro amount of $69,186 for past benefits. Instead, it was awarded only $5,601. SFM claimed a future subro of $223,036 but was awarded only $76,772. Because there are very few Henning rulings to date, Judge Janisch's ruling applying a pro-rata formula  is of great benefit to those looking for authority for this approach. The case is In the Matter of the Appointment of a Trustee for the Heirs and Next of Kin of Holly E. Hoglund Klein., 2017
  • Stevens v. Baltimore & Ohio R. Co., 915 F.2d 1565 (Table, Text in WESTLAW), Unpublished (4th Cir 1990)
  • Kulavic v. Chicago & Illinois Midland Ry. Co., 1 F.3d 507 (C.A.7 (Ill.) 1993)
  • Myers v. John Deere Ltd., 683 F.2d 270 (C.A.8 (N.D.) 1982)
  • A Hennepin County jury awarded our 38 year old client, who suffered numerous serious orthopedic injuries, $1.7 million dollars. The coverage was only $1.1 million dollars but the insurance company paid the entire verdict (less our client's $100,000 UIM coverage). Liability was injured in a high speed crash where the defendant failed to yield when turning left on a rural highway. Our client had a badly fractured ankle (ORIF surgery), a broken arm (eventual non-union and surgery), a tearing of her previously repaired ACL, and the later diagnosis of a lisfranc (midfoot) injury. In addition to $530,000 in wage loss/earning capacity, the jury awarded $300K in past pain and another $300K for future. They awarded the husband $150K in loss of consortium., 2017
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Constitutional Limitations on Punitive Damages, MAJ Magazine, 2009
  • TMJ Injuries, MTLA Magazine, 1997
  • Unknown and Underutilized Statutes, MTLA Magazine, 1999
  • Minnesota's New Products Liability Jury Instructions, MTLA Magazine, 2000
  • Basic Concepts in Scientific Evidence on Night Vision, MTLA Magazine, 2001
  • A Pre-emptive Strike against Federal Pre-emption, MTLA Magazine, 2006
  • Tax Traps in Settlement Agreements, MTLA Magazine, 2006
  • Medicare Set-Asides: Uncertainty and Confusion, Minnesota Trial Lawyers Magazine, Winter 2007.
  • Meeting the Statutory Tort Threshold, Minnesota Trial Lawyers Magazine, Summer, 1994
  • Judges Speak Out, Minnesota Trial Lawyers Magazine, Spring, 1995
  • Punitive Damages in Minnesota, Minnesota Trial Lawyers Magazine, Fall, 1995
  • Adjunct Professor, William Mitchell College of Law, St. Paul, Minnesota (Product Liability)
  • Frequent Lecturer, Continuing Legal Education Programs
  • Legal Computer Operator Malpractice: A New Tort, Hennepin County Lawyer, Nov./Dec., 1986
  • Weiner and Steenson, Products Liability, MTLA Cause of Action Manual, 3rd ed.
  • No-Fault Tort Thresholds, The Plaintiff's Perspective, 24 Wm. Mitchell L. Rev. 985, 1998
  • Right to Punitive Damages in Minnesota in the Absence of a Personal Injury, 27 Wm. Mitchell L. Rev 1043, 2000
Educational Background:
  • University of Minnesota, B.Elec.St., Bachelor of Elected Studies, 1977
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit
  • Minnesota Association for Justice, Member of Board of Governors
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit
  • Member, Minnesota Association for Justice, Amicus Committee
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1984
  • Minnesota Association for Justice, Publications Committee
  • U.S. District Court District of Minnesota, 1981
  • Minnesota, 1981
Industry Groups:
  • Personal Injury
  • Products Liability
  • Railroad And FELA
  • Wrongful Death

Office location for Michael L. Weiner

2355 MN-36
Suite 400
Roseville, MN 55113

Phone: 612-345-9797


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  • Super Lawyers: 2000 - 2010, 2016 - 2023

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