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William D. Harper

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Woodbury, MN

Harper & Peterson, PLLC
3040 Woodbury Drive
Woodbury, MN 55129-9617
Phone: 651-738-8539
Fax: 651-738-8669
Selected to Super Lawyers: 1994, 1996 - 2022
Licensed in Minnesota Since: 1977
Practice Areas: Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff, Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff, Professional Liability: Plaintiff
Attorney Profile

William (Bill) D. Harper is a founding partner of Harper & Peterson, P.L.L.C., a Woodbury, Minnesota, law firm serving clients statewide and nationwide. Bill limits his practice to civil litigation, with an emphasis on cases involving personal injury, products liability, wrongful death and professional malpractice. He has litigated more than 150 jury trials to conclusion over the course of his career, including eight cases that resulted in verdicts or settlements in excess of $1 million.

Bill has been certified as a civil trial advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy since 1986, and as a civil trial specialist by the Minnesota State Bar Association since 1988 (the first year such certification was available). He is also a former president of the Minnesota Trial Lawyers Association, a sustaining member of the American Association for Justice and a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Bill is an invited member of ABOTA and the The International Society of Barristers.  He has published numerous articles related to his practice areas and frequently speaks about those topics in lectures, seminars and continuing legal education courses attended by other lawyers.

Practice Areas
  • 80%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
  • 10%Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff
  • 10%Professional Liability: Plaintiff
Focus Areas

Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Motor Vehicle Defects, Ethics & Professional Responsibility


28 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 1994, 1996 - 2022

About William D. Harper

First Admitted: 1977, Minnesota

Professional Webpage:


  • Member - Minnesota Million Dollar Roundtable
  • "Law and Leading Attorneys", American Research Corporation, (featured in their book)
  • Fellow - American Board of Trial Advocates
  • From Minnesota Lawyer Publication: ATTORNEYS OF THE YEAR, Bill Harper: Ex-prizefighter Battles for Plaintiffs
  • Member - Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Advisory Board Member - The Minnesota Lawyer Newspaper, 2000 to Present
  • Minnesota Law & Politics Magazine, Special Focus: Personal Injury The Prizefighter

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Washington County Bar Association, Member of the Executive Committee, 1989 - 1993
  • Minnesota Trial Lawyers Association, Chairperson, Finance Committee, 1990
  • Minnesota Trial Lawyers Association, Vice President, 1996 - 1997
  • American Association for Justice, Sustaining Member
  • Douglas Amdahl Inns of Court, from its inception to present, Barrister
  • Minnesota Bar Association, Member, 1977 - Present
  • Minnesota Trial Lawyers Association, Chairperson, Litigation Support Committee, 1988
  • Minnesota Trial Lawyers Association, Secretary, 1995 - 1996
  • Minnesota Trial Lawyers Association, President, 1998 - 1999
  • American Arbitration Association, Member
  • Minnesota, 1977
  • Minnesota Trial Lawyers Association, Member, Board of Governors, 1986 - Present
  • Minnesota Trial Lawyers Association, Treasurer, 1994 - 1995
  • Minnesota Trial Lawyers Association, President-Elect, 1997 - 1998
  • Academy of Certified Trial Lawyers of Minnesota, Member

Representative Clients

  • Smith v. Spitzenberger, Minn. App., 363 N.W.2d 470, 1985
  • Honebrink v. Hutton and Rowe, Minn. App., 351 N.W.2d 405, 1984
  • Gawel v. Two Plus Two, Inc., Minn., 309 N.W.2d 746, 1981
  • The Injured

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Handling the Automobile Injury Case, MTLA, May 4, 1989
  • Measuring Damages in Wrongful Death Cases, MTLA, June 23, 1989
  • Independent Medical Examiners, MTLA, November 17, 1989; January 30, 1990; October 31, 1990
  • Drama in the Courtroom, MTLA, January 12, 1990
  • Trial by Jury, Mock Trial Presentation, State Bar, August 1990; August 1991
  • Cross-examining Expert Witnesses, MTLA, October 31, 1990
  • Hard Issues in Soft Tissues, MTLA, January 31, 1991
  • Maintaining Integrity and Control in the Courtroom, MTLA, February 8, 1991
  • Handling the Automobile Injury Case - Wrongful Death, MTLA, February 22, 1991
  • "Proving an Insurers Course of Conduct", Minnesota Trial Lawyers Association
  • "Litigating Spinal Cord Injuries" - The Use of Nonexpert Damages Witnesses, Wiley Law Publications, Chapter 16, 1995

Educational Background

  • University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, B.A., Bachelor of Arts, 1972

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • Civil Trial Advocate, National Board of Trial Advocacy, 1986
  • Civil Trial Specialist, Minnesota State Bar Association, recertified to present
  • Civil Trial Specialist, Minnesota State Bar Association, (First year of its certification program), 1988
  • Civil Trial Advocate, National Board of Trial Advocacy, recertified to present

Industry Groups

  • AAJ
  • MNAJ
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Office Location for William D. Harper

3040 Woodbury Drive
Woodbury, MN 55129-9617

Phone: 651-738-8539

Fax: 651-738-8669

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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