Paul F. McEllistrem

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Paul is a graduate of the University of Minnesota (B.A., 1989) and William Mitchell College of Law (J.D., 1994 cum laude).  He is certified by the Minnesota State Bar Association as a Civil Trial Specialist.  In 2012 he was named as one of only 10 Minnesota attorneys accepted as Charter Members of the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals. Paul successfully represented several victims of the 35W Bridge Collapse and earned the Minnesota State Bar Association’s Professional Excellence Award for his efforts in 2009.  In 2006 Paul was appointed by the Minnesota Supreme Court to serve on the No-Fault Arbitration Standing Committee and served in that position for eight years.  Paul has also served as an adjunct professor at William Mitchell College of Law since 1998 and authored a publication in the William Mitchell Law Review on motor vehicle insurance coverage.  Paul is co-Editor of the Minnesota Motor Vehicle Accident Deskbook.

In addition to taking many difficult cases to trial and arbitration, as well as successfully arguing cases before the Court of Appeals and Supreme Court, Paul spends his free time coaching his children in basketball and soccer.

Professional Accomplishments

  • Certified by the Minnesota State Bar Association as a Civil Trial Specialist
  • Successfully litigated personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits in multiple jurisdictions across the United States including Minnesota, Wisconsin, Florida, South Dakota Federal District Court, and New Mexico Federal District Court
  • Successfully argued cases to the Minnesota Court of Appeals and Supreme Court on behalf of injured clients
  • Successfully tried numerous jury trials and binding arbitrations on behalf of injured clients against individuals, insurance companies, businesses, and taverns
  • Appointed by the Minnesota Supreme Court to the No-Fault Arbitration Standing Committee in 2006 to oversee Minnesota’s No-Fault Arbitration System
  • Law Professor – William Mitchell College of Law - Teaching “No-Fault Insurance Law” from 1998 to present
  • Served on the Board of Governors for the Minnesota Association for Justice from 2000-2002
  • Served as Chair of the Board of Hennepin County Volunteer Lawyers Network, Ltd., from 2000-2001; served on the Board of Directors from 1996-2002; and tried civil cases for indigent clients from 1996 - 2003
  • Invited by Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association as presenter on topics including Motor Vehicle Insurance Coverage, Orthopedic Injury Cases, and Subrogation Issues

Publications

  • Minnesota Motor Vehicle Accident Deskbook - 5th Edition, Editor (2014)
  • Minnesota Motor Vehicle Accident Deskbook – 4th Edition, Editor (2009-2013)
  • Minnesota Motor Vehicle Accident Deskbook – 3rd Edition, Editor (2006-2008)
  • No-Fault Benefits: An Overview, Minnesota Motor Vehicle Accident Deskbook (2003 - 2013)
  • “Closeness To The Risk” in Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Coverages in Minnesota, William Mitchell Law Review, vol.24, no. 4 (1998)
  • 101 Practical Tips - Handling Auto Claims, Minnesota Institute for Legal Education (1998)
  • Fee Agreements in Minnesota, Personal Injury, 1st Ed., Minnesota CLE (1997)
  • Premises Liability Law Overview (October, 1994)

Professional Info

Education

  • University of Minnesota (B.A. 1989)
  • William Mitchell College of Law (J.D. cum laude 1994)
  • National Institute of Trial Advocacy – National Session, Boulder, CO (1994)

Bar Admission

  • Minnesota State Bar, 1994
  • United States District Court, District of Minnesota, 1997
  • Wisconsin State Bar, 2005

Professional Affiliations

  • National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals
  • Minnesota Association for Justice
  • American Association for Justice
  • Hennepin County Bar Association
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Wisconsin State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association

Awards

  • Recognized as:  Minnesota Super Lawyer 13 times (2001 – 2013); Minnesota Top 40 Personal Injury Lawyer 10 times (2004 – 2013); and Minnesota Top 100 Super Lawyer 7 times (2007- 2013)
  • Recipient - Award for Professional Excellence in 2009 for legal work on behalf of victims of the 35W bridge collapse