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Minneapolis, Minnesota

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Mike Zimmer was born and raised in southwest Minnesota. After serving four years in the Marine Corps, he graduated with honors from Winona State University. He then attended law school at the University of Minnesota, where he graduated with honors in 1982.

After law school Mike practiced with a small firm in Waseca, Minnesota for five years. In 1988, he moved to the Twin Cities area where he practiced at Arthur, Chapman & McDonough and then Schwebel, Goetz & Sieben. In 1994, Mike joined Mike Tewksbury and Keith Kerfeld to found the law firm of Tewksbury Kerfeld Zimmer, PA. In 2006 Mike founded the law firm of M.A. Zimmer Law. He limits his practice solely to representing plaintiffs in personal injury and death cases which arise as a result of automobile accidents, defective products, construction accidents, medical malpractice and other matters.

Mike is certified as a civil trial specialist at both the state (Minnesota Bar Association) and national level (National Board of Trial Advocacy). There are approximately 24,000 lawyers in Minnesota. Currently, only 326 have been designated as Certified Civil Trial Specialists.

Mike is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates. The purpose of the organization is to foster improvement in the ethical and technical standards of practice in the field of advocacy and to preserve the civil jury system guaranteed by the 7th Amendment of the United Stated Constitution. The organization is unique. You must have a significant amount of actual civil jury trial experience in order to qualify for membership. Then, you must be nominated by a current member and voted into the organization by members of the local chapter. Under those circumstances, ABOTA is considered to be a prestigious trial organization.

Mike Zimmer has also been named as a Superlawyer by Minnesota Law & Politics. The designation is based upon a vote by lawyers in the state of Minnesota. Minnesota Law & Politics sends out about 18,000 ballots to lawyers throughout the state. The voters are asked to vote for those personal injury lawyers they view as being the best in Minnesota. Once the vote is in a blue ribbon committee reviews the list and a selection committee makes the final cuts. The list represents only 5% of Minnesota’s licensed lawyers. Mike has appeared on the lists of Minnesota Superlawyers in Minnesota Law & Politics, Business Monthly, and Minneapolis/St. Paul Magazine. Mike was voted as one of the top 40 Minnesota personal injury Superlawyers in 2004. In 2006 Mike was named one of Minnesota’s 15 Lawyers of the Year by Minnesota Lawyer Magazine.

Mike is licensed to practice in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Arizona.

Areas of Practice

  • Animal Bites/Animal Attacks
  • Insurance Law
  • Litigation & Appeals
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents
  • Serious Personal Injury
  • Products Liability Law
  • Slip and Fall
  • Toxic Torts
  • Wrongful Death

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Certification/Specialties

  • Civil Trial Specialist, Minnesota Bar Association and National Board of Trial Advocacy
  • Certified Council Trial Advocate, National Board of Trial Advocacy

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota, 1982
  • Arizona, 1986
  • Wisconsin, 1989
  • U.S. District Court District of Minnesota, 1984
  • U.S. District Court District of Arizona, 1990

Education

  • University of Minnesota Law School, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1982
    J.D.
    Honors: Magna Cum Laude
  • Winona State University, Winona, Minnesota, U.S., 1979
    B.S.
    Major: Paralegal Studies
    Honors: Summa Cum Laude

Classes/Seminars Taught

  • Minnesota DWI Law, Waseca Rotary Club; Janesville Rotary Club; University of Minnesota Technical College, Waseca, 1983
  • Minnesota Criminal Law and Procedure, Waseca High School, 1985 – 1987
  • Estate Planning & Wills, Waseca Area Memorial Hospital, “I Can Cope” class, 1985 – 1987
  • Minnesota Products Liability Law, Minnesota Institute of Legal Education, Continuing Legal Education, 1987
  • Commercial General Liability Insurance in Minnesota, Minnesota Institute of Legal Education, Continuing Legal Education, 1989
  • Minnesota Products Liability Law, Minnesota Institute of Legal Education, Continuing Legal Education, 1989
  • Drug and Medical Device Liability, Minnesota Institute of Legal Education, Continuing Legal Education, 1991
  • Personal Injury Institute, Minnesota Institute of Legal Education, Continuing Legal Education, 1991
  • Trial Advocacy, Minnesota Continue Legal Education, 1991
  • Minnesota Products Liability Law, Minnesota Institute of Legal Education, Continuing Legal Education, 1992
  • Personal Injury Institute, Minnesota Institute of Legal Education, Continuing Legal Education, 1992
  • Minnesota Products Liability Law, Minnesota Institute of Legal Education, Continuing Legal Education, 1993
  • Personal Injury Institute, Minnesota Institute of Legal Education, Continuing Legal Education, 1994
  • Soft Tissue Injuries, Minnesota Institute of Legal Education, Continuing Legal Education, 1994
  • Automobile Litigation – Unique Issues, Minnesota Institute of Legal Education, Continuing Legal Education, 1995
  • Basics of Civil Litigation, Minnesota Continuing Legal Education, 1995
  • Minnesota Products Liability Law, Minnesota Institute of Legal Education, Continuing Legal Education, 1995
  • Advanced UM and UIM, Minnesota Institute of Legal Education, Continuing Legal Education, 1996
  • Assessing, Evaluating & Defending Neck and Back Claims, Minnesota Institute of Legal Education, Continuing Legal Education, 1996
  • Minnesota Products Liability Law, Minnesota Institute of Legal Education, Continuing Legal Education, 1997
  • Human Anatomy – Medical Strategies Series, Minnesota Institute of Legal Education, Continuing Legal Education, 1997
  • Products Liability – Anatomy of a Case, Minnesota Institute of Legal Education, Continuing Legal Education, 1998
  • Chronic Pain Syndome, Minnesota Institute of Legal Education, Continuing Legal Education, 1998
  • Basics of Litigation, Minnesota State Bar Association, Continuing Legal Education, 1998
  • How to Build a Successful Law Practice, 1999
  • Minnesota Products Liability Law, Minnesota Institute of Legal Education, Continuing Legal Education, 1999
  • Orthopaedic Injuries, Minnesota Institute of Legal Education, Continuing Legal Education, 1999
  • Organizing Your Practice: Moving Cases and Keeping Clients Informed and Involved, Preventing Malpractice: Client Communications, Minnesota Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company, Continuing Legal Education, 2000
  • Insurance Claims 101, Minnesota Institute of Legal Education, Continuing Legal Education, 2000
  • Orthopaedic Injuries, Minnesota Institute of Legal Education, Continuing Legal Education, 2001
  • Planes, Trains, and Automobiles, Minnesota Products Liability Law, Minnesota Institute of Legal Education, Continuing Legal Education, 2001
  • Client Relationships, Handling Auto Accident Cases, Minnesota Institute of Legal Education, Continuing Legal Education, 2001
  • Spoliation of Evidence – Plaintiff Perspective, Premises Liability, Minnesota Institute of Legal Education, Continuing Legal Education, 2002
  • Minnesota Civil Law, Lakeville High School, 2004 – 2005
  • Anatomy of a Personal Injury Trial – Direct Exam – Plaintiff, Minnesota Trial Lawyers Association, Continuing Legal Education, 2005
  • Products Liability 2005, Clarion Legal, 2005

Honors and Awards

  • Named as a Superlawyer by Minnesota Law & Politics
  • Voted one of the top 40 Minnesota personal injury Superlawyers, 2004
  • Named as one of Minnesota’s 15 Lawyers of the Year by Minnesota Lawyer Magzine.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Board of Trial Advocates
    Member
  • Minnesota Academy of Certified Trial Lawyers
    Member
  • Minnesota Association for Justice
    Member
  • Minnesota Bar Association
    Member
  • Hennepin County Bar Association
    Member
  • State Bar of Arizona
    Member
  • Wisconsin Bar Association
    Member