Lawyers located in Monticello, Minnesota, on the border of Wright and Sherburne Counties.

Personal Injury

At Smith, Paulson, O’Donnell and Erickson, P.L.C., we recognize the need for excellent personal injury representation in our community. For the last 30 years, our firm has associated with carefully selected attorneys in whom we have confidence and trust. At present, Greg Yaeger and Michael Weiner are based in Minneapolis to serve the needs of injured citizens from our community, in our community.

Yaeger & Weiner have been the attorneys that injured people and their families turn to for help at some of the most difficult times of their lives.

We understand just how devastating an injury can be.  Our attorneys and staff are dedicated to the health and well-being of our injured clients, and we are committed to making sure every one of them is treated with respect and care.
Accidents can cause persistent injuries, life-long pain, and even death. If your injury is caused by the negligence of another person or organization you have the right to seek compensation from them. Personal injury litigation may be necessary.
We team with the law firm of Yaeger & Weiner, who have a well-earned reputation for successfully representing people who were injured by someone else’s negligence, carelessness or wrongful conduct.  The attorneys, Gregory Yaeger and Michael Weiner, have obtained millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for clients injured or disabled in aviation accidents, automobile accidents, accidents caused by general negligence and dangerous or defective products.

We work very closely with Bill Sullivan, the Auto Division Investigations Director, who uses his 35 plus years of experience to thoroughly investigate the accident and injuries, including performing detailed reviews of medical records and a thorough analysis of the legal issues involved in order to ensure that all responsible parties are identified, and to maximize recovery for clients.

 
Contact Smith Paulson O’Donnell & Erickson, PLC today to schedule a consultation to discuss your case. (763-) 295-2107.

 

Bill Sullivan

Investigator
Bill Sullivan has been a personal injury investigator and Director of the Auto Division of attorney Michael L. Weiner’s law firms for over 30 years, and has worked with attorney Greg Yaeger for over 20 years.

Bill is a highly trained and experienced automobile accident investigator who has investigated more than 6,000 automobile accidents in a career that has spanned 47 years.  After attending Saint Cloud State University, from 1967 to 1979, Bill served as a police officer for the City of Golden Valley where he worked in general patrol, traffic enforcement and was an accident specialist, including advanced accident investigation.

Bill has extensive knowledge and background in accident reconstruction. In his law enforcement career, he worked as police school and liaison officer, narcotics officer, criminal investigation detective and Police Sergeant. His duties included review of high accident parts of the city, and all city accidents related to traffic law enforcement.

Bill has always been interested in cars and how they work, beginning at age 10 repairing farm machinery and automobiles. Bill owned his first vehicle at age 12 and did all the repairs himself. As a teenager, he worked as a service station attendant and general auto mechanic and continued repairing automobiles until 1994.

 

Associated Attorneys 

Gregory T. Yaeger

Gregory T. Yaeger

Gregory T. Yaeger is a founding partner of the firm of Yaeger & Weiner. He is an accomplished trial attorney with extensive experience in the areas of personal injury and railroad law.

Greg has a history of fighting for the rights of injured people in Minnesota, the surrounding states, and across the country. He has achieved numerous large verdicts or settlements on behalf of his clients. Greg has been recognized locally, and nationally by Best Lawyers in American since 2006. He is a member of the Minnesota Association for Justice (MAJ) and the Academy of Rail Labor Attorneys (ARLA) and serves as Designated Legal Counsel for the Brotherhood of Railway Signalmen. He has practiced law since 1985.

Areas of Practice:


Personal Injury
Wrongful Death
Federal Employer’s Liability Act (FELA)  

Railroad Injury Accidents

Federal Safety Appliance Act (FSAA) – Plaintiff

Locomotive Inspection Act (LIA) – Plaintiff



Litigation Percentage:


100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation


Bar Admissions:


Minnesota, 1985

Montana, 1997

U.S. District Court District of Minnesota, 1986

U.S. District Court Eastern District of Wisconsin, 1985

U.S. District Court District of Nebraska, 1995

U.S. District Court Central District of Illinois, 1991

U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois, 2000


Honors and Awards:

Martindale AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5
Best lawyers in America 2006- present

Education:


William Mitchell College of Law, St Paul, Minnesota
J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence

St John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota
B.S., Bachelor of Science


Professional Associations and Memberships:


American Association for Justice, Member

Minnesota Association for Justice, Member


 

 

Michael L. Weiner

Michael L. Weiner

Mike is a member of the Minnesota Association for Justice, and has chaired a number of committees and served on its Board of Governors.  He is a frequent lecturer at continuing legal education programs and has written numerous articles and law reviews for legal publications. Mike is also a longtime Adjunct Professor of Law at William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, MN.

Mike is also an avid photographer, and he is happy to share his favorite photographs at this link.


Areas of Practice:


Personal Injury – Plaintiff

Federal Employer’s Liability Act (FELA) – Employee

Railroad Injury Accidents
Federal Safety Appliance Act (FSAA) – Plaintiff

Locomotive Inspection Act (LIA) – Plaintiff

Products Liability Law
Wrongful Death – Plaintiff

Litigation & Appeals


Litigation Percentage:


100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation


Bar Admissions:


Minnesota, 1981

U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit

U.S. District Court District of Minnesota, 1981

U.S. Supreme Court, 1984

Education:


William Mitchell College of Law, St Paul, Minnesota, 1981

J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence. Honors: Cum Laude

University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1977

B.Elec.St., Bachelor of Elected Studies


Published Works:


Medicare Set-Asides: Uncertainty and Confusion, Minnesota Trial Lawyers Magazine, Winter 2007.

Right to Punitive Damages in Minnesota in the Absence of a Personal Injury, 27 Wm. Mitchell L. Rev 1043, 2000

No-Fault Tort Thresholds, The Plaintiff’s Perspective, 24 Wm. Mitchell L. Rev. 985, 1998

Weiner and Steenson, Products Liability, MTLA Cause of Action Manual, 3rd ed.

Legal Computer Operator Malpractice: A New Tort, Hennepin County Lawyer, Nov./Dec., 1986

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


Representative Cases:


Kissoondath v. U.S. Fire Ins. Co., 620 N.W.2d 909 (Minn. Ct, App. 2001)

Short v. Dairyland Ins. Co., 334 N.W.2d 384 (Minn. 1983)

Kulavic v. Chicago & Illinois Midland Ry. Co., 1 F.3d 507 (C.A.7 (Ill.) 1993)

Forster v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., 437 N.W.2d 655 (Minn. 1989)

Pikop v. Burlington Northern R. Co., 390 N.W.2d 743 (Minn. 1986)

Garcia v. Burlington Northern R. Co., 818 F.2d 713 (C.A.10 (Colo.) 1987)

Stevens v. Baltimore & Ohio R. Co., 915 F.2d 1565(Table, Text in WESTLAW), Unpublished (4th Cir 1990)

Melin v. Burlington Northern R. Co., 401 N.W.2d 418 (Minn. Ct. App 1987)

Myers v. John Deere Ltd., 683 F.2d 270 (C.A.8 (N.D.) 1982)

Foss v. State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co. (as Amicus Curiae), 1996 Minn. App. LEXIS 1286 (Minn. Ct. App. 1996)

Lindsey v. Louisville & Nashville Railroad Co. (as Amicus Curiae), 775 F.2d 1322 (5th Cir. 1985)

Lundman v. McKown (as Amicus Curiae) , 530 N.W.2d 807, cert. denied, 516 U.S. 1092 (1996) (Minn. Ct. App. 1995)


Classes/Seminars Taught:


Adjunct Professor, William Mitchell College of Law, St. Paul, Minnesota (Product Liability)

Frequent Lecturer, Continuing Legal Education Programs


Honors and Awards:


Selected as a “Superlawyer” by Minnesota Journal of Law and Politics, both generally, and as one of the Top Appellate Specialists in the state of Minnesota
Order of the Barristers, 1981

Best Lawyers in America – Railroad Law Section, 2006-Present


Professional Associations and Memberships:

American Association for Justice, 1981 – Present, Member

Academy of Rail Labor Attorneys

Minnesota Association for Justice, 1981 – Present, Member of Board of Governors

Minnesota Association for Justice; Chair, Publications Committee

Minnesota Association for Justice; Member, Amicus Committee

Past Employment Positions:
Weiner, Jungbauer & Barzak, Partner, 1993-2013
Weiner & Kvas, Partner, 1991 – 1993
DeParcq, Hunegs, Stone, Koenig & Reid, Associate, 1981 – 1991


Pro Bono Activities:


Legal Advice Clinics