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SiebenCarey Attorneys Selected to 2016 Annual Super Lawyer List

SiebenCarey - SiebenCarey "Know Your Rights" AttorneyJuly 05, 2016

Sixteen SiebenCarey attorneys were selected to the 2016 Minnesota Super Lawyers list. Fourteen were chosen as Super Lawyers in their specific areas of practice and two were selected to the Minnesota Rising Stars list. Just five percent of all lawyers in Minnesota are named to this list each year.

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2015 Super Lawyers From SiebenCarey

SiebenCarey - SiebenCarey "Know Your Rights" AttorneyJuly 07, 2015

Seventeen SiebenCarey attorneys were selected to the 2015 Minnesota Super Lawyers list. Fourteen were chosen as Super Lawyers in their specific areas of practice and three were selected to the Minnesota Rising Stars list. Just five percent of all lawyers in Minnesota are named to this list each year.

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SiebenCarey Attorneys Recognized in Annual Super Lawyers Publication

SiebenCarey - SiebenCarey "Know Your Rights" AttorneyJuly 14, 2014

Each year, Super Lawyers rates lawyers who have attained a high-degree of professional achievement. Attorneys are selected based on a rigorous, multi-phase rating process that includes peer nominations, evaluations and third party research. The publication also recognized four attorneys from the firm to its list of Rising Stars.

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Weighing negligence and risk

Minnesota Lawyer, by Jane F. PribekApril 27, 2012

The Minnesota Supreme Court put the brakes on a defendant's argument that the doctrine of primary assumption of risk should relieve him of liability for negligent operation of a snowmobile.

That April 25 ruling in Daly v. McFarland stems from a lawsuit regarding a January 2007 accident. Christopher Daly and Zachary McFarland were riding when McFarland's snowmobile hit a drift and became airborne. He pushed his snowmobile away from his body to avoid injury, and it collided with Daly's sled. Daly fell off and was injured.

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Judge Awards Families Additional $4M For Railroad's Misconduct

KARE 11October 16, 2009

This week, the families of the four young adults who died when a freight train slammed into their car, were awarded $4 million when a Washington County judge ruled the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Company tried to cover up evidence during the trial.

In that trial, which ended a year ago, a jury awarded the families $21 million and placed 90 percent of the blame for the crash on Burlington Northern. The additional $4 million is a sanction against the railroad for what Judge Ellen Maas called "staggering" misconduct during the trial.

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Judge: Railroad engaged in 'staggering' pattern of misconduct

Star Tribune, by Paul LevyOctober 15, 2009

William Bongard represented the family of one of the four teens killed in a train crossing accident in 2003.

When the families and their attorneys took the case to trial, a jury awarded them $21.6 million in damages. Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corporation appealed that decision and refused to pay.

Then the attorneys for the families filed sanctions against the railroad, to punish them for their attempts to cover up their responsibility for the accident; because the crossing gate wasn't working properly and because they destroyed evidence, fabricated evidence, interfered with the investigation and lied.

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Request For $45 Million Award In Anoka Train Accident Goes Before Judge

Star Tribune, by Paul LevyApril 21, 2009

The verdict of $21.6 million to the families of four young adults killed in a 2003 train-car accident was among the largest wrongful-death awards ever in Minnesota.

But the case is bigger than that, the families' attorneys said Tuesday. Maybe $45 million bigger. Claiming that Burlington Northern Santa Fe fabricated, destroyed and withheld evidence that prevented the families from recovering punitive damages, the families' lawyers asked a Washington County judge for sanctions against the railroad of $45 million or more.

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$24 Million Train Accident Verdict

Minnesota Lawyer, by Jane PribekMarch 01, 2009

It's extremely gratifying to garner a $6 million verdict for the family of someone who died due to the negligence of someone else. But, the best part is knowing that an opponent who chose to ignore the rules is facing tough sanctions.

So say a group of five Twin Cities lawyers who represented four families following their children's deaths after a Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway Company ("BNSF") train crashed into their car on Sept. 26, 2003.

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Local Lawyer Considered Among The State's Best

Stillwater Gazette, by Kris JanischJanuary 16, 2009

William Bongard was nominated as Attorney of the Year (2008) by Minnesota Lawyer, a legal publication.

The recognition, he said, stems from a case in Anoka involving a group of teenagers whose vehicle was struck by a train. There was a dispute over whether the teens, all of whom died in the incident, had driven around the traffic arms that come down when a train approaches. Bongard called the court case a "tough battle."

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Minnesota Lawyer Names 2008 ‘Attorneys Of The Year’

Minnesota LawyerJanuary 10, 2009

Minnesota Lawyer 10th Annual "Attorneys of the Year" Award

The award is reserved for a select group of attorneys who distinguished themselves in 2008 with their exemplary work. The criteria for selection include leadership in the profession; involvement in major cases or other newsworthy events; excellence in corporate or transactional services; and public service.

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Families Send $24 Million Message To Railroad

Star Tribune, by Rochelle Olson and Lora PabstJune 14, 2008

The families of four young adults killed in a horrific train-car accident nearly five years ago were awarded $24 million by an Anoka County District Court jury that rejected earlier suggestions the victims had tried to beat a train to the crossing.

In its ruling, the jury determined Burlington Northern Santa Fe was 90 percent responsible for the crash and the driver was 10 percent responsible, said Bill Bongard, who represented the Rhoades family of Blaine.

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