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Ten SiebenCarey Attorneys Recognized as 2016 Best Lawyers in America

SiebenCareyAugust 17, 2015

SiebenCarey today announced that 10 of the firm’s attorneys were selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2016 – an annual list universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. The annual Best Lawyers list has been published since 1983. Rankings are based on a peer-review survey in which more than 50,000 leading attorneys cast nearly five million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas.
“It is an honor to receive this important peer recognition from The Best Lawyers in America again this year,” said Jim Carey, president of SiebenCarey. “Since the firm was founded in 1952, it’s been the goal of every attorney on our staff to protect the rights of those we serve as clients. We will continue ensuring clients understand their legal rights and receive the justice they deserve.”
SiebenCarey attorneys named to the 2016 Best Lawyers in America list include:

About the Lawyers

James P. Carey is President and Managing Partner of the law firm and one of the top wrongful death and personal injury attorneys in the state. Carey sits on the American Board of Trial Advocates and is certified as a Civil Trial Specialist by both the National Board of Trial Advocacy and the Minnesota State Bar Association. He received his J.D. from William Mitchell College of Law in 1986 and has practiced at the firm his entire career.

John W. Carey is a nationally recognized personal injury attorney with extensive experience in the field of medical malpractice. He is consistently recognized by his peers for his successes and leadership not only in this area, but also in the area of alternative dispute resolution where he is noted as an experienced mediator and arbitrator. Carey received his law degree from William Mitchell College of Law and has practiced personal injury law in Minnesota for 45 years.

Paul K. Downes joined the firm as a partner in 2002 and combines a client-centered philosophy with recognized legal skill to successfully represent a wide range of personal injury clients. He is active with the Minnesota Association for Justice, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and mentors law school students. Originally from Rochester, Minnesota, Downes received his Juris Doctor from the William Mitchell College of Law in 1992.

Susan Holden has spent her career representing clients in a variety of complex personal injury and wrongful death claims. She focuses her practice in cases involving trucking and automobile accidents, product defects, construction accidents, medical malpractice, and class action matters involving privacy and data breaches. Holden is certified as a Civil Trial Law Specialist by the Minnesota State Bar Association. Her practice also includes ADR service as a special master, arbitrator and mediator.  She is active in bar leadership within the state and nationally. Holden received her law degree from the William Mitchell College of Law.

Arthur C. Kosieradzki is a Senior Certified Civil Trial Law Specialist and partner at the firm where he provides expertise in serious personal injury cases including automobile and motorcycle accidents. Kosieradzki is originally from Marshalltown, Iowa, and received his degree from the William Mitchell College of Law in 1988. He manages the firm’s Lakeville office.

Mark G. Olive is renowned throughout the state as a top workers’ compensation attorney. He is committed to protecting the rights of injured workers in the courtroom and at the Minnesota Legislature. Olive has actively lobbied against repeated attempts by the business community to cut back workers’ compensation coverage. He received his undergraduate and law degree from the University of Notre Dame and has been with the firm since he graduated in 1979.

Paul F. Schweiger manages the firm’s Duluth office and is a nationally recognized trial attorney with nearly 40 years of experience practicing personal injury law. He is a Certified Civil Trial Law Specialist licensed in both Minnesota and Wisconsin who has practiced law since 1976. Schweiger is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers and the International Society of Barristers and a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates. He helps clients in medical malpractice cases and claims involving wrongful death and serious personal injuries.

Harry A. Sieben is a Civil Trial Law Specialist certified by the Minnesota State Bar Association. He built the firm into one of the largest personal injury law firms in Minnesota. Sieben served 14 years in the Minnesota House of Representatives including four years as Speaker of the House. He also served in the military for 35 years, retiring at the rank of Major General.

Michael F. Scully is a partner at the firm and has achieved success in the areas of workers' compensation, personal injury, and auto accident insurance litigation. Scully received his law degree from Hamline University of Law in 1996 and his undergraduate degree from St. John’s University.

Cory P. Whalen practices in all areas of personal injury litigation and is a partner at the firm. He is certified as a life member of both the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum; less than 1% of U.S. lawyers are members. He received his J.D. from William Mitchell College of Law and his B.A. from Winona State University.

About SiebenCarey
Founded in 1952, SiebenCarey has grown to become one of Minnesota’s largest and most widely respected personal injury law firms, successfully representing more than 65,000 cases. For over 60 years the firm has employed experienced lawyers and professional support personnel covering general trial practice in all courts, personal injury, workers’ compensation, wrongful death and medical malpractice. The offices are located around the state of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Lakeville and Duluth. For more information, visit

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