Local Lawyer Considered Among The State's Best
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. Railroad company officials said they did, but the electronic records for the traffic arms somehow disappeared. Bongard called the court case a "tough battle." The jury awarded the families of the teenagers $24 million.