Background

Paul Downes is a respected trial attorney who combines a client-centered philosophy with recognized legal skill to successfully represent a wide range of personal injury clients.

Paul is a Certified Civil Trial Law Specialist, a certification program administered by the Minnesota State Bar Association and approved by the State Board of Legal Certification. Certified attorneys have successfully completed numerous jury trials and demonstrated superior knowledge, skill and integrity. This achievement has been earned by fewer than 3% of all licensed Minnesota attorneys.

Before joining SiebenCarey, Paul successfully built the personal injury law firm of Meyer & Associates with Helen Meyer, another prominent personal injury attorney who served as a Justice on the Minnesota Supreme Court. At Meyer & Associates, Paul developed a highly personalized level of client service while providing outstanding legal representation. In 2002, he joined SiebenCarey as a partner.

Paul was appointed by the MN Supreme Court to serve on the No-Fault Standing Committee. This 12 member committee is selected by the Supreme Court and members serve a four-year term overseeing implementation of the No-Fault law in Minnesota where approximately 5000 no-fault arbitrations occur each year.

Most recently, Paul was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2019 in the field of Plaintiff Personal Injury Litigation. Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Paul was also named to the 2018 Super Lawyers annual list, another award determined by his legal peers. He has appeared on this list for more than 15 years. The Million Dollar Advocates Forum recognized Paul in 2006. This honor is presented to lawyers who obtain million dollar verdicts for their clients. Paul has served on the Board of Governors for the Minnesota Association for Justice and has lectured frequently at local, regional and national legal seminars. He is active with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, mentors law school students, and is a coach for youth sports.

Paul is one of our most accomplished personal injury and wrongful death trial attorneys in Minneapolis, helping victims of defective products, vehicle accidents, and other injuries.

Awards and Associations

Best Lawyers in America

Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs

Certified Civil Trial Law Specialist

Minnesota State Bar Association

Super Lawyer - Thomson Reuters

PI General - Plaintiff

Top Rated Lawyer In Personal Injury Law

AV Preeminent 5.0 Rating Martindale-Hubbell; The highest rating for professional skills

Million Dollar Advocates Forum

Member

American Association for Justice Leader's Forum

Member

Minnesota State Bar Association

Member

American Bar Association

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Minnesota Association for Justice

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American Association for Justice

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Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

Volunteer

University of St. Thomas Law School

Mentor

Client Reviews

Featured News and Articles

2019 Best Lawyers in America

SiebenCarey today announced that 12 of the firm’s attorneys were selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2019 – an annual list universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence.

Rochester Native Certified by State Bar Association

Paul Downes has received certification as a Minnesota State Bar Association board-certified civil trial law specialist. Fewer than 3 percent of all licensed Minnesota attorneys receive the certification.

County Sued Over Fatal VA Van Crash

Civil lawsuits have been filed in connection with a crash that involved a county van transporting veterans from the VA Medical Center at Fort Snelling.

Jury Awards $2 Million For Bar Attack

A Minneapolis jury has awarded $2 million to a former University of Nebraska football player who lost an eye after he was attacked outside a downtown bar.

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Education

  • J.D., 1992, William Mitchell College of Law, St. Paul, MN
  • B.A., 1989, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN

Why I Became a
Know Your Rights
Personal Injury Attorney

I practice personal injury law for two reasons. One, I like working with people. Two, I like to try cases. My reputation in the legal field is one of trust because of those two reasons. People trust that I can help them get through the confusing and frightening legal process, and they trust that I won’t back down if we need to take the case to trial. My clients (and colleagues) know I will work hard to make sure the people I represent receive the benefits to which they are entitled.

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Client Reviews

out of 12 reviews
Jim Becker
it was a good experience, it took a long time to settle but good to have an experienced attorney in my corner.
Phil Manger
Awesome lawyers, awesome staff!!
Jim Walsh
I had a very positive experience with Paul Downes. He took the time to explain the process, each step of the way, and what we could expect. No surprises. A pleasant experience.
Troy Rognrud

In June of 2013 I was enjoying a ride on my vintage motorcycle, and was severely injured by an inattentive motorist, sending me to the hospital, physical therapy, and amassing a considerable amount of debt.

Fortunately I made contact with Robert Hauer, and Paul Downes with SiebenCarey!
Paul walked me through the entire process, explaining in layman's terms as to what to expect, and he continued to keep me informed as each step was reached.

Ultimately we used mediation to reach a settlement that allowed me to pay off my outstanding bills, and to bank an amount that gave me some peace of mind.
If by some unfortunate incident you ever have need for the services of a personal injury attorney, I highly recommend SiebenCarey... Thanks Paul!

Jesse Bukal

In need of a personal injury attorney? Well you're if you're reading this you're in the right place. You'd be hard pressed to find more competent attorneys than the ones here at SiebenCarey.

They took my case to trial and an amazing job presenting the facts and fighting for my best interests! Three years ago I was unsure of what my future would bring; now that it's over I can rest a bit easier. With SiebenCarey as my counsel, I believe I had the absolute BEST representation a person could've asked for. I knew that I wanted the absolute best representation when searching for an attorney to handle my case and I most definitely received it.

If you need a personal injury attorney, look no further. Can't recommend highly enough.

Daniel Ball
Really good professionals, they solved my issues in no time using the most impressive and advanced approach. Really good, highly recommended
Jenna L. at Insider Pages
I have had nothing but great service with these guys. They are very knowledgable on a wide variety of subjects and topic. They will help you with any case you need!
Eric Petoletti
Even though I was states away and could only talk on the phone, they listened and did everything that they could to win my case. I felt like I was a part of the family.
Jazz Smith

SiebenCarey is a professional and dedicated law organization that help accident victim.

Morgan Petoletti
My husband had an amazing experience with this firm. They listened and took the time to understand our case.
Carly R.

My boyfriend was hit by a car and while all the attorneys he talked to said he didn't have much chance of a case, SiebenCarey took him on and gave him a fighting chance. He's still recovering, but SiebenCarey is making it a lot easier.

St. Paul Local 12
Thanks for everything, your experience paid off BIG!!!