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Philip Sieff

Philip Sieff

Robins Kaplan LLP
  • Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice
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Philip Sieff is a trial attorney in Minneapolis, Minnesota who battles for justice when wrongdoers cause serious injury or death. Intense and relentless, he helps clients find the courage they need to face those who have hurt them.

He has significant experience representing families coping with the wrongful death of a loved ones, particularly children, having handled hundreds of wrongful death cases. The complex and high profile cases Phil has handled, includes: the I-35W Bridge Collapse (lead co-counsel of I-35W Consortium, a group of 17 law firms that provided legal services to over 100 collapse victims); the Red Lake High School Shooting; and the Holidazzle Parade Disaster.

Mr. Sieff has spent more than twenty seven years in front of judges and juries obtaining justice from wrongdoers and their insurance companies. He has tried—and won— injury and wrongful death cases and has obtained numerous million dollar verdicts and settlements for his clients.

Philip has tried and won injury and wrongful death cases obtaining numerous million dollar verdicts and settlements for his clients. He has handled cases involving serious car accidents, passenger injuries, defective products, medical malpractice, violence in schools, drunk drivers, compressed gas dusting abuse, boating accidents, train derailments, construction site accidents, truck accidents, and airplane crashes.

Recently, Philip Sieff obtained a $7.75 million jury verdict against the manufacturer of aerosol dust remover products following a fatal vehicle crash. Serving as co-lead counsel, Mr. Sieff secured a landmark $7.75 million verdict against CRC Industries for its failure to prevent the foreseeable misuse of its aerosol dust remover products. The verdict follows the 2019 death of a driver who was killed in a vehicle crash after an individual huffed CRC Duster and struck her car head-on. This is the first dust remover case of its kind to go to trial.

Practice Areas
Personal Injury
Brain Injury, Car Accidents, Construction Accidents, Motorcycle Accidents, Premises Liability, Truck Accidents, Wrongful Death
Medical Malpractice
Birth Injury, Medical Misdiagnosis, Surgical Errors
Additional Practice Area
  • Mass Tort - Defective Products
  • Free Consultation
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
U.S. District Court, Minnesota
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U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri
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U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin
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Professional Experience
Robins Kaplan LLP
Cornell College
B.S.S., Politics, with distinction
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Hamline University Law School
cum laude 1985, Associate Member, Hamline Law Review and Associate Editor-In-Chief, Hamline Law Review Symposium
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500 Leading Plaintiff Consumer Lawyers
POWER 30 List
Minnesota Lawyer
Named to POWER 30 List, Minnesota Lawyer (2023)
500 Leading Plaintiff Consumer Lawyers
Listed in "500 Leading Plaintiff Consumer Lawyers," Lawdragon (2019; 2021-2023)
The Best Lawyers in America
The Best Lawyers in America
Listed in The Best Lawyers in America (2012-2023 editions)
Minnesota Super Lawyer
Super Lawyers
Named a "Minnesota Super Lawyer," Super Lawyers (2000-2023)
Super Lawyer
Robins Kaplan LLP
Voted a "Super Lawyer" of Minnesota law by his peers every year since 2000
Minnesota Super Lawyers Top 100
Super Lawyers
Named to the "Minnesota Super Lawyers Top 100" list by Super Lawyers (2016-2020, 2022)
Lawyer of the Year
The Best Lawyers in America
Named "Lawyer of the Year," The Best Lawyers in America (2021 edition)
Plaintiff's Lawyer Trailblazer
The National Law Journal
Named a "Plaintiff's Lawyer Trailblazer," The National Law Journal (2019)
America's Top 100 High Stakes Litigators
America's Top 100 Attorneys
Named one of "America's Top 100 High Stakes Litigators" by America's Top 100 Attorneys (2017)
Circle of Excellence
Minnesota Lawyer
Named to the “Circle of Excellence” by Minnesota Lawyer, honoring the multiple years the publication has named him an “Attorney of the Year” (2008, 2016)
North Star Lawyer
Minnesota State Bar Association
Named a “North Star Lawyer” by the Minnesota State Bar Association for providing at least 50 hours of pro bono legal services (2015-2016)
Litigation Star
Benchmark Litigation
Named a "Litigation Star," Benchmark Litigation (2013 edition)
Top Rated Lawyer in Personal Injury Law
American Lawyer Media
Named a "Top Rated Lawyer in Personal Injury Law," American Lawyer Media (2013)
Minnesota's Best Lawyers
Best Lawyers in America
Named one of "Minnesota's Best Lawyers," Best Lawyers in America and Minnesota Monthly (2013)
Leadership & Service Award
Cornell College
Recipient of the "Leadership & Service Award," Cornell College (2012)
Distinguished Alumni Award
Hamline University School of Law
"Distinguished Alumni Award," Hamline University School of Law (2011)
Arthur von Briesen Award
National Legal Aid and Defender Association
Recipient of the "Arthur von Briesen Award," from the National Legal Aid and Defender Association, in recognition of his work following the I-35W Bridge Collapse (2010)
Pro Bono Award
American Association for Justice
Recipient of the second annual "Pro Bono Award" from the American Association for Justice for securing a bridge fund for the victims, as well as assisting the investigation into the cause of the I-35W Bridge Collapse (2009)
Professional Excellence Award
Minnesota State Bar Association
"Professional Excellence Award," from the Minnesota State Bar Association, awarded to a group of lawyers who represented survivors of the I-35W Bridge Collapse on a pro bono basis (2009)
Named in "Minnesota's Top Personal Injury Lawyers," Minnesota Law & Politics (2007) **
Litigation Counsel of America
Selected as a Litigation Counsel of America Fellow
Listed as a "Rising Star" of Minnesota Law, Minnesota Law & Politics (2000) **
Listed as a "Super Lawyer" of Minnesota Law, Minnesota Law & Politics (2000-2007) ** 
Professional Associations
Trial Law Institute
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Diversity Law Institute
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Barrister in the Order of Veritas
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Articles & Publications
Obtained $7.75 Million Jury Verdict Against Manufacturer of Aerosol Dust Remover Products Following Fatal Vehicle Crash
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15 Partners Selected to Lawdragon 500 Leading Plaintiff Consumer Lawyers List
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Five Robins Kaplan Attorneys Named To Minnesota Lawyer’s Power 30: Personal Injury List
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Compressed-Gas Maker Can't Evade 'Whip-It' Crash Death Suit
The Dangers of Keyboard Dust Removers
Landmark Recovery
Dusting Dangers with Phil Sieff
Landmark Recovery
What is Dusting?
Treatment Magazine
15 Years Later: The I-35 Bridge Collapse and the Lessons Carried On
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Robins Kaplan LLP Takes Action on Behalf of Victims of BIA Highway 3 Washout on Standing Rock Sioux Reservation
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Duluth woman paralyzed by driver impaired from huffing sues aerosol cleaner manufacturer 3M
Fox 9 News
Worker burned in explosion at Minneapolis industrial building files lawsuit
Fox 9 News
Attorneys of the Year: Philip Sieff
Minnesota Lawyer
PHILIP SIEFF: Groundbreaking Result in Methadone Case
Minnesota Lawyer
Robins Kaplan Secures $8.55 Million Settlement in Precedent-Setting Case Against Minnesota Methadone Clinic
Robins Kaplan LLP
When Fire Strikes the Surgical Suite: An examination of products liability and medical malpractice claims when hospital or operating room fires injure patients.
Minnesota Lawyer
Wrongful Death Recoveries in the Era of the Modern Family
Attorney at Law Magazine
Parties Settle Auto Accident Case for $3.8M
Minnesota Lawyer
Philip Sieff Honored with National Legal Aid & Defender Association's Arthur von Briesen Award
Robins Kaplan LLP
Minneapolis I-35W Bridge Survivors and Those Who Lost Loved Ones Recover More Than $40 Million
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Personal Injury Case Report: $3.1 Million Settlement After 18-year-old Struck by Boat While Inner Tubing
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Four Awarded $1.86M in Derailment Damages
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Professional Bio
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Contact & Map
Robins Kaplan LLP
800 Lasalle Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55402
Toll-Free: (800) 553-9910
Telephone: (612) 349-8500
Monday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Tuesday: 8:30 AM - 5 PM
Wednesday: 8:30 AM - 5 PM
Thursday: 8:30 AM - 5 PM
Friday: 8:30 AM - 5 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed (Today)