Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P. is
pleased to announce that survivors and those who lost loved ones when
the Minneapolis I-35W bridge collapsed have settled their cases against
URS Corporation, a foreign multinational engineering corporation for
more than $40 million. The families had sued URS asserting that it
negligently failed to properly evaluate the bridge's structural integrity
after it was hired by the State of Minnesota to provide engineering
Also, the attorneys recovered from URS an additional $1.5 million that
they will donate for the construction of a memorial honoring those who
"This settlement is a much swifter resolution than facing a jury trial, and
it concludes the last remaining legal obstacle. While this catastrophe
changed their lives, and our state, forever, we are confident that
everyone, from the state to the responsible parties, did everything
possible to make it right for them," states Chris Messerly, a partner with
Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P., who handled the cases pro bono.
"We wanted to do everything possible for these survivors and those
who lost loved ones, who are our neighbors, our friends, our family. It
has been a remarkable and life-changing event for anyone who was
touched by this event. We are very pleased that those whose lives
were directly impacted by this terrible bridge disaster have been
compensated as fairly and with as much dignity as possible. After three
long years, their legal issues can finally be put to rest," said Philip Sieff,
a firm partner. Mr. Messerly and Mr. Sieff led a group of 17 law firms in
Minnesota representing 103 clients.
More than 130 attorneys and staff at Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi
L.L.P. contributed more than 20,000 hours pro bono over the past three
years, making this the most significant pro bono contribution in the firm's
Known as the "Greatest Man-Made Catastrophe in State History," the I-
35W bridge collapsed in downtown Minneapolis on August 1, 2007,
killing 13 and injuring more than 150 others. The Robins, Kaplan, Miller
& Ciresi L.L.P. attorneys had previously played a crucial role in
obtaining the passage of historic legislation in which the State of
Minnesota paid $37 million in May 2008. The survivors and families
who lost loved ones then filed suit against the two corporations
responsible for causing the collapse. In October 2009, they settled their
case against the company that placed construction materials on the
bridge weighing more than a 747 jet airliner.
The law firms that joined with Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P to
represent the survivors and families who lost loved ones were:
Flynn Gaskins & Bennett LLP
Hallberg & McClain, P.A.
Harper & Peterson, P.L.L.C.
TSR Injury Law
Maschka, Riedy & Ries, P.L.L.P.
Sawicki & Phelps, P.A.
Fluegel Law Office
Peralta & Peralta, Ltd.
Novitzke, Gust, Sempf, Whitley & Bergmanis
Conlin Law Firm, LLC
Law Office of Logan N. Foreman
Kauffman Law Firm
Hauer, Fargione, Love, Landy & McEllistrem, P.A.
Maser & Amundson, P.A.
Goldenberg & Johnson P.L.L.C.
Eckberg, Lammers, Briggs, Wolff & Vierling