Patricia Yoedicke


$8.5 million in judgments from methadone-related car accident. Represented the families of two young men killed in a traffic collision caused by a methadone-impaired driver.  After a motion to dismiss, the families’ claims against the methadone clinic for negligent practices went forward following a “first-of-its-kind” ruling in Minnesota, in which the district court found that the clinic had a duty to protect the public from its improper treatment practices. After over two years of litigation and shortly before trial, the clinic agreed to confess judgment, be adjudicated negligent, and to assign all claims against its insurance companies two weeks prior to a scheduled jury trial.  Insurance coverage continues to be actively litigated.

$8.5 million verdict for double amputee in products liability case involving a defective tractor.

$10.3 million verdict for passenger injured in truck collision.

Several dram shop insurance settlements involving liquor liability coverage issues. Was the primary developer and briefer of coverage theories to various Minnesota trial judges and the Minnesota Court of Appeals which greatly increased the coverage available to our clients.

Confidential settlement on behalf of two families who lost three children when a conversion van spontaneously erupted into flames.

Confidential settlement for two boys who were severely burned when a non-child resistant utility lighter started a fire.

9.6 million settlement on behalf of a severely brain-injured young woman who was rear-ended in an auto accident.

$1 million judgment for wrongful death of a 4-year-old boy, affirmed on appeal (2005).

$1 million dollar settlement including waiver of worker's compensation subrogation interest for arm amputation caused by a defectively designed conveyor belt "tripper".

$872,000 settlement for wrongful death of a 17-year-old (2005).

$530,000 judgment for foot injuries to a 24-year-old, sustained on appeal (2005).

$300,000 jury verdict for man with a herniated disc, who suffered no wage loss.

Northstar Lawyer
  • Named a “North Star Lawyer” by the Minnesota State Bar Association for providing at least 50 hours of pro bono legal services (2015-2016)
  • Recipient of the "Ann Liechty Pro Bono Award" from the American Bar Association
Bar Admissions
  • Minnesota
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Minnesota
  • University of Minnesota Law School, J.D., cum laude (1978)
  • Stanford University, B.A., with distinction
Professional Associations
  • Hennepin County Bar Association
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Minnesota Association for Justice (formerly Minnesota Trial Lawyers Association)


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