Phil Sieff represents victims in very complex and high profile injury and wrongful death matters. Examples of some of those cases include:
I-35W Bridge Collapse. Mr. Sieff served as lead co-counsel of the I-35W Consortium, a group of 17 law firms that provided legal services to the over 100 victims of the August 1, 2007 I-35W Bridge Collapse in Minneapolis. Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P. provided free legal services to our clients. Mr. Sieff contributed over 3,500 hours of free legal services to the victims. He was instrumental in helping secure a legislatively created $37 million compensation fund for the Bridge Collapse victims, was in charge of managing the needs of the Consortium's 100+ Bridge Collapse clients, coordinating the work of the Consortium law firms, and was the point person for the engineering experts hired to determine the cause of the collapse. In 2009, PCI Corporation paid its insurance policy limits to the victims in a settlement and three years after the collapse, URS Corporation paid more than $40 million to settle the Consortium clients' claims. An additional $1.5 million was recovered from URS which was donated for the construction of the memorial built in Minneapolis to honor the victims of the collapse. In total, more than $77 million was recovered for the Consortium clients and Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P. attorneys and staff devoted more than 20,000 hours of free legal services to the case. Due to the contributions from Mr. Sieff and other dedicated individuals, the firm received The National Law Journal's 2011 Pro Bono Award for its work in representing victims of Minnesota's 2007 I-35W bridge collapse. To learn more about the award and the I-35W Bridge collapse case, click here.
Automobile Collision. In 2007, a 63-year-old farm wife was severely injured when an approaching car crossed the center line on a rural two-lane road and struck her car. The collision left the woman injured with fractures to her right shoulder and arm, pelvis, right hip, right leg, and right foot. After developing an infection, her left arm had to be amputated below the elbow. The defendants denied liability and disputed damages, but in 2011 Mr. Sieff secured a $3.8 million settlement to cover the woman's massive, ongoing medical expenses, projected future expenses, and allowed the creation of a plan to help her adapt to her life-altering injuries. To learn more about the case, click here.
Red Lake High School Shooting. On March 21, 2005, a 16-year-old went on a shooting rampage at the high school on the Red Lake Indian Reservation in northern Minnesota. Ten people, mostly high school students, died in the rampage, making this one of the most devastating school shootings on record. Mr. Sieff was honored to represent the families of five children who died in the shooting and four of the children wounded. Mr. Sieff worked for several years to secure justice for the victims of this tragedy. This compensation came in the form of confidential monetary settlements with the Red Lake School District and a private company that provided the school with security consulting services. Those settlements provided funds used in part for health care expenses and post-secondary education.
Holidazzle Parade Disaster. In December 1998, an out-of-control vehicle killed and seriously wounded numerous spectators in the crowd gathered on Minneapolis' Nicollet Mall to watch the Holidazzle Parade. Mr. Sieff represented several of the injured survivors of this tragedy, including a young girl who lost her arm. Mr. Sieff tried the Holidazzle Parade case before a Minneapolis jury for more than six weeks. Ultimately, the jury returned a verdict in favor of Mr. Sieff’s clients, including $3.8 million for the little girl whose arm was amputated, with most of the money set aside so she could receive artificial limbs and medical care for her lifetime.
Wellstone Crash. Mr. Sieff served as co-counsel representing the family of United States Senator Paul Wellstone and others following a plane crash that killed Senator Wellstone and members of his family and staff. The family's claims were settled for $25 million.
Cirrus Crash. Mr. Sieff obtained a $7.4 million jury verdict against Cirrus and others for the family of a 51-year-old man killed as a result of a Cirrus airplane crash. Unfortunately for the fatherless family, the verdict was later overturned by the Minnesota Supreme Court.