Chuck Slane has a reputation as one of the best trial lawyers in Minnesota. He has handled numerous jury trials, and has obtained many six, seven, and eight figure verdicts for his clients. He has trial experience in many different types of personal injury claims, including automobile accidents, premises liability, dram shop, wrongful death, work related injuries and insurance bad faith cases.
It is Chuck’s belief that his greatest attribute as a lawyer is his ability to listen to and spend time with his clients. The only way that a lawyer can do a good job of representing a client in the courtroom is to truly know them and understand what they have gone through. It is that experience that allows the story to be properly told so that it will be experienced by others.
The following are just a few of his success stories
- Stulberg v. Omar, verdict of over $2 million for a client that lost her leg in a crash. American Family insured the defendant and refused to offer its $50,000 policy limit before litigation was started.
- Wilbur v. State Farm, Partner Rich Ruohonen tried the underlying UIM lawsuit against State Farm and received a verdict of over $400,000, but State Farm had only a $100,000 policy limit. Chuck then tried the “good faith” case against State Farm and received what is believed to be the first ever successful good faith verdict in Minnesota.
- Roberts v. Olson and Johnson, verdict for over $4 million for a couple that were both seriously injured in a head on crash. Liability among multiple drivers was disputed.
- Spelios v. Crenlo, verdict for $1,934,000.00 for a man that had been burned over 34% of his body. The insurance company offered $100,000.
- Tsering v. Breault, $520,000 verdict for a client with a shattered knee. The insurance company's offer was $50,000;
- Yang v. Blaney, verdict for $200,000 for a man that suffered a fractured vertebra. The insurance company offered $100,000;
- State Farm v. Hachman, verdict of the full $100,000 policy limit in a coverage dispute with an automobile insurance company. The insurer made no offer because they could not possibly lose;
- Easley v. Vang, verdict for $92,000 for a young lady with a muscular injury. The insurance company offered $15,000.
- Guderian v. Walters Recycling, verdict for $128,000 for a lady with a compression fracture in her spine. The insurance company offered $5,000.
Chuck went to law school at William Mitchell College of Law. He graduated with honors in 1996. He then began his practice at the firm of Meshbesher, Birrell & Dunlap. He is now a partner at TSR Injury Law, where he is the head of the litigation department.
Chuck has been recognized as a Super Lawyer by his peers, and was in the top 100 in the vote count. In addition, he was named to the 2009 Who’s Who Top 40 Plaintiffs’ Personal Injury Attorneys in Minnesota and the Minnesota State Bar Association has honored Chuck with the Minnesota Award for Professional Excellence for his pro bono work on the 35W Bridge Collapse Consortium.
Chuck is on the Board of Governors for the Minnesota Association for Justice (MAJ) and is a frequent lecturer on topics regarding litigation in the personal injury arena, including a recent speaking engagement for MAJ where he spoke on “Why and When to Arbitrate, or Not.”
Chuck is licensed to practice law in Minnesota and Wisconsin. He also has practiced in other jurisdictions, including Nebraska and Texas by working with co-counsel in those jurisdictions. He is a Board Certified Civil Trial Advocate certified by the Minnesota State Bar Association.
Chuck lives in Apple Valley with his wife, two sons, and two French bulldogs. In his off time, he enjoys fishing, movies, music, and rooting for the Packers.
- Minnesota Super Lawyers:
2003 – 2014