Nate Bjerke has tried and won catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death cases all over the country, from Florida to Washington, from California to Vermont. Nate spent the first part of his career defending big business and now uses that experience to help injury survivors when businesses and insurance companies refuse to treat the people they hurt fairly.
Nate has successfully represented clients who have been harmed by corporate giants like Ford Motor Company, Kia Motors, Michelin, Caterpillar, and Kawasaki.
Nate has built a reputation as a fighter and skilled trial lawyer who is often called upon to teach other personal injury lawyers about science in the courtroom, product liability, and trial practice. Much of Nate’s practice focuses on consulting with other injury lawyers on taking the cases over for trial all over the country.
Nate serves on the Board of Governors for the Minnesota Association for Justice and is past Chair of the Education and Product Liability Committee. Nate also serves on a Committee of Minnesota lawyers and judges to shape jury instructions in product liability cases. He is admitted to practice in Minnesota, Wisconsin and California.
Nate’s honors include being voted a Top 100 Super Lawyer (top .5% of all attorneys); The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers and the Million Dollar Advocates Forum.
Nate went to college at Hamline University in St. Paul where he was on the Dean’s List and was a two-time all-conference football player. He transferred to the University of St. Thomas where he graduated with honors in 1993. Nate then attended the University of Minnesota Law School and graduated with honors in 1996.
Nate lives with his wife, Tomme, and three daughters, CJ, Avery and Tate in a Minneapolis suburb. Away from the office, Nate enjoys coaching his daughters’ basketball teams, spending time with his family and working out at his local CrossFit gym.
Here are some examples of results he and his clients have received from Minnesota juries over the past few years:
In January 2013, Nate tried a case in Washington County for a young woman who was rear-ended by a pickup truck on Highway 36. As a result of the crash, Nate’s client underwent a sacro-iliac joint fusion and later suffered from a debilitating condition called Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, or CRPS. After 6 days of trial, the jury returned a verdict of $1.1 million.
In March 2012, Nate and Chuck Slane tried a case in Hennepin County for an injured couple in their sixties who were involved in a head-on car crash that resulted in multiple orthopedic injuries to both and a brain injury to the husband. The insurance company’s best offer before trial was $350,000. The jury returned a net verdict of just over $4.1 million.
In August 2011, a jury returned a gross verdict in a product liability case of over $425,000 to a woman whose hand was trapped in an after-hours depository at a local bank.
In August 2011, a jury returned a verdict against Allstate for more than $525,000 to a woman who broke a bone in her back in a motorcycle crash. Allstate’s highest offer before trial was less than $100,000.
In January 2011, a jury returned a verdict of nearly $300,000 to a man who was rear-ended and permanently injured his neck, resulting in multiple procedures called RFN to kill the nerves in his neck to lessen his pain. Nate took the case over on referral from another firm a month before trial when the insurance company’s highest offer was $40,000.
In 2010, Nate tried a case for a woman in her mid-‘50s who was t-boned at an intersection when the defendant ran a red light – although the defendant claimed her light was green. Nate’s client broke her knee cap. The insurance company’s highest pre-trial offer was $150,000 and the jury returned a verdict of roughly $850,000.
- Minnesota Super Lawyers:
2012 – 2015
- Rising Stars:
: 2006 – 2009, 2011