Charles D. Slane
Charles D. Slane
Chuck Slane has a reputation as a lawyer that loves trying cases. He 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 car crashes, premises liability, Dram Shop, wrongful death, job site injuries and insurance bad faith cases.
Chuck’s belief is that what makes him a great trial lawyer is his ability to listen and understand his clients. The only way that a lawyer can do a good job of representing a client in the courtroom is to listen to the client and understand what they have gone through. It is that experience that allows the story to be properly told.
Chuck went to law school at William Mitchell College of Law graduating in 1996. He then began his practice at the firm of Meshbesher, Birrell and Dunlap where he learned the ropes of personal injury law. He is currently a partner at TSR where he is the head of the litigation department. Chuck is licensed to practice law in Minnesota and Wisconsin. He is a board certified civil trial advocate, certified by the Minnesota State Bar Association. He is a member of ABOTA. He has been recognized as a Super Lawyer by his peers. Chuck is on the Board of Governors for the Minnesota Association for Justice and is currently on the leadership track.
Chuck lives in Apple Valley with his wife and two French bulldogs. In his off time, he enjoys fishing, movies, music and rooting for the Packers. Chuck’s other passion is powerlifting and he has used this passion to support the community. He helps coach the Special Olympics powerlifting team and sponsors Relentless, a powerlifting meet supporting Hope kids.
“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.”
Direct: (952) 820-4605
Office: Minneapolis MN
William Mitchell College of Law (Honors)
Areas of Expertise
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Settlements & Verdicts
Car Loses Mattress and Causes Crash
Jean, a 91 year old woman, was on her way home after serving ice cream to senior citizens when a car ahead of her lost a mattress on the highway and caused her to crash. She suffered significant leg fractures that required amputation of her leg. American Family insured the vehicle that lost the mattress and had only $50,000 in coverage. They refused to pay this minimal policy limit. Chuck and Rich tried the case and received a jury verdict of over $2,200,000. The subsequent bad faith insurance case was brought against American Family Insurance, which was settled to both parties satisfaction for a confidential sum.
Work Burn Injury
Joe was working at an industrial site installing a garage door. The job involved some welding. The owner of the property, without telling Joe, left a can of paint thinner under a desk in the area. The welding started the paint can on fire and Joe was seriously burnt. The insurance company for the company refused to make a reasonable settlement offer and Chuck tried the case to a jury, receiving a verdict of over $2,000,000.
Motorcycle Injury Crash
Tracey was a passenger on her boyfriend’s motorcycle when he entered a sharp s-turn too fast and crashed the bike. Her forehead scraped across the pavement, leaving disfiguring scars. The boyfriend had a minimal policy limit which was paid prior to any litigation. Tracey’s own insurance company, State Farm, refused to compensate her under her policy for underinsured motorist coverage. They actually claimed Tracey was at fault for choosing to get on the motorcycle. State Farm offered to pay only $20,000. Chuck brought the case to trial. And obtained a verdict of over $200,000.
Rear Ended Car Crash
John was injured in a rear-end motor vehicle collision that caused disc herniations in his neck, which required a two-level spinal fusion surgery. The case against the responsible party was resolved for policy limits. John’s own insurance carrier, State Farm, refused to compensate him under his underinsured motorist policy. Rich tried the case to a jury trial and received a verdict of over $400,000. Chuck then handled the bad faith case against State Farm Insurance and received a judgement from the Trial Court holding State Farm in bad faith.
Sleeping Driver Car Crash
Julie and her husband were traveling in their car near their cabin in northern Minnesota when they were confronted by a driver who had fallen asleep and crossed over the center line. A second inattentive driver then struck them head-on. She sustained catastrophic injuries, including multiple fractures and had to spend months in the hospital and rehab facilities. Chuck and Nate were able to successfully try the case to the jury, holding both distracted driver’s responsible and obtaining a combined verdict of over $4,000,000.
Taxi vs Bicycle Injury
Pemba was riding his bicycle home from his second job on Hennepin Avenue. He was in the bicycle lane when a taxi cab became impatient and attempted to pass another vehicle by going into the bicycle lane and struck Pemba head-on. Pemba fractured his knee cap and had trouble working his jobs after the injury. The insurance company for the taxi cab refused to pay their $100,000 policy limit. They even claimed Pemba was at fault for causing the crash. Chuck successfully tried the case to a verdict and obtained a verdict in excess of $400,000. Chuck then brought a bad faith insurance claim against the taxi cab’s insurance company to recover the remaining verdict. After discovering the insurance company falsified documents in the claim file in an attempt to avoid responsibility, a confidential settlement was reached.
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