Robert P. Christensen, Esq.
- Chair of Primerus Personal Injury Institute
- Quality Assurance Board
Bob graduated from the University of Minnesota Law School (cum laude) in 1974 and has been a trial lawyer for 34 years. Since law school, he has practiced as a lawyer in Minnesota and throughout the country on trial and appellate levels in the state and federal courts. Bob was an associate attorney and then partner with the law firm of Carlsen, Greiner & Law from 1974 to 1986 where he handled complex construction, personal injury, employment, commercial and product liability litigation.
In 1994 Bob completed the Ultimate Trial Advocacy College in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, which was a one-week intensive trial advocacy program under the direction of senior nationally recognized trial lawyers and sponsored by the American Association of Trial Lawyers (now known as The American Association for Justice). In addition, he has completed the Advanced Deposition College and attended numerous hands-on seminars and workshops regarding litigation and trial practice, methods and procedures sponsored by various trial lawyer organizations including the Minnesota Trial Lawyers Association or MTLA, which is now named the Minnesota Association for Justice (MAJ).
On September 1, 1986, Bob left the firm of Carlsen, Greiner & Law and was a founding member of the law firm of Dunkley, Bennett & Christensen, P.A. where he practiced until he started his new law firm in 2004 which is named Robert P. Christensen, P.A. Dunkley, Bennett & Christensen, P.A. was a litigation law firm practicing in the areas of construction, employment, personal injury, commercial insurance and product liability litigation. Bob was the senior litigator with the firm.
Bob has tried over 30 cases to jury verdict and most of these were civil trials. He has also tried many other court trials, social security disability and arbitration hearings. He has handled appeals with the Minnesota Supreme Court and Court of Appeals, and with the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. Bob has acted as a mediator and neutral on numerous personal injury, construction and product liability cases. In addition to four million-dollar recoveries by jury verdict on behalf of clients, he has settled numerous cases for my clients over the years for six and seven figures. He is frequently retained by other Minnesota law firms to assist as trial counsel in complex litigation.
Bob has authored a number of legal articles and papers, including: List Serve and Internet Ethics (MAJ Ethics and Elimination of Bias Seminar, 2008); Working with Non-Medical Experts (MAJ Litigation Seminar, 2008); Your First Trial (Minnesota CLE Your First Trial Seminar 2008); Persuasive Trial Arguments (Published in book form by Minnesota Trial Lawyers Association 1991).
Bob is certified as a civil trial specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA) since 1993.
Bob is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, a Senior Counsel of the College of Master Advocates and Barristers, a member of the American Board of Trial Advocatesand an Emeritus member of the Board of Directors of the Minnesota Trial Lawyers Association. He is the former President of Creative Dispute Resolution. He served on the Board of Governors of the Minnesota Trial Lawyers Association for ten years – the longest term possible under it’s by-laws) and was commended for service. Bob currently also serves on its Finance Committee. He is also a member of the Minnesota Academy of Certified Trial Lawyers and he is currently serving on its Executive Board as its Treasurer. Bob is also a member of the Minnesota and Hennepin County Bar Association and American Association for Justice (formerly ATLA).
Bob has been selected as a Super Lawyer every year since 2003, in surveys of Minnesota lawyers. He has an “AV” rating (the highest rating possible) by Martindale-Hubbell, the well established national service that obtains its ratings by inquiries to lawyers and judges who have witnessed the candidate’s work and ethical behavior.
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