Helping people in need comes naturally to Michael Helgesen.
As a teenager, he joined the United States Navy where he was trained and served as a medic from 1961 to 1965 helping traumatically and psychologically injured soldiers, sailors and marines. He also served as a medic with the Minnesota National Guard from 1986 to 1990.
Michael attended the Universities of Kentucky, Illinois and Wisconsin, where he studied American literature, chemistry, anthropology and education. After receiving multiple degrees, he became a home school coordinator for Dunn, Chippewa and Eau Claire Counties in Wisconsin, eventually becoming the director for this tri-county project, helping Native Americans in the areas of education, employment and housing. In 1977, Michael and his wife, Ernestine, opened a group home for troubled Native American adolescents near Black River Falls, Wisconsin, where he also taught history, literature and mathematics at the local high school.
Michael joined the Paige Donnelly law firm after he graduated from William Mitchell College of Law in 1987. He has practiced in the area of personal injury ever since. Rather than representing corporate clients, he did what came naturally to him: represent injured people. Over the years, he has become an experienced trial lawyer who has successfully tried many personal injury cases in both Minnesota and Wisconsin.
Michael has continued his interest in education by becoming an active member of the Minnesota Association for Justice, acting on the Board of Governors, and lecturing on pertinent legal issues. He is also an active member of the Wisconsin Bar Association. Michael is admitted to practice in the states of Minnesota and Wisconsin, and in Minnesota and Wisconsin Federal District Courts.
Languages spoken: German, French
|MN||Authorized to practice||1987||01/07/2017|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyer||2015|
|Member of the Nations Top One Percent||The National Association of Distinguished Lawyers||2015|
|Nominated as one of the "10 Best Attorneys for Minnisota"||The American Institute of Personal Injury Attonneys||2015|
|Super Lawyer||Minnesota Super Lawyers||2014|
|Nominated for Minnesota's 10 Best||American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys||2014|
|Super Lawyer||Minnesota Law & Politics Magazine||N/A|
|Attorney||pagie j. donnelly, ltd.||1987 - 2013|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Minnesota Association for Justice||Member of Board of Governers||2009 - Present|
|State Bar of Wisconsin||Member||1998 - Present|
|United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois||Admitted||1998 - Present|
|United States District Court, Western Wisconsin||Admitted||1990 - Present|
|American Bar Associastion||Attorney Member||N/A|
|Karla Terry v. American Family||Jury Verdict of $213,659.50|
|Garcia v. Swartwood||The jury returned a verdict of $353,748.17.|
|Simoni v. Ogundeyi||Jury verdict of $201,525.39 for the plaintiff.|
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|William Mitchell College of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1987|
|University of Wisconsin||Elementary Education||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1977|
|University of Wisconsin||Anthropology||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1973|
|"Handling the Car Crash Case"||"Costs & Disbursements"||2013|
|"Preparing the Civil Case for Trial"||Chairperson and presenter||2012|
|Pain & Suffering||Pain and Suffering Evidence and Arguments During Trial||2011|
|Biomechanics and Soft Tissue Injuries||Rule 68 In Soft Tissue Cases: Hammer or Scalpel||2011|
|Handling the Personal Injury Case/||Special Considerations in Pedestrian or Bicyclist vs. Care Cases.||2009|