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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

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  1. Personal Injury: 100%
    29 years



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Contact info

Paige J. Donnelly, LTD

325 Cedar Street
Suite 900
St Paul, MN, 55101

9th Flr, Degree of Honor Bldg
325 Cedar Street
St Paul, MN, 55101

paige donnelly, ltd

325 cedar street
saint paul, MN, 55101-1015

Office +65 122297



WIGood Standing199703/23/2015
MNAuthorized to practice198707/15/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerSuper Lawyer2015
Member of the Nations Top One PercentThe National Association of Distinguished Lawyers2015
Nominated as one of the "10 Best Attorneys for Minnisota"The American Institute of Personal Injury Attonneys2015
Super LawyerMinnesota Super Lawyers2014
Nominated for Minnesota's 10 BestAmerican Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys2014
Super LawyerMinnesota Law & Politics MagazineN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Attorneypagie j. donnelly, ltd.1987 - 2013
Association namePosition nameDuration
Minnesota Association for JusticeMember of Board of Governers2009 - Present
State Bar of WisconsinMember1998 - Present
United States District Court, Northern District of IllinoisAdmitted1998 - Present
United States District Court, Western WisconsinAdmitted1990 - Present
American Bar AssociastionAttorney MemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Carlson v. LundgrenJury verdict of $489,333.32 for the plaintiff.
Simoni v. OgundeyiJury verdict of $201,525.39 for the plaintiff.
Egorov v. TalbiJury Verdict: $246,727.60.
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
William Mitchell College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1987
University of WisconsinElementary EducationBA - Bachelor of Arts1977
University of WisconsinAnthropologyBA - Bachelor of Arts1973
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
"Handling the Car Crash Case""Costs & Disbursements"2013
"Preparing the Civil Case for Trial"Chairperson and presenter2012
Pain & SufferingPain and Suffering Evidence and Arguments During Trial2011
Biomechanics and Soft Tissue InjuriesRule 68 In Soft Tissue Cases: Hammer or Scalpel2011
Handling the Personal Injury Case/Special Considerations in Pedestrian or Bicyclist vs. Care Cases.2009