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For the past 30 years I have helped families and individuals get back on their feet after experiencing a serious injury or the loss of a loved one.  Most of my clients have been families, children, or spouses who have suffered through one of life’s great burdens, a serious personal injury or a wrongful death, resulting from someone’s negligence.  Other clients have lost property or money, or the peaceful enjoyment of their homes, through negligence, greed, incompetence, or breach of contract.  And some of my most rewarding work has come on behalf of the poor or disadvantaged in our society through pro bono (free) legal work for those unable to afford an attorney to help with a serious legal matter.  I have a hard time turning down those who are the most vulnerable.


Practice areas


  1. Wrongful Death: 24%
    33 years
  2. Personal Injury: 24%
    33 years
  3. Defective Products: 24%
    33 years
  4. Dog Bite: 23%
  5. Spinal Cord Injury: 5%



Contingent (25-40%)

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Contact info

Metropoint Tower Suite 1650
600 Highway 169 S
Minneapolis, MN, 55426


NDAuthorized to practice law200407/24/2016
MNAuthorized to practice198206/15/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Best Lawyers in America, Personal Injury Litigation-PlaintiffsPeer Recognition2014
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2013
Top Attorneys in MinnesotaPeer Recognition2013
Million Dollar AdvocateMillion Dollar Advocates Forum2010
Best Lawyers in MinnesotaPeer Recognition2009
Professional Excellence AwardMinnesota State Bar Association2006
Certified Civil Trial SpecialistMinnesota State Bar AssociationN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Attorney, OwnerConlin Law Firm, LLC2006 - Present
Attorney, PartnerRobins Kaplan Miller & Ciresi1982 - 2005
Association namePosition nameDuration
American College of Trial LawyersFellow2013 - Present
American Board of Trial AdvocatesAssociate2010 - Present
Minnesota State Bar AssociationMember, Assembly2006 - Present
Minnesota Association for JusticeMember1984 - Present
American Association for JusticeSustaining Member1983 - Present
Public JusticeMemberN/A
American Bar Association, Litigation SectionMemberN/A
Hennepin County Bar AssociationSustaining MemberN/A
Minnesota Trial Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
Legal Services Advisory CommitteeMember2005 - 2011
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Brunsting v. Lutsen Mountains, 601 F.3d 813Judgment for defendant overturned, then case settled
Brunsting v. Lutsen Mountains, 601 F.3d 813Judgment for defendant overturned, then case settled
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Publication nameTitleDate
Minnesota Trial Lawyer MagazineAll Aboard the Preemption Train: How a Lot of Railroad Common Law Liability Went the Way of the Roundhouse2001
Metropolitan Corporate CounselGoing Pro Se: Children and the Law2000
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Minnesota Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1982
Notre Dame Law SchoolPhilosophyBA - Bachelor of Arts1979
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Top Verdict Outcomes of 2013Top Verdict Outcomes of 20132013
Minnesota Association for Justice Annual ConventionA New Look at Apportionment of Fault in Dram Shop Cases2012
William Mitchell Advanced Summer AdvocacyFinal Arguments and Voir Dire2003
Association of Trial Lawyers of AmericaLitigating Toxic Mold Cases2003