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Michael D. Tewksbury
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Partner, since September 1, 1994
phone (612) 334-3399
(800) 837-9117
fax (612) 334-5787
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Michael D. Tewksbury was born and grew up in Chicago.  After completing two years of college at Knox College, he transferred to the University of Northern Colorado and graduated with honors in 1975.  Mike then attended law school at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington.  He graduated with honors in 1978 and was then hired to teach at the law school.  He taught legal writing and advanced legal writing classes for two years.

In 1980, Mike joined the law firm of Rider, Bennett, Egan & Arundel, an insurance defense firm in Minneapolis.  He was made a partner of that firm and focused his work on insurance coverage issues, defense of personal injury cases, and also was instrumental in handling the firm's plaintiffs' work.  In 1988, Mr. Tewksbury joined Schwebel, Goetz & Sieben to work exclusively on claims for injured people. 

In 1994, Mr. Tewksbury joined with his friend Keith Kerfeld to create Tewksbury & Kerfeld, P.A.  The goal this firm set out to achieve was to provide individual service for its clients in an aggressive, efficient, and fair manner.  The firm adopted the practices and procedures that were beneficial to the clients from their previous firms and focused on individual attention for each client.

In addition to representing injured people, Mike Tewksbury is often hired to be an arbitrator or mediator to help resolve other lawyers' cases.  He has been appointed by the Supreme Court to the Minnesota No-Fault Standing Committee and has been appointed to the Minnesota Trial Lawyers Association Board of Governors.  He is often asked to teach, lecture, or write on various areas of the law and trial practice techniques. 

Mr. Tewksbury has been repeatedly named as a Super Lawyer by Minnesota Law & Politics and recognized for that achievement in Mpls.St.Paul Magazine, Minnesota Law & Politics, and Business Monthly.  He has been named as one of the top arbitrators and mediators, one of the top appellate lawyers, and one of the top personal injury trial lawyers.  In 2001, he was named as one of the top 100 lawyers in the state of Minnesota. 

Mike's approach to handling injury claims is to provide an efficient problem-solving technique in an effort to maximize his clients' recoveries in a prompt and fair manner.  He utilizes a highly-trained and well-qualified staff to assist his clients in obtaining the benefits to which they are entitled so they can focus their energies on recovering from their injuries and losses.

Year Joined Organization:
Areas of Practice:
Personal Injury Work
Litigation Percentage:
100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation
Bar Admissions:
Colorado, 1978
Minnesota, 1979
U.S. District Court District of Minnesota
U.S. District Court District of Colorado
Gonzaga University School of Law, Spokane, Washington, 1978
Juris Doctor
Honors: Cum Laude

University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO, 1975
Bachelor of Arts
Honors: Cum Laude

Knox College, Galesburg, IL, 1973

Published Works:
Minnesota Motor Vehicle Accident Desk Book, Chapter 10, "Accidents involving motorcycles, buses, rental cars, bicycles, and other specialized vehicles,", June, 1994

Revise and Update Minnesota Motor Vehicle Desk Book, Chapter 10, June, 2002

Classes/Seminars Taught:
2004 Medical Malpractice Seminar- Use of New Jury Instruction in Aggravation of Injury Cases, June 16, 2004

No-Fault/UIM/UM Update Seminar, May 14, 2004

Mediations and Arbitrations Brown Bag Seminar, February 11, 2004

Alternative Dispute Resolution Maximizing Your Return: Settling The Liability/UM Claim With The Best Results, June 14, 2002

Alternative Dispute Resolution - Recent Case Law- Avoiding The Pitfalls, November 5, 1999

Settling Personal Injury Cases - Complicated Personal Injury Cases, June 23, 1998

Alternative Dispute Resolution, June 1, 1998

Alternative Dispute Resolution Real Life Answers to Real Life Circumstances-Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Subrogation and Settlement Techniques, June 17, 1998

Effective and Efficient Litigation Techniques, ADR Use and Misuse, October 8, 1997

Mediation as ADR Evolves, August 20, 1997

UIM Insurance, April 23, 1997

Anatomy of a Personal Injury Trial; final argument presenter, written materials by Richard Hunegs and David Fitzgerald, March 7, 1997

Minnesota No Fault, Arbitration Primer, February 20, 1997

Handling the Auto Accident Case, Handling UM with Multiple Parties and Substitution of Checks in UIM, December 13, 1996

Efficient and Productive Handling of Automobile Accident Cases, Handling Settlement Agreements, November 15, 1996

Advanced UM and UIM, Uninsured Motorist Subrogation and SettlementA' Underinsured Motorist Subrogation and Settlement., August 8, 1996

Soft Tissue Injuries, Presentation the PlaintiffA's Case Through the Treating Doctor and Independent Medical Examiner, February 11, 1996

Certified ADR Training, How to Manage The Arbitration Process, October 1, 1995

Settlement Agreements, Motor vehicle accidents in Minnesota, Normandale Community College, 1995

The Nuts and Bolts of ADR, A Practical Seminar for Mediators and Arbitrators, Course co-chair, June 15, 1995

Claims Handling and Resolution of Claims Seminar for USF&G Claim Representatives, April 20, 1995

Human Anatomy, Handling Brain Injury Claims, January 31, 1995

Personal Injury Litigation; Expert Testimony by an Economist, January 6, 1995

Minnesota Civil Trial Practice: Jury Trial or Court Trial?, April 14, 1994

Pain and Injury Seminar, The Medical Seminar for Attorneys-Chronic Pain, 1993

Pain and Injury Seminar, September 18, 2002

Handling Motor Vehicle Accident Cases IV - Damages: PlaintiffA's Perspective on Evaluating and Proving Damage Claims, June 5, 1992

MTLA Mock Trial Seminar. Demonstration of personal injury trial assumed defense counsel role, December 5, 1991 - December 6, 1991

Soft Tissue Injury Seminar, course chair, direct and cross-examination of the independent medical examiner and direct and cross-examination of the treating physician, November 9, 1990

Personal Injury Institute, 6th Annual - Before and After the Lawsuit Doing the Paperwork and Avoiding the Traps, October 11, 1990 - October 12, 1990

Minnesota Motor Vehicle Accident Seminar, Damages - PlaintiffA's Perspective, May 25, 1990

Personal Injury Institute 5th Annual, December 12, 1989

The Chiropractic Physician in the Courtroom, December 2, 1989

Drafting Settlement and Release Documents, Preserving Claims Against Other Parties and Insurers, December 1, 1989

Personal Injury Institute, voir dire - The Plaintiff's Perspective, October 12, 1989 - October 13, 1989

Minnesota State Bar Association State Fair Mock Trial Demonstration, September 3, 1989

Insurance Law - A Re-examination, July 12, 1989

Reflections of an Ex-Defense Lawyer: Avoiding Pitfalls-Measuring Damages in Wrongful Death Cases, June 23, 1989

Handling Motor Vehicle Accident Cases, No-Fault Issues, June 13, 1989

Innovative Settlement Strategies, February 17, 1989

Settlement Strategies: No-Fault, Uninsured Motorist and Underinsured Motorist Claims, February 9, 1989

Defense LawyerA's Perspective of PlaintiffA's Practice, January 11, 1989

Understanding Soft Tissue Injuries - A Medical Perspective, course chair, December 9, 1988

Orthopaedics for Lawyers: The Spine, May 13, 1988

UM/UIM Seminar, April 28, 1988

Liquor Liability - Minnesota 1988. Successful Trial Tactics in a Dram Shop Case, January 16, 1988

Chiropractic Costs Management for the Insurance Professional, legal consideration for usual routine and customary standards of care, December 1, 1987

Utilizing Legal Assistants: Billing and Profitability, November 6, 1987

Minnesota Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Coverage Issues Subrogation Right and the Use of Special Releases in UM and UIM Claims, April 29, 1987

Soft Tissue Injury, Defending Against Soft Tissue Claims-Use of the Chiropractor as an Independent Medical Examiner course chair, February 5, 1987

A Potpourri: Guide to Recent Developments in Minnesota Insurance Law, May 14, 1986

Soft Tissue Injury: Special Diagnostic Tests, December 5, 1985

Fundamentals of Trying a Personal Injury Case, October 1, 1985

Arbitrating No-Fault Cases, July 26, 1985

Honors and Awards:
Leading American Attorneys, Minnesota, 1997 - Present

Super Lawyer, Law & Politics, Twin Cities Business Monthly, Minneapolis-St. Paul Magazine., 1996 - Present

Top 50 Appellate Lawyers in Minnesota (6th), Law & Politics, November 1, 2000

Top 25 Mediators in Minnesota, Law & Politics, 2000 - 2004

Top 25 Personal Injury Attorneys in Minnesota, Law & Politics, 2001 - 2002

Top 100 Super Lawyers in Minnesota, Law & Politics, 2001 - 2003

Top 40 Personal Injury Attorneys in Minnesota, Law and Politics, 2005

Professional Associations and Memberships:
Supreme Court No-Fault Standing Committee, 2001 - Present

Minnesota Trial Lawyers Association Board of Governors, 2005 - Present

American Arbitration Association Panel of Arbitrators

Past Employment Positions:
Schwebel, Goetz, Sieben & Moskal, Practice focused on plaintiffs' personal injury litigation, handling all aspects of trial work from initial pleadings through trial., November 1, 1988 - September 1, 1994

Rider, Bennett, Egan & Arundel, Litigation Partner practicing insurance defense litigation and insurance coverage matters. Also worked on most of the firm's major plaintiff, August 1, 1980 - October 1, 1988

William Mitchell College of Law, Adjunct Faculty. William Mitchell College of Law, St. Paul, Minnesota - Legal Writing and Appellate Advocacy., 1982 - 1985

Gonzaga University School of Law, Instructor of law - Legal Writing Programs., 1978 - 1980

Practice Areas

Tewksbury & Kerfeld, P.A.
Attorneys at Law
88 South Tenth Street Suite 300 Minneapolis, MN 55403
Tel: 612-334-3399 Toll-Free: 800-837-9117 E-MAIL US