Winning matters to Bob Bennett. That is why he is a perennial “Super Lawyer” and was selected by Minnesota Lawyer as one of their “Attorneys of the Year” for 2007, 2008, 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2017. He has won multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements with regularity and over a span of four decades.
In the past 10 years alone, Bob was the lead trial lawyer in many high profile cases, including the Abbey Taylor pool drain wrongful death case ($8+ million), the police shooting of Duy Ngo ($4.5 million), the mechanical asphyxiation of David Cornelius Smith ($3.075 million), the Frank Baker K-9 and Saint Paul officer misconduct case ($2 million), the Koochiching County ($2 million) and Stearns County ($1.45 million) jail suicide cases and the civil rights case regarding the police killing of Philando Castile ($2.995 million). In May of 2019, Bob and his team negotiated the $20 million "transformational" settlement in the Section 1983 wrongful death case involving the murder of Justine Ruszczyk by Minneapolis Police officer Mohamed Noor.
Bob is an active, successful trial lawyer who handles all types of civil matters, including cases involving civil rights law and police misconduct, auto and truck accident cases, product liability cases, and commercial disputes of all types, more often on behalf of the plaintiff. He is always looking for new challenges and would like to talk to you about yours.
J.D., University of Minnesota
A.B., University of Notre Dame, 1973, cum laude
Civil Trial Specialist, National Board of Trial Advocacy, 1989 – Present
Civil Trial Specialist, Minnesota State Bar Association, 1989 – Present
Attorney of the Year – Minnesota Lawyer (2007, 2008, 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2017)
Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers, 2005 – Present
American Board of Trial Advocates, 2008 – Present
Minnesota Bar Association
American Bar Association
American Association for Justice
Minnesota Association for Justice
Meet Bob Bennett
Castile v. Village of St. Anthony
U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota (2017)
On July 6, 2016, Philando Castile was shot and killed by Jeronimo Yanez, a St. Anthony police officer, after being pulled over. Castile was shot numerous time after informing Yanez he had a permit to carry. The aftermath of the shooting was live-streamed via Facebook.
Ruszczyk v. Noor, et al.
U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota (2019)
On July 15, 2017, Justine Maia Ruszczyk was murdered by Mohamed Mohamed Noor, a Minneapolis Police officer. Justine had called 911 to report a possible sexual assault in the alleyway behind her home in the Fulton neighborhood of Minneapolis. Justine was murdered in the same alleyway. She was barefoot and wearing pink pajamas. She had not committed any crime. She had not displayed any aggression. She was unarmed. She posed no threat to Noor or his partner, Matthew Harrity, or anyone else on the scene.
Baker v. City of St. Paul, et al.
U. S. District Court, District of Minnesota (2017)
On June 25, 2016, Frank Baker was viciously attacked by Paul Police officer Ficcadenti’s police K9 and kicked three times in the ribs by officer Palkowitsch, while he was trying to comply with the officers’ orders.
Taylor v. Minneapolis Golf Club
Hennepin County District Court, Minnesota (2008)
Robert Bennett and Andrew Noel represented the parents of Abigail Taylor in a wrongful death lawsuit arising out of severe injuries Abigail sustained while in the kiddie pool at the Minneapolis Golf Club on June 29, 2007.
Ngo v. Storlie
U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota (2007)
On February 25, 2003, Duy Ngo, a Minneapolis Police officer, was shot in his unmarked Gang Strike Force vehicle by an unknown suspect. Ngo was then shot numerous times by fellow MPD officer Charles Storlie who responded to the scene. Storlie’s shots shattered his left forearm, leg and groin.
In re: Individual 35W Bridge Litigation
Hennepin County District Court, Minnesota (2010)
Key member of consortium that obtained settlement on behalf of victims from the Minneapolis 35 W bridge collapse.