Keith E. Sjodin,
Co-Managing Partner

Phone:

(952) 442-7733

Email:

ksjodin@mhslaw.com

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Super Lawyers Minnesota State Bar Association Civil Trial Law Specialist

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Some clients are hoping for a big recovery, some really want their day in court, and others just want to get on with their lives. With all of them, Keith Sjodin seeks to manage expectations and help all of his clients level the legal playing field.

Keith has supported the growth of Melchert Hubert Sjodin since he joined the firm right out of law school in 1975. In that time, he’s practiced in many areas of law but has focused entirely on Personal Injury and Workers Compensation since the early ’80s. Keith led the firm’s Litigation practice group for many years and served as Managing Partner of the firm for more than 25 years.

His strengths lie in strong negotiation skills honed from more than 40 years of practice. Rather than always playing the antagonist, Keith tries to keep communication flowing. “When you have to take a stand for clients, disagreements with other attorneys or claim adjustors are inevitable, but it doesn’t have to get personal. At the end of the day you can go into the hallway and shake hands and ask your opponent about their family. I’ve done that many times.”

This approach has served Keith and his clients well over the years to move toward a positive resolution, whether through mediation, arbitration or trial. “I always keep in mind that, while the final outcome for each client will be different, my goal is a positive result for the client,” he says.

Practice Areas

Civil Litigation

While Keith’s primary focus is on Personal Injury, he also handles litigation cases in a variety of other areas, including business disputes, estate and probate litigation, and the defense of individuals or businesses in situations where there may be exposure for a judgment in excess of the insurance policy limits. A Civil Trial Specialist certified by the Minnesota Bar Association, Keith is qualified and licensed to try cases in both State and Federal courts.

Personal Injury

In his 40 plus years of practice, Keith has handled a large variety of cases for people who have been injured through the fault of another person or business. These cases often involve motor vehicles and motorcycles, but can also include slips and falls, animal attacks, defective and unsafe products, and other types of injury claims. The goal of any injury claim is to obtain fair compensation for our clients. This goal can often be achieved through careful preparation and negotiation to reach a settlement. However, some cases require zealous advocacy at trial in order to achieve a just result. Keith has handled many jury trials to verdict and is well equipped to do whatever it takes to accomplish his clients’ goals.

Workers' Compensation

An individual injured at work faces a complex system of rules and laws known as the Minnesota Workers’ Compensation Act. In most cases, they also face an insurance company that does its best to set roadblocks in their path to save money at the expense of the injured worker. Keith is able to help his clients navigate this complex maze and to serve as their advocate against the insurance company with the Workers’ Compensation court system. Injured workers are especially vulnerable, because their only source of income may have been interrupted as a result of the work injury and they may face mounting medical expenses, putting an additional burden on an already strained budget. Keith has the knowledge and experience to level the playing field for injured workers.

Admissions

  • Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota

 

Education

  • J.D., cum laude, University of Minnesota Law School
  • B.A., magna cum laude, University of Minnesota, Duluth

 

Certifications

  • Civil Trial Law Specialist

Professional Activities

  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • American Association for Justice
  • Minnesota Association for Justice
  • Past President, Eighth District Bar Association
  • Past Member, Minnesota Supreme Court Standing Committee for the Administration of Arbitration under the Minnesota No Fault Automobile Insurance Act
  • Eighth District Bar Association Representative, Minnesota State Bar Association Assembly
  • Member, Legislative Committee, Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Super Lawyer, Minnesota Super Lawyers (2012 – 2017)

 

Community Involvement

  • Charter Member and Youth Exchange Officer, Waconia/West Carver Rotary Club
  • Faith Lutheran Church Choir