Jim VanderLinden

Jim Vanderlinden - bio picMentored by ethical and true professionals of a preceding generation, my early post law school training focused on “doing the right thing” and fighting hard for the less fortunate.  Some thirty five years later, my passion for helping the “little guy” has not waned.  Nothing inspires me more than being involved in a process that rights the wrong of a person victimized by overwhelming greed and irresponsibility of a large corporation.

I have tried many jury trials throughout Minnesota and have represented clients throughout the United States.  I have had the privilege of representing severely injured workers and their families regarding disabling and sometimes fatal work related injuries.

Representing relators in False Claims litigation is a logical extension of my professional career.  In this context corporate greed and dishonesty is exposed by courageous individuals who face employment discrimination and termination.  Again, the “little guy” taking on the giant opponent.  Exposing fraud being perpetrated on government whether that is the United States or one of the several States that have shown the wisdom of enacting a False Claims Act Law is an act of true patriotism.

I am admitted to practice before the Courts of the State of Minnesota, the Federal District Court and the Supreme Court of the United States.  I am Board Certified as a Civil Trial Specialist by the Minnesota State Bar Association and I am a Member and former Dean of the Academy of Certified Trial Lawyers of Minnesota.  I was recently nominated to become a member of the American Board of Trial Advocacy.  I am “AV” rated by Martindale Hubble and have been selected as a “Super Lawyer.”

Brian Wojtalewicz

Brian Wojtalewicz has three decades of experience recovering substantial settlements and verdicts for whistleblowers and for life and health losses caused by the negligence of others. His advocacy has achieved settlements in over 90% of his cases. Brian is an emeritus member of the Board of Governors of the Minnesota Trial Lawyers Assn. He is among 2% of lawyers who are certified as a Civil Trial Specialist by both the Minnesota State Bar Assn. and the National Board of Trial Advocacy, and 6% of lawyers who were selected as a Leading Attorney and a Super Lawyer in surveys taken of Minnesota lawyers.

Brian has been a guest speaker at the American Trial Lawyers Assn. annual conventions in New York City (1995) and Boston (2004), the Florida Academy of Trial Lawyers in Miami Beach (1996) and for many trial lawyer seminars in Minnesota. He was honored as an Attorney-of-the-Year in 2001 by Minnesota Lawyer Magazine, and as the 2002 Member-of-the-Year by the Minnesota Trial Lawyers Assn.

Brian is rated “AV” by the respected, nationwide Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory. The ratings are developed by obtaining confidential opinions from lawyer adversaries and judges before whom the lawyer has appeared. An “A” ability rating is the “very high to preeminent” category, the highest rating possible. It signifies that the lawyer has reached the highest levels of skill and integrity. The “V” rating is the highest for adherence to ethical standards, reliability and diligence.

Brian was appointed by the Minnesota Supreme Court for service from 1990 to 1998 on the Minnesota Judicial Selection Commission, which was responsible for interviewing and assessing lawyer candidates for judgeships, and making recommendations on appointment. From 1996-99, Brian was a member of the Minnesota Eighth Judicial District Ethics Committee, which investigated ethics charges against lawyers. He was named a ‘Minnesota Lawyer of the Year’ in 2001 by Minnesota Law and Politics Magazine.

Robert P. Christensen

bob_christensenI have been fighting against the odds most of my career, tackling big insurance companies and large corporations that have defrauded my clients and our government. I have taken cases that many other attorneys have turned down, and have taken over cases where the attorneys were at a dead end and had nowhere to turn. I have taken these cases and joined forces with other lawyers when I have felt in my heart it was the right thing to do.

I can tell you that for over 30 years it is my practice to show up for my clients. I have litigated cases throughout the United States and tried many jury trials. I know what it is like to phone a client when we have won the case and I know what it is like to phone a client when we have lost.

In recent years we have seen and heard about billions of dollars being stolen from our federal and state governments and the ever-increasing national debt, which we are passing on to our children and grandchildren. Whistleblowers as concerned citizens, together with the efforts of trial lawyers, can put a stop to fraud on the government through courageous acts of selflessness in confronting the power of big money and large corporations in this country.