Member Profile: Philip Pfaffly

Philip Pfaffly
Pfaffly Law
80 South Eighth Street, Suite 900
Minneapolis, MN 54402
Email: Click for email

Tel: (612) 349-5224

MN Chapter:

ADR Services Include:

Mediation; Early Neutral Evaluation; Med-Arb; Discovery Referee; Special Master


Calendar Last Updated: 10 Jul 17

Please click preferred date to submit an
appointment request TO THIS MEMBER's OFFICE

1) Please enter all requested details into the form, to assist this attorney's staff.
2) Your email will be routed directly to attorney Philip Pfaffly private email
3) You will receive a response by email or phone, usually within 1 hour, confirming the specifics of your requested appointment.


This free online scheduling service is funded by our Academy members.


Philip Pfaffly has substantive case experience in the following areas...

Class Actions
Contract Disputes
Energy Sector (Oil, Gas)
Health Care
Legal Malpractice
Medical Devices
Medical Malpractice
Nursing Homes
Personal Injury
Premises Liability
Product Liability
Professional Fees
Professional Liability
Professional Malpractice
Professional Negligence
Unfair Competition
Wrongful Death



Early in his legal career, Phil Pfaffly worked with a number of Twin Cities law firms doing trial work for 38 years.  Initially involved in defense work for insurers and their insured clients, Phil's practice evolved into plaintiffs' work.  In 1992 he obtained the largest personal injury verdict in Minnesota history, and in 1993 he became a partner in Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi, where he concentrated on mass torts and medical malpractice work.  Phil was elected as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and has served as a national board member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, two of the highest honors a trial lawyer can achieve.

Phil has been active in alternative dispute resolution since his education and recognition as a qualified neutral by the Minnesota Supreme Court in 1995.  Phil has arbitrated and successfully mediated hundreds of cases involving thousands of claims in Minnesota, Arizona, California, North Dakota, New York, Ohio, Utah, Illinois, Washington, Louisiana, Connecticut, Nevada, Georgia, and Washington D.C.  His unusual background as both defense lawyer and plaintiffs' lawyer has given him a unique perspective into settlement of cases involving medical or scientific issues that few lawyers possess. Currently admitted in Minnesota and Arizona, Phil is now concentrating only on mediations and arbitrations. In recent years he has developed a subspecialty dealing with medical negligence cases and food borne illness cases, handling thousands of the latter including many of the largest individual cases in the country over the past ten years. In addition, he has negotiated settlements in cases arising from oil rig explosions in western North Dakota.


Phil Pfaffly graduated from Drake University in 1970 Phi Beta Kappa and went to Duke Law School, graduating in 1973. 

Memberships & Affiliations

Hennepin County and Minnesota State Bar Associations
Arizona Bar Association
Admitted to practice in MN, AZ, Court of Claims, US Tax Court, Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals
American College of Trial Lawyers (elected 2000)
American Board of Trial Advocate (elected 2001)
Minnesota Million Dollar Roundtable 


$475 per hour
(c) 2014 - National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals    ::     Terms & Conditions     ::     Member Roster    ::    Follow us on Twitter , LinkedIN , YouTube