Mike Unger has represented injured people his entire career. For over thirty years, he has successfully pursued some of the largest and most recognizable businesses and institutions in the country, on behalf of his injured clients. He has secured many recoveries in excess of a million dollars. Mike has protected the rights of injured clients, including car accident and construction site accident victims, victims of drunk drivers, motorcyclists, bicyclists, patients harmed by medical malpractice, persons injured by defective products or drugs, and railroad workers injured on the job, to name a few examples.
The quality of Mike’s representation of his clients, and the size of his recoveries for them, has led to numerous recognitions by his peers and the legal media. He has been repeatedly named to “Best Lawyers In America”, and he has received the Minnesota Lawyer’s “Attorney of the Year” recognition more than any other injury lawyer in Minneapolis or Saint Paul, most recently for 2015. In 2009, he received the Minnesota State Bar Association’s highest recognition, the “Professional Excellence Award”. For over twenty eight straight years, Mike has received the highest possible ranking of professional ethics and ability by the Martindale Hubbell law directory, the oldest national attorney rating service.
In addition to his work counseling his clients and advocating for their legal rights, Mike has been a leader in the community and the Minnesota legal profession. In the community, he served a dozen years as a Board member for local United Way organizations, was selected by the Minnesota Legislature to serve on the University of Minnesota Board of Regents, and served as parish council chair for his church. His work in the legal profession has also been one of leadership. He has been selected as a leader of the local and state Bar Associations, and he has worked with both the Minnesota Federal District Courts and the Minnesota Supreme Court to improve the practice of law. Mike has served on selection committees, including once as Chair, for appointing U.S. Magistrate Judges. He also served for over a decade on the advisory committee to review and revise the rules of procedure governing all lawsuits seeking money damages in Minnesota State Courts. He was appointed by the Supreme Court to the Minnesota Lawyers Professional Responsibility Board, where he served as Vice Chair.
Practice Areas: Plaintiffs Personal Injury; Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA); Wrongful Death; Civil Practice.
Admitted: 1981, Minnesota; 1984, U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota and U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit; 1985, U.S. Supreme Court; 1999, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit; 2000, Wisconsin, U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin; U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit; 2010, North Dakota.
Law School: University of Minnesota Law School, J.D., cum laude, 1981
College: University of Minnesota, B.E.S., summa cum laude, 1977
Professional Organizations: Hennepin County Bar Association (President, 2006-2007), Ramsey County Bar Association, Minnesota State Bar Association (President, 2015-16, Council Member; Past-Chair, Operations Committee, Judiciary Committee; Rules of Professional Conduct Committee; Court Rules Committee), Federal and American Bar Associations; Minnesota Trial Lawyers Association (Board of Governors, 2006); Minnesota Association for Justice (Board of Governors); The Association of Trial Lawyers of America; Academy of Certified Trial Lawyers of Minnesota (Dean, 2006-2007); Million Dollar Advocates Forum.
Biography: Law Clerk to U.S. District Judge Diana Murphy, District of Minnesota, 1981-1983. Practice and Professionalism Instructor, University of Minnesota Law School (2011-2012). Past Chair, United State Magistrate Judge Selection Panel. Past Member, Minnesota Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Rules of Civil Procedure. Past Member and Vice Chair, Minnesota Lawyers Professional Responsibility Board. “Professional Excellence Award” of Minnesota State Bar Association. “Attorney of the Year – 2003,” Minnesota Lawyer, “Attorney of the Year – 2006,” Minnesota Lawyer, “Outstanding Service to the Profession” and “Circle of Excellence”, Minnesota Lawyer, “Attorney of the Year – 2015” and repeat “Circle of Excellence”, Minnesota Lawyer, “The Best Lawyers in America”, Woodward & White, President’s Award, Minnesota State Bar Association and Hennepin County Bar Foundation. Past President: Minnesota Justice Foundation, Hennepin County Bar Foundation, Minnesota Alumni Association. Past member, Board of Directors, Greater Twin Cities United Way. Regent Emeritus, University of Minnesota. Fellow, American Bar Foundation. (Civil Trial Specialist Certified by the Civil Litigation Section, Minnesota State Bar Association).