Richard L. Carlson

richard carlsonLocation: Wayzata, Minnesota
Phone: 612-339-4511
Toll Free: 800-328-4340
Fax: 612-339-5150

Rich specializes in motion and appellate practice. He has handled appeals in the Fourth, Sixth, Seventh and Eighth Circuits of the U.S. Court of Appeals, as well as appeals in state courts in Indiana, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico and Wisconsin. He has argued motions in both state and federal courts, and argued cases before the Seventh and Eighth Circuits of the U.S. Court of Appeals, the Minnesota Supreme Court and Minnesota Court of Appeals, and the Nebraska Supreme Court and Nebraska Court of Appeals.


Burckhard v. BNSF Ry. Co., 837 F.3d 848 (8th Cir. 2016)

Lynch v. Northeast Regional Commuter R.R. Corp., 700 F.3d 906 (7th Cir. 2012)

Sloas v. CSX Transp., Inc., 616 F.3d 380 (4th Cir. 2010)

Benson v. CSX Transp., Inc., 2008 WL 1816431 (4th Cir. 2008)

Mapes v. MTR Gaming Group, Inc., 299 F.3d 706 (8th Cir. 2002)

Manowske v. Wisconsin Central, Ltd., 374 Wis.2d 437 (Wis. Ct. App. 2017), petition for review denied, 377 Wis.2d 462 (Wis. 2017)

Noice v. BNSF Ry. Co., 383 P.3d 761 (N.M. 2016), cert. denied, 137 S.Ct. 1071 (2017)

Filler v. Soo Line R.R. Co., 2014 WL 3396539 (Minn. Ct. App. 2014)

Dalka v. Wisconsin Central, Ltd., 811 N.W.2d 834 (Wis. Ct. App. 2012)

Weber v. BNSF Ry. Co., 261 P.3d 984 (Mont. 2011)

Deviney v. Union Pacific R.R. Co., 786 N.W.2d 902 (Neb. 2010)

Kroon v. Wisconsin Central, Ltd., 319 Wis.2d 235 (Wis. Ct. App. 2009)

Dovey v. BNSF Ry. Co., 195 P.3d 1223 (Mont. 2008)

Taney v. Independent School Dist. No. 624, 673 N.W.2d 497 (Minn. Ct. App. 2004)

Crushshon v. New Am. Hospitality, Inc., 2016 WL 5012607 (Minn. Work Comp. Ct. App. Aug. 24, 2016), aff’d, A16-1522 (Minn. Oct. 25, 2017)

Lofgren v. BNSF Ry. Co., 235 F.Supp.3d 1095 (D. N.D. 2017)

St. George v. BNSF Ry. Co., 60 F.Supp.3d 1016 (D. Minn. 2014)

Campbell v. BNSF Ry. Co., 2011 WL 233183 (D. N.D. Jan. 24, 2011)


Areas of Practice

  • Personal Injury
  • Wrongful Death
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Federal Employers’ Liability Act


  • William Mitchell College of Law, St. Paul, Minnesota
  • University of Nebraska – Lincoln, Nebraska

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Hennepin County Bar Association
  • Academy of Rail Labor Attorneys
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Minnesota Association of Justice