Paul Banker


Paul is a skilled trial attorney whose practice is focused on helping injured railroad workers obtain fair compensation under the Federal Employers’ Liability Act.  He understands the strategy and tactics required to level the playing field for his clients making claims against multi-billion-dollar railroads.  His favorite part of being a lawyer is presenting cases to juries in trials, including a recent case that resulted in an $8M verdict for his client.  Paul has handled cases in state and federal courts throughout the country, including a case that he successfully argued at the United States Supreme Court.  He holds an A/V rating from Martindale-Hubbell, which is the highest possible ranking for both legal ability and ethics.  Paul has previously served as an adjunct professor at the William Mitchell College of Law.


Designations – Organizations

Minnesota and Hennepin Country Bar Associations
The Academy of Rail Labor Attorneys
Minnesota Association for Justice
Qualified neutral under Rule 114 of the Minnesota General Rules of Practice for Civil Facilitative/Hybrid and Civil Adjudicative/Evaluative Forms of Alternative Dispute Resolution (2006-Present)

Sample Successes

$8 Million – Verdict for CRPS injury sustained by railroad conductor while removing defective EOT device – 2021
$1.575 Million – Settlement for injuries sustained by railroad engineer in crossing incident. – 2019
$876,000 – Verdict for injuries sustained by railroad conductor in crew-van incident. – 2019
Petitioned United States Supreme Court for certiorari in Plains Commerce Bank v. Long Family Land & Cattle Co.  The 5-4 decision reversed four lower courts.

Appellate Court:

Supreme Court of United States
Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals
Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
Minnesota Supreme Court
Minnesota Court of Appeals

Areas of Practice

Railroad Litigation
Personal Injury
Wrongful Death
Products Liability
Federal Employers Liability Act
Civil Trial

Bar Admissions

Minnesota, 1995
United States District Court, District of Minnesota, 1995
United States Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit, 1996
United States Supreme Court, 2000
United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 2007
United State District Court, District of North Dakota,2014
Wisconsin, 2014
North Dakota, 2014
United State District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin, 2019
United State District Court, Western District of Wisconsin, 2019
United State District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, 2019


University of Wisconsin, Madison     1992
With Honors
University of Minnesota Law School 1995
Cum Laude

Honors and Awards

AV Preeminent rated by Martindale-Hubbell peer-review ratings.
Super Lawyer – Minnesota Law & Politics
Named one of Minnesota’s Top 40 Appellate Lawyers – Minnesota Law & Politics

Professional Activities

William Mitchell College of Law, St. Paul, Minnesota, Adjunct Professor, 2000-2006.  Taught writing, representation, advice and persuasion (WRAP) class to first-year law students.  Developed writing assignments and provided instruction and constructive criticism on legal writing, conducted legal-writing workshops, lectured on legal-writing subjects, as well as graded written/oral legal-advocacy projects.
Minnesota State Bar Association, Court Rules and Administration Committee, 1998–2005
Minnesota State Bar Association, Multijurisdictional Practice Task Force, 2004–2006
Minnesota Supreme Court Advisory Committee to Review Rule 9 of the Rules of the Supreme Court, 2000
Minnesota Supreme Court Advisory Committee on the Rules of Civil Procedure, 2004–2012
Minnesota State Bar Association, Appellate Practice Section Council, 2010–2014
Minnesota Supreme Court Advisory Committee on the Rules of Civil Appellate Procedure, 2013–2017
North Star Lawyer pro bono recognition, June 2013

Community Activities

National Moot Court Competition Judge, Hamline University, 2011
Minnesota State Bar Association Mock Trial Judge, 1996–2003
National High School Mock Trial Championship Judge, 2002
Minnesota State Bar Association, Pro Bono Unemployment Compensation Appeal Program (2006–2012)
Ramsey County, Harassment Court, Pro-Bono Mediator (2006–2012)
Hennepin County, Pro-Bono Mediator (2006–2012)
Volunteers in Public Safety (“VIPS”) Program, New Brighton Department of Public Safety (2012–2013)
Minnesota State Law Library Unemployment Compensation Appeal Clinic, Attorney Volunteer (2013)
City of New Brighton, New Brighton, Minnesota, Municipal Commissioner, Planning Commission, 2012-2014.