Paul Banker


Paul Banker is an accomplished civil litigator with extensive experience in railroad litigation.  He has a proven track record as a trial attorney and will  apply exacting logic and analysis to devise a strategic plan for each client.  He possesses an A/V rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest possible ranking for both legal ability and ethics.



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.