Matthew P. Bandt
Minnesota Rising Star
Matthew Bandt is a senior associate with Jardine, Logan & O’Brien, P.L.L.P., practicing civil litigation principally in the areas of:
- Workers’ Compensation
- Personal Injury
Matthew has been selected for inclusion in Minnesota Super Lawyers® – Rising Stars, 2008 & 2009 Editions.
Workers’ Compensation. Matthew has more than thirteen years of experience successfully representing employers and insurers in workers’ compensation matters in Minnesota and Wisconsin. His experience includes all aspects of litigation, including trials and appeals before the Minnesota and Wisconsin Supreme Courts. Clients benefit from Matthew’s ability to save substantial costs by resolving claims efficiently, promptly, and permanently.
Personal Injury. In the area of personal injury, Matthew has been defending claims for more than eight years. He has experience handling claims in Minnesota and Wisconsin, from the initial stages through resolution.
Matthew was born in St. Paul, Minnesota. While attending law school, Matthew worked for the International Law Review, as well as the Public Defender’s Office in Hudson, Wisconsin. He joined Jardine Logan & O’Brien in 2004, after working for four years as an associate at a law firm in Duluth, Minnesota. He has since lived in Stillwater, Minnesota with his wife and two children. Matthew enjoys participating in numerous recreational activities, including running, hockey, tennis, broomball and fishing.
- Nadeau v. Institute for Envtl. Assessment, (W.C.C.A., March 29, 2005). The petitioner sustained an admitted low back injury. In September 2001, he underwent anterior fusion surgery at L4-5 and L5-S1. In January 2002, after reinjuring his back, he underwent posterior fusion surgery at the same levels. The employer and insurer voluntarily paid 10% PPD for multilevel degenerative changes, plus 10% for fusion surgery. However, the employer and insurer refused to pay an additional 10% following the second surgery. In representing the employer and insurer, Matthew argued the disability schedule only provides additional permanency for each level fused, not for each surgical procedure. The compensation judge agreed and the Workers Compensation Court of Appeals (WCCA) affirmed.
- Fahey v. Federated Dept. Stores, (W.C.C.A., August 4, 2010). The petitioner filed with the WCCA a petition to vacate a stipulation for settlement on the basis of a substantial and unanticipated worsening of her condition. Despite extensive medical evidence in support of her petition, Matthew successfully convinced the WCCA to deny the petition on the grounds there had been little change in her vocational capacity.
- Matthew has successfully tried many cases before compensation judges. For example, he convinced a compensation judge to deny a sixty year old firefighter’s claim for permanent partial disability, permanent total disability, and mental health treatment, despite suffering an admitted permanent injury to his low back. The compensation judge agreed there were insufficient objective findings to support the petitioner’s claim for permanency. In denying the permanent total disability claim, she agreed with the vocational defense expert that the petitioner was capable of substantial and gainful employment. Lastly, she denied the mental health treatment finding the work injury was not a substantial contributing factor.
- Matthew successfully defended a retailer against a petitioner’s alleged injury to his low back while lifting merchandise. The petitioner treated on the same day of the alleged injury and filed a timely report. The employer and insurer initially admitted an injury. Nonetheless, based upon the timeline of events alleged by the petitioner, and the lack of evidence of an injury on the security tapes, Matthew was able to convince the compensation judge that an injury never occurred.
- Workers’ Compensation
- Personal Injury
- Minnesota (2000)
- Wisconsin (2000)
- U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota (2002)
- University of Wisconsin Law School, J.D. (2000)
- University of Wisconsin-Madison, B.S., double major in English and Psychology (1996)
- Minnesota Super Lawyers® – Rising Stars, 2008 & 2009 Editions
- Martindale-Hubbell Preeminent Client Review Rating (4.8/5.0)
- Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA) (Member, 2000 to Present)
- Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association (MDLA) (2013)
- “Workers’ Compensation Legislative Update,” JLO Legal-ease (2011)
- “Defending Petitions to Vacate Workers’ Compensation Settlements,” JLO Legal-ease (2010)
- “Legislative Update,” JLO Legal-ease (2009)
- “Legislative Update,” JLO Legal-ease (2008)
- “Voluntary Versus Administrative Dissolution of Construction Companies,”JLO Legal-ease (2006)
- Worker’s Compensation Case Law Update, Minnesota Self Insurers Association, 2008
- Construction Defect Case Law Update, JLO Construction Defect Seminar, 2006