Lawrence M. Rocheford

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Partner

AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
Selected to the 2014 Minnesota Super Lawyers list

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Paralegal: Heather Mitchell

Larry Rocheford is a partner with Jardine, Logan & O’Brien, P.L.L.P. He chairs the Products Liability practice group and focuses his practice on litigation involving:

  • Products Liability
  • Civil Litigation Defense
  • Government Liability Defense

Larry focuses his practice on the representation of individuals, businesses and governmental entities in civil litigation. He is known by his clients as a problem solver whose skill set is very personalized and client focused. Larry is admitted to practice law in Minnesota and Wisconsin, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh and Eighth Circuits and the U.S. Supreme Court. Larry has also handled cases in Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, North Dakota, South Dakota, Missouri, Iowa and Kansas.

He is a Board Certified Civil Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA) and has been certified as a Civil Trial Specialist by the Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA). Larry has an AV® Peer Review Rating in the distinguished legal directory, Martindale-Hubbell®,* and has been selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers® 2006-2014 Editions. In 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 Larry was also recognized in Minnesota Super Lawyers® Business Editions and in 2008, 2009 and 2010 Larry was recognized in the Super Lawyers® Corporate Counsel Edition in the area of general Civil Litigation Defense and Personal Injury Defense.

Products Liability. In the area of products liability, most of his cases arise from an accident involving a product, around equipment at a place of employment or worksite, or involve a construction project. Larry has counseled manufacturing clients into and through design changes, retrofits and remediation programs.

Civil Litigation Defense. Larry has extensive experience representing clients and insurers in the areas of general liability, products liability, motor vehicle claims, commercial litigation, employer liability and business litigation. He has also handled numerous fire and explosion cases from first notice of the casualty event, through investigation, suit commencement, discovery, motion practice, trial and appeals.

Major Case Experience. Larry has successfully defended and tried catastrophic injury and major cases, including products, construction, negligence, dram shop, motor vehicle and premises liability cases. The damages sought in these cases have included compensation for severe burns, traumatic brain injuries, poly trauma, amputations, paralysis or partial paralysis, wrongful death and, in Wisconsin, survivor’s loss damages.

In the area of employment law, Larry has defended employers in defamation matters, trade secret, shareholder control agreement cases, work-place violence, negligent hiring, training and retention claims. He has also defended and prosecuted contractual indemnity and declaratory judgment actions.

Larry is frequently retained to offer opinions on issues and cases concerning insurance coverage, ERISA, COBRA, shareholder control agreements, business torts, employer liability and has tried insurance fraud cases.

Following law school, he worked for West Publishing as an editor of their monthly newsletter promoting computerized legal research. He joined Jardine Logan & O’Brien in 1985 and has held many leadership positions in the firm. In his free time, Larry enjoys traveling, golf, fishing, bird hunting, and spending time with his wife and two children.

*AV® is a certification mark of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies.


Representative Experience:

  • Schupp v. United Fire & Casualty Co., 821 N.W.2d 824 (Minn.Ct.App. 2012) Insurance coverage excluded for defendant involved in a double death van motor cycle accident case.
  • Oslund v. Johnson, 578 N.W.2d 353 (Minn. 1998) Contribution against taverns not allowed under Minnesota Liquor Liability or Dram Shop Act.
  • Illinois Farmers Insurance Co. v. Brekke Fireplace Shoppe, Inc., 495 N.W.2d 216 (Minn.Ct.App. 1993) Products liability case arising from a portable propane gas heater.
  • Schumacher v. Heig, 454 N.W.2d 446 (Minn.Ct.App. 1990) Contribution not allowed in an all terrain vehicle accident case.
  • Nichols v. Meilahn, 444 N.W.2d 872 (Minn.Ct.App. 1989) Garnishment of insurance policy not allowed following a judgment from a car accident case.
  • St. Croix Printing Equipment, Inc. v. Rockwell Intern. Corp., 428 N.W.2d 877 (Minn. Ct.App. 1988)
  • John Deere Insurance Company v. Penna, 416 N.W.2d 820 (Minn.Ct.App. 1987) Claims under the Uniform Commercial Code barred by “As Is” language but common-law misrepresentation claim remanded for trial.
  • Ocel v. City of Eagan, 402 N.W.2d 531 (Minn. 1987) Contribution claims time barred under Minnesota’s improvement to realty limitation statute.
  • Patzwald v. Krey, 390 N.W.2d 920 (Minn.Ct. App. 1986) Homeowner owed no duty to warn or protect her wedding reception guests at her home from an uninvited, crazed neighbor who shot and killed some of the reception guests.
  • Loosmore v. Parent, 613 N.W.2d 923 (Wis. App. 2000) Employer entitled to defense and indemnity under employee’s personal auto insurance policy.
  • Blaylock v. Hynes, 104 F.Supp.2d 1184 (D. Minn. 2000) Claimant allowed to proceed on his misrepresentation claim for ERISA health insurance benefits from insurance agent notwithstanding federal pre-emption
  • Caraher v. City of Menomonie, 256 Wis.2d 605, 649 N.W.2d 344 (Wis. App. 2002 Wrongful death claim against the city was dismissed pursuant to Wisconsin’s statutory discretionary immunity.
  • Prokop v. Indep. Sch. Dist. #625, 754. N.W.2d 709 (Minn. Ct. App. 2008) School district has statutory park and recreational use immunity for facial (orbital) and vision/sight injury when batted ball went through pitchers net in batting cage crushing pitchers orbit and impairing his vision.
  • Meintsma v. Loram Maintenance of Way, Inc., 684 N.W.2d 434 (Minn. 2004) In this workplace violence case, whether employee intended to injure a fellow employee under gross negligence exception of Minnesota Statute Sec. 176.061 remanded for trial.
  • Anderson v. Anoka-Hennepin Indep. Sch. Dist. #11, 678 N.W.2d 651 (Minn. 2004) Official and vicarious official immunity recognized for teacher who taught students not to use a “push stick” when ripping piece of oak in wood shop class.

Practice Areas:

  • Products Liability
  • Civil Litigation Defense
  • Major Case Defense

Bar Admissions:

  • Minnesota (1983)
  • Wisconsin (1984)
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota (1983)
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Wisconsin (1985)
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Wisconsin (1985)
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Indiana (1998)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Eighth Circuit (1985)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Seventh Circuit (1990)
  • U.S. Supreme Court (1993)
  • Lower Sioux Community, Minnesota Tribal Court (2005)

Education:

  • Hamline University School of Law, J.D. (1983) Hamline Law Review (1982-1983)
  • St. John’s University, B.S. in Business Administration (1980)
  • Master Advocates Program, National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA), Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California, Berkeley, CA (1993)

Honors and Certifications:

  • Civil Trial Specialist, Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA)
  • Board Certified Civil Trial Advocate, National Board of Trial Advocacy
  • National Board of Trial Advocacy

  • AV® Peer Review Rating, Martindale-Hubbell®*
  • Super Lawyers® 2006-2014 Editions

  • Recognized in Minnesota Super Lawyers® Corporate Counsel Edition, 2008, 2009 and 2010, for general Civil Litigation Defense and Personal Injury Defense
  • Recognized in Minnesota Super Lawyers® Business Edition, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014

Professional Memberships:

  • Defense Research Institute (DRI)
  • Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association (MDLA)
  • Wisconsin Defense Counsel
  • Minnesota Board of Legal Certification, Supreme Court Appointee
  • Council on Litigation Management
  • Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA) (Member of the Judiciary Committee)
  • State Bar of Wisconsin

Community Involvement:

  • William Mitchell College of Law, Adjunct Professor, Writing and Representation Advocacy (2001-Present)

Published Works:

  • “Tort Thresholds, Auto Claim Behavior and Auto Choice Reform: Are Tort Thresholds Working?” co-author, 24 Wm. Mitchell L. Rev. 965 (1998)

Presentations:

  • “Investigating and Defending Products Liability Claims,” Lecturer, Twin Cities Claim Association (April 7, 1995, April 19, 2002 and December 4, 2006)
  • “Life, Health & Disability Insurance,” Lecturer, Minnesota Institute of Legal Education (January 12, 2000)
  • “Insurer Responses to Tenders of Defense and the Consequences,” Lecturer, Minnesota Institute of Legal Education (November 19, 1996)
  • “FIRE! Litigating Property and Casualty Claims,” Course Chair, Minnesota Institute of Legal Education (October 2, 1996)
  • “Detecting, Proving & Defeating Insurance Fraud,” Course Chair, Minnesota Institute of Legal Education (February 24, 1995)
  • “Dealing With Insurance Fraud,” Lecturer, Minnesota State Bar Association Continuing Legal Education (May 18, 1995)

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