Back when Ed Matonich’s grandfather was killed in the mines in
Hibbing, there was no recourse or worker’s compensation available to
survivors. That’s the way things were, and many other miners and their
families suffered similar fates in Northern Minnesota.
Fortunately times have changed, and there are now legal provisions in
place regarding traumatic accidents and wrongful death. Still, Ed never
forgot this injustice.
As a lawyer, this compulsion to right personal wrongs remained with
him. So much so that Ed left a successful corporate career in order to
return to Hibbing and found this firm in 1972. Darrold Persson joined
him in 1977, and together they committed themselves to helping people
find redress for their injuries.
Seeing the impact her father had on his clients while growing up,
Ed’s daughter, Julie, eventually joined the firm. She shared her
father’s passion for serving the community and founded the Minneapolis
office so the firm could help a geographically broader range of clients.
With offices in Hibbing and Minneapolis,
Matonich & Persson handles cases throughout the state of Minnesota.
We uniquely pair small-town personal attention with the leading-edge
professional resources and expertise of a sophisticated firm.
Our attorneys prepare cases by relying on nearly five decades of
successful trial experience, sourcing the most qualified experts,
high-tech courtroom displays, and financial resources to ensure the best
representation. Matonich & Persson also offers full-service
appellate representation, both to our own clients and others looking for
outstanding advocacy in state and federal appellate courts.
Over the years we have earned favorable verdicts and settlements in
complex personal injury lawsuits, many in excess of $1 million,
including record-breaking verdicts totaling nearly $13.5 million and $23
million among other successful results.
Our attorneys have been recognized for their advocacy both within the
state of Minnesota and nationally for excellence in the practice of
- Best Law Firms, Tier 1 ranking for 2013 by U.S. News Media Group
- Best Lawyers selection for 2013 by The Best Lawyers in America
- Minnesota Super Lawyers by Minneapolis/St. Paul Magazine and Minnesota Law and Politics
- Minnesota Attorneys of the Year by Minnesota Lawyer publication
- Circle of Excellence Award—named one of Minnesota Attorneys of the Year three times by
- Minnesota Lawyer publication
- Minnesota Top 40 Personal Injury Super Lawyer by Minnesota Law and Politics
- Professional Excellence Award by the Minnesota State Bar Association
- “AV Preeminent” Rating by Martindale-Hubbell
Respected throughout Minnesota, Matonich & Persson has achieved
multiple verdicts and settlements in excess of $1 million for our
clients, including cases involving products liability, medical malpractice, and automobile and trucking accidents.
Below are just a few of the results we have obtained for our clients,
providing them with the security they need to cope with their injuries
$23,200,000 Jury Verdict
In 2007, the daughter of a Paynesville family was
severely handicapped due to complications during her birth at Rice
Memorial Hospital in Willmar. As a result of being deprived of oxygen
during delivery, she has multiple health problems, including spastic
quadriplegic cerebral palsy, cortical impairment, neurological
difficulties, and seizures. In 2010, her family was awarded this
$1,444,500 Jury Verdict
When a man was showing stroke-like symptoms, his
wife brought him to the emergency room. However, the plaintiff alleged
that emergency room care was sub-standard in failing to stop a stroke in
progress. After leaving the hospital, he suffered a stroke that left
him disabled. No offer was forthcoming from the insurance company prior
$13,473,588 Jury Verdict
A young man was rendered paraplegic when the
forklift he was operating overturned, pinning him beneath the
equipment’s overhead protective structure. The defendant initially
offered $1,000,000, but the offer was withdrawn prior to trial. At the
time, this was the largest verdict to date in the State of Minnesota in a
personal injury case. Immediately thereafter, the defendant and other
manufacturers began to place seatbelts and other restraints in
$3,158,000 Jury Verdict
When a 33-year-old former Marine who had served in
the Persian Gulf War fell while dismounting an aerial lift bucket, he
tore ligaments in his right knee that required three extensive
reconstructive surgeries. Complications prevented him from returning to
work. It was found that the equipment failed to provide adequate foot
space and mandated handholds to safely descend the bucket. Prior to
trial, the insurance company offered $400,000.
$9,000,000 Jury Verdict
A 47-year-old male pilot operating a Cirrus airplane
crashed the plane south of Hill City, Minnesota. We successfully proved
that he had not been given adequate training in this aircraft, leading
to this fatal crash. The initial award of $12,000,000 was reduced by 25
percent for the pilot’s own negligence.
Ed Matonich was co-counsel in the wrongful death of a minor child killed in Wisconsin in which the parents had witnessed the defendant’s truck driving over their six-year-old daughter.
$9,065,000 Structured Settlement
A ten-year-old boy riding his bicycle on a city
street near a highway overpass was struck by a large truck. He suffered
internal injuries and was hospitalized for an extensive period. An
actual settlement of $750,000 was awarded. However, through an
investment agreement brokered at the time of settlement, the
child—through periodic payments—stands to collect over $9 million during
the span of his life. Prevailing interest rates are a major factor when
considering such a settlement.
A 38-year-old mother of six was rendered
quadriplegic when her car, traveling at 40 mph because of a fuel
problem, was hit from behind by a semi-trailer truck. Evidence showed
that the truck drivers did not have the minimum amount of rest required
by federal trucking regulations, they kept inaccurate log books, and
they were speeding and following too closely.
A retired couple was involved in an accident that
left the wife severely injured with a fractured ankle and foot, a broken
wrist, a fractured vertebrae, and abdominal injuries, all requiring
surgery. The settlement was successfully achieved by employing exhibits,
including photographs, charts, and excerpts of medical records
graphically displaying the pain and suffering endured by this couple.