Rolf E. Sonnesyn

Rolf is a trial lawyer who is privileged to represent clients in litigation throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin. He has tried numerous cases and he represents clients at the appellate level. Through his advocacy, Rolf endeavors to gain the trust of his clients and the respect of opposing counsel.

Rolf E. Sonnesyn

Contact:

Main: 763-521-4499

Direct: 612-520-8604

Fax: 763-521-4482

Email: rsonnesyn@tstlaw.com

Education:

  • University of Minnesota, B.A., summa cum laude, 1977
  • William Mitchell College of Law, J.D., 1981

Bar Admissions:

  • Minnesota, 1981
  • Wisconsin, 1989
  • United State District Court, Minnesota and Wisconsin
  • Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals

Areas of Practice:

  • Insurance Defense
  • Professional Liability
  • Personal Injury
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Wrongful Death
  • Appeals

Professional Associations:

  • Defense Research Institute
  • Academy of Certified Trial Lawyers of Minnesota
  • Professional Liability Defense Federation
  • Professional Liability Underwriting Society

Professional Recognition:

  • Certified as a Civil Trial Specialist by the Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Voted Super Lawyer , 2003 – 2015
  • Martindale – Hubbell AV rated

Representative Cases:

  • Pautz v. Cal-Ros, Inc., 340 N.W.2d 338 (Minn. 1983)
  • Bergerson v. Thermo Comfort, Inc., 354 N.W.2d 422 (Minn. 1984)
  • In re Ganzer, 54 B.R. 75, 13 Collier Bankr. Cas. 2d 947 (D. Minn. 1985)
  • Alwes v. Hartford Life and Accident Insurance Co., 372 N.W.2d 376 (Minn. Ct. App. 1985)
  • Rakow v. Waterfall Inn and Supper Club, Inc., 381 N.W.2d 66 (Minn. Ct. App. 1986)
  • Sommerness v. Quadna Resort Services, 416 N.W.2d 178 (Minn. Ct. App. 1987)
  • Spragg v. Shuster, 398 N.W.2d 683 (Minn. Ct. App. 1987)
  • Bradley v. Vic’s Welding, 405 N.W.2d 243 (Minn. 1987)
  • Rambaum v. Swisher, 435 N.W.2d 19 (Minn. 1989)
  • Bushland v. Corner Pocket Billiard Lounge of Moorhead, Inc., 462 N.W.2d 615 (Minn. Ct. App. 1990)
  • Paulson v. Lapa, Inc., 450 N.W.2d 374 (Minn. Ct. App. 1990)
  • Unique Systems Development, Inc. v. Star Agency, 500 N.W.2d 144 (Minn. Ct. App. 1993)
  • Vogel v. Hochalter, 516 N.W.2d 214 (Minn. Ct. App. 1994)
  • Dunlap v. Chubb Life Insurance Company of America, 981 F. Supp. 1201 (D. Minn. 1997)
  • State Farm Mutual Insurance Co. v. Cincinnati Insurance Co., 666 N.W.2d 334 (Minn. 2003)
  • Brown v. Sandeen Agency, Inc., 316 Wis.2d 253, 762 N.W.2d 850 (2008)
  • Carlson v. Allstate Insurance Co., 749 N.W.2d 41 (Minn. 2008)
  • Cascades Development of Minnesota, LLC v. National Specialty Insurance, 675 F. 3d 1095 (8th Cir. 2012)
  • Acuity v. Johnson, 776 F. 3d 588 (8th Cir. 2015)