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Trevor W. Carolan

Trevor W. Carolan

Senior Counsel

Trevor Carolan focuses his practice on the defense of a wide range of product liability matters. As a member of the firm’s Appellate and Advanced Motions practice group, he is a skilled writer and researcher who diligently works to resolve his clients’ complex legal matters. 

Trevor’s motion practice spans several industries including automotive, consumer products, and medical devices, in claims involving catastrophic personal injuries, wrongful death and property damage. From preliminary motions to dismiss to comprehensive dispositive and post-verdict motions, Trevor has experience drafting motions at all phases of litigation.

Leveraging the knowledge gained during multiple federal clerkships, Trevor has extensive legal research and writing experience. He has drafted opinions on cases for federal trial and appellate courts that span the full breadth of civil litigation and has written hundreds of federal court orders on motions for summary judgment, motions to dismiss, and pre- and post-trial motions.

In his free time, Trevor is an organist at one of the largest Episcopal churches in the United States, has given recitals throughout the country, and has played historic organs in over a dozen countries. He also enjoys reading, particularly biographies of U.S. presidents.  He and his wife, a pediatric urologist, have two young children.  


Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota, 2014
  • Arizona, 2017
  • Texas, 2022

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas


  • Wartburg College, B.A., 2011

    Major: Political Science 

    cum laude

    Dean’s List

    Presidential Scholar

    Student Body President

    Wartburg Choir member

    Interim College Organist

  • University of St. Thomas School of Law, J.D., 2014

    Dean’s List

    Senior Editor, Journal of Law & Public Policy

    Student Government, 3L Class Representative

    Dean’s Award in Immigration Law, Immigration Clinic, and Family Law

    Faculty Curriculum Committee, Student Representative

Professional Associations

    • Defense Research Institute
    • Wartburg College
      —Alumni Board, 2016 – 2022


    • Wartburg College
      —Wartburg College Young Alumni Award, 2020

Recent News, Events and Blogs


  • “The Art of Drafting a Product Liability Verdict Form” Co-Author, For the Defense, May 2023
  • “Preparing for the Appeal,” Product Liability Litigation: Current Law, Strategies and Best Practices, PLI Treatise, October 2009; (case law update in 2022) 
  • “Judicial Profile on Hon. Diane J. Humetewa”, Author, The Federal Lawyer, March/April 2021 Edition


  • U.S. District Court, District of Arizona: Hon. Diane J. Humetewa, Law Clerk, 2018 – 2022
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of Minnesota: Hon. William J. Fisher, Law Clerk, 2016 – 2017
  • Minnesota District Court, Hon. Hilary L. Caligiuri, Law Clerk, 2015 – 2016