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As a veteran trial lawyer in product liability, commercial and intellectual property matters, Tim Mattson has represented clients in courtrooms and jurisdictions across the United States. He has tried high-profile cases, often to verdict, in Alaska, California, Connecticut, Florida, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Texas, Vermont, West Virginia Wisconsin and even Quebec, Canada.

For more than 25 years, Tim has had a particular focus defending product liability and personal injury claims on behalf of vehicle manufacturers, including automobiles, trucks, SUVs, ATVs, UTVs, snowmobiles and motorcycles. A transmission design engineer for John Deere in his earlier days, Tim is at ease with the scientific, technical and mechanical issues common to these clients and their cases. He has dealt with nearly every type of claim a vehicle faces—rollovers, stability control, fuel systems, brakes, crashworthiness, fires, seats, vehicle structures, door latches, and more. Tim has defended a wide range of other products, including industrial equipment, personal watercrafts, tractors, heavy loaders, buses, spray guns, plastic winding machines, industrial grinders, batteries, anhydrous ammonia and LP gas handling equipment, and lawn and garden equipment.

Tim has been awarded four patents for his previous engineering work. While at John Deere, he specialized in the design of transmission components and hydraulic transmission control valves. He has been a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers and the American Society of Agricultural & Biological Engineers for more than 35 years, and is also a member of the Defense Research Institute.

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota, 1988
  • Iowa, 1987
  • Wisconsin, 2014

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Federal Court
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Education

  • The University of Texas School of Law, J.D., 1986
    with honors
  • University of Northern Iowa, M.B.A., 1984
  • Iowa State University, B.S., 1977
    Agricultural Engineering
    with distinction
    Tau Beta Pi
    Alpha Epsilon

Professional Associations

    • Defense Research Institute, Inc.
    • Society of Automotive Engineers, 1978 – Present
      —On-Road Automated Vehicle Standards Committee
      ——Subcommittee, Guidelines for Safe and Efficient On-Road Testing of Prototype Automated Driving Systems on Vehicles with High Levels of Automation
    • American Society of Agricultural & Biological Engineers, 1976 – Present
    • Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association
    • American Bar Association

Distinctions

    • Super Lawyers Magazine
      —Minnesota Super Lawyers, 2015 – 2018

Patents

    • Wide Speed-Range Multi-Speed Power Shift Transmission
    • Tractor with Large Caster Angle to Improve Steering Clearance 
    • Control System for Transmission Engagement 
    • Compactor Device for Large Bales

Recent Verdicts & Case Studies


CASE RESULTS DEPEND UPON A VARIETY OF FACTORS UNIQUE TO EACH CASE. CASE RESULTS DO NOT GUARANTEE OR PREDICT A SIMILAR RESULT IN ANY FUTURE CASE.

Recent News, Events and Blogs


Speaking Engagements

  • "Defending Occupant Retention and Safety Features Such as Doors, Nets, and Shoulder Barriers," Client Seminar, November 2015

Trial History

CASE RESULTS DEPEND UPON A VARIETY OF FACTORS UNIQUE TO EACH CASE. CASE RESULTS DO NOT GUARANTEE OR PREDICT A SIMILAR RESULT IN ANY FUTURE CASE.

Defense Verdict
Elizabeth Ault-Smietana v. Yamaha (Named a Top Product Liability Verdict in the First Half of 2015, Law360)
Superior Court of California, Orange County
2015

Defense Verdict
Clifford McAnelly v. Yamaha
Superior Court of California, Los Angeles County
2011

Settled in Trial
Sheri Mee v. Johnson Controls Inc., et al
In the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia First Judicial District of Pennsylvania
2011

Defense Verdict (Selected as one of Top Defense Verdicts in CA in 2010)
Jacob Lewis and Patrick Hernandez v. Yamaha
Superior Court of California, San Bernardino County
2010

Defense Verdict
Kevin and Paige Garvey v. Polaris Industries Inc.
Minneapolis, Minnesota
2004

Defense Verdict
Dennis Theriot v. Polaris Industries Inc.
San Luis Obispo, CA
2003

Settled in Trial
Michael Divicino v. Polaris Industries Inc., et al.
United States District Court, Connecticut
2003

Plaintiff Verdict
Betty Verburg, Administratrix of the Estate of Sander Verburg v. Polaris Industries Inc., et al.
District Court of County of Chittenden, Vermont
2002

Directed Defense Verdict
Ralph Brauser v. Polaris Industries Inc., et al
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West Palm Beach, FL
2002

Defense Verdict
Robert Davidson v. Polaris Industries Inc.
Stoughton, MA
2001 

Defense Verdict
Harvey R. Sookiayak, Sr., Personal Representative of the Estate of Tony L. Sagoonick v. Polaris Industries Inc., et al.
Nome, Alaska
2000

Defense Verdict
Dan and Alaina Vogler v. Polaris Industries Inc.
Abilene, TX
2000 

Settled in Trial
Lanae Woodruff v. Polaris Industries Inc., et al.
District Court of Lane County, Oregon
2000

Settled in Trial
Randall Bennett v. Polaris Industries Inc., et al.
United States District Court, Portland, Maine
2000 

Defense Verdict
Jean-Claude Berube, et al. v. Polaris Industries Inc.
Mont-Laurier, Quebec, Canada
2000

Defense Verdict
Mildred Howard v. General Motors
Jefferson County, West Virginia
1997

Defense Verdict
Gary and Lisa Smart v. American Honda Motor Co., Inc.
United States District Court, S.D. Iowa
1995

Defense Verdict
Manford Carwile, Jr. vs. Honda Research & Development Co., et al.
United States District Court, E.D. Michigan.
1994

Defense Verdict
Timothy Oldeen v. American Honda, et al.
United States District Court, Western District, Wisconsin
1994

Defense Verdict
Kenneth Trunnell v. Navistar
United States District Court, Minnesota
1994