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Paul F. McEllistrem, Mediator & Arbitrator, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Paul F. McEllistrem

McEllistrem Fargione, P.A.
7900 International Drive, Suite 700
Minneapolis, MN 55425
Tel: (952) 544-5501
Fax: (952) 591-0682
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Recognized to Minnesota Chapter for Mediation & Arbitration
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Online / In-Person



To serve as the strongest advocate possible for injured clients by utilizing a specialized knowledge of the law, strong work ethic, and customer service mentality. 


Professional Accomplishments

  • Certified by the Minnesota State Bar Association as a Civil Trial Specialist
  • Successfully litigated personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits in multiple jurisdictions across the United States including Minnesota, Wisconsin, Florida, South Dakota Federal District Court, and New Mexico Federal District Court
  • Successfully argued cases to the Minnesota Court of Appeals and Supreme Court on behalf of injured clients
  • Successfully tried numerous jury trials and binding arbitrations on behalf of injured clients against individuals, insurance companies, businesses, and taverns
  • Appointed by the Minnesota Supreme Court to the No-Fault Arbitration Standing Committee in 2006 to oversee Minnesota’s No-Fault Arbitration System-serving two 4 year terms
  • Law Professor – Mitchell Hamline School of Law- Teaching “No-Fault Insurance Law” from 1998 to present
  • Served as mediator and neutral arbitrator in numerous civil litigation matters involving personal injury, wrongful death and sexual abuse cases.
  • Served on the Board of Governors for the Minnesota Association for Justice (MAJ) from 2000-2002
  • Served as Chair of the Board of Hennepin County Volunteer Lawyers Network, Ltd., from 2000-2001; served on the Board of Directors from 1996-2002; and tried civil cases for indigent clients from 1996 - 2003
  • Invited by Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association as presenter on topics including Motor Vehicle Insurance Coverage, Orthopedic Injury Cases, and Subrogation Issues



Recognized as:  Minnesota Super Lawyer 18 times (2001 – 2019); Minnesota Top 40 Personal Injury Lawyer 17 times (2004 – 2019); and Minnesota Top 100 Super Lawyer 13 times (2007 - 2019)

Recipient - Award for Professional Excellence in 2009 for legal work on behalf of victims of the 35W bridge collapse



  • Minnesota Motor Vehicle Accident Deskbook – 5th Edition, Editor (2014-2019)
  • Minnesota Motor Vehicle Accident Deskbook – 4th Edition, Editor (2009-2013)
  • Minnesota Motor Vehicle Accident Deskbook – 3rd Edition, Editor (2006-2008)
  • No-Fault Benefits: An Overview, Minnesota Motor Vehicle Accident Deskbook (2003 - 2015)
  • “Closeness To The Risk” in Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Coverages in Minnesota, William Mitchell Law Review, vol.24, no. 4 (1998)
  • 101 Practical Tips - Handling Auto Claims, Minnesota Institute for Legal Education (1998)
  • Fee Agreements in Minnesota, Personal Injury, 1st Ed., Minnesota CLE (1997)
  • Premises Liability Law Overview (October, 1994)

Case Experience

  • Appellate
  • Commercial/Business
  • Contract Disputes
  • Insurance
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Personal Injury
  • Premises Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Liability
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Professional Negligence
  • Real Estate
  • Torts
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Wrongful Death



University of Minnesota (B.A. 1989)

William Mitchell College of Law (J.D. cum laude 1994)

National Institute of Trial Advocacy – National Session, Boulder, CO (1994)


Bar Admission

Minnesota State Bar, 1994

United States District Court, District of Minnesota, 1997

Wisconsin State Bar, 2005

Memberships & Affiliations

  • National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals
  • Minnesota Association for Justice
  • American Association for Justice
  • Hennepin County Bar Association
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Wisconsin State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association

Rates Information

$350.00 per hour

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