Alan Scott Milavetz

Alan Scott Milavetz

Brooklyn Center, Minnesota

Alan S. Milavetz has been a trial lawyer for 33 years. His Minnesota practice includes motor vehicle, wrongful death, brain injury, spinal injury and Mass Tort cases. Mr. Milavetz has resolved thousands of claims arising out of wrongful death, automobile accidents, brain injuries, personal injuries and medical malpractice.

A graduate of William Mitchell College of Law, Mr. Milavetz is also a certified rule 114 arbitrator and a civil law mediator. He is licensed to practice law in all Minnesota state and federal courts and is a member of the Minnesota and American Association for Justice. Mr. Milavetz is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, representing a group of plaintiffs' lawyers who have achieved multi-million-dollar verdicts, awards or settlements.

Mr. Milavetz is strongly committed to helping those in need, professionally and personally. Mr. Milavetz is an active community member. He is a leadership award recipient and serves as a director on numerous boards. He has participated in overseas humanitarian missions in the former Soviet Union and Israel, and is an avid genealogist. Mr. Milavetz is a Graduate of the FBI Citizens Academy. He and his wife have four children.

In 2010, Minnesota Lawyer Named Alan Milavetz as One of Its Attorneys of the Year.
Mr. Milavetz litigated the case of Milavetz, Gallop & Milavetz, P.A., et. al. v. United States of America and obtained an order declaring portions of the Bankruptcy Act of 2005 unconstitutional. The 8th Circuit issued its decision at Milavetz, Gallop & Milavetz, P.A. v. U.S., 541 F.3d 785, (8th Cir. 2008). The Supreme Court of the United States granted certiorari on June 8, 2009. The case was heard by the U.S. Supreme Court on December 1, 2009, and its decision was issued on March 8, 2010. You can find the Supreme Court's opinion construing the Bankruptcy Reform Act at 130 S. Ct. 1324 (2010).

Alan S. Milavetz has been named as one of Minnesota's Super Lawyers more than 15 times. A Super Lawyer is an individual who has been voted as one of Minnesota's top 5 percent of attorneys, by other attorneys. In 2008, Mr. Milavetz was selected as a "Top 100 Trial Lawyer" by The American Trial Lawyers Association. In 2007, Mr. Milavetz was selected as a Top 40 Personal Injury Attorney by Minnesota Law & Politics. Alan is also rated AV* by the respected, nationwide Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory. The ratings are developed by obtaining confidential opinions from lawyer adversaries and judges before whom the lawyer has appeared. Ability rating categories are A, B, C and no rating. An "A" rating is the "very high to preeminent" category -- the highest rating possible. It signifies that the lawyer has reached the heights of professional excellence, recognized for the highest levels of skill and integrity. The "V" rating is the highest for adherence to ethical standards, reliability and diligence.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review RatingTM fall into two categories - legal ability and general ethical standards.

Year Joined Firm

  • 1985

Areas of Practice

  • 80% Personal Injury
  • 10% Wrongful Death
  • 5% Mass Tort
  • 5% Employment

Litigation Percentage

  • 90% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Arbitration - Rule 114, State of Minnesota, 1996
  • Mediation Skills Training (Civil Law Mediator), Minnesota State Bar Association, 1996

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota, 1985
  • U.S. District Court District of Minnesota, 1985
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit, 1985
  • U.S. Tax Court, 1986
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2009


  • William Mitchell College of Law, St. Paul, Minnesota
    • J.D. - 1984
  • University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, St. Paul, Minnesota
    • B.A., Bachelor of Arts - 1980
    • Major: Speech - Communications

Published Works

  • "A Debt Defying Act. Courts say part of embattled bankruptcy law violates First Amendment", ABA Journal, 2009
  • "Big Fight for a Small Firm", The National Law Journal, November 30, 2009

Representative Cases

Representative Clients

  • Injury Victims from Minnesota & The Upper Midwest


  • Speaker, Milavetz v. U.S., Implications for Practitioners, Minnesota C.L.E., May 6, 2010
  • Speaker, Effects of Bankruptcy on Personal Injury Claims in Recessionary Times, 2010
  • Mock Trial, Minnesota Mock Trial, 1990
  • Genealogy Seminars
  • Speaker, Are You A Debt Relief Agency? The Consequences of Milavetz v. U.S., ABA Seminar
  • Speaker, American Bar Association, 2010 - Present
  • Faculty, Winder Convention, American Association for Justice, 2010 - Present
  • Speaker, Multiple, Jewish Genealogy, Synagogue Restoration

Honors and Awards

  • Minnesota Law & Politics Top 40 Personal Injury Attorneys, 2007 - 2008
  • Top Personal Injury Recoveries Minn. Law & Politics, 2007 - Present
  • Dr. David Tennenbaum Young Leadership Award, UJFC (United Jewish Fund and Council), St. Paul, 1995
  • Multiple Appearances in Top Verdict - Minnesota Law & Politics, 2000 - 2001
  • Minnesota Law & Politics Superlawyer, January 1, 2004 - Present
  • Attorneys of the Year Award, Minnesota Lawyer, February 18, 2010 - Present
  • Minnesota Super Lawyers: Fifteen Years
  • Top 100 Trial Layers, American Trial Lawyers Association, 2008 - Present
  • Top 40 Personal Injury Attorney, Minnesota Law & Politics, 2007 - Present
  • AV Rated, Martindale-Hubble Law
  • Lawsuits of the Year, Last Call For Sidelines, Minnesota Law & Politics
  • Lawsuits of the Year, Gagged and Bound, Minnesota Law & Politics
  • The Nancy Grace Show - CNN Guest Appearance, 2009 - Present
  • Leading Plaintiffs' Lawyers in America, 2006 - Present
  • Annual Dinner Chair, Cardozo Society Annual Dinner, 2017

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Association for Justice (AAJ), Member
  • Minnesota Trial Lawyers Association (MTLA)
  • American Bar Association, Member, 1985 - Present
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Member, 2000 - Present
  • National Trial Lawyers, Member
  • Minnesota Association for Justice, Member
  • Hennepin County Bar Association, Member
  • Dakota County Bar Association, Member
  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Member
  • Cardozo Society, Member
  • Cardozo Society, Steering Committee

Pro Bono Activities

  • Friends of B' Nai Abraham, Vice President, 2004 - Present
  • Henry Sibley Debate Boosters, Vice President, 2005 - 2010
  • Cardozo Society Honor Roll
  • United Jewish Fund Council President, 2004 - 2006
  • United Jewish Fund & Council, St. Paul, Executive Committee Member, 1998 - 2010
  • Mt. Zion congregation, St. Paul, Trustee, 2001 - 2005
  • Jewish Historical Society of Upper Midwest, Board Member, 1995 - 1996
  • Harry Kay Foundation, St. Paul, Public Member, 2004 - 2006
  • TTSP 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament, Organizer, Chair and Committee Member, 2001 - Present
  • Friends of B'nai Abraham, Board Member and Officer
  • Henry Sibley Debate Boosters, Inc., President, 2004
  • United Jewish Fund & Council, Campaign Chair, 2002 - 2003
  • CBRC, Chair, 2016
  • Cardozo Society Legal Aid Clinic, Steering Committee Member
  • Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota, Volunteer Attorney
  • SMRLS Legal Aid Clinic, Volunteer Attorney