Alan Scott Milavetz

Alan Scott Milavetz

Brooklyn Center, Minnesota

February 18, 2010, Minnesota Lawyer Names Alan Milavetz as One of Its Attorneys of the Year

Alan S. Milavetz has been a trial lawyer for 29 years. His Minnesota practice includes motor vehicle, wrongful death, medical malpractice, brain injury and spinal injury cases. 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, a group of plaintiffs’ lawyers who have achieved 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 and his wife have four children.

Mr. Milavetz recently 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 has 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 here.

Mr. Milavetz has resolved thousands of claims arising out of wrongful death, automobile accidents, brain injuries, personal injuries and medical malpractice.

Milavetz, Gallop & Milavetz, P.A., is proud to announce that Alan S. Milavetz has been named for the tenth time as one of Minnesota's Super Lawyers. 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 Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Year Joined Firm

  • 1985

Areas of Practice

  • 75% Personal Injury - Plaintiff
  • 15% Transportation Law
  • 5% Workers Compensation
  • 5% Employment

Litigation Percentage

  • 75% 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
    • Bachelors 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 Clients

  • Injury Victims from Minnesota & The Upper Midwest


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

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 of 2000 - 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: Ten Years
  • Selected as a "Top 100 Trial Layers" by The American Trial Lawyers Association, 2008 - Present
  • Selected as a Top 40 Personal Injury attorney by Minnesota Law & Politics, 2007 - Present
  • Rated AV by 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, 2007 - Present
  • Leading Plaintiffs' Lawyers in America, 2006 - Present

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 of advocates group who have achieved million dollar awards., 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

Pro Bono Activities

  • Vice President, Friends of B' Nai Abraham, 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
  • St. Paul Public Member, Harry Kay Foundation, 2004 - 2006
  • TTSP 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament, Organizer, Chair, Committee Member, 2001 - Present
  • Friends of B'nai Abraham, Board Member and Officer
  • Henry Sibley Debate Boosters, Inc., a 501c3 Corporation, President, 2004 - Present
  • United Jewish Fund & Council, Campaign Chair, 2002 - 2003