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Robert Jay Milavetz


Year Joined Firm: 1963

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Robert J. Milavetz is a leading personal injury and family law attorney since 1963. He is founder of Milavetz Injury Law, P.A. He graduated from the University of Minnesota and William Mitchell College of Law. He has authored articles, instructed and lectured on legal topics at law schools, colleges and continuing legal education. Mr. Milavetz has been a frequent guest on numerous television and radio programs. Mr. Milavetz’s clients have been featured in magazines and newspaper articles. He has successfully tried numerous cases nationwide and has won many significant appellate court decisions. He is a member of the Hennepin, Minnesota and American Bar Associations, and Minnesota Trial Lawyers’ Association. Mr. Milavetz has been named as a Minnesota Super Lawyer by his peers. Mr. Milavetz has also been certified as a trial lawyer specialist. Mr. Milavetz is a plaintiff in the case of Milavetz Injury Law, P.A., et. al. v. United States of America which successfully declared portions of the Bankruptcy Reform Act (BAPCPA of 2005) unconstitutional, which has been accepted for review by the United States Supreme Court.

Attorneys at Milavetz Injury Law, P.A., are 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.

Named as 2009 Attorney of the Year by Minnesota Lawyer

*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.

Areas Of Practice

  • Adoption
  • Advertising
  • Affirmative Action — Employee
  • Age Discrimination
  • Alimony & Spousal Support
  • Americans with Disabilities Act — Employee
  • Animal Bites — Plaintiff
  • Assault & Battery — Plaintiff
  • Aviation Accidents — Plaintiff
  • Bankruptcy
  • Child Support
  • Childrens’ Rights
  • Collaborative Law
  • Complex Litigation
  • Custody & Visitation
  • Defamation & Privacy — Plaintiff
  • Disability & Illness Discrimination
  • Discrimination
  • Divorce
  • Domestic Violence & Neglect
  • Employment Contracts — Employee
  • Employment Discrimination — Employee
  • Ethics
  • Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) — Employee
  • Federal Claims Court
  • Felonies
  • Freedom of Press
  • Freedom of Religion
  • Freedom of Speech
  • Juvenile Law
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Misdemeanor
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents — Plaintiff
  • Paternity
  • Premises Liability — Plaintiff
  • Prenuptial Agreements
  • Professional Responsibility
  • Property Damage — Plaintiff
  • Qui Tam
  • Race Discrimination
  • Railroad Accidents — Plaintiff
  • Religious Discrimination
  • Sex Discrimination
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Sexual Harassment — Employee
  • Slip and Fall — Plaintiff
  • State & Municipal Employees
  • Traffic Violations
  • Wage & Hour Laws — Employee
  • Wrongful Death — Plaintiff
  • Wrongful Termination — Employee

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota, 1963
  • U.S. District Court District of Minnesota, 1966
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1971


  • William Mitchell College of Law, St Paul, Minnesota
    • J.D.
  • University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota
    • B.A.
    • Major: Psychology

Published Works

  • Savchuk v. Rush Relating to Quasi-In-Rem Jurisdiction Obtained Through Garnishment of the Defendant’s Insured., Minnesota Trial Lawyer, December – January Vol. 4, No. 3, 1979

Classes & Seminars

  • Milavetz v. U.S. – Implications for Practitioners, MCLE Webcast, 2010 to 2010
  • Family Law Institute, Third Party Custody, Minnesota Bar, 2005 to 2005
  • Guest Lecturer, Hamline Law School
  • Guest Lecturer, William Mitchell Law School
  • Speaker, First Amendment Rights

Representative Cases

  • Oanes v. Allstae, 617 N.W.2d 401, 2000, Minn.
  • Kayachith v. Athakhahn, 683 N.W.2d 325, 2004, Minn. App.
  • In Re Carlson, 40 B.R.746, 1984, Bankruptcy
  • Milavetz Injury Law, P.A., et. al. v. United States of America

Honors and Awards

  • Top Personal Injury Recoveries Minn. Law & Politics
  • Named as 2009 Attorney of the Year by Minnesota Lawyer
  • Named as a Minnesota Superlawyer by his peers

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Trial Lawyers Association
  • Minnesota Bar Association, Member, Present
  • American Bar Association, Member, Present
  • Hennepin County Bar Association, Member, Present
  • American Trial Lawyers Association, COX-2 Inhibitors, Section Member
  • American Trial Lawyers Association, Defibrillator Section, Past Chairman
  • Minnesota Trial Lawyers’ Association, Member, Present

Pro Bono Activities

  • Director Minnesota Physician and Patient Alliance
  • Guest Speaker, Chrysalis, 1999 to 2000
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