William D Harper

William D. Harper

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Practice Areas:

  • Personal Injury
  • Professional Liability
  • Wrongful Death
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Products Liability

Education

  • Hamline University School of Law, St. Paul, Minnesota
    • J.D. - 1977
  • University of Minnesota
    • B.A. - 1972
    • Major: English
    • Major: Humanities
    • Major: Studio Arts

Past Positions

  • Daly and Harper, 1977 to 1979
  • Streefland, Daly and Harper, 1979 to 1980
  • Harper and Wirth, 1980 to 1983
  • Harper and Anderson, Chartered, 1983 to 1989
  • Harper and Harper, Chartered, 1990 to 1993
  • William D. Harper, Chartered, 1994 to 1999
  • Harper & Peterson, P.L.L.C. - 2000- Present

Certified Legal Specialties:

  • Civil Trial Advocate, National Board of Trial Advocacy, 1986
  • Civil Trial Advocate (Recertified), National Board of Trial Advocacy, 1991
  • Civil Trial Advocate (Recertified), National Board of Trial Advocacy, 2001
  • Civil Trial Specialist, Minnesota State Bar Association, 1988
  • Civil Trial Specialist (Recertified), Minnesota State Bar Association, 1994
  • Civil Trial Specialist (Recertified), Minnesota State Bar Association, 2000

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota, 1977
  • U.S. District Court District of Minnesota, 1978
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit, 1981

Representative Clients

  • The Injured

Representative Cases

  • Gawel v. Two Plus Two, Inc., 309 N.W.2d 746, 1981, Minn., 1981136755

Biography

Bill is a Board Certified Civil Trial Specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy and has been since 1986. He is Board Certified in Minnesota as a Civil Trial Specialist by the Minnesota State Bar Association and has been since the inception of the specialist designation in Minnesota. Bill was recognized as a leading attorney in Minnesota by the American Research Corporation (ARC) and was so recognized in the first list by ARC for Minnesota Lawyers. Bill has been named a Minnesota Super Lawyer since the beginning of the Super Lawyer designation and has been so recognized every year Minnesota Super lawyer lists have been published.

Bill is actively involved in the Minnesota Association for Justice, a group dedicated to the legal rights of individual, and he served as President of the Association in 1998-99. Bill was recognized by the Minnesota Association for Justice with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013. Bill is also a founding member of the Amdahl Inn of Court, a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, and a member of the American Academy of Certified Trial Lawyers, and an invited member of the International Society of Barristers. He is also a sustaining member of the American Association for Justice. Bill has published numerous articles and conducts frequent lectures to other lawyers in the areas of personal injury, product liability, professional malpractice, and wrongful death.

Classes & Seminars

  • How to Unpick a Jury, MTLA, 03/10/1989 to 03/10/1989
  • Handling the Automobile Injury Case, MTLA, 05/04/1989 to 05/04/1989
  • Measuring Damages in Wrongful Death Cases, MTLA, 06/23/1989 to 06/23/1989
  • Independent Medical Examiners, MTLA, 11/17/1989 to 11/17/1989
  • Drama in the Courtroom, MTLA, 01/12/1990 to 01/12/1990
  • Trial by Jury, Mock Trial Presentation, State Bar, August, 1990 to 1990
  • Independent Medical Examiners, MTLA, 01/30/1990 to 01/30/1990
  • Independent Medical Examiners, MTLA, 10/31/1990 to 10/31/1990
  • Cross-examining Expert Witnesses, MTLA, 10/31/1990 to 10/31/1990
  • Hard Issues in Soft Tissues, MTLA, 01/13/1991 to 01/13/1991
  • Maintaining Integrity and Control in the Courtroom, MTLA, 02/08/1991 to 02/08/1991
  • Handling the Automobile Injury Case - Wrongful Death, MTLA, 02/22/1991 to 02/22/1991
  • Head Injury, MTLA, 06/24/1991 to 06/24/1991
  • Cross-examining Adverse Examiners, MTLA, 07/12/1991 to 07/12/1991
  • Trial by Jury, Mock Trial Presentation, The State Bar, August, 1991 to 1991
  • Voir Dire, Opening Statements, and Closing Arguments, MTLA, 09/27/1991 to 09/27/1991
  • Personal Injury Damages, MTLA, 11/08/1991 to 11/08/1991
  • Wrongful Death, MILE, 12/13/1991 to 12/13/1991
  • Current Attitudes and Philosophies of Communication and Persuasion, MTLA, 04/17/1992 to 04/17/1992
  • Handling the Automobile Accident Case--Wrongful Death, MTLA, 10/30/1992 to 10/30/1992
  • Maximizing Damages in Personal Injury Cases--Head Injuries, MSBA, 01/27/1993 to 01/27/1993
  • Communication and Persuasion, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, ACTLM and MTLA, 03/22/1993 to 03/22/1993
  • Personal Injury Concepts, Certification Review Course, ACTLM, 07/23/1993 to 07/23/1993
  • Opening Statements, MTLA, 10/27/1993 to 10/27/1993
  • Handling the Automobile Accident Case--Wrongful Death, MTLA, 10/29/1993 to 10/29/1993
  • Adversely Examining Adverse Examiners, MTLA, 11/16/1993 to 11/16/1993
  • How to Handle the Difficult Lawyer or Judge, ACTLM/MTLA, 01/13/1994 to 01/13/1994
  • Medical Subrogation: Dealing with the Uninvited Guest, MTLA, 03/10/1994 to 03/10/1994
  • Civility, Saint Martin, ACTLM/MTLA, 03/17/1994 to 03/17/1994
  • How to Get Your Own Automobile Insurance Carrier to Buy You a House, DTLA, 05/24/1994 to 08/24/1994
  • Closing Arguments, 02/10/1995 to 02/10/1995
  • Demonstrative Evidence, MTLA, 03/10/1995 to 03/10/1995
  • Voir Dire, PERC, 06/27/1995 to 06/27/1995
  • Handling the Auto Accident Case-the Adverse Medical Exam, MTLA, 12/08/1995 to 12/08/1995
  • Obstructive Defense Counsel, MTLA, 03/06/1996 to 03/06/1996
  • The Six Figure Soft Tissue Injury, MTLA, 04/12/1996 to 04/12/1996
  • How to Conduct an Effective Deposition, MSBA, 04/29/1996 to 04/29/1996
  • Handling the Auto Accident Case - The Adverse Medical Exam, MTLA, 12/13/1996 to 12/13/1996
  • Final Arguments in UM and UIM Trials, MTLA, 02/21/1997 to 02/21/1997
  • What I Didn't learn in Law School about being a Trial Lawyer, Hamline University School of Law, 03/06/1998 to 03/06/1998
  • Opening Statement in a Soft Tissue Case, MTLA, 03/20/1998 to 03/20/1998
  • Anatomy of a Multimillion Dollar Products Liability Verdict, MTLA, 09/25/1998 to 09/25/1998
  • Closing Arguments in a Wrongful Death Trial, MTLA, 06/09/1999 to 06/09/1999
  • Evaluation of a Personal Injury Case, MN Law & Politics, 06/24/1999 to 06/24/1999
  • Communicating With the Jury of Today About Insurance, MTLA, 10/22/1999 to 10/22/1999
  • How to Practice Civil Law without Starving, MSBA Continuing Legal Education, 06/13/2000 to 06/13/2000
  • Cross Examining the Adverse Expert, MTLA, 11/29/2000 to 11/29/2000
  • Final Arguments in UM and UIM Cases, MTLA, 12/01/2000 to 12/01/2000
  • Wrongful Death: Start to Finish, MTLA, 01/05/2001 to 01/05/2001
  • Direct Examination of the Physical Therapist, MTLA, 03/02/2001 to 03/02/2001
  • How to Ask for Money, MTLA, 04/06/2001 to 04/06/2001
  • Opening Statements, MTLA, 04/12/2001 to 04/12/2001
  • Winning Opening Statements, MTLA, 09/06/2002 to 09/06/2002
  • Issues in Wrongful Death Cases, MTLA, 02/14/2003 to 02/14/2003
  • Damages Workshop - Opening Statements, MTLA, 03/14/2003 to 03/14/2003
  • Overcoming Juror Bias, MTLA, 03/05/2004 to 03/05/2004
  • Masters in Trial ? ABOTA Foundation/MSBA, CLE, 10/05/2005 to 10/05/2005
  • Wrongful Death, MTLA, 11/04/2004 to 11/04/2004
  • Issues in Wrongful Death Cases, MTLA, 01/27/2006 to 01/27/2006
  • New Issues in Wrongful Death Cases, MTLA, 02/09/2007 to 02/09/2007
  • The Constitution and Closing Arguments, North Dakota Trial Lawyers, 05/11/2007 to 05/11/2007
  • Wrestling with Change, MnAJ, 08/10/2007 to 08/10/2007
  • New Issues in Wrongful Death, MnAJ, 03/12/2008 to 03/12/2008
  • View From the Bench and Jury Box?an actual $425,000 soft tissue trial, MnAJ, 11/12/2008 to 11/12/2008
  • Power Deposition Practice ? the difficult deponent, MSBA CLE, 01/05/2009 to 01/05/2009
  • Handling the Car Crash ? tips and strategies for arguing pain damages, MnAJ, 02/25/2009 to 02/25/2009
  • New Twists & Turns in Wrongful Death Cases, MnAJ, 03/31/2009 to 03/31/2009
  • Wrongful Death, MnAJ, 01/29/2010 to 01/29/2010
  • Gathering and Using Evidence, MSBA CLE, 07/14/2010 to 07/14/2010
  • Using New Age Video to Prove Your Case, MnAJ, 08/14/2010 to 08/14/2010
  • Trying the Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Case, North American Brain Injury Society, 10/07/2010 to 10/07/2010
  • Wrongful Death, MnAJ, 01/27/2011 to 01/27/2011
  • Brain Injuries, North Dakota Association for Justice Annual Convention, 05/05/2011 to 05/05/2011
  • Litigating with the Legends-Breathing life into Complex Liability Cases, MnAJ, 12/09/2011 to 12/09/2011
  • Traumatic Brain Injury ? The Evolution of Proof, MnAJ, 01/12/2012 to 01/12/2012
  • Cross Examining Adverse Drs, ABOTA, 07/11/2012 to 07/11/2012
  • Swenson V. ADT presentation- Washington County Law Clerks CLE , 10/03/2013
  • Voir Dire - Amdahl Inn of Court, 01/16/2014
  • Use of Experts from a Plaintiff's Perspective - MDLA Mid-Winter Conference, 02/01/2014
  • Cross Examining Adverse Drs., ABOTA, 07/11/2012
  • Swenson V. ADT presentation, ABOTA, 10/03/2013
  • Voir Dire, ABOTA, 01/16/2014
  • Use of Experts from a Plaintiff’s Perspective, ABOTA, 02/01/2014
  • Understanding and Eliminating Gender and Racial Bias in Jury Trial, MnAJ, 06/23/2015

Honors

  • "Law and Leading Attorneys", American Research Corporation (featured in their book)
  • Member - Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Member - Minnesota Million Dollar Roundtable
  • Fellow - American Board of Trial Advocates(invitation only)
  • Minnesota Lawyer - Attorney of the Year - 1999
  • Minnesota Lawyer – Attorney of the Year 2011
  • Member, Advisory Board, Minnesota Lawyer Newspaper
  • Martindale-Hubbell, Rating - AV
  • Minnesota's top 40 Super Lawyers - by Minnesota Law and Politics
  • Minnesota Super Lawyers - 2007
  • Advisory Editorial Board for the Minnesota Lawyer legal newspaper
  • American Association for Justice Board of Governor from Minnesota 32° Mason ? Past Master Newport Lodge #118
  • Lawyer of the Year, Minnesota Lawyer Newspaper- 1999
  • Lawyer of the Year, Minnesota Lawyer Newspaper- 2011
  • Minnesota's top 100 Super Lawyers, present by Minnesota Law and Politics
  • "Martindale-Hubbell", Rating - AV
  • Member of Minnesota Multi-Million Dollar Roundtable
  • Member – American Academy of Certified Trial Lawyers
  • Member – International Society of Barristers

Professional Associations

  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Member
  • Washington County Bar Association, Member
  • Minnesota Trial Lawyers Association, Member, Board of Governors, 1986 to 2012
  • Minnesota Trial Lawyers Association, Member of the Executive Committee, 1989 to 1989
  • Minnesota Trial Lawyers Association, Member of the Executive Committee, 1993 to 1993
  • Minnesota Trial Lawyers Association, Chair Person, Litigation Support Committee, 1988 to 1988
  • Minnesota Trial Lawyers Association, Chair Person, Finance Committee, 1990 to 1990
  • Minnesota Trial Lawyers Association, Treasurer, 1994 to 1995
  • Minnesota Trial Lawyers Association, Secretary, 1995 to 1996
  • Minnesota Trial Lawyers Association, Vice President, 1996 to 1997
  • Minnesota Trial Lawyers Association, President Elect, 1997 to 1998
  • Minnesota Trial Lawyers Association, President, 1998 to 1999
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Sustaining Member, Board of Governors, 2007 to 2010
  • The Academy of Certified Trial Lawyers of Minnesota, Secretary, 1991 to 1991
  • Academy of Certified Trial Lawyers of Minnesota, Dean Elect, 1992 to 1992
  • Academy of Certified Trial Lawyers of Minnesota, Dean, 1993 to 1993
  • Justice Amdahl Inn of Court, Organizer and Master, 1992 to Present
  • Minnesota Consumer Alliance, Board of Directors, 1997 to 1998
  • American Arbitration Association
  • American Creativity Association, Charter Member
  • American Board of Trial Advocacy, Elected, 1999 to 1999
  • The National Trial Lawyers Association, Invited Member
  • International Society of Barristers

Published Works

  • "Proving an Insurers Course of Conduct", Minnesota Trial Lawyers Association Magazine
  • "Litigating Spinal Cord Injuries Chapter 16 " - The Use of Nonexpert Damages Witnesses, Wiley Law Publications, 1995
  • Minnesota Consumer Guidebook of Law & Leading Attorneys: Accidents and Personal Injury Law
  • "Bill Harper: Ex-Prizefighter Battles for Plaintiffs", Minnesota Lawyer, January, 17, 2000
  • "The Prizefighter", Minnesota Law & Politics, May, 2002