Daniel A. O’Fallon

Mediation Qualifications

30-Hour Civil Mediation Skills Training with the Mediation Center, 7400 Lyndale Ave. S., Richfield, MN 55423 (September 25-28, 2019).

Rule 114 Qualified Neutral for Civil Facilitative/Hybrid and Civil Adjudicative/Evaluative (approved October 18, 2019). 

Previous Employment

Minnesota State Court District Judge, 10th Judicial District, Anoka County.
Served Jan. 4, 2010 until May 10, 2019. Handled cases in all areas of the law.

Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi LLP (now Robins Kaplan)
Minneapolis office

  • Partner, 1993-2009
  • Associate attorney, 1988-1993
  • Primarily handled complex product liability, personal injury and medical malpractice cases, including breast implant litigation, State of Minnesota tobacco litigation, fen/phen litigation, heart valve litigation, Minot train derailment cases, several plane crashes, and cases involving other medical devices and drugs.

Morrison & Foerster
Washington, D.C. office

  • Associate attorney, 1986-1988


J.D., cum laude, University of Michigan School of Law, 1985

B.A. with Highest Honors in Political Science, University of Montana, 1982

Bar Admissions

Minnesota (1989)
Virginia (1986)
District of Columbia (1988)
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia (1988)
U.S. District Court, Minnesota (1990)
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (2005)
Pro hac vice admission in the state courts of California, New Jersey, North Dakota and Illinois, and federal district court in Montana.


  • One of the Minnesota Attorneys of the Year for 2009 presented by Minnesota Lawyer
  • 1980 Harry S Truman Scholar for Montana
  • University of Montana Circle of Scholars Inductee

Professional Associations

  • Former member, Minnesota Association for Justice (MNAJ). While active, served on the MNAJ Board of Governors, MNAJ Executive Board, and as the co-chair MNAJ Trial PAC (2 terms) and MNAJ Products Liability Committee
  • Former member, Ramsey County Bar Association, Former co-chair for “Families First” Event
  • Amdahl Inn of Court (currently inactive)
  • Former State Delegate, American Association for Justice
  • Minnesota Bar Association, Civil Litigation Section
  • Virginia Bar Association (inactive/associate status)
  • District of Columbia Bar Association (inactive/associate status)


“Wyeth v. Levine: The United States Supreme Court Rejects Preemption of Failure to Warn Claims Involving Prescription Pharmaceuticals,” Minnesota Trial, Summer 2009 (with Anne Workman).

“Tort Reform: Perception Verses Reality,” Minnesota Trial Lawyers Association, Winter 2003 (with Bruce A. Finzen and Brooke B. Tassoni). 

“The Recovery of Emotional Distress Damages in Negligence,” Minnesota Trial Lawyers Association, Spring 2002 (with Brooke B. Tassoni).

“The Future of Products Liability in America,” 27 William Mitchell Law Rev. 86, Oct. 2000 (with Gary Wilson and Vincent Moccio).

“Tort Reform, The Jury Questionnaire and Striking Jurors For Cause,” Minnesota Trial Lawyers Association, Oct. 1996.

“Acquiring AIDS Through a Blood Transfusion: A Product Liability Analysis Under United States Law,” International Bar Association, Oct. 1996.

“Drug Overpromotion: When is a Warning Not Enough,” Trial, 1992 (co-author with Martha Wivell).


“The Essentials of Cross Examination” with Annamarie Daley at MSBA, Sept. 23, 2019.

“Debt Collection: A Judicial Perspective,” Consumer Law Issues Seminar, Jun. 14, 2013.

“Electronic Discovery and Electronic Evidence: Have You Ever Faced A Motion to Compel a ‘Data Dump’ or Had a Party Offer His Cellphone into Evidence?” MDJA/MDJF Annual Meetings & MDJF Fall Educational Conference, Sept. 4-7, 2012

“Federal Preemption Update and the Effects in Railroad, Aviation, and Drug and Device Litigation,” Minnesota Association for Justice, Products Liability Seminar, Mar. 26, 2008

“So You Are in Federal Court – Now What,” MTLA Summer Convention, 9, 2007

“The Importance of Understanding and Eliminating Bias to the Trial Lawyer,” Ethics and Elimination of Bias Seminar, MTLA CLE, May 18, 2007

Adjunct Professor, Hamline School of Law – Taught medical malpractice class with Wendy Zeller (Fall 2003)

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