Chris Messerly

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CMesserly@RobinsKaplan.com
612.349.8500 • Minneapolis, MN

Chris Messerly began his career at Robins Kaplan in 1981 as a part-time messenger, weekend receptionist and clerical aide. From there, he became a tireless advocate for Medical Malpractice victims.  Chris is actively involved in the community through various civic and professional organizations, and previously served as Past President of the Minnesota Association for Justice and the Minnesota Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates.  He played an active role in extending Minnesota’s medical malpractice statute of limitations from two years to four years.  On dozens of occasions, Chris has testified as an expert in front of Senate and House committees on behalf of malpractice victims. 

“We need to remember that law is a service profession. Not only can we help one person, but we can also help the rest of the world by changing legislation and creating new safety standards.”   Chris Messerly

Chris also practices Medical Malpractice law.  He is an Ironman triathlete and he enjoys playing hockey, restoring old cars, and community service. He and his wife of 35 years have 3 children (his daughter, Anna Sawatzke, D.P.T., is a Robins Kaplan Medical Analyst.)

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court, North Dakota
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin
  • Wisconsin

Recognition

  • Named a “Minnesota Super Lawyer” Super Lawyers (2000-2015)
  • Named a “Litigation Star,” Benchmark Litigation (2011-2015 editions)

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Chris Messerly Case Results
  • Description of Incident Paramedic malpractice.
    Description of Damages Resulted in brain injury to a mother and wife.
    Description of Awards $11.1 million verdict.
  • Description of Incident Doctor and paramedic malpractice.
    Description of Damages Resulted in birth injury and cerebral palsy.
    Description of Awards $4.4 million verdict.
  • Description of Incident Hospital malpractice.
    Description of Damages Resulted in brain injury.
    Description of Awards $4.5 million settlement.
  • Description of Incident Doctor failed to diagnose a heart attack.
    Description of Damages Resulted in the death of a father and husband.
    Description of Awards $2.7 million settlement.
  • Description of Incident Hospital malpractice.
    Description of Damages Resulted in the death of a newlywed.
    Description of Awards $2.25 million presuit settlement.
  • Description of Incident Nurse practitioner ignored lab tests showing the patient had sepsis. Patient was sent home.
    Description of Damages Resulted in death of 30-year-old mother.
    Description of Awards 20.6 million verdict, the largest medical malpractice wrongful death verdict in Minnesota state history.