Jim Schwebel graduated from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1968. He accepted his first position as an attorney under the employment of William Deparcq, a move that would prove to be a defining period in Jim's career as Deparcq was one of the foremost personal injury attorneys in the United States. Six years later, with one legal assistant and one secretary, Jim ventured off to build a reputation of his own.
Those were the ingredients that formed James R. Schwebel & Associates back in 1972. He was joined by shareholders John Goetz and William Sieben in 1979. Since that time, Schwebel, Goetz & Sieben has grown to become the largest personal injury law firm in the state of Minnesota, building a team of 18 attorneys and over 75 total employees.
The lawyers of Schwebel, Goetz & Sieben have an average of 25 years experience in assisting the victims of personal injury. Our attorneys have handled cases throughout the United States and ab. The firm has represented victims of the Hollidazzle Parade tragedy in downtown Minneapolis, the Galaxy Airlines in Reno and the Singapore Airlines Crashes in Taipei, Taiwan as well as the MGM Hotel fire in Las Vegas and the Williams Pipeline explosion in Roseville, Minnesota. And although Schwebel, Goetz & Sieben has received more than 60 verdicts and settlements in excess of $1,000,000, our lawyers continue to provide the same level of expert assistance to every client, regardless of how large or small their case may be.
Since many of our lawyers are nationally certified as civil trial specialists, they are often called upon to provide counsel to other law firms, as well as education and training for law students and practicing attorneys. Lawyers from all over the United States have referred cases to Schwebel, Goetz & Sieben, a sign that our peers regard this firm as a leader in complex personal injury litigation.
Jim Schwebel attributes the growth of the firm to the exceptional dedication of his fellow lawyers and staff. The culture of Schwebel, Goetz & Sieben is one of exceptional service to our clients, built on a foundation of respect, sensitivity and strength.
Each employee understands that personal injury victims have often suffered serious or even catastrophic losses. Sometimes, those losses may be limited to minor injuries and some car repairs. Others may have to endure disastrous financial expense, personal pain and suffering, or even the loss of someone very dear to them. It can be a traumatic time for the people we serve. And the people at Schwebel, Goetz & Sieben consider it their personal responsibility to make recovering from those circumstances as swift and complete as possible. That commitment is spelled out in the firm's service credo.
It's this simple. The largest source of new business for our firm is referrals from former clients and their friends and family. Prospective clients are invited to review a wide range of letters we have received from former clients, citing not only our effective legal representation, but also the attentive service we strive to provide to every personal injury victim that we represent.
Attorneys from Schwebel, Goetz & Sieben have established a national reputation and have been recognized in such periodicals as The Best Lawyers in America by Woodward and White, the annual publication of Super Lawyers by Minnesota Law & Politics, and Martindale Hubbell (AV Rated). Many of our lawyers have also been named Top Attorneys by Minneapolis St. Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business Journal. In addition, the firm and all of its eligible attorneys have been given the highest possible rating by the Martindale-Hubbell attorney rating service. However, we always remember that the most important awards are those that help victims to recover from the effects of personal injury.
Looking to the future, we strive to continue our tradition of aggressive, competent legal representation. We view it as our on-going mission to persevere in helping injured persons and their loved ones achieve justice, and to act as a catalyst for the kind of change that helps everyone live safer lives.