One of six generations of Siebens, Bill Sieben comes from a family steeped in Minnesota law and politics for over 100 years. Bill is a native of Hastings, Minnesota. He graduated magna cum laude from St. Cloud State University in 1973 and William Mitchell College of Law in 1977.
Bill began his legal career on the White House staff of then Vice President Walter Mondale. Since then, Bill has received record setting verdicts in Minnesota and has handled over 25 multi-million dollar cases arising from car accidents, plane crashes, semi-trailer collisions, defective products and wrongful death.
Honored by his peers, Bill has been inducted into the International Society of Barristers, which has only 800 members worldwide. He was invited into The American College of Trial Lawyers, which limits its membership to the top 1% of attorneys in America and into the American Board of Trial Advocates, a select group of plaintiff and defense lawyers and judges. Bill has been named to the “Minnesota Lawyers Hall of Fame” which lists the 100 most influential lawyers in Minnesota history (Minnesota Law & Politics – 2007). He has also been named a “Super Lawyer” by Minnesota Law & Politics since the award began and was the top vote getter in 2000 out of 22,000 lawyers in Minnesota. He has been named the top personal injury lawyer in Minnesota on three separate occasions; 2001, 2002 and 2003. Bill has been included in Best Lawyers in America since 1994 and has been selected by LawDragon, Inc. as one of the top 500 lawyers in America.
In 2008, Bill was honored by Minnesota Lawyer as one of its “Attorneys of the Year” for his role as co-lead counsel in the record setting class action lawsuit Braun v. Walmart. He represented the class of 56,000 Walmart employees who did not receive rest and meal breaks that they were entitled to and resulted in a $54,000,000 settlement for his clients.
Outside his law career, Bill and his wife Joyce are very active in the community. Bill has served as a youth hockey coach, community festival volunteer, high school debate judge and mock jury coach. He served on the Regina Hospital Foundation for nine years. Bill and Joyce also endowed the Kim Middendorf Courage Scholarship at William Mitchell College of Law – a scholarship for law students with disabilities. Kim was a client of Bill’s who was critically injured in a construction accident. Despite her severe injuries, Kim went on to graduate at the top of her class.
Bill has served the Minnesota Association for Justice (MAJ) for over thirty years as a past President and treasurer of its political action committee. He has also served as the President of the Minnesota Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates and as a National Board Representative since 2001.
Bill and Joyce Sieben have three children; Kevin who is a criminal lawyer, Ali who practices law at Schwebel, Goetz & Sieben; and Patrick, a music student at the University of Denver.
AREAS OF PRACTICE:
Personal Injury, Wrongful Death, Product Liability, and Construction Site Litigation
BAR & COURT ADMISSIONS:
Minnesota State Bar, 1977
District of Columbia, Court of Appeals 1977
United States District Court, Minnesota, 1977
William Mitchell College of Law, 1977
St. Cloud State University, magna cum laude, 1973
Hastings High School, Hastings, MN, 1970
Assistant to Senator and Vice President Walter F. Mondale, 1975-78
Minnesota State Bar Association, Member
Hennepin County Bar Association, Member
American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow
Minnesota Association for Justice, Member
• President 1986-87
American Board of Trial Advocates - Member
• President, 1999
Association of Trial Lawyers of American, Member
• Minnesota's Governor 1990-95
Douglas Amdahl Inn of Court in Mpls, Member
• President 1998-99