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Three Schwebel, Goetz & Sieben Attorneys Listed In The Best Lawyers In America

Press Release
October 2002

Minneapolis (Oct 21, 2002) Schwebel, Goetz & Sieben, P.A. announced today that three attorneys have been listed in the 2003-2004 edition of ‘The Best Lawyers in America’.

"This prestigious recognition serves as a testament to the talent of SG&S attorneys, their commitment to advancing the legal profession, and more importantly, their constant drive to deliver quality counsel and optimum results to our clients," said Jim Schwebel, Schwebel, Goetz & Sieben’s President, and one of the attorneys listed.

Published biennially since 1983, ‘The Best Lawyers in America’ is widely regarded as the preeminent referral guide to the legal profession in the United States. The best lawyers’ lists represent 27 specialties, 50 states and Washington, DC, and are based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which 15,000 leading attorneys nationwide cast more than half a million "votes" on the legal abilities of fellow lawyers in their respected specialties.

"The fact that has Schwebel, Goetz & Sieben three attorneys, each nominated by colleagues in other firms, certainly underscores the reputation and performance of our firm. We are truly honored to have them as part of the Schwebel, Goetz & Sieben team," concluded Schwebel.

The following are the 3 Schwebel, Goetz & Sieben attorneys who were recognized, including their areas of specialty, in the 2003 – 2004 edition of ‘The Best Attorneys in America’:

James R. Schwebel
In 1974, Jim Schwebel founded what is now Minnesota’s largest law practice specializing in personal injury litigation. Jim was one of the first attorneys in Minnesota to be certified as a Civil Trial Specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. He was also chosen for membership on the American Board of Trial Advocates. Jim was appointed by the Minnesota Supreme Court to serve on the Board of Professional Responsibility and on the Board of Law Examiners.

Jim successfully represented victims of the MGM Hotel fire in Las Vegas and the Williams Pipeline explosion in Roseville. In addition, he was appointed by the Court as a member of the Plaintiff’s liability Committee to handle claims for many Minnesotans who lost family members in the Galaxy Airlines crash in Reno, Nevada. Jim brings over 30 years of expertise in the service of his clients and their families who have suffered serious injury or the loss of a loved one.

John C. Goetz
Goetz is a native of Minneapolis. He graduated magna cum laude in 1976 from the University of Minnesota Law School. Where he received the Order of the Coif and served as Note and Article Editor of the Law Review. He has been in private practice with the Minneapolis law firm of Schwebel, Goetz & Sieben since 1979.

William R. Sieben
A native of Hastings, Minnesota, Sieben received his Political Science degree with honors from St. Cloud State University in 1973 and a law degree from William Mitchell College of Law in 1977. Before beginning his career in law, he served on Walter Mondale’s Senate Staff, and was a White House Assistant to the Vice President during the Carter Administration. He returned to Minnesota, and in 1980 joined Schwebel & Associates as a personal injury lawyer. In 1983, he became a principal shareholder and the firm was renamed Schwebel, Goetz & Sieben.

For nearly 20 years, ‘The Best Lawyers in America’ has served as the leading lawyer referral guide to more than 4,000 of the leading law firms in the U.S. and abroad, and more than 1,000 of the world’s largest corporations. Compiled by Woodward/White, Inc., a professional research company founded in 1981 by two Harvard Law School graduates, Best Lawyers is continually used to locate counsel in unfamiliar jurisdictions for major legal matters.

Schwebel, Goetz & Sieben, P.A. is the largest law firm in Minnesota specializing exclusively in personal injury litigation. With 18 lawyers and more than 80 support staff, it provides personal, specialized service from initial investigation through settlement, trial or appeal.

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