Thomas R. Thibodeau
Employment Position: Retired

Areas of Trial Practice


  • Mediator and Arbitrator, State of Minnesota
  • Civil Trial Advocate, National Board of Trial Advocacy, 1987
  • Civil Trial Specialist, Minnesota State Bar Association, 1991
  • AAA Construction Panel Arbitration

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota, 1967
  • Wisconsin, 1983
  • England and Wales, 1996
  • North Dakota, 2000
  • U.S. District Court, North Dakota, Wisconsin & Minnesota
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court


  • University of Minnesota Law School, Minneapolis, Minnesota, J.D.
  • University of St. Thomas, St Paul, MN, USA, B.A. Cum Laude
  • Major: Political Science

Published Works

  • Product Liability - Duty to Guard or Warn, Advanced Legal Education, Hamline University School of Law, 1985
  • Sponsorship Strategy - Evidentiary Tactics for Winning Jury Trials, a Critical Review, Academy of Certified Trial Lawyers of Minnesota, 1992
  • Taking the Offensive - How Summary Judgment Can Lead Your File Preparation, Minnesota Defense, Spring, 1994

Classes/Seminars Taught

  • Frequent Lecturer at Attorneys' Educational Seminars on Trial Tactics, Products Liability, Wrongful Death, ADR, Dram Shop

Honors and Awards

  • Fellow American College of Trial Lawyers, 1984 - Present
  • Fellow of International Society of Barristers, 1995 - Present
  • Super Lawyer Designation for Personal Injury (Plaintiff & Defense) Commercial Trials by American Research Corporation, 1995
  • Diplomat, American Board of Trial Advocates, 1992 - Present
  • 100 Top Super Lawyers, "Law and Politics" 2002, 2003, 2006
  • The Best Lawyers in America, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 for Personal Injury Cases

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Academy of Certified Trial Lawyers of Minnesota, 1992 - Present (Past President)
  • Association of Defense Trial Lawyers
  • Member - Defense Research Institute
  • Member - International Association of Defense Counsel
  • Member - Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association (Past President)
  • Member, President - MSBA Standing Committee to prepare and revise Civil Jury Instructions Guide, II, III, and IV
  • Member - Eleventh District Bar Association
  • Member - Eleventh District Bar Association, Judicial Administration Committee (Chair)
  • Member - Minnesota Supreme Court Committee on Judicial Selection, 6th Judicial District
  • Member - Duluth Volunteer Attorneys Association
  • Member - Harbortown Rotary Club, named Paul Harris Fellow


  • Phi Alpha Delta
  • Delta Epsilon Sigma

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