Meet the Attorneys
Super Lawyer & Leading American Attorney
Mike Hall is the founding member of Hall Law, having maintained the practice for more than 35 years. He holds an “AV” rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating for both legal ability and professional ethics. Mike has been selected by his peers in the legal community as a "Leading Minnesota Attorney," a distinction received by less than 5% of all Minnesota lawyers. Mike was named a Super Lawyer by Twin Cities Business Monthly in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013. Mike has also been recognized by Minnesota Law & Politics in their compilation of Who’s Who in Personal Injury Law.
Mike was born and raised in St. Cloud, Minnesota. His education includes an undergraduate degree in political science from the University of St. Thomas (B.A., 1966) and a law degree from the University of Minnesota School of Law (J.D., 1969). Mike was admitted to practice in Minnesota in 1969. He is also admitted to practice in Federal District Court, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court. Following admission to the bar, Mike served as a law clerk for the Minnesota Supreme Court from August, 1969 to August, 1970.
Mike’s legal career in St. Cloud began in 1970 when he joined the Hall & Byers firm. He served as the St. Cloud City Prosecutor from approximately 1970 through 1975. During that period he also conducted criminal prosecutions on behalf of Stearns County. He acted as legal counsel for LeSauk Township from 1973 through 1979. He served as counsel for the St. Cloud Catholic Diocese from 1973 through 1978. In 1979 Mike left Hall & Byers to form his own civil litigation practice. Since that time Mike’s work focused increasingly on personal injury litigation, where he has had remarkable success on behalf of his clients.
The quality of Mike’s work is reflected in his exceptional courtroom record, where over the years he has won substantial jury verdicts throughout Minnesota in claims involving products liability, liquor liability, general negligence, motor vehicle negligence, premises liability, municipal liability, business negligence, homeowner negligence, construction liability, fraud, real property disputes, divorce, and eminent domain. The personal injury cases Mike has handled have run the gamut, covering a wide array of claims including wrongful death, paraplegia, brain injuries, burns, organ loss, facial injuries, scarring, and all types of musculoskeletal injuries. A short list of some of Mike's recent results follows:
Recent results - Mike Hall Sr:
$6,000,000.00 – Product liability settlement
$800,000.00 - Premises liability settlement
$1,200,000.00 – Car accident settlement
$515,000.00 – Car accident verdict
$850,000.00 – ATV accident settlement
$450,000.00 – Farm accident settlement
$4,670,000.00 – Gas leak & explosion settlement
In addition to his litigation experience, Mike has held several directorship and board membership positions. He has served as a director for Zapp National Bank and Mathew Hall Lumber Company. He served as both a board member and former president for St. Cloud’s Downtown Association, and was a board member at St. John’s Preparatory School.
Mike is a member and former president of the John E. Simonett Chapter of the American Inns of Court. He is a member and serves on the board of governors for the Minnesota Trial Lawyers Association. He is a member of the Minnesota State Bar Association, the American Association for Justice and the Stearns/Benton Bar Association.
Michael Hall III
Rated a Top 100 Litigation Lawyer by ASLA
Rated a Rising Star by Superlawyers.
Michael Hall III is a trial lawyer who believes in the simple premise that the practice of law should be used to help others and to do what's right.
Michael has received statewide recognition as a result of having secured some of the most significant and precedent-setting damages recoveries in the state of Minnesota. His $10.5 million dollar verdict, obtained in March 2011 and reported in the Minneapolis StarTribune and the St. Cloud Times, is the largest jury verdict ever recorded in Stearns County Minnesota (Minnesota’s Seventh Judicial District - St. Cloud, MN). Further, Michael’s $798,000.00 verdict, obtained in August 2012, has been recognized as one of the largest whiplash injury verdicts in Minnesota state history. The landmark verdict, obtained in August 2012 in Minnesota's 10th Judicial District, set a high-water mark for future damages in such cases. A short list including other recent results is set forth below:
Recent results - Michael Hall, III:
$10,500,300.00 – Sex abuse verdict*
$595,000.00 – Foot injury judgment
$300,000.00 – Ladder accident settlement
$300,000.00 – School head-injury settlement
$4,000,000.00 – Sex abuse judgment
$798,000.00 – Whiplash injury verdict*
In addition to the high-dollar cases set forth above, Michael has also made an impact in legal cases involving the protection of fundamental human rights. In November 2011, Mr. Hall served as lead trial counsel in a Hennepin County case involving the privacy rights two young women. Both young women had their privacy violated via highly offensive conduct committed by their employer. At issue in the case was whether or not young women such as Mr. Hall's clients could expect to have their privacy rights respected, and whether an employer who blatantly violated those rights would be held accountable. The verdict, which was reported in the local news media, was decidedly in favor of Mr. Hall's two clients, and included a punitive damages finding against the violator. The verdict reaffirmed the importance the right to privacy in our community.
Michael is among a very small group of trial lawyers who have secured multiple punitive damage, jury trial verdicts. In general, punitive damages are intended to punish and deter behavior that knowingly or recklessly endangers the public. Punitive damages verdicts are extremely rare. According to recent figures from the Bureau of Justice Statistics punitive damages were awarded in less than 2.9% of all civil trials nationally.
In 2013 Michael was named one of the top 100 litigation lawyers in the state of Minnesota. This is a distinction conferred by the American Society of Legal Advocates. Selection to the top 100 is based on measures of demonstrated legal achievement. Michael has been recognized by his peers for excellence in practice and is rated a Rising Star by Superlawyers.com. This distinction is reserved for less than 2.5% of all lawyers in the state.
Because of Michael's consistent and high quality work, his clients have given him Martindale.com's and Lawyers.com's preeminent 5.0 out of 5 client rating. The preeminent client rating is based on measures of responsiveness, quality of service, and value. It is the highest possible client rating for a personal injury lawyer. In 2013 Michael was presented with the Martindale-Hubbell Client Distinction Award. This honor is reserved for less than 1% of the more than 900,000 lawyers listed in the Martindale-Hubbell directory.
As a result of his litigation experience, Michael has served as a continuing legal education instructor, advising his legal peers on topics relevant to the practice of personal injury law.
Michael serves on the civil jury instruction review committee. The committee is tasked with reviewing current jury instructions for necessary revisions, and with developing new instructions and verdict forms.
Michael serves on the legislative committee for the Minnesota Association for Justice, where he advocates for the rights of everyday Minnesotans. As a result of his legislative efforts, Michael has repeatedly been called to testify before the Minnesota House of Representatives' Committee on Civil Law, and the Senate Committee on the Judiciary. In 2011 Michael was part of a legislative team that helped beat back a dangerous bill which would have stripped ordinary Minnesotan's of the right to rely upon long-standing ski-safety laws established by decades of jurisprudence.
Michael serves on the board of governors for the Minnesota Association for Justice. He is also a member of the John E. Simonett Chapter of the American Inns of Court, the Minnesota State Bar Association, and the Stearns/Benton Bar Association.
Michael was born and raised in St. Cloud, Minnesota. He holds an undergraduate degree in economics from the University of Chicago (B.S., 1995), and a juris doctor degree from the University of San Diego School of Law (J.D., 1998). From 1998 to 2006 Michael litigated personal injury and business litigation cases in Southern California. During his years of practice in California, Michael gained experience litigating cases from both sides of the aisle, giving him a unique and valuable perspective on tort liability litigation. Michael developed a solid understanding of the Spanish language, which he continues to utilize in his current practice. In 2006, Michael returned to Minnesota to join Hall Law, P.A. Michael is admitted to practice law in Minnesota, California, Federal District Court for the District of Minnesota and the Southern District of California, and the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.
Raymond has been with the firm since January 2011. Ray is a central Minnesota native, having lived on a farm in Marty, Minnesota before residing for the remainder of his youth a block and a half south of Technical High School in St. Cloud, Minnesota. At the age of 16, Ray began working for a local automotive body shop, where he would remain until attending law school nearly a decade later.
After high school, Raymond attended St. Cloud State University, the Alma Mater of each of his siblings and both of his parents. There, he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music, graduating magna cum laude in 2006. After taking a year off from school, Raymond continued his studies at the University of Minnesota Law School, graduating magna cum laude in May of 2010. During his second year, Ray’s article The End-of-Life Vehicle (ELV) Directive: The Road to Responsible Disposal was published in the Minnesota Journal of International Law. An article he edited during his third year at the University of Minnesota, Self-Determination, Sovereignty, and the Failure of States: Somaliland and the Case for Justified Succession, was also published. Both articles can be viewed at http://www.minnjil.org/.
During his second year, Ray gained valuable experience as a student attorney with the University of Minnesota Workers’ Rights clinic. During his second summer, Ray interned with UnitedHealth, one of the nation’s leading insurance conglomerates.
As a result of his experience in automotive repair, Raymond has a unique perspective regarding products liability and motor vehicle accident cases. Further, Ray’s diverse background and field of interests reflect his ability to think outside of the box and render thoughtful and creative insights and arguments. Ray’s background as a nearly life long resident of St. Cloud, Minnesota, and his background as the child of a remarkably genuine and thoughtful farmer with a large family and a respected local educator and cultural-diversity advocate, make him an approachable and empathetic legal practitioner.
Outside the practice of law, Raymond enjoys a diverse set of interests. When he is not practicing his tenor saxophone or the piano, Ray is often hiking, exercising, or otherwise enjoying the great outdoors. Ray maintains a fascination and affection for antique automobiles, and occasionally finds time to tinker with his own vehicle.
Raymond is an active member of the Minnesota Sate Bar Association, the Federal Bar for the District of Minnesota, the American Association for Justice, the Minnesota Association for Justice, the Hennepin County Bar Association, the Stearns/Benton County Bar Association, and the John E. Simonett Chapter of the American Inns of Court.
Jeff Dilger joined Hall Law, P.A. in August 2011. Prior to joining Hall Law, Jeff served as a law clerk at a large personal injury law firm in Minneapolis. Jeff grew up in Rosemount, MN. After graduating high school, he went on to the University of Minnesota where he earned his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in 2005. Upon graduation, Jeff accepted a job as a private investigator and worked for a large legal services firm in that capacity until 2008 when he entered law school at the University of Minnesota.
At the University of Minnesota Law School, Jeff earned several distinctions. He was selected to join the American Bar Association Journal of Labor and Employment Law and served as a Staff Member (2009-2010) and Managing Editor (2010-2011). Additionally, Jeff’s second-year article was selected for publication and published in early 2011: Jeffrey E. Dilger, Pay No Attention to the Man Behind the Curtain: Control as a Nonfactor in Employee Status Determination Under FedEx Home Delivery v. NLRB, 26 A.B.A. J. Lab. & Emp. L. 123 (2011). Also, he was selected to compete on the Law School’s American College of Trial Lawyers Trial Competition Team. Finally, in May 2011, Jeff earned his Juris Doctor, graduating magna cum laude. He was admitted to practice in Minnesota in 2011.
Jeff is an active member of the Minnesota State Bar Association, Stearns-Benton County Bar Association, American Association for Justice, Minnesota Association for Justice, and the John E. Simonett Chapter of the American Inns of Court.