Mike Strom is the President and Managing Partner of Sieben Polk, and has been a trial lawyer with the firm since 1985. He is a certified Civil Trial Specialist by the Minnesota State Bar Association, and has obtained several recoveries for his clients in excess of one million dollars and has represented plaintiffs in Minnesota’s three largest recoveries in asbestos personal injury claims. His eight million dollar verdict on behalf of a Koch Refinery employee in 2001 stands as the largest asbestos verdict in Minnesota history. In March of 2008, he obtained a 4.6 million dollar damage award on behalf of an NSP pipefitter. In addition to toxic torts, Mr. Strom focuses his practice in the area of complex products liability, premises liability, and general personal injury. He has been a partner and shareholder of the firm for many years.
In addition to his extensive trial practice, Mr. Strom heads the firm’s appellate department, and most recently successfully defended asbestos product manufacturer John Crane’s appeal of a $3,689,193.00 judgment in Newinski v. John Crane, inc., WL 1752011 (Minn. Ct. App. June 23, 2009), rev. denied, (Minn. Sept. 16, 2009). Mr. Strom had previously tried the case to a Ramsey County jury in March of 2008. The jury returned a verdict for $4,611,492.00, and had determined that Crane was responsible for 55%. Mr. Strom successfully argued in post-trial motions that Crane was jointly and severally liable for 80% of the verdict under Minnesota law, raising Crane’s liability from $2,536,320.60 to $3,689,193.00, an increase of $1,152,872.40 for his clients.
Mr. Strom also argued successfully on behalf of the plaintiff in the Minnesota Supreme Court’s landmark decision of Gray v. Badger Mining Co., 676 N.W. 2d 268 (Minn. 2004). The decision overruled a Court of Appeals decision that would have deprived injured workers from recovering damages against manufacturers of defective products if the worker’s employer knew of the product’s dangers.
Mr. Strom’s accomplishments have led to his being honored for many years as a “Super Lawyer” by Minnesota Law & Politics, Twin Cities Business Monthly, and Mpls St. Paul Magazine. In 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011, Mr. Strom was voted a “Top 100” Super Lawyer, placing him in the top one percent of Minnesota attorneys as ranked by his peers. He has also been repeatedly recognized as one of Minnesota’s “Top 40” plaintiff personal injury attorneys by Minnesota Super Lawyers. In 2013, he was selected as one of the "Best Lawyers in America." He is a MSBA Board Certified Civil Trial Specialist and has further obtained an AV attorney ranking in Martindale Hubbell, the highest ranking available from that publication. Finally, Mr. Strom received a perfect 5.0 peer rating from Lawyers.com.
Mr. Strom is currently serving on the Products Liability subcommittee assigned to assist the District Court Judges Association in drafting Minnesota's newest civil jury instruction guide, the purpose of which is to assist trial courts and practioners in properly advising jurors of the law applicable to the case before them. He had previously served on the General Law subcommittee for the most recent edition of the guide.
In addition to presenting continuing legal educational programs to fellow attorneys, Mr. Strom served from 2001 to 2009 as an adjunct professor at the William Mitchell College of Law teaching first year law students legal research, writing, and analysis. He has also contributed materials to publications of the Minnesota Association for Justice, and served for many years on the prestigious Amicus Committee.
Mr. Strom is frequently asked by other attorneys to serve as a case arbitrator, and is a certified neutral of the American Arbitration Association. He further serves as an arbitrator of asbestos claims for the Eagle-Picher Industries Personal Injury Settlement Trust, and routinely serves as a case evaluator for other attorneys through the MAJ case evaluation service.
Mr. Strom is an honors graduate of the University of Minnesota Law School, and completed his undergraduate training at Carleton College, where he was elected a member of Phi Beta Kappaand graduated Magna Cum Laude. He has been a member of the Minnesota State Bar since October of 1985, and is currently licensed to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota, and Minnesota’s state court system. He has also been admitted to practice pro hac vice to litigate cases in the state and federal courts in Ohio, and also Wisconsin.
In addition to serving as a Master and membership committee co-chair of the Warren E. Burger Inn of Court, Mr. Strom is a member of the Minnesota State Bar Association, the Minnesota Association for Justice, and the American Association for Justice.
Mike Strom is a lifelong Minnesotan, and lives with his wife Pamela and two children in Eagan.
Areas of Practice
Mesothelioma and Asbestos-Related Cancers
Workplace injuries or deaths involving dangerous products or equipment
State and Federal Appeals
University of Minnesota Law School, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Honors: Cum Laude, Dean's List
Carleton College, Northfield, Minnesota
Honors: Magna cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa
Honors and Awards
Top 100 Super Lawyer, Top 40 Plaintiff Personal Injury Attorney, Minnesota Law & Politics, Twin Cities Business Monthly, and Mpls. St. Paul Magazine
AV-rated, Martindale Hubbell
Significant Appellate Decisions
Minnesota's New Jury Instruction Guides: The Substance and the Process, MTLA Magazine (Spring 2007)
Scientific and Expert Testimony in Federal and Minnesota State Courts, NBI Seminars (March 2007), updated 2008
Evidence, Experts, and Hearsay in the Courtroom, NBI Seminars (March 2007 and April 2008)
Professional Associations and Memberships
Master, Warren E. Burger Inn of Court
Minnesota State Bar Association
Minnesota Association for Justice
American Association for Justice
U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota, 1986
U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit, 1989
U.S. Supreme Court, 1990
Mr. Strom has represented well over one thousand individuals and families over the course of approximately twenty years of practice. He has also represented the State of Minnesota, the Regents of the University of Minnesota, several Minnesota School Districts, and several private building owners in litigation to recover asbestos abatements costs.