Melinda M. Gau

Paul Darsow

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A CLOSER LOOK

  • BIRTHPLACE: Golden Valley, Minnesota
  • FAMILY: Two sons
  • FAVORITE PART ABOUT HIS WORK: Appeals; helping clients and colleagues solve difficult problems
  • FAVORITE PLACES VISITED: Washington, D.C., Mount Vernon, Virginia
  • FAVORITE ACTIVITIES OUTSIDE OF WORK: Life music, working out, spending time with family and friends
  • FAVORITE BOOKS: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn; Life on the Mississippi; Profiles in Courage; anything historical (especially about Lincoln).
  • BEST ADVICE RECEIVED: Never stop trying.
  • FUN FACT: A sense of humor makes life’s challenges easier. In the words of Groucho Marx: “Those are my principles, and if you don’t like them… well, I have others.”

Biography

Paul is a seasoned appellate and trial attorney and has more than twenty years' experience handling matters of varied complexity before state and federal courts in Minnesota and elsewhere. For the past two decades, Paul has defended numerous companies and individuals involved in personal injury litigation, contract disputes, employment, and medical malpractice cases. His personal injury litigation experience includes product liability, motor vehicle liability, premises liability, and liquor liability. Before joining Quinlivan & Hughes in February of 2020, Paul worked as both an associate attorney and shareholder for a boutique Minneapolis law firm which specialized in the nationwide defense of complex product liability cases for major motor vehicle manufacturers.

Three core principles govern Paul's practice: Clarity, Purpose, and Results. Paul brings clarity to cases by helping clients understand their particular legal problem, develop realistic goals, focus on what matters, and prepare an efficient and cost-effective plan for solving their problem. He helps clients act with purpose by helping them identify and use the appropriate procedures and substantive law that supports their position. Paul assists clients to secure results consistent with their goals by working hard to protect their interests ethically, legally, and responsibly, regardless of how the case ends.

Paul lives in Crystal, Minnesota, with his two sons. Outside of work, Paul enjoys spending time with family and friends and enjoys cooking and a variety of music. For Paul, life is not about the destination, but the journey.

Practice Areas

  • Appellate Law
  • Insurance Defense
  • Motor Vehicle Liability
  • Premises Liability
  • Product Liability

Education

  • William Mitchell College of Law, St Paul, Minnesota
    • J.D. - 1998
  • University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota
    • B.A. - 1993
    • Honors: Phi Beta Kappa Alpha, of Minnesota Chapter
    • Major: Political Science

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota, 1998
  • U.S. District Court District of Minnesota, 1998
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Wisconsin, 1999
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit, 1999
  • North Dakota, 2007
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2010
  • U.S. District Court District of Colorado, 2016
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Arkansas, 2016
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Arkansas, 2016
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Federal Circuit, 2013
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit, 2018

Professional Associations

  • Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association, Member
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Member
  • Hennepin County Bar Association, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • American Inns of Court, Douglas K. Amdahl Chapter, Member

Honors

  • Rising Star, Minnesota Law & Politics, 2008 and 2009