Colin Peterson

Associate

Justice must be available to all members of society. I help people from all walks of life obtain the justice that they deserve. I recognize that navigating the legal system can be confusing, stressful, and often emotional. My goal is to make my clients as comfortable as possible as I guide them on this journey. Gaining my clients’ trust and delivering life-changing justice are the greatest personal and professional rewards I could imagine. I am honored to make an impact in the lives of the well‑deserving clients that I serve.

Experience

Colin Peterson represents individuals who suffer catastrophic injuries and families who have lost loved ones as a result of negligent medical care. His practice is committed to giving a voice to ordinary people who are harmed by powerful healthcare corporations and holding wrongdoers accountable.  Colin is honored to help secure verdicts and settlements that make significant and long-lasting impacts in the lives of his clients.

Colin focuses on ensuring that injured individuals can live as comfortably and independently as possible.  As an advocate and a counselor, he guides his clients through what can often be an overwhelming and complex legal process. Colin prides himself on always being available to his clients to answer any questions and taking the time to explain each step in the litigation.

Colin lives with his wife Lisa and their young son. He enjoys biking on the many trails in the area, patronizing local restaurants and breweries, and is a long-suffering Minnesota sports fan.

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota
  • North Dakota
  • U.S. District Court, Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court, North Dakota
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit

Medical Malpractice

Our goal is to help you put a difficult, frightening and painful time behind you. We seek out the truth in complex situations, and set the stage for fair restitution so you can move forward with the healing process.

Our medical malpractice and injury team

Selected Case Results

Settled a wrongful death case against a northern Minnesota hospital that failed to diagnose and treat massive internal bleeding in a 50-year-old woman following a routine back surgery. The hospital did not have the ability to repair the bleeding even though it was a known risk of the surgery. By the time the bleeding was diagnosed, there was very little time to accomplish the necessary transfer to another facility where the bleeding could be stopped. The transfer was frantic, chaotic, and ultimately the woman did not arrive at the accepting facility in time to save her life. This settlement combined with a previous settlement that had been obtained against the surgeon who performed the surgery, resulted in a total recovery of $1.3 million on behalf of the woman’s family.

Obtained a settlement for a three-year-old child who suffered a hypoxic brain injury during her birth. When labor stalled, the obstetrician made repeated attempts at a vacuum delivery. When these attempts failed, instead of ordering an immediate C-section, the obstetrician had the exhausted mother continue to push for another 30 minutes. During this time, the baby’s heart rate continued to drop and she was born in distress. An MRI confirmed that she had suffered a hypoxic brain injury which resulted in cerebral palsy, permanent neurological injuries, and developmental delays. This North Dakota case settled at mediation for $5.6 million, an amount that will allow the child’s parents to provide the care this child will require for the rest of her life.

Represented a 51-year-old Minnesota man who was paralyzed from the waist down following surgery for a perforated bowel. The man suffered a prolonged drop in blood pressure after receiving anesthesia, causing a critical lack of blood flow to his spinal cord that resulted in permanent damage and paralysis. After a nine-day trial, the jury found that the anesthesiologist’s negligence had contributed to the man’s injuries. The jury awarded $9.1 million, an amount that will allow him to live more independently and to receive rehabilitation that may eventually allow him to walk again.

Colin was part of the trial team representing a fifty-five year old woman who was paralyzed from the waist down as a result of a bleeding complication that took place during back surgery. The case against the hospital nursing staff was settled, and the case against the woman’s anesthesia providers proceeded to trial in Hennepin County. After a seven-day trial, the jury returned a verdict of $6.85 million; the recovery will allow the woman to enjoy high-quality care and be relatively independent for the rest of her life.

*Past results are reported to provide the reader with an indication of the type of litigation we practice. They do not and should not be construed to create an expectation of result in any other case, as all cases are dependent upon their own unique fact situation and applicable law.

Case results before 2019 were obtained while Colin was at his former firm.

Recognition

  • Named a “Minnesota Rising Star,” Super Lawyers (2018, 2019)
  • Named a “Top Young Attorney In Minnesota” by MPLS St. Paul Magazine (2019)

**Being named to the list or receiving the award is not intended and should not be viewed as comparative to other lawyers or to create an expectation about results that might be achieved in a future matter.

Community Service

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

Minnesota Associate for Justice

North Dakota Association for Justice

American Association for Justice

Articles

  • Obstetric Malpractice and Birth Injuries (January 11, 2016)
  • Born From Tragedy: A Movement to Reform Home Birth Policies (July 8, 2015)
  • Hospital “Never Events”: Retained Surgical Instruments and the Legal Consequences, Attorney at Law (July 17, 2013)

Speeches

  • What to do About Medicare Set-Asides, Minnesota Association for Justice, Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association, Minneapolis, Minnesota (April 20, 2017)