Fred Bremseth is among the nation’s elite trial lawyers. Fred began his remarkable career in 1978 and has continuously represented injury and death claims for over forty years. Fred has consistently won unparalleled jury verdicts and settlements for his clients in a career devoted to representing injured railroad employees under the FELA and other seriously injured individuals. Fred has successfully handled catastrophic injury cases in state and federal courts around the country including: quadriplegia, paraplegia, amputations, brain damage, severe spinal injury, disfigurement, chemical exposure, asbestos claims, and wrongful death cases. In addition to his successful FELA practice, Fred has achieved significant verdicts and settlements in other types of cases involving auto collisions, medical negligence, and product liability involving birth defects due to defective drugs including:
$8.9 million in an auto collision case;
$3.7 million for a locomotive engineer with a lung injury;
$2.99 million in a defamation case;
$2.8 million in an amputation case;
$1.9 million for a locomotive engineer with WBV spine injuries;
$1.76 million for a locomotive engineer in a back injury case;
$1.5 million for an locomotive engineer in a knee injury case;
$1.2 million for a locomotive engineer in a back injury case;
$1.15 million for a conductor in a back injury case;
$1.14 million for a trainman in a back and hip injury case;
$1.0 million for a locomotive engineer in a PTSD case;
$850,000 for a conductor in a neck and shoulder injury case;
$850,000 for a trainman in a neck injury case;
$815,000 for a locomotive engineer with WBV spine injuries:
Fred has been honored for the number and amounts of his million dollar and multimillion dollar verdicts by membership in the Multimillion Dollar Advocates Forum, the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the Minnesota Million Dollar Round Table. These organizations provide special recognition to the select few lawyers who have achieved significant jury verdicts and awards for their clients.
Fred has appeared on National Public Television for his precedent-setting practice in the area of drug product liability issues. Earlier in his distinguished career, Fred was appointed by the United States Trustee to represent world-wide victims of the Dalkon Shield, and was elected by his fellow lawyers to serve as vice chairman of the claimants’ committee. The Dalkon Shield case ultimately resulted in a settlement exceeding $3 billion, one of the largest mass tort settlements in history.
Fred is regularly called upon by lawyers from across the country seeking his advice and assistance on their cases, and Fred is often asked to associate as lead trial counsel by other lawyers due to his courtroom expertise and outstanding results. Fred has often been asked by other BLET, UTU and BMWE designated legal counsel to handle cases for them and with them.
Fred has achieved special recognition by his trial colleagues by attaining the status of Senior Counsel by the American College of Barristers, and Fred was elected by his fellow FELA lawyers as Chairman of the Railroad Law Section of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, the largest national association of trial lawyers.
Fred is a member of the Montana and Minnesota Bar Associations and has been admitted in United States District Courts in Montana, Minnesota, Colorado, North Dakota and California, and the United States Courts of Appeals for 8th, 7th, 4th, 9th Districts, as well as the U.S. Court of Claims. Fred is regularly admitted Pro Hac Vice (by special appearance), in Courts throughout the country. Fred is a member of the Academy of Rail Labor Attorneys (ARLA), the American Association for Justice (AAJ), the American Bar Association and the Minnesota Association for Justice. Fred is a founding member of Trial Lawyers for Public Justice, and is also a life-time member of the Roscoe Pound Foundation and a Sustaining Sponsor of the Civil Justice Foundation.
Over the past many years Fred has become a national leader in representing Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen for spinal injuries involving whole body vibration (WBV). He is one of the few lawyers in the entire country to develop and prosecute these difficult, yet meritorious cases. He has aggressively pursued the railroads in discovery and trials for their failures to provide properly maintained locomotives and quality, vibration damping seats to prevent serious spinal injuries. Fred has taken the depositions of top railroad management on this issue and has reviewed thousands of internal corporate documents. Fred has developed a team of highly qualified scientific experts in ergonomics, locomotive mechanics, occupational medicine, biomechanical engineering, and seating technology to present these cases. Fred has won substantial verdicts and settlement for these whole body vibration injuries and currently continues his aggressive representation on behalf of Engineers and Trainmen for these injuries in cases pending in multiple jurisdictions, including Montana, Colorado, Wyoming, Minnesota, Washington State, Texas, and California.
Fred is honored and proud to be a union designated attorney.
Areas of Practice
Federal Employers Liability Act
U.S. District Court District of Minnesota, 1978
U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit, 1979
U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, 1979
U.S. District Court District of Montana, 1988
U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 1988
Federal Claims Court, 1991
U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1993
U.S. District Court District of Colorado, 2003
U.S. District Court District of North Dakota, 2007
U.S. District Court Eastern District of Wisconsin, 2012
Hamline University School of Law, St. Paul, Minnesota
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota