Charles James Suk
Attorney & Founder
Jim was the first lawyer in Southeast Minnesota to obtain a verdict in excess of one million dollars in a death or injury trial. That verdict has been followed by similar verdicts and settlements both in Southeast Minnesota and elsewhere, which resulted in Jim being invited to become a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, an organization limited to lawyers who have attained personal injury or death verdicts in excess of one million dollars. Most recently (October 2016) Jim obtained the largest injury/death verdict in Olmsted County and Southeastern Minnesota history $15,000,000 in a drunk driving dram shop trial.
Admitted to the practice of law in the states of Iowa and Wisconsin, as well as Minnesota, Jim is also admitted to practice before the US Supreme Court, the US Tax Court, Mdewakanton Sioux Tribal Court, and the US District Court for the State of Minnesota.
The Minnesota State Bar Association has certified Jim as a civil trial specialist. Jim is a Board Certified Civil Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy (1989). He is a member of the American Association for Justice, the Academy of Certified Trial Lawyers of Minnesota, and the Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa Associations for Justice. He has served, or is serving, as a member of the board of directors of both the Minnesota Association for Justice and the Academy of Certified Trial Lawyers of Minnesota.
For a number of years, Jim has been recognized as a “Super Lawyer” by Minnesota Law and Politics and Minneapolis/St. Paul Magazine and a “Minnesota ‘Best’ Lawyer” by Minnesota Monthly Magazine. Beginning in 2013, he has been listed in US News & World Reports as a “tier one” personal injury lawyer. He is annually rated by his peers as an AV® Preeminent™ (5 out of 5) lawyer, the highest rating possible by the lawyer rating service, Martindale-Hubbell and has been rated 10/10 by his clients on AVVO.com, a rating of “Superb”.
In his home community of Rochester, Minnesota, Jim has served, or is presently serving in some cases, on the boards of the Olmsted County Humane Society, the Olmsted County Housing Authority, the Rochester Charter Commission, the Planning & Zoning Commission of Rochester, the Rochester Art Center, and the History Center of Olmsted County.
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- 14 years with the firm
- M.S. – University of Cincinnati
- B.A. – St. Cloud University, Cum Laude
- Minnesota Paralegal Institute
- 14 years with the firm
- B.A. – Hamline University, Summa Cum Laude
- Registered Paralegal (NFPA)
- MN Certified Paralegal
- 9 years legal experience 5 years with the firm