Spaulding, Pamela J.

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Address: 1616 Park Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55404
Lawyer Firm: Meshbesher & Spence
Phone: 612-567-4986
Fax: 612 339-9188

Areas of Practice Wrongful Death

Pamela J. Spaulding graduated with honors from the University of Minnesota Law School where she was a Managing Editor of the Minnesota Law Review. She started with Meshbesher & Spence in 1999 and now practices exclusively representing injured persons, and families in wrongful death cases.

Ms. Spaulding distinguished herself early in her career as co-counsel with John Sheehy, Ronald Meshbesher and Michael Snyder in obtaining four of the largest verdicts in Minnesota history.

These verdicts included Roberts v. Geo. M. Martin Company, a products liability case where a factory worker was crushed and brain injured by a box stacking machine that the trial team proved to be unreasonably dangerous. The jury awarded $35.3 million, which is the largest verdict for personal injury in the history of Minnesota.

In Olson v. Christian Builders, a wrongful death case, the trial team showed that a 22-year-old man was needlessly and negligently killed when he was hit by debris, while riding his motorcycle, which flew out of an uncovered, commercial trailer. The jury awarded over $3 million, which is one of the largest wrongful death verdicts in Minnesota history.

In Foust v. USF Holland, again with the trial team of John Sheehy, Ronald Meshbesher and Michael Snyder, Ms. Spaulding helped prove that a talented engineer was badly injured and brain-damaged as a result of the conduct of a semi truck driver. The driver negligently and dangerously drove through an intersection at highway speeds when the traffic light was knocked out by a storm and all the passenger cars were treating the intersection as a four-way stop. The verdict against USF Holland ($9 million) is the largest verdict in Minnesota history involving a vehicle collision or against a negligent, commercial trucking company.

Most recently, in July 2004, Ms. Spaulding, with the trial team of John Sheehy and Michael Snyder, proved a Minnesota hospital and doctor were negligent in their treatment of three-year-old Matthew Kuttner. Matthew went to Hutchinson Area Health Care to have his tonsils removed in January 2001. The doctor performed an adenotonsillectomy. Instead of removing all the tissue that was cut, two large chunks of tissue were not removed from Matthew. This tissue partially blocked Matthew’s airway. Then, in violation of the most basic rules of anesthesia, the nurse anesthetist pulled out the tube that was delivering 100% oxygen to Matthew. The lack of oxygen caused Matthew to have a cardiac arrest and he died. A McLeod County jury awarded $1.8 million for the wrongful death of Matthew. The verdict in Kuttner v. Hutchinson Area Health Care & Montgomery is believed to be the largest personal injury verdict in McLeod County.

Ms. Spaulding’s in-court experience in significant cases is unmatched by any of her peers. She is familiar not only with the many legal issues that are involved in these cases, but also the medical aspects of brain injuries, amputations, and other serious injuries-and importantly, she understands the devastation needless injuries and death cause to people and their families.

Ms. Spaulding is not, however, just about big cases. She has experience in a wide range of cases including products liability, medical malpractice, automobile and truck collisions, and insurance matters such as no-fault and underinsured motorist coverage. She helps many people with non-disabling injuries that adversely affect their quality of life.

In 2004, Ms. Spaulding was recognized by Minnesota Lawyer as one of fifteen “Up-and-Coming Attorneys.” This honor is presented to newer attorneys who have distinguished themselves as “up and comers” by their professional accomplishments, leadership, service to the legal profession and/or service to the community. The honorees were selected from nominations submitted by bar groups, judges, lawyers and other members of the legal community. In its May 17, 2004 issue, Minnesota Lawyer printed the following: “Pamela J. Spaulding has had some pretty incredible experiences for a person who is only three years out of law school. She has been on trial teams that have successfully handled three multi-million dollar personal injury cases and recently argued an appeal before the Minnesota Supreme Court in another case. It has been quite a ride for the 29-year-old attorney who was the first person in her family to get a four-year college degree. Spaulding says she owes a lot of credit for her early success to her firm, Meshbesher & Spence, which has provided her with excellent mentors and demonstrated the confidence in her that has allowed her to have these experiences so soon in her legal career.”

Ms. Spaulding is known at Meshbesher & Spence for her hard work, dedication, and compassion for her clients. She is a Minnesotan, descended from Stearns County farming families, and is proud to devote her law career to helping people and families fight for their rights in their time of need.

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