Larry Rocheford is admitted to practice in Minnesota and Wisconsin state and federal courts.
Larry has successfully defended and tried catastrophic injury and major cases, including products, mass shootings, construction, negligence, dram shop, motor vehicle and premises liability cases. The damages sought in these cases have included compensation for severe burns, traumatic brain injuries, poly trauma, amputations, paralysis or partial paralysis, wrongful death and, in Wisconsin, survivor’s loss damages.
In the area of products liability, most of his cases arise from an accident involving a product, around equipment at a place of employment or worksite, or involve a construction project.
Larry has defended employers in negligent hiring, training and retention claims and defamation matters, shareholder control agreement cases, work-place violence and shootings. He has also defended and prosecuted contractual indemnity and declaratory judgment actions. Larry is frequently retained to offer opinions on issues and cases concerning insurance coverage, first party property insurance claims, business torts, employer liability and has tried insurance fraud cases.
For 25 years Larry has been a board certified civil trial advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy and is certified as a civil trial specialist by the Minnesota State Bar Association, before his death in November of 2020. Larry has been rated AV Preeminent® for the highest level of professional excellence by Martindale-Hubbell, has repeatedly and currently been listed as a Minnesota Super Lawyer and was recognized in Minnesota Super Lawyers’ 2010 Corporate Counsel edition in the area of general Civil Litigation Defense and Personal Injury Defense. He was an associate in the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA).
He has been reappointed to second three-year term by the Minnesota Supreme Court to the Rules of Evidence Advisory Committee and was previously a Supreme Court appointee to the Minnesota Rules of Civil Procedure Committee and served two terms as Minnesota Supreme Court Appointee to the Minnesota Board of Legal Certification Committee.
Following law school, he worked for West Publishing as an editor of their monthly newsletter promoting computerized legal research. He worked for a long-standing east metro litigation firm from 1985 to 2019, where he held many leadership positions in the firm.
In his free time, Larry enjoys traveling, golf, fishing, bird hunting, and spending time with his wife and two children.
St. John’s University, B.S., 1980
Hamline University School of Law, J.D., 1983
U.S. District Court District of Minnesota, 1983
U.S. District Court Eastern District of Wisconsin, 1985
U.S. District Court Western District of Wisconsin, 1985
U.S. District Court Northern District of Indiana, 1998
U.S. Court of Appeals Eighth Circuit, 1985
U.S. Court of Appeals Seventh Circuit, 1990
U.S. Supreme Court, 1993
Lower Sioux Community, Minnesota Tribal Court, 2005
Defense Research Institute
Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association
Wisconsin Defense Counsel
Minnesota Rules of Evidence, Supreme Court Appointee
Professional Liability Defense Federation
Council on Litigation Management
Minnesota State Bar Association
State Bar of Wisconsin