Lawrence M. Rocheford

Areas of Practice:

Wrongful Death, Catastrophic Injury, Construction Litigation, Negligence, Personal Injuries, Products Liability

Office Location:
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Larry focuses his practice on the representation of individuals, businesses and governmental entities in civil litigation. He is known by his clients as a problem solver whose skill set is very personalized and client focused. Larry is admitted to practice law in Minnesota and Wisconsin, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh and Eighth Circuits and the U.S. Supreme Court.

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.

In the area of employment law, Larry has defended employers in defamation matters, shareholder control agreement cases, work-place violence and shootings, negligent hiring, training and retention claims. 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, business torts, employer liability and has tried insurance fraud cases.

He is 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. Larry is rated AV Preeminent® for the highest level of professional excellence by Martindale-Hubbell and has repeatedly 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 is an associate in the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA).

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.

MSBA Civil Trial Certified SpecialistBoard Certified Civil Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy

St. John’s University, B.S., 1980

Hamline University School of Law, J.D., 1983

Minnesota, 1983

Wisconsin, 1984

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 Board of Legal Certification, Supreme Court Appointee

Council on Litigation Management

Minnesota State Bar Association, Judiciary Committee

State Bar of Wisconsin