Robert L. McCollum--Shareholder--Minnesota

Robert L. McCollumShareholder | Minnesota

Robert L. McCollum

"Carpe diem."

- Horace, Odes I.xi.8

Bob is the founding partner of McCollum Crowley. He has tried well over 100 civil cases to conclusion in multiple jurisdictions. Bob represents clients involved in complex litigation, including products liability cases, claims of professional misconduct, construction claims, personal injury claims, and high-level insurance coverage disputes.

Bob has been recognized as a Super Lawyer since 2004 by Minnesota Law & Politics/Super Lawyers, carries an AV® Preeminent™ rating from Martindale-Hubbell, and has been designated a "Top Lawyer" in insurance law. For a number of years, he co-chaired the Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association Insurance Law Institute. In 2012, Bob received recognition as a North Star Lawyer based upon his pro bono service in authoring legislation to protect non-profits from claw-back claims, significantly reducing their exposure emanating from Ponzi schemes.

Bob is proud of his four grown children and their accomplishments. Over the years, he actively participated in their activities by coaching their teams and attending their events. He has run six marathons but now spends leisure time on less strenuous activities such as playing golf. Bob believes it is essential to give back to our communities. He has served on the Board of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Twin Cities for a number of years and was previously recognized by Children’s Home Society for his service coordinating the delivery of children adopted from Korea to their parents.

Education
  • William Mitchell College of Law (JD, cum laude)
  • University of Minnesota (BA, with honors)
  • Hamline School of Law (ADR Certification)
Bar Admissions
  • Minnesota
  • Wisconsin
  • Colorado
  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
Publications
  • Trial Techniques, Utilization of Investigative Tools in Litigation
  • Liability for Misconduct by Clergy and Therapists, Twin Cities Claims Association
  • Insurance Law Institute, Minnesota Defense Lawyers, 2007-2008
  • Common Enterprise/Loaned Servant Doctrines, Minnesota Defense Lawyers Annual Conference
  • Miller Shugart/Drake Ryan Settlements, Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association
  • Lambertson Liability, Minnesota Products Liability Institute
Significant Cases
  • Illinois Farmers Ins. Co. v. Tapemark, Co., Supreme Court of Minnesota
  • Melin v. Northwestern Bell Tel. Co., Supreme Court of Minnesota
  • Minnesota Mut. Fire & Casualty Co. v. Rudzinski, Court of Appeals of Minnesota
  • Chanhasssen Estates Residents Assoc. v. Chanhassen, Supreme Court of Minnesota
  • Lake Minnetonka Homes, Inc. v. Sidwell, Court of Appeals of Minnesota
  • Durant v. Selinger, Court of Appeals of Minnesota
  • Mann v. Unity Medical Center/Health Cent., Supreme Court of Minnesota
  • Erickson v. Curtis Inv. Co., Supreme Court of Minnesota
  • Flaherty v. Lindsay, Supreme Court of Minnesota
  • H.A.W. v. Manuel, Court of Appeals of Minnesota
  • TeBockhorst v. Bank United, Court of Appeals of Minnesota
  • Doe v. Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, Court of Appeals of Minnesota
  • In re Silicone Implant Ins. Coverage Litig., Supreme Court of Minnesota
  • Doe v. F.P., Court of Appeals of Minnesota
  • Chiles v. Hernandez, Court of Appeals of Minnesota
  • Carye v. Ill. Farmers Ins. Co., Court of Appeals of Minnesota
  • Mate Precision Tooling v. Carrier Corp,; Court of Appeals of Minnesota
  • Erickson v. Adolfson & Peterson, Inc., Court of Appeals of Minnesota
  • St. Paul Mercury Ins. Co. v. N. States Power, Court of Appeals of Minnesota
  • Am. Fire & Cas. Co. v. Kraus-Anderson Constr. Co., Court of Appeals of Minnesota
  • Columbia Cas. Co. v. 3M Co., Court of Appeals of Minnesota
  • Saulsberry v. Saint Mary's University, 8th Circuit Court of Appeal
Honors
  • Super Lawyer, Minnesota Law & Politics, 2004 - 2016
  • AV® Preeminent™ Rating from Martindale-Hubbell
  • Recognized as North Star Lawyer for Pro Bono Service, 2012
  • Recognized as author of legislation protecting non-profits from clawback claims; signed into law by Governor Dayton April 3, 2012
  • Recognized as "Top Rated Lawyer" in Insurance Law
  • Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association Amicus Award recipient, 2015
Community Involvement
  • Board of Directors, Big Brothers and Big Sisters of the Greater Twin Cities
  • Children’s Home Society and Family Services Certificate of Appreciation for service to adoptive families
Professional Memberships
  • National Retail and Restaurant Defense Association
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
  • Hennepin County Bar Association
  • Minnesota Bar Association
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Wisconsin Bar Association
  • American Bar Association, Tort and Insurance Practice Section
  • American Bar Association, Insurance Coverage Litigation Section
  • Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association
  • Defense Research Institute, Insurance Coverage Section
  • Claims Litigation Management
Heather MacDonald Krech, MnCP
Minnesota Certified Paralegal
Karen H. Farrell
Legal Administrative Assistant
Sandra A. Hillstead
Paralegal

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