Arthur Chapman Paul J. Rocheford
  • Paul J. Rocheford
  • Shareholder
  • Arthur Chapman Kettering Smetak & Pikala, P.A.
  • Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 612-375-5937  direct dial
  • 612-339-7655  fax

  • pjrocheford@arthurchapman.com
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Paul works with clients in his diverse ADR, litigation, and trial practice in the areas of general liability, automobile litigation, construction, dram shop and professional liability law. Paul has a knack for evaluating cases and has successfully and efficiently defended thousands of claims over the past 28 years at Arthur Chapman. He has taken numerous personal injury and commercial lawsuits to verdict with outstanding results.

Paul enjoys serving as mediator and arbitrator in Minnesota and Wisconsin and working to resolve claims and cases short of expensive litigation and trial. He is on the State of Minnesota’s roster of qualified neutrals and a member of the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals. Both plaintiff and defense counsel have chosen Paul to serve as mediator and arbitrator in a variety of claims and lawsuits. Paul is a strong believer in ADR and works very hard to make the process worthwhile for the parties and counsel.

Paul has served 15 years on the Firm’s Management Board of Directors. He has been a Certified Civil Trial Specialist by the MSBA since 1999 and is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA).  He is licensed in Wisconsin and defends and tries lawsuits “across the border.”

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Presentations

  • “Releases and Settlement Techniques” Minnesota CLE: Uninsured, Underinsured, No Fault Insurance and Bodily Injury Update, February 2017
  • “Mediation and Creative ADR Solutions” at Minnesota CLE: Uninsured, Underinsured, No-Fault Insurance and Bodily Injury Update, January 2016
  • “Staab I & II and Reallocation” at Minnesota CLE: Uninsured, Underinsured, No-Fault Insurance and Bodily Injury Update, February 2015
  • “Collateral Source Issues” at Minnesota CLE: Uninsured, Underinsured, No-Fault and Bodily Injury Update, February 2014
  • “Settlement Documents and Releases” at Minnesota CLE: Uninsured, Underinsured, No-Fault and Bodily Injury Update, February 2013
  • Panel Moderator, “Mediations from All Perspectives,” Minnesota CLE, May 2012
  • Panel Member, “Reinstating Civility in Lawsuits,” Minnesota Association for Justice, 2012 Mid-Winter Meeting
  • “Wrongful Death Cases: Another Perspective,” Minnesota Association of Justice CLE, January 2011
  • “Effectively Using Pleadings and Forms in a P.I. Case,” Minnesota State Bar Association CLE, October 2010
  • "Mediations and Complicated Issues in Auto Accidents," Minnesota State Bar Association, May 2008
  • "Collateral Source Issues" at Minnesota CLE: Uninsured, Underinsured and No-Fault Insurance Update, February 2008
  • "Collateral Source Issues: Legal & Practical," Minnesota State Bar Association CLE, February 2007
  • “Settlement Tools, Agreements and Releases” at Minnesota CLE: Uninsured, Underinsured and No-Fault Update Presentation, 2006
  • “Evidentiary Issues that Arise in the Context of Auto Claims” at Minnesota CLE: Underinsured, Uninsured and No Fault Insurance Update Presentation, 2004
  • Minnesota Motor Vehicle Accident Deskbook Seminar Presentations: “A Guide to Settling and Releasing Claims in Minnesota” and “Rental Car Liability Issues,” Minnesota CLE, 2003
  • "Settlements and Release Involving Fewer Than All Parties," Minnesota State Bar Association, June 2003
  • "Rental Issues and Nuances," Minnesota State Bar Association, June 2003
  • "Dealing with Issues of Fraud as a Judge, Arbitrator or Fact Finder,"" Minnesota Institute of Legal Education, 2002
  • "Settlement Devices," Hennepin County Judges, 2002

Honors and Awards
Paul has been named a Super Lawyer® every year since 2005 and was on the Top 100: 2016 Minnesota Super Lawyers® list from 2008-16.


Education

William Mitchell College of Law, J.D., 1988
St. John’s University, B.S., 1985


Bar Admissions

Minnesota, 1988
Wisconsin, 1996
U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit, 2005
U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota, 1989


Certifications

American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
MSBA Board Certified Civil Trial Specialist
Qualified ADR Neutral on State of Minnesota Roster


Professional Associations and Memberships

American Board of Trial Advocates
Claims & Litigation Management Alliance 
Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association

Minnesota State Bar Association
National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals 
Wisconsin State Bar Association


Licenses

Minnesota
Wisconsin

Practice Areas


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