Attorney Eric Hageman

Eric HagemanAttorney Eric Hageman is passionate about his clients and about his work handling catastrophic injury and wrongful death cases throughout the country. During the twenty-plus years he has been a trial lawyer, Eric has tried and won difficult cases for clients who have been harmed by everything from defective products to police shootings to motor vehicle negligence.

The common thread in all of his cases is Eric’s insistence that wrong-doers be held accountable for the harm they have caused, in whatever form that takes. In the process, Eric has zealously represented injured people seeking justice in over fifteen different states.

Honors and Awards

In recognition of the results he has achieved for his clients, Eric Hageman has received a variety of accolades from legal organizations:

  • Named a “Super Lawyer” (reserved for fewer than 5% of lawyers) every year since 2004;
  • Selected as one of the Top 100 litigation attorneys in the state in 2016 by the American Society of Legal Advocates;
  • Rated “AV-Preeminent” by Martindale-Hubbell every year since 2001, signifying the highest level of professional excellence;
  • Given the highest rating by AVVO, a website recognized for its ratings of lawyers;
  • Profiled in the Law & Politics “SuperLawyers” issue;
  • Named an “Attorney of the Year” by Minnesota Lawyer in both 2011 and 2015: in 2011 for a significant trial verdict in a difficult trucking wrongful death case, and in 2015 for an intensely-litigated pool-drowning case in which he uncovered previously-unknown facts regarding negligence and evidence destruction, which led to the maximum possible settlement.

Eric also speaks at legal seminars on issues ranging from trucking accidents, wrongful death cases and traumatic brain injury, and he has served as the chairperson of the Minnesota Association for Justice Wrongful Death seminar for four consecutive years.

While he still handles cases in which he represents “the little guy” against big corporations or insurance companies, the majority of Eric’s work now is on behalf of people involved in explosions, trucking accidents or harmed by consumer products. The desire to help people, not companies, is what drove Eric to become a lawyer in the first place and working hard to help David defeat Goliath is what drives him still today.

Eric Hageman Minnesota Attorney of the Year

Below is a five-star testimonial that one of Eric’s clients put on AVVO:

“I am a young adult that was involved in a terrible, life changing accident. I was terrified for what my future held. Without the help, guidance and unwavering support from Eric Hageman, I would not be where I am today. Not only did he win my case with an outcome better than I could have ever imagined, but he truly saved my life. Throughout the whole process, Eric stood by my side and was a warrior for me when I was not strong enough myself. Eric is personally invested in helping to rebuild his clients lives every day. I am forever grateful for his hard work, dedication and compassion.”

Settlements and Verdicts

Below are some of Eric’s top settlements and verdicts.

$45 million on behalf of an individual who suffered severe burn injuries.

$10+ million settlement on behalf of a burn victim in a propane gas explosion case.

$5,150,000 on behalf of a motorcyclist who suffered an amputation injury when an unqualified and overtired delivery truck driver collided with him.

$5,000,000 on behalf of a woman severely injured in a boat accident involving an intoxicated driver.

$4,050,000 on behalf of a family in a wrongful death lawsuit against a driver and the company that had serviced the vehicle prior to the crash.

$3,500,000 for a man who suffered a traumatic brain injury when his vehicle was hit by a commercial truck.

$3,000,000 on behalf of a family in a wrongful death lawsuit against the St. Louis Park School District arising from the drowning death of 12-year old during school swim class.

$3,000,000 wrongful death recovery on behalf of the family of a woman who died as a result of Legionnaire’s Disease.

$2,560,000 on behalf of a couple whose car was hit by a semi truck as both vehicles were traveling in the same direction on a four-lane highway, causing our clients’ vehicle to spin out of control and cross the highway median, where it was struck by another vehicle.

$2,469,000 jury verdict on behalf of the family of a 53-year old bicyclist who was run over at an intersection by a right-turning tractor-trailer (Sandberg v. Western National Mutual Insurance Co., Hennepin County District Court, Case No. 27-CV-10-10984).

$1,950,000 on behalf of surviving family members of a young man who was killed when he collided with a jackknifed tractor-trailer on an icy highway.

$1,558,300 on behalf of the daughter of a man who was killed when he collided with the back of a stopped semi truck on a Wisconsin highway.

$1,075,000 on behalf of family members who suffered physical and emotional injuries when a semi truck ran a stop sign and collided with their minivan.

$1,000,000 on behalf of a family whose child died from an E. coli infection linked to a daycare.

Attorneys of the Year Fred Pritzker and Eric Hageman

Since 2014, Eric has recovered over $100 million in damages for his clients. Every case is unique, and past results do not guarantee a similar outcome.


  • Dartmouth College, B.A. (1990)
  • University of Minnesota Law School, J.D., cum laude (1995)

Bar Memberships

  • United States Supreme Court
  • State of Minnesota
  • 8th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • 7th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • 6th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Federal Circuit Court of Appeals

Professional Affiliations

  • American Association for Justice
  • AAJ Trucking Litigation Group
  • Minnesota Association for Justice


Eric Hageman has been married for over twenty years to Jill Coyle, who works as the general counsel for a Twin Cities-area school district, and their family includes five children, two dogs and a cat. When he is not practicing law, Eric enjoys participating in all different types of outdoor activities with his family, including hiking, biking, kayaking and sports of all types. Eric has coached all five of his children in a variety of sports, including basketball, football, baseball and softball and he also enjoys running in races with his children.

In 1998, Eric and Jill adopted their two oldest sons (who were then 6 and 7 years old) out of foster care in Minneapolis.

Their oldest son, Ra’Shede, graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2013 after overcoming many obstacles (SB Nation: Ra’Shede’s Road) and was the 37th overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft by the Atlanta Falcons. He played in the 2017 Super Bowl.

Second-oldest son, Xavier, pursued dance instead of football and in 2013, he graduated from the prestigious Alvin Ailey School of Dance in New York City.

More Family Photos

Eric with his two youngest children, Hank and Lizzy.

Eric, Jill and their son, Ra’Shede, after the 2017 Super Bowl.

Hageman Super Bowl 2017Family picture after one of Ra’Shede’s college games.