My name is Fred Pritzker. I’m the founder and president of Pritzker Hageman, P.A.
I grew up in St. Paul, MN. I was the first person in my family to attend law school.
I’ve been a lawyer for over forty years. My entire career has been devoted to helping injured people. To be able to help my clients overcome physical, emotional and legal problems and successfully move on with their lives is remarkably satisfying.
My 32-year-old son is physically and developmentally disabled. He lives at home and my wife and I are his primary caregivers. Making sure his life and the lives of other people with disabilities are safe, happy and fulfilling is my passion. It affects everything I do, including how I practice law and the way in which I relate to my clients, many of whom are struggling with their own injuries and disabilities.
Here’s what I’ve learned: in one way or another, we’re all “disabled” to some degree. But we are not defined by our disabilities. We want to be loved, have friends, have fun, do interesting things and be accepted for who we are rather than what we can do. Raising a child with disabilities is a challenge, but the love we share and the lessons we’ve learned transcend everything else.
My partner in life, Renee, is also my partner at the law firm. It would not be possible for us to be good lawyers and good parents without the support and understanding we share.
My other passion is bicycling. My favorite riding partner is my daughter. We’ve cycled throughout the United States and Europe and even went mountain biking in North Africa. This picture is from a recent cycling adventure in California:
Attorney Fred Pritzker’s Legal Practice
Fred Pritzker is founder and president of Pritzker Hageman, P.A. He and his team of lawyers represent people in personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits involving fires and explosions, food poisoning, Legionnaires’ disease, motor vehicle collisions, and defective medical products.
Pritzker Hageman is one of the few law firms in the country that has a significant practice in the area of foodborne illness. The firm is involved in virtually every national foodborne illness outbreak involving pathogenic microorganisms and natural toxins.
His firm is also devoted to educating the public and fellow attorneys about product safety and advocating for positive change in food safety laws. The firm’s website, www.pritzkerlaw.com, provides comprehensive information about foodborne illness and its effects.
$45 million on behalf of a person who was severely injured.
$45 million for clients who suffered renal failure after using an over-the-counter medication.
$10 million on behalf of a man who was burned in a propane gas explosion.
$10 million on behalf of seven infants who suffered intestinal injuries caused by a contaminated product.
$7.5 million verdict for a child who contracted an E. coli infection that caused a kidney failure. This is believed to be the largest individual jury verdict in United States history for any case involving E. coli O157:H7 or any other foodborne pathogen.
$6.7 million on behalf of a person who suffered permanent injury caused by a medical product.
$6.45 million on behalf of people sickened in an outbreak of illnesses caused by contaminated food.
$6 million on behalf of a family that lost loved ones in a motor vehicle collision.
$6 million on behalf of woman who lost a leg in a motorcycle accident caused by a drunk driver.
$5.9 million on behalf of clients who suffered abdominal injuries as a result of a defective medical device.
$5.1 million on behalf of a motorcyclist whose leg was crushed when a delivery truck driver collided with him. His leg had to be amputated.
$4.5 million on behalf of a woman whose kidneys failed after she ate an adulterated meat product and developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS).
$4.5 million on behalf of a man who sustained serious physical and cognitive damage after eating food contaminated with Listeria. It is one of the largest individual listeria settlements ever received.
$3.75 million on behalf of a man whose left leg was amputated below the knee due to injuries suffered in a recreational vehicle crash caused by a defective control mechanism.
$3.75 million in a case involving a medical product that caused permanent injury.
$3.5 million for a man who suffered permanent brain damage in a truck accident.
$3 million on behalf of the family of a child who drowned while participating in a school swim class.
$3 million on behalf of the families of two young men killed in a collision involving a passenger vehicle and a semi-truck.
Fred was selected for “Attorneys of the Year” by Minnesota Lawyer in 2011, 2014, and 2015. In addition, Fred received the Circle of Excellence Award in 2014 in recognition of being selected for “Attorneys of the Year” on more than one occasion.
Fred Pritzker has also been selected for inclusion in the current and past editions of The Best Lawyers in America and was named a “Super Lawyer” by Minnesota Super Lawyers magazine in 2015. He has the distinction of being named a “Super Lawyer” every year since the inception of the award. Fred is a Lifetime Achievement selection to America’s Top 100 Attorneys®, reserved for less than one-half percent (0.5%) of attorneys in the U.S.
Fred is a former president of the Minnesota Association for Justice and a former governor of the American Association of Justice.
Fred and his wife, Renee Pritzker, are passionate about the rights and health of people with disabilities. He has been an officer or director of the Angelman Syndrome Foundation, Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance, and ARC Minnesota, among others. He and Renee have endowed the Jacob E. Pritzker Fund to support the University of Minnesota Law School and the Minnesota Disability Law Center (MDLC).
Fred In the News
Fox News 9: Fred was interviewed by Fox News 9 about a lawsuit involving an explosion at a Minnesota school.
Star Tribune: “Fred Pritzker, an attorney representing Berg’s family, said he was only aware of the two Master Mechanical employees being at the site that day, but no supervisors from CenterPoint. Pritzker said the explosion could have easily been prevented, ‘just by shutting off the gas stream.'”
San Diego Union Tribune: “‘It ultimately comes down to a resource allocation situation. The government has a limited amount of dollars and has to make choices,’ said Fred Pritzker, a Minneapolis-based attorney who specializes in hepatitis A and food-borne illness lawsuits” (Davis, Kristina. “Could the city be sued over a hepatitis A outbreak?” San Diego Union Tribune. 02 Oct. 2017).
Star Tribune: “This is not the type of thing that happens in the absence of negligence: Somebody screwed up big time,” Pritzker told the Star Tribune. “Whenever you’ve got an older building, you’re always looking to see if these were capped off lines and if they were pressurized” (Jany, Libor, et al. “NTSB: Workers were moving gas meter during fatal explosion.” Star Tribune. 4 Aug. 2017).
Minnesota Lawyer: Fred Pritzker was featured in an article about his $7.55 million jury verdict for a young child who contracted E. coli poisoning and developed kidney failure. In the article he said this about his client to explain the size of the verdict: “She is also more prone to heart attack or stroke and has an increased risk of cancer” (“E. coli stricken girl awarded $7.5 million verdict.” Minnesota Lawyer. 8 Dec. 2016).
Star Tribune: In reference to a criminal case against a corporate CEO involved in the sale of peanuts that were tainted with Salmonella bacteria, Fred said, ““Plenty of companies have been cavalier [about food safety], but nobody has put it in writing like [Parnell]” (Hughlett, Mike. “Sentencing set for tainted peanut butter case that killed 3 Minnesotans.” Star Tribune. 18 Sept. 2015).
Minnesota Lawyer: Fred discussed the case that resulted in his being named “Attorney of the Year”. He said, “It was complicated because the disease these kids developed was never presented, never seen, in that kind of presentation before. And worse, the underlying condition is common to young children. Just by virtue of being a young child you can get this illness. So we had to tease out how the illness was not the result of their youth but because of the product” (Jossi, Frank. “Attorneys of the Year: Pritzker Trial Team.” Minnesota Lawyer. 20 Feb. 2015).
MPR News: “The family is determined to ‘hold accountable those who caused this drowning to occur,’ Pritzker said.” Fred told ABC “They cannot accept that ‘accidents happen,’ under circumstances such as these. A tragedy like the death of a child in a middle-school swim class should simply never be allowed to happen” (Yuen, Laura. “Prosecutors will not press charges in school drowning.” MPR News. 11 Apr. 2014).
Eating Dangerously: Fred was extensively quoted in the book. In one passage about a Salmonella linked to eggs, he said, “This is willful negligence. It’s kind of like being a drunk driver, or a careless driver – I’m not trying to hurt anybody” (Booth, Michael, and Brown, Jennifer. Eating Dangerously: Why the Government Can’t Keep Your Food Safe … and How You Can. Rowman & Littlefield, 16 Mar. 2014).
The Washington Post: “For instance, in Tennessee, whose 69 cases and nine fatalities are the highest of any state, patients have only one year to file against an involved party,” said Fred Pritzker, a Minneapolis-based attorney who is counseling about 40 clients from various states. “Tennessee lawmakers also recently capped economic or punitive damages in such suits at $500,000, and damages for pain and emotional suffering at $750,000,” Pritzker said. “Minnesota has no caps.” Fred told the Post, “The range of laws and the effect on cases is huge. It’s a free-for-all, frankly” (Aizenman, N.C. “Lawsuits piling up against New England Compounding over meningitis deaths.” The Washington Post. 21 Oct. 2012).
The New York Times: “Ms. Turnidge’s lawyer, Fred Pritzker, said he was considering suing the hospital and might sue Medtronic in a Minnesota state court, where he has filed claims for other Sprint Fidelis patients. He said the Supreme Court ruling made it likely that a state judge would reject such cases” (Meier, Barry. “Lawmakers seek to return right to sue device makers.” The New York Times. 19 Feb. 2009).
The New York Times: “Fred Pritzker, a Minneapolis personal injury lawyer, recalled a case in which restaurant customers got sick after eating tainted parsley. Mr. Pritzker said he sued the restaurant on behalf of his client; the restaurant sued the distributor, who sued the wholesaler, and so on until they ended up at a farm in Mexico.” Fred said, “In these situations, the restaurant says, ‘Mr. Food Seller, you pay me, and then we’ll get out of the picture and you can fight over who will pay you.’ Inevitably, the franchisee is in a better position to fight this out” (Martin, Andrew. “Left holding the bag in the Land of Fast Food.” The New York Times. 20 Feb. 2007).
Fred obtained his B.A. with honors from Northwestern University in 1972 and his J.D. cum laude from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1976.
“Here’s what I’ve learned: in one way or another, we’re all “disabled” to some degree. But we are not defined by our disabilities. We want to be loved, have friends, have fun, do interesting things and be accepted for who we are rather than what we can do.”
Awards & Recognition
Best Law Firm
U.S. News & World Report
Pritzker Hageman P.A. has been recognized as one of the best law firms for personal injury litigation by U.S. News & World Report.
U.S. News & World Report
Fred Pritzker: 2003-2017
Eric Hageman: 2004-2017
Brendan Flaherty: 2015-2017
Ryan Osterholm: 2016-2017
America’s Top 100 Attorneys
America’s Top 100 Attorneys®
Lifetime Achievement selection to America’s Top 100 Attorneys®.
Attorneys of the Year
Fred Pritzker: 2011, 2014, 2015
Eric Hageman: 2011, 2015
Brendan Flaherty: 2014
Million Dollar Advocates Forum
Attorney Fred Pritzker is a lifetime member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum.
We obtained this settlement for a person with severe injuries.
Our clients were injured by an over-the-counter medication.