Goetz & Eckland is a full-service litigation firm, with lawyers who specialize in civil and criminal cases, from both the plaintiff side and the defense side. We look forward to speaking with you to learn how we can best serve your needs.
You or a loved one has been injured. In a split second, your life is changed. The anxiety sets in as to what happens next. Who will pay my medical bills?READ MORE
Goetz & Eckland’s insurance defense group represents insurers and their insureds in civil litigation. We provide zealous representation for clients...READ MORE
Experienced criminal defense lawyers with proven track record of success in complex challenging cases including fraud, narcotics and murder prosecutions.READ MORE
We present general contractors, developers, and subcontractors of every trade. We handle residential, commercial, and industrial cases.READ MORE
We have successfully represented dozens of childcare providers, and we have the experience to handle your case at any level.READ MORE
We are here to protect your rights and vindicate your wrong. For nearly two decades, we have been “fighting city hall” for clients beaten, shot, or falsely arrested.READ MORE
Based on our lawyers’ extensive litigation experience, we are able to provide business clients with wise advice on disputes and insurance issues.READ MORE
We have handled product cases on behalf of subrogated insurance companies and also businesses that have suffered losses.READ MORE
Whether you are seeking to preserve a good district court ruling or overturn an adverse one, you need counsel who understand appellate law and procedure.READ MORE
We are doing every day what we set out to do— make a positive difference in the lives of our clients. We work closely with our clients to make sure we understand how we can best help them. We are practical lawyers who heavily invest ourselves in the outcome of our clients' cases.
In everything we do, we have a simple goal: Make a positive difference in the lives of our clients. To best help our clients, we must first know our clients. That's why on every single case we work closely with our client to make sure we understand how we can best help. We are practical lawyers who heavily invest ourselves in the outcome of our clients' cases.
We recognize that not every problem has the same solution. Some solutions require hard-nosed litigation, while other solutions require diplomacy to negotiate a compromise. Whatever the approach, our attorneys dedicate themselves to practicing with unwavering professionalism and integrity.
We look forward to speaking with you to learn how we can best serve your needs.
Convicted murderer Mahdi Hassan Ali is expected to receive a sentence of life in prison without parole Monday morning in Hennepin County District Court, after being found guilty of killing three men at the Seward Market in Minneapolis during a failed robbery attempt in 2010.
But Ali's defense attorney, Fred Goetz, is still fighting for him.
“My advice to others is to do what feels comfortable for you, but don’t be afraid to share ...”
For Deborah Eckland, 26-year civil litigator and co-founder of Goetz & Eckland P.A., her courtroom credo is to “always tell the truth.” According to Eckland, “If you ever lose credibility with the jury, you’re done.”
Frederick Goetz successfully protects the right of citizens to verbally criticize the actions of a police officer without being subject to arrest. In the case of Hoyland v. McMenomy, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the order of United States District Court Judge Susan Richard Nelson denying the officers motion for dismissal on qualified immunity grounds. Hoyland, a decorated U.S. Army veteran, was at his front door some 30 to 40 feet away from officers who were threatening to shoot his wife for not complying with their orders. Hoyland was trying to tell the officers that his wife was handicapped and physically unable to comply with their demands and verbally criticizing the officers for their unreasonably aggressive actions. Almost as soon as Mr. Hoyland came outside and began speaking with the officers they ordered him to go back inside his home. When he did not immediately comply, the officers arrested him for obstruction of legal process. Hoyland later sued the responsible officers for false arrest in violation of the Fourth Amendment and retaliating against him for criticizing their conduct in violation of his First Amendment right to freedom of expression. The Eighth Circuit rejected the officers arguments that they had immunity for such conduct and held that Hoyland could sue them for violation of his civil rights.
The full opinion is available here
Trip and fall claims are a common risk for property owners. In Minnesota, property owners have a duty to exercise reasonable care for all entrants, but that duty is limited when a potentially dangerous condition is open and obvious to a reasonable person.
In Homick v. Hellem, Deborah Eckland defended Defendant Bozena Hellem against such a trip-and-fall claim brought against her as the 30-year owner of an apartment building. The plaintiff tripped on a visibly uneven slab of concrete in broad daylight, and sued for his alleged injuries. Ms. Hellem moved for summary judgment to dismiss the plaintiff’s claims as a matter of law because the slab of concrete was so open and obvious that no warning was necessary. As the refrain goes, nobody needs warning of what they know or should reasonably be expected to know. The court agreed and granted summary judgment in Ms. Hellem’s favor, adding that plaintiff should have watched his step in order to prevent his injuries.
Unhappy with the result, plaintiff has filed the case with the Court of Appeals.
In the case of Zurich v. Big D v. Schwieters and Westfield, involving 24 million dollars in claimed damages, Westfield Insurance Company’s insured subcontractor installed non-fire retardant lumber at four construction projects and was sued when the lumber had to be removed and replaced. The subcontractor tendered the cases to Westfield for defense and indemnity. Westfield declined the tender because its policy was not triggered because there was no “property damage.” The only damage was done intentionally as part of the repair and replacement of the incorrect lumber and insurance policies are not intended to provide coverage for such damages. Deborah Eckland and Elizabeth Taylor opposed the subcontractor’s Motion for Summary Judgment in which it sought a declaration that Westfield has a duty to defend the lawsuits. The Hennepin County District Court agreed that there is no “property damage” as defined by the policy and ruled that Westfield has no duty to defend the insured.
We are proud to announce that Bill Celebrezze has joined the firm as a partner. Bill brings a wealth of litigation experience and expertise in the employment law field. We are looking forward to expanding this area of our practice. Welcome on board, Bill!
Goetz & Eckland is delighted to announce that Mike Rowley has joined the firm as a partner. Mike has extensive experience handling construction law cases and is considered an authority in the field. He is a perfect addition to our thriving construction defense practice. Welcome, Mike!