H. Morrison (Morrie) Kershner

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Assistant: Sandy Schatschneider

Practice Groups
 ●  Litigation
 ●  Personal Injury
 ●  Product Liability
 ●  Professional Malpractice


What Morrie's Clients Say

  • “I have never worked with a more efficient, knowledgeable and ethical professional as Morrie Kershner.  Morrie always came prepared with plenty of background information as well as professional experience.  He has a way of viewing issues from many challenging perspectives and the incredible ability to not be frustrated with the unexpected turn of events.  Your entire law firm has been a pleasure to work with since 1985.”

MSBA Certified Civil Trial Specialist

Morrie is an experienced trial lawyer with broad experience in a variety of areas, from the handling of cases involving personal injury and defective products to cases of professional negligence by doctors and lawyers to agricultural related disputes. He has tried cases in state and federal courts throughout the states of Minnesota and North Dakota and has successfully argued a number of cases before the Minnesota Court of Appeals and Supreme Court.

Morrie is a member of the Minnesota State Bar Association and is a Board Certified Specialist in Civil Trial Law. He is also a member of the Minnesota Association for Justice, American Association for Justice, and Academy of Civil Trial Specialists.  He is a diplomat of the American Board of Trial Advocates and has been selected as a leading

attorney in Minnesota by the American Research Institute, was recognized as one of Minnesota's top personal injury and malpractice lawyers by Minneapolis/St. Paul Magazine, and every year is designated as "Super Lawyer" by Minnesota Law & Politics.  Morrie has also lectured at continuing legal education seminars on trial practice.

Morrie was born and raised in Detroit Lakes, and graduated summa cum laude from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, in 1970. After college, he was a student at Luther Theological Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota, for two years. In 1973, he entered the University of Minnesota Law School and graduated with a Juris Doctorate in 1976. Morrie began with Pemberton Law in Fergus Falls in 1976. He is licensed to practice in the states of Minnesota and North Dakota, is admitted to the United States District Court for districts of Minnesota and North Dakota, and is admitted to practice before the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Morrie has a wide range of interests outside of the practice of law and formerly was a member of a variety of boards. He was a long-time board member and president of Operation Bootstrap Africa, an organization that raises money to construct schools in Africa, is a current member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church and volunteers as a member of Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Attorneys Association. Personally, he enjoys woodworking, outdoor activities, maintains a tree farm, and is a beekeeper. Morrie and his wife, Marion, a public health nurse, have raised three sons and one daughter in Fergus Falls. 

Reported Appelate Cases: These cases reflect the breadth of Morrie's trial practice. 

  1. Jacobs v. Farmland Mutual Insurance Company, 352 N.W.2d 803 (Minn.App.1984)

  2. Jacobs v. Farmland Mutual Insurance Company, 377 N.W.2d 441 (Minn.1985)

  3. Home Mutual Insurance Company v. Thalman, 387 N.W.2d 219 (Minn.App.1986)

  4. Quam v. Wulfekuhle, 390 N.W.2d 472 (Minn.App.1986)

  5. Shulstad v. Berkel, Inc., 389 N.W.2d 346 (ND.1986)

  6. Morris v. Littler, 399 N.W.2d 673 (Minn.App.1987)

  7. Anderson v. St. Paul Fire and Marine Insurance Company, 427 N.W.2d 749      (Minn.App.1988)

  8. Dropik v. Mutual Service Casualty Insurance, 1988 WL 12756 (Minn.App.1988)

  9. Synstelien v. State Farm, 418 N.W.2d 530 (Minn.App.1988)

  10. Cormier v. National Farmers Union Property & Casualty Company, 445 N.W.2d 644 (ND.1989)

  11. Rosen, Inc. v. First Insurance of Fairmont, 1989 WL 12428 (Minn.App. February 21, 1989)

  12. Austin Mutual Insurance Company v. Abbott, 1991 WL 263518 (Minn.App. December 17, 1991)

  13. Kearnes v. Otter Tail Power Company, 1992 WL 54936 (Minn.App. March 24, 1992)

  14. Beniek v. Textron, Inc., 479 N.W.2d 719 (Minn.1992)

  15. Froehle v. Coast to Coast Stores (Cent. Organization, Inc., 1992 WL 115386 (Minn.App. June 2, 1992

  16. Haarstad v. Graff, 506 N.W.2d 341 (Minn.App.1993)

  17. Haarstad v. Graff, 517 N.W.2d 582 (Minn.1994)

  18. Kellen v. Mathias, 519 N.W.2d 218 (Minn.App.1994)

  19. Western Life Trust v. State, 536 N.W.2d 709 (ND.1995)

  20. American States Insurance Co. v. Grohn, 1995 WL 564877 (Minn.App.Sept.26, 1995)

  21. Milbank Insurance Co. v. J.T., 1997 WL 10525 (Minn.App.1997)

  22. Praus ex rel. Praus v. Mack, 626 N.W.2d 239 (ND.2001)

  23. Gaming World International Ltd. v. White Earth Band of Chippewa Indians, 317 F.3d 840 (8thCir.Minn.2003)

  24. Nelson v. Productive Alternatives, Inc., 696 N.W.2d 841 (Minn.App.2005)

  25. City of Fergus Falls v. Sirny Architects, LLP, 2006 WL 330162 (Minn.App.February 14, 2006)

  26. Nelson v. Productive Alternatives, Inc., 715 N.W.2d 452 (Minn.2006)

  27. Holthusen v. United States, 498 F.Supp.2d 1236 (D.Minn.2007)

  28. In Re Kraft, 2009 WL 750288, (Bkrtcy. D.N.D. March 17, 2009)

  29. Warsaw Sugar Beet Association v. Federal Crop Insurance Corporation, 2010 WL 597103 (D.N.D.February 18, 2010)

  30. Staab v. Diocese of St. Cloud, 780 N.W.2d 392 (Minn.App.2010)

  31. Staab v. Diocese of St. Cloud, 813 N.W.2d 68 (Minn.2012)

  32. Staab v. Diocese of St. Cloud, 830 N.W.2d 40 (Minn.App.2013)