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Stephen F. Rufer - Fergus Falls, MN

110 North Mill Street Fergus Falls, MN 56537- 2135

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Updated: 02/01/2018

Fergus Falls Litigation Lawyer


MSBA Certified Civil Trial Specialist

Steve joined Pemberton Law in 1974 and works in the Fergus Falls office. Steve's practice includes general civil litigation, personal injury, auto and farm accidents, business litigation, professional malpractice, real estate, construction, and aviation. Foremost in Steve's practice of law is his concern for his clients. Every client and every case is important. He has achieved settlements for clients in excess of one million dollars on several occasions...

About Stephen F. Rufer

Practice Areas

  • Litigation
  • Aviation Law
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Mediation & Arbitration
  • Personal Injury

Current Employment Position(s)

  • Partner

Year Joined Firm

  • 1974


Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota, 1974
  • North Dakota, 1974
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit, 1974
  • U.S. District Court District of Minnesota, 1974
  • U.S. District Court District of North Dakota, 1984

Specialties and Certifications

  • Civil Trial Specialist, Minnesota State Bar Association, 1994
  • Civil Trial Specialist, National Board of Trial Advocacy, 1995

Other Affiliations

  • Civil Litigation Section of the Minnesota State Bar Association (Past Chair )
  • Minnesota Trial Lawyers Association (Board of Governors )
  • Minnesota Trial Lawyers Association (Co chair)
  • MTLA Board of Governors, 1996 - 2006
  • Academy of Certified Trial Lawyers of Minnesota (Member)
  • Academy of Certified Trial Lawyers of Minnesota (Board of Governors)
  • Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association legal services plan (Panel member)
  • Prudential Insurance mass litigation appeals process (Panel of arbitrators)
  • Otter-Risers Kiwanis Club (Past President)
  • A Center for the Arts (Past President)
  • A Center for the Arts (Member)
  • Communicating for Agriculture and the Self-Employed (Director)
  • Communicating for Agriculture and the Self-Employed (Past President)
  • Lake Region Healthcare Corporation (Board Chair)
  • Communicating for America, Inc. (Director)
  • Communicating for America, Inc. (Past President)
  • Otter Tail County Historical Society (Past President)
  • Otter Tail County Bar Association (Past President)
  • Fergus Area College Foundation board
  • Regional board of KCCM-Minnesota Public Radio
  • Pioneer Public TV (Board )


  • University of Minnesota Law School, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1974
    Honors: cum laude
  • Macalester College
    Honors: magna cum laude

Fraternities and Sororities

  • Phi Beta Kappa

Pro Bono Activities

  • Trustee of the Roger and Agnes Dell Charitable Trust


Other Sources of Feedback About Stephen F. Rufer

Included on the 2023 Minnesota list

Past Lists

  • 2022 Minnesota Super Lawyers list
  • 2021 Minnesota Super Lawyers list
  • 2020 Minnesota Super Lawyers list
  • 2019 Minnesota Super Lawyers list
  • 2018 Minnesota Super Lawyers list
  • 2017 Minnesota Super Lawyers list
  • 2016 Minnesota Super Lawyers list
  • 2015 Minnesota Super Lawyers list
  • 2014 Minnesota Super Lawyers list
  • 2013 Minnesota Super Lawyers list
  • 2012 Minnesota Super Lawyers list
  • 2011 Minnesota Super Lawyers list
  • 2010 Minnesota Super Lawyers list
  • 2009 Minnesota Super Lawyers list
  • 2008 Minnesota Super Lawyers list
  • 2007 Minnesota Super Lawyers list
  • 2006 Minnesota Super Lawyers list
  • 2005 Minnesota Super Lawyers list
  • 2004 Minnesota Super Lawyers list
  • 2003 Minnesota Super Lawyers list
  • 2002 Minnesota Super Lawyers list
  • 2001 Minnesota Super Lawyers list
  • 2000 Minnesota Super Lawyers list
  • 1997 Minnesota Super Lawyers list

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  • Every year, Steve is selected as a “Super Lawyer” by Minnesota Law & Politics
  • Leading attorney in Minnesota by American Research Institute

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Office Information


110 North Mill Street Fergus Falls, MN 56537- 2135


  • 218-736-3950


Representative Cases

  • Hellermann v. Sunderman, 1992 WL 350289 (Minn.App., Dec. 1, 1992)
  • 2. Maroney v. Peterson, 1992 WL 15577 (Minn.App., Feb. 4, 1992)
  • Hough Transit, Ltd. v. National Farmers Organization, 472 N.W.2d 358, 1991-1 Trade Cases P 69,469 (Minn.App., Jun 25, 1991)
  • Hegerle v. Hegerle, 355 N.W.2d 726 (Minn.App., Sep 18, 1984)
  • Alexandria Lake Coalition Inc. v. Douglas County, 348 N.W.2d 369 (Minn.App., May 15, 1984)
  • Koons v. National Family Ins. Co., 301 N.W.2d 550 (Minn., Jan 09, 1981)
  • P.M.B. v. Anderson et al, 61 Fed 3d 908 (8th Cir. 1995)
  • Storm v. Swike, 1995 WL 365368 (Minn.App. 1995)
  • Lindquist v. Liebl, 1996 WL 162565 (Minn.App. 1996)
  • D.E.M. v. North Star, 555 N.W.2d 596 (N.D. 1996)
  • Hindt v. Hindt, 1998 W.L. 799167 (Minn.App. 1998)
  • Jenson v. Dept. of Econ. Security, 617 N.W.2d 627 (Minn.App.2000)
  • Westrom v. MN Dept. of Labor and Industry, 686 N.W.2d 27 (2004)
  • Anderson v. State, Dept. of Natural Resources, 693 N.W.2d 181 (2005)
  • Brian and Kevin Kuehl Farms, v. Gerald Barth WL 9598 (2006)
  • Kenneth L. Johnson v. Elkton Township, Clay County, MN WL 91809 (2006)
  • Custom Ag Service of Montevideo, Inc. v. Commissioner of Revenue 728 N.W.2d 910 (2007)
  • Cook Sign Company v. Daniel Combs, et al WL 3898267 (Minn.App.) (2008)
  • Terry C. Colton, et al d/b/a Scenic Point Resort v Clitherall township WL 113260 (Minn.App.) (2009)
  • Bennie James Gilyard, Jr., as Trustee of the Gilyard Family Trust v Craig Stephen Lichtsinn, Jay Eileen Lichtsinn WL 5137126 (Minn.App.) (2008)
  • Slindee v Fritch v Landecker & Assoc., Inc. 760 N.W.2d 903
  • In the Matter of the Application of: Holiday House II, LLC WL 1587090 (Minn.App.) (2009)
  • American National Bank of Minnesota v. Housing & Redevelopment Authority for City of Brainerd 773 N.W.2d 333
  • Terry Drake, et al v Ryan Norman Brady, et al WL 2928157 (Minn.App) (2009)
  • Randy A. Vee, et al v Badri Abas Ibrahim, et al American President Lines, Ltd.
  • DLM, LLC v Jon A. Saetre WL 5071336 (Minn.App.) (2010)
  • EEP Workers' Compensation Fund v. Fun & Sun, Inc., Wagner/Hanish 794 N.W.2d 126
  • Ralph Schmitz, et al v. Rinke, Noonan, et al 783 N.W.2d 733
  • Dean deNeui, et al v Eric J. Slindee, et al WL 292156 (Minn.App.) (2011)

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