Vincent Moccio

Phone: 651-587-8423

Vincent J. Moccio, Esq. represents plaintiffs in the areas of product failure, personal injury, pharmaceutical and medical device failures, medical malpractice and civil rights. He became “of counsel” with Bennerotte & Associates in 2015 after 27 years practicing in these areas with another large Minneapolis law firm.

Over the course of his nearly three decades representing plaintiffs, Mr. Moccio has handled hundreds of medical device cases, including hip and knee replacement cases. He was counsel in two groundbreaking Minnesota bellwether pharmaceutical cases involving compulsive gambling caused by the Parkinson’s drug Mirapex. He was part of the Minnesota tobacco litigation team, representing the State of Minnesota and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota against the tobacco industry resulting in a historic settlement of over $6 billion. He also had the unfortunate honor of being one of several attorneys that represented the families of Paul, Sheila and Marcia Wellstone and three aides killed when their plane crashed in 2002. He has also successfully represented numerous plaintiffs injured by products ranging from rock crushers to farm equipment to elevators and in horrific car accidents.

Mr. Moccio has also represented thousands of prisoners in class actions brought against county jails for constitutional violations and in individual cases involving prison injuries and deaths.

Mr. Moccio has been recognized as a “Super Lawyer” by Minnesota Law & Politics in 2003 and 2005 through 2014. He received the 1998 Minnesota Trial Lawyers Association’s “Member of the Year” award as part of the Minnesota Tobacco Litigation Team and has been recognized by Trial Lawyers Care, Inc., the New Jersey Bar association and the Minnesota Bar Association for pro bono work on behalf of the families of victims of the September 11 attacks at the World Trade Center.

Mr. Moccio is admitted to practice in all state and federal courts in Minnesota and well as the Seventh and Eight U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeals, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Dakota, and the U.S. District Court for Western District of Wisconsin. He received his B.A. in Political Science from Indiana University and his J.D. from the Indiana University School of Law, J.D., cum laude (1987).

Selected Results

Drugs & Medical Devices

Mirapex Drug Litigation

Co-counsel for plaintiffs in bellwether Mirapex trials: Charbonneau v. Boeringer Ingelheim Pharm., Inc. and Pfizer, Inc. ($8,279,300 verdict including $7.8 million in punitive damages) and Zwayer v. Boeringer Ingelheim Phar., Inc. and Pfizer, Inc. (confidentially settled prior to closing arguments) leading to confidential settlements of over 280 Mirapex cases alleging failure to warn of compulsive behaviors, including gambling, from taking the Parkinson’s drug Mirapex.

DePuy and Stryker Hip Prosthesis Litigations

Co-counsel for hundreds of clients with defective ASR, Rejuvenateand ABGII hips whose claims ultimately resoled as part of global settlements.

Civil Rights

$7 million settlement in the St. Croix County Strip Search Litigation

Class Counsel for plaintiffs illegally strip searched at the St. Croix County, Wisconsin, jail, achieving $7 million settlement.

$2 million settlement in the Mille Lacs County Strip Search Litigation

Class Counsel for plaintiffs illegally strip searched at the Mille Lacs County, Minnesota jail achieving $2 million settlement.

$700,000 settlement for wrongful death at the Mille Lacs County Jail

Counsel for family of inmate who died of meningitis at the Mille Lacs County jail as his pleas for medical attention were being ignored.

$100,000 settlement for wrongful death at the Mille Lacs County Jail

Counsel for family of inmate who committed suicide at the Mille Lacs County jail.

$750,000 settlement in the Meeker County Strip Search litigation

Class Counsel for plaintiffs illegally strip searched at the Isanti County, Minnesota, Jail, achieving a $750,000 settlement.

General Litigation

$3.8 Million settlement for Injuries in Automobile Collision.

Co-counsel for 63-year-old farm wife who was severely injured when an approaching car crossed the center line causing a head-on collision. Instrumental in the trial court's reconsideration to a summary judgment motion which encouraged the parties to agree to a settlement for $3.8 million. 

Minnesota Tobacco Litigation

Part of Minnesota Tobacco Litigation Team in Historic $6 billion settlement of the State of Minnesota and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota's lawsuit against the major cigarette manufacturers.

Wells Fargo Securities Lending Litigation

Co-counsel in Minnesota Workers’ Compensation Reinsurance Association et al. v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.  where a Ramsey County jury awarded $30.1 million to four Minnesota non-profits in an action against Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.  The jury found that Wells Fargo breached its fiduciary duty and violated the Minnesota Consumer Fraud Act.  The Minnesota Court of Appeals affirmed the trial court.  The final judgment, plus additional post-trial attorneys’ fees paid by Wells Fargo, totaled more than $57 million.



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