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Matthew L. Bonniwell

Contact: mbonniwell@erstad.com
Direct Dial/Facsimile/Text: (952) 837-3274

Matt specializes in workers’ compensation defense.  He was admitted to the Minnesota bar in 2017 and is licensed to practice in Minnesota.  Matt practiced criminal law and complex civil litigation prior to practicing workers’ compensation law.

Matt moved to New Mexico in 2017 to become a District Attorney.  He handled 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th degree felonies and has extensive trial experience.  Matt achieved an 80% conviction rate in jury trials.  In addition to jury trials, Matt has tried over 30 bench trials on a variety of different criminal matters, often convincing Judges to convict the defendant.

Matt returned home to Minnesota in 2019 to be closer to family.  Upon returning home Matt joined Smith, Paulson, O’Donnell, & Erickson, where he fought fervently for the needs of his clients regarding complex civil litigation and workers’ compensation matters.

The combination of Matt’s extensive trial experience and comprehensive civil litigation knowledge has provided him with a distinct background that enables him to analyze cases thoroughly and provide the best strategy to achieve the desired outcome for his clients. 


  • Juris Doctor, Hamline University School of Law, St. Paul, Minnesota (J.D. 2015)
  • B.A., Business and Economics, University of Puget Sound, Tacoma Washington (B.A. 2008)

Professional Memberships

  • State Bar of Minnesota
  • Minnesota State Bar Association

Practice Areas

  • Workers’ Compensation
  • Insurance Defense

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