By H. K. Wilson
Attorney Jerry Maschka is one of Minnesota’s most distinguished trial attorneys. An MSBA civil trial specialist with more than 40 years of experience, Maschka and his partner Renee Rubish are recognized perennially among Woodward White’s Best Lawyers in America. When Maschka and Rubish opened their personal injury law firm in 1999, they founded it on six key attributes Maschka believed a successful plaintiff’s firm must have: Client focus; lawyers of the highest quality; commitment to the highest professional standard; exhaustive attention to detail; tolerance to invest whatever is necessary to maximize client recoveries; and a culture of collaboration.
These same principles power Maschka, Riedy, Ries & Frentz Law Firm (MRRF) today.
“Decades of experience evaluating injury cases made it relatively easy to identify those areas in which we could add value to an injured client’s claim,” Maschka says. “I came to believe Southern Minnesota had a need for a firm with lawyers who could handle the more complex cases, devote the necessary attention to detail and advance resources on cases.”
Over the years, Maschka has assembled a team of attorneys equally committed to standing side by side with clients who are experiencing traumatic life events.
Decades of experience evaluating injury cases made it relatively easy to identify those areas in which we could add value to an injured client’s claim.
“In 2007, Nick Maxwell joined the firm and progressed to be an excellent lawyer capable of handling our most serious and complex matters,” Maschka says. “In 2013, we were approached by Jed Chronic, who was relocating to Minnesota from Missouri. Jed had substantial experience managing product and trucking cases in both state and federal courts across several states. With Jed, we added new areas of expertise and substantial additional capacity to handle injury and death cases. In 2018, Nick Frentz merged his injury practice (Frentz & Frentz) with ours, which expanded our client base and relationships with other lawyers. We continue to be well positioned to help injured people far into the future.”
“I wanted to find a firm with actual trial lawyers who try cases,” Chronic says. “Some firms avoid the courtroom and seek settlements instead of pushing for the best result for the client. You have to be willing to take cases to trial. It was clear to me these attorneys do that. The other side knows who is willing to try cases and try them well, and that knowledge affects outcomes.”