pmcPaul McCarten is a personal injury attorney dedicated to the protection of accident victim’s rights. Attorney McCarten focuses on personal injury law representing individuals and their families when faced with challenges following a personal injury or wrongful death. He also provides assistance to lake associations and individuals regarding environmental issues.  He provides personal legal consultation, conflict resolution and civil trials.

Attorney McCarten has been honored as a SuperLawyer and has represented thousands of clients through difficult and complex legal challenges. He welcomes the opportunity to assist you with the challenges you may be facing.  Attorney McCarten’s clients appreciate his ability to listen to their concerns, analyze the law that applies to their situation, and explain their options in a clear and concise manner.  Attorney McCarten is dedicated to providing honest, straightforward legal advice and being accessible to clients.

If you or a family member has experienced a personal injury to the negligence of another, it is important to seek legal counsel experienced in personal injury as soon as possible. People who have been seriously injured in an accident experience a great deal of pain and uncertainty. They are unsure what to do next. They are worried about how they will pay their medical bills and how to manage insurance issues. They are afraid life may never be the same again. It is important to seek experienced legal counsel in a personal injury claim as soon as possible. This can be especially important if an insurance company is quick to offer a settlement.

Attorney Paul McCarten helps his client’s in Alexandria and throughout Central Minnesota, to get full and fair compensation for their injuries. He works hard to make the process as smooth and seamless as possible for you, from filing your claim and negotiation with the insurance company to handling the practical matters of medical bills, property issues, and insurance problems.

A trial lawyer since 1976, Mr. McCarten’s law practice areas include:

  • Personal Injury and Wrongful Death
    • Automobile Accidents
    • Truck and Semi-Trailer Accidents
    • Motorcycle Accidents
    • Dog Bite Injuries
    • Slip and Fall Injuries
    • Serious Personal Injuries
    • Client Counseling / Conflict Resolution
  • Environmental / Lake Associations

Mr. McCarten focuses on personal injury law representing individuals and their families when faced with challenges following a personal injury or wrongful death.  Assisting with the challenges of medical care and treatment; payment of medical expenses; recovering wage and economic losses; and dealing with insurance companies are all coordinated through the law office in behalf of injured clients.  With extensive trial practice experience, clients are assured that they will be fully and fairly compensated when they have suffered damages and loss due to the negligence of others.

Joining a select group of attorneys, Paul McCarten is a “SuperLawyer” and an “A” rated lawyer by Martindale Hubbell.  He is an active member in numerous professional, civic and charitable organizations.  He served on the governing boards for the Minnesota Trial Lawyers Association, Minnesota State Bar Association, Minnesota Consumer Alliance and the Alexandria Area Chamber of Commerce to name a few.

In addition to his personal injury practice, Paul has maintained extensive involvement with environmental challenges facing Lake Associations and their efforts to protect the natural lake environment in the Alexandria area.  His volunteer work has ranged from Youth Center development and the completion of District Court facilities, to active participation with The Heart of the Lakes United Way.  He is a member of St. Mary’s Parish and a lifelong resident of Alexandria.


Paul is a graduate of St. Thomas Military Academy and received his degree in Business Administration from Creighton University.  He received his Law Degree from Creighton University School of Law.  He joined his father John J. McCarten in the practice of law in 1976

Current Position: Shareholder
Year Joined Organization: 1976
Areas Of Practice: Personal Injury — Plaintiff
Environmental Law–Lakeshore Protection
Litigation Percentage: 90% of Practice Devoted to Litigation
Bar Admissions: Minnesota, 1974
Nebraska, 1974
U.S. Federal Court, 1978
Education: Creighton University School of Law, Omaha, Nebraska
Doctor of Jurisprudence (J.D.), 1974Creighton University, College of Business Administration
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (B.S.B.A.), 1971
Major: Management
Published Works: Creighton Law Review
Child’s Tort Recovery, vol.7, no. 3
, 1974
Classes/Seminars Taught: Evidence: The Debate Regarding Expert Reliance on Inadmissable Evidence
Minnesota Trial Lawyers Association
Honors and Awards: Martindale-Hubbell “A” Rating
Professional Associations and
Minnesota Association for JusticeMinnesota Trial Lawyers Association
Board of Governors (1986-96)
Executive Committee (1993-94)
Outstanding Service Award (1995-96)

Minnesota State Bar Association
Board of Governors (1997-2003)

Douglas County Bar Association
Past President

American Association for Justice

Partnership for Greater Minnesota
Board Member (1991-98)

Previous Positions: Judicial Law Clerk:
Hennepin County District Court, Law Clerk
Hon. Andrew W. Danielson
Pro Bono Activities: Northwest Minnesota Legal Services-Consulting AttorneyHeart of the Lakes United Way Board of Directors (2001-07), Past President

Alexandria Youth Center, Inc., Founder and Board of Directors, (1984-89)

Alexandria Area Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors, (1989-91)
Current Committee Chair

Lake Carlos Area Association, Board of Directors

Fraternities/Sororities: Delta Sigma Pi
Birth Information: June 30, 1949, Alexandria, Minnesota, United States of America