Jennifer Eggers
  • Jennifer K. Eggers
  • Shareholder
  • Co-Chair - Commercial Transportation | Co-Chair - Railroad Liability
  • Arthur Chapman Kettering Smetak & Pikala, P.A.
  • Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 612-375-5992  direct dial
  • 612-339-7655  fax

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Ms. Eggers represents railroads, rail equipment manufacturers and owners, chemical manufacturers, and medical device manufacturers in numerous state and federal courts throughout the United States on matters surrounding railroad and product litigation. Clients rely on Jennifer’s vast knowledge of the railroad industry and her experience working with the intricacies of product liability matters.

Jennifer’s litigation experience covers a variety of case types including:

  • Representation of railroads in numerous FELA matters and crossing accidents across the midwest.
  • Crude by rail derailments and regulatory issues and concerns arising out of recent rail accidents and spills.
  • Representation of major rail equipment owners and railroads in numerous cases involving derailments and chemical spills, including class certification and multi-district litigation.
  • Representation of a rail equipment manufacturer in contract disputes and product liability arbitration and litigation.
  • Representation of a railroad in major derailment securing dismissal of all claims based on federal preemption. Argued appeal of summary judgment dismissal before the 8th Circuit. See In Re Derailment Cases, 416 F.3d 787 (8th Cir. 2005).
  • Representation of a medical device manufacturer in claim resulting from the failure of a hip stem.
  • Representation of a fire extinguisher manufacturer in cases resulting from the explosion of manufacturing plant.
  • Representation of a major rail component manufacturer in $800 million contract negotiation.
  • Representation and advising for numerous railroads and rail component owners and manufacturers in contract disputes, crossing and FELA cases, NTSB hearings and party participation in the NTSB and TSB process, and FRA matters and investigations, as well as OSHA retaliation claims and litigation, and employment claims and litigation.

Ms. Eggers is admitted pro hac vice in state and federal courts throughout  the  United States.  She also  frequently  speaks  at  railroad  related seminars  and  meetings.


  • "How to Assist the NTSB After a Derailment While Trying to Protect the Railroad In Future Litigation," Railroad Accident Investigation Seminar, Arthur, Chapman, Kettering, Smetak & Pikala, P.A., October 2015
  • “It’s Really Not That Bad!  The Keys to Effective Crisis Management,” DRI Women in the Law Conference, February 2015


Drake University Law School, J.D. with Honors, 1993 Activities and Societies: Law Review; Order of the Coif
Central College, B.A., 1989

Bar Admissions

Minnesota, 1994
Montana, 2003
Wisconsin, 2000

Professional Associations and Memberships

DRI - The Voice of the Defense Bar
Hennepin County Bar Association
Minnesota State Bar Association

Practice Areas

Legal Team