Gerald W. Von Korff
I like to say my very first private client was a lemur, a cute little animal who had been stranded in San Diego after flying from St. Louis to help propagate the species. When the airlines refused to fly him back to his home at the zoo, on behalf of “ZooAct” we launched the “The Live Animals Investigation” to reform the way that airlines handled pets and exotic animals. Since that time, my favorite line of work has been to handle cases that make government work better for people and their communities.
My work for commercial truck drivers with disabilities across the country dramatically reformed their rights to make a living. I’ve successfully advocated for relocation of the CapX power line out of the Avon Hills, and have successfully challenged the Sandpiper pipeline. My clients procured major changes in the Fargo flood diversion. In the Minnesota Supreme Court, a client advanced the rights of children abused in group homes; another client improved the relocation rights of homeowners taken by power lines. These days, I’m proud to be working for a group of citizens who seek to fix our broken school finance system.
Jerry Von Korff is a shareholder in the firm. He practices in the areas of:
- Appellate Litigation
- Government Representation
- Environmental Law
Jerry is a graduate of Oberlin College with honors in economics. He is a 1975 graduate of Georgetown University Law Center where he was an editor of the Georgetown Law Journal. Following law school, Jerry worked for legal services where he handled a number of groundbreaking class actions and appeals both in Washington, D.C. and Minnesota.
- District of Columbia
Jerry is author of the Minnesota CLE deskbook on Water Project and Drainage Law. He is the author of West’s Minnesota Practice chapter on public drainage in the Real Estate volume. He has served on various committees and task forces appointed by the Minnesota Commissioner of Education, has served for a decade on the St. Cloud Symphony Board of Directors and currently serves on the Board of Education for the St. Cloud Community School District. He has twice served as board chair and board treasurer. A passionate advocate for education reform, Jerry regularly blogs at http://jvonkorff.blogspot.com.
Jerry was quoted in MinnPost Article: Meet the Cross-Subsidy, an Increasingly Painful Way to Pay for Special Ed
Jerry was featured in the article: Defending Richland-Wilkin Counties, The Daily News – Jan. 5, 2017
- St. Cloud Educational Rights Advocacy Council, Inc. v. Tim Walz, Governor, et al - by Jerry Von Korff
- Freedom of Information Day - by Adam A. Ripple