Charles S. Zimmerman


Phone: 612.341.0400
Fax: 612.341.0844
Office: Minneapolis & Scottsdale


Bucky Zimmerman, founding partner of Zimmerman Reed, is a nationally recognized leader in complex and class action litigation.  He frequently speaks at industry conferences, CLEs and is the author of a newly published book on complex litigation. During more than 30 years of practice, Bucky has successfully represented thousands of clients through individual actions and nationwide class actions and has served on many of the largest MDL matters throughout the United States. His cases have involved the tobacco industry, pharmaceutical companies and shareholder suits. Bucky has served as lead counsel, PSC member and liaison counsel in numerous major pharmaceutical and medical device cases over the last 15 years.  He currently serves on the Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee for the Dicamba Herbicides Litigation, Lead Counsel Committee for the Stryker Hip Litigation, was appointed to the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in the NFL Players’ Concussion Injury Litigation, and is Lead Counsel representing banks in the Target Data Breach case. He has also served as Co-Lead Plaintiffs’ Counsel in the Baycol, Guidant, Levaquin, Medtronic, Zicam, NFL Retired Players Publicity Rights, and National Arbitration Forum MDLs. Through his leadership in these and other groundbreaking cases, Bucky continues to advance the interests of his clients and the legal profession.

In addition to his case work, Bucky continues to lecture on complex litigation and working with the media in high profile cases for a variety of organizations including the Minnesota State Bar Association, Minnesota Continuing Legal Education, the University of Minnesota Law School, William Mitchell College of Law, the Minnesota Association for Justice and Mealy’s Publications. He is also an adjunct professor of law teaching Mass Torts at the University of Minnesota Law School. In 2006 Bucky authored “Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Litigation,” a mass tort manual published by Thompson/West.

He has been recognized by his peers in Minnesota as a “Super Lawyer” from 2000 – 2007, 2011-2018. He was also selected as the 2013 & 2014 Minneapolis Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Plaintiffs Lawyer of the Year by The Best Lawyers in America. Mr. Zimmerman is a member of the United States Professional Tennis Association obtaining national ranking, and has won gold and silver medals at the world Maccabiah and Pan American Maccabiah games.

Charles Zimmerman is licensed to practice law in the States of Minnesota and Arizona, and is admitted to the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota, District of Colorado, District of North Dakota, and the United States Supreme Court.  He is also admitted to the Third, Fifth, Sixth, and Eighth United States Circuit Courts of Appeals.

Presentations and/or Publications

  • “Seminar on Mass Torts,” Adjunct Professor of Law, University of Minnesota School of Law
  • “Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Litigation,” Thompson/West
  • “Current Issues in Pharmaceutical Litigation and Policy,” American Bar Association Seminar, New York, NY
  • “The Future of Class Action Litigation in America,” American Bar Association Seminar, Boston, MA

Professional Memberships

  • American Association of Justice (AAJ)
  • Minnesota Association of Justice (MAJ)
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Hennepin County Bar Association
  • Bar Association of the Fifth and Eighth Federal District Court

In The News434


  • Best Lawyers “Lawyer of the Year,” Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Plaintiffs, 2013
  • Best Lawyers in America in practice area of Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions; 2007-2019
  • Super Lawyer 2000-2007, 2011-2018


  • J.D., University of Minnesota School of Law
  • B.A., History & Political Science, University of Minnesota

Practice Areas